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F A S H I O N  A N D  T E X T I L E  W E E K ( p a r t I, II and III)

 

I prepared this week during the independent study week. I went to the library and researched different fashion designer and artists that were related to deconstruction. I started with Martin Magiela, then I continued with Hussein Chalayan, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Gracons, Rick Owens… As for artists I tried to know more about Roan Opalka that deconstructed time with his endless serie of numbers, Marcel Duchamp who decomposed movement in his early painted (like in Nude descending a staircase), the futuristes who decomposed movements (thanks to chronophotography), the cubistes who deconstructed and reconstructed images mixing different points of vue, or even th Surrealist who sometimes combined different realities to create a new recontruced reality. 


 

My next step was to but my jacket, I found a vey interesting leather trench that had a lot of details that I believed would be interesting to work with. The material, leather was very soft and thine so working with it should be to hard (as I’ve heard that it was a complicated material and working could be complicated). 
Then I started to fo Fashion Illustrations. 
I like to start with collages, as abstract as I can get with only the suggestion of a silhouette, and a lot of materials, shapes and textures that I try to make cohabit ate in an harmonious way. 
Then I try form that abstraction to extract the sculptural shape, the combisaisons of color, the interesting textures and to make in step by step into a more figurative outcome.



I enjoye that process a lot, starting with an abstraction and extracting the figurative.


 

Then I made a small mood board to guide me in my experimentation, to give me ideas and inspiration. I spent quite a lot of time doing that as I believe it is one of the most important steps. It’s a starting point that no one will see but will feel in the final outcome.

Then the week started, we experimented on the mannequin, on real people, we combined it with other garments, we drew it from different angles with different mediums. The exploration of the jacket had to be reflected in the exploration of mediums that we used to represent in (or that’s how I understood the process that the teachers lead us into).


Then it was all about deconstruction, I started to undo almost all of the sewing so that it would be deconstructed, I played with it for a day truing different possibilities.
I also added some linen and explored it’s quality as a fabric.
I chased this very fine, thine almost like veil material because I thought that it could contrast in an harmonious way with the thickness and the boldness of the leather.



I also enjoyed the last part of the week that consisted in getting inspired by your own work and to create textiles that could go with it. I tried to make my samples textural so that they could inspire me for illustrations and add volume to my sketches (I believe that adding 3D in a 2D sketches bring them to life).


Then on the independent study day I went back to the library and researched more in-depth fashion designers like Chalayan or Margiela. I also looked at different magazines to get inspiration for my workflow lay out and sketchbook, our two way of communicating our work.


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F I N E A R T W E E K ( p a r t I II a n d III )

 

The first day was all about reflexion and exploration.
We had to think about what sort of meaning, of message, of questions, of narrative we wanted to transmit through this medium: paint. I had a lot of doubts between 2 D and 3 D, I thought that I could use this incertitude in my process. I thought of applying questions of the 3 D domain in the 2 D.
As a starting point we had to do collages. I thought that it was a avery good way to begin because the time period for this project was short so to start with all ready existing elements was both efficient and interesting.
It's interesting aesthetically wise because when you look at the pictures each of us has selected it says a lot about us, it unveils our fast for certain subjects, shapes and colors. But it's also interesting to represent (paint) imitating a representation (collage). It's a very deep process that could be reflected even further...

As I was saying before my aim throughout this project was to raise questions that applied to 3 dimensional elements to the 2 D.  

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That is what my first collages looked like. I wanted to do an anamorphose like The Ambassadeurs by Holbein, using the edges of the canvas so that the spectator would have to move around the painting (may be even tricking him thinking that the canvas was blank from a frontal point of view and from this chock the spectator would then question the piece an move around it looking for answers as in a 3 dimensional piece).

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Here is the anamorphose ( on the left is a picture of the painting when you look at it form a frontal point of view and on the right is a picture of the painting when you look at it form a specific angle). The image is revealed by the movement. Then I went to buy a canvas but (after going to three different shops on monay night to that I could have it the next day) I couldn't find one with the edges thick enough to make this idea work...
So I still bought a canvas and thought that it could still be a part of my work. I thought more about this 3 diminutional aspect in a painting... and browsing in my computer I found a picture of a statue: The three graces.

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 And I thought that this sculpture was a very good inspiration. Why? Because it's a sculpture that you will never fell to see fully from one point, you have to rotate around the piece in order to see every faces of the protagonistes.
There is a real mystery that invites the spectator to do so, to try to find the clue to the meaning of this. I then decided that I would use three edges of the canvas the two sides and the front. I represented each grace on one side and used different mediums to represent them.

The first Grace is represented on the left side painted white on a mirror, these graces have an aestheical meaning an harmony, a beauty (that explains the mirror as it is an artifact of civilisation to acknowledge our appearance. In plus if the spectator doesn't position him self introit of the mirror he won't be able to see what is represented (the grace).
On the other side I used transfer so that it would be a representation (the transfere of a representation (the picture) of a representation ( the sculpture).
It's a Mise en abysm as the french says. Then for the front I did a low relief, so a sort of statue but, instead of making it understandable for a frontal point of view I made it look abstract from the front so that the spectator would have to rotate around the piece and realize that you can only see the third grace when you look on the sides and her profil, brest and legs are revealed.

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When the moments of the Crits came, people said that they like my piece because of the interaction with the space the public and the painting. It's always attractive when you get to be a part of something (here a painting). Because that means that without a public the piece doesn't live. On Friday I still wanted to paint... But I didn't know on what... And I thought that there was one side of the canvas I didn't used. The back. I wanted to use again the anamorphose because I couldn't do it before so I modifies my approach to this idea. I mad a few more collages and the result was this. 

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I really enjoyed this week. It was very stimulating intellectually and I liked the ambience of the course. I'm not sure I want to become a fine artist but I wonder if I could use what I learn in this subject and apply it to an other subject to enrich it.

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I n d e p e n d e n t   s t u d y  w e e k  ( p a r t I )

During this independent study week my desire is to reflect on whet I want to specialize in. It has been clear to me in the past but recently, my perception toward Fashion has evolved. My experience of it with the different internships I did (clic here to see my RESUME) has reenforced my desire to pursue in that field. Yet I have a passion for Fine Art and most of my work (click here to see my previous WORK) so far has been oriented towards that way of thinking. I like to question, to speak throughout colors,shapes, textures, compositions, lines... Those meaningful elements that one has to try throughout an intellectual process to decipher. The quest of developping a personal plastic language is the one I pursued until now. Yet for a very long time I wanted to apply this process to Fashion and to make the human body the main protagonist of my reflexion. This is why this week I have the intention of creating a series of prototypes.

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3 D D A ( p a r t I I I )

 

today I discovered something that I never experienced before, Jewelry Design.
More so I never had this sort of approach to Jewelry where we take in consideration, connecting, feeling, meaning, culture, suppression...
There's a whole meaning behind a piece of jewelry that I never explored before.

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I wanted to conjugate the aesthetic and utility of the object, using what we learned the day before with the Product Design course.
I created a bracelet where you can store little objects, like keys, coins, small letters...
Something precious or personal that you would like to have next to you.

I would like to explore further this discipline,
experimenting the different materials, learning how to manipulate them.

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3 D D A ( p a r t I I )

Today was a great experience.
Before today I never considered the idea of being a product designer but after this experience I think that I would be interested to try to go further with this areas.

I loved the analyzing the behavior, benign constrained by utility, trying to find different purport to an object, finding a concept, giving it an original aesthetic.
The slide show was fascinating, it's incredible to see what a commun object, a chair, can inspire an be a playful object, a beautiful object, a serious object...
I really liked the idea of exploring the different materials, a student from CSM created a boiled leather chair, that idea was very interesting and the utilisation of the material very original.

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Then we had to create ourselves from the Robin Day chair a new customized chaire. 
I decided to create a chaire that would be convertible. 
Thanks to different foldable boards you could make the chair be a single chaire, a lounge chaire, and if you put it on it's side it could become a three person capacity bench.

Today has been a great experience, a great discovery.

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3 D D A ( p a r t I )

 

Today we had to build out of bambou sticks a structure and cover it.
It was a group exercise. 
I was surprised by how quick it was to build that  structure. 
I enjoyed joining together the elements. It was a playful experience.
But my favorite part was when we had to draw the work we build and try to give it a contexte, a life with collage and drawing.

It gave a whole different vision to our work. A structure became a building, a house, an office, a parcel...
It gave it a new dimension.
That process was quite fascinating.

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F a s h i o n  a n d  t e x t i l e  ( p a r t  I I I )

 

Today was all about process.
It started with sketches and it ended with garments made out of pattern paper.
The first thing we had to do was to go out in the streets and find some buildings and architectural shapes that interested us
I tried to walk fare away from the School, I found some very nice and very modern building with very geometrical shapes. I tried to retranscribe the texture with different the mediums I used charcoal for the bricks to give this scrubby surface, marker and white pencil to give a slippery filling to a drawing of a modern glass building...

Then we had to look at our drawings and make a selection of shapes that interested us.
Again it was like an abstraction that would leave space to our imagination and enable us to create.

Then we had to chose two shapes and cut them in big on pattern paper (a paper quite flexible).
Then within a short amount of time we had to explore the different ways we could adapte theses shapes on the body.
This was a great exercises. I required instinct and to consider the body and to create directly on in without any intermedairy(like drawing).
The drawing came after, we had to put together all of our shapes on to one body and draw it in different ways from different angles... as it was a very complexe arrangement

Today was a thrilling experience we got to work on the body for the first time and it was a very playful and fascinating exercise, because it started with an abstract shape that came out of a drawing and it ended in a 3D garment.
It was like creating a brig between those two worlds (3D and 2D), imagination and reality.
It anchored in reality the ideas that we had.
And that was a beautiful experience.

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F a s h i o n  ( p a r t  I I )

Today started with drawing from models. 
We had to dress up the models ourselves with the pieces of clothing we thought interesting to draw (because they had an interesting print or color, an interesting texture, shape...).
We experimented different drawing techniques such as continuous line, blind drawing, switching mediums very minute, collage...
We had to use our experience from the previous day to create prints and cut them out and collage them on to our illustrations.

The whole process required one again a lot of spontaneity because it was a very fast rhythm and our responses were more instinctive then thoroughly thought.
That process resulted into an almost abstract textures or shapes that we had to fill in with figurative clues (face, arms, legs, garments).


I loved this day. It was one of my favorite! 
Trying to create some sort of abstraction to give space to the imagination and to create a garment out of this process was a great experience.

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F a s h i o n  a n d  t e x t i l e  ( p a r t  I )


Today we started with a very interesting exercise, we had some objects with sculptural shapes like glasses, rings, boxes... 
And we had to link them together with thread.

It was a kind of introduction to fashion, which consistes in joining pieces of fabric together in order to have a beautiful sculptural garment.

It was a team work and our group was given plastic glasses. To be efficient each of us worked on a glass (but we informed each other of our ideas before so that everyone agreed) and we joined them all at the end. We thought that our "sculpture" looked like Brancusi's famous Infinite column.


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Brancusi Infinit Column 1938

We thought for aesthetic reasons that we should attach it to the celling.
Our column was then is suspension.
This little exercise was good because like so many others before it was spontaneous
I feel that within this instantaneity, this spontaneousness our work gained a certain abstraction and that this abstraction left a lot of space to our imagination.
That is a creative process that I have enjoyed throughout out all the project we mad so far.

We then had to draw our new object using different techniques.
We used continuous line, blind drawing (my to favorite) and other techniques such as using out two hands, limited time, switching mediums...

Then, when we had build a base, a sort of preparative work we where given acetate paper and asked to create a print out of it that will then be projected on to a wall.
I decided to work with a variety of thread, tape, and paper to give my fabric some texture.
I enjoyed the whole process of the creation. 

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H o r s t

Today I went to the V&A to see the Horst exhibition.
I was intrigued by this photographer because he started with studied in Architecture and ended being a Photographer.

 

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G r a p h i  c   d e s i g n    ( p a r t   I I I ) 


Today we did prints.
I enjoyed playing with the shapes and textures of the letters.
I loved the idea of taking a letter as a shape without any meaning, only as a sorte of 
architectural, visual object.

We weren't given a full alphabet to create our prints. During the lecture I loved the utilization of the letter E. But there wash't any E avoidable.
I chose to work exclusively with the letter T.
I love the simplicity of this letter, it has an incredibly harmonious shape and it is a shape that you can find in a lot of architectural design and I thought that it could be interesting to explore that.

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I enjoyed playing with the possibilities that this letter offered.

But I realized that what I didn't like in Graphic Design is the fact that we work to much for a visual aesthetic and not enough on meaning like we do in Fine Arts.
I don't think that Graphic design would be fulfilling for me.
I wait with impatience the next week: Fashion.

I don't know anymore if I want to do Fashion although I though I did for the last 8 years...
I did 4 internships during the last 5 years and it was a great experience for me I feel that it made me more conscious about this work. 
I have always loved theses experiences. And all of them comforted me in my choice.

Despite of that I'm having a big moment of doubt and I hope that the coming week will help me with my decisions.

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G r a p h i c   d e s i g n   ( p a r t  I I  )

Today we were asked to produce an alphabet out of A6 paper. 
I enjoyed making this alphabet.
It seems like a simple thing to do but it is actually very complexe to create every letters because of different elements like the curves, the obliques...
So it was challenging to create harmonious letters.
We needed to create a language, a way to represent them that looked coherent (size, way of cutting, folding...).
We needed to be very resourceful and efficient because everything went very fast as usual.

I found the style of letters I wanted to develop right away. I inspired from Pop Up, creating a 3 D cube and cutting, folding and turning it in different angles to make the letters appear.

The teacher said that she liked how this system used negative spaces, folding and cutting.

We were then asked to find a contexte for theses letters and a word that would express theses letters's ''personality''.
I chose the word ANALOGY because of their very simple and commun chape (a cube).
So they can be assimilated with a lot of objects, it's up to the spectator's mind to decide with witch object he or she associate it with.

I followed my teacher's advice and I photographed this word in a very simple place to balance with the complexity of the letters.

I found a place were there was two holes in a shape of a square.
Holes are negative spaces and I found it very coherent with my letters.
In plus the holes were at the bottom (so at the junction between the wall and the floor) of a wall so it looked a lot like the folding of my letters.

I enjoyed today, I found it very enriching.
Although it was a good experience I don't feel that it was the best day I had since we started. 

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G r a p h i c   d e s i g n   ( p a r t  I  )


Today was the first day of graphic design, it started with a group project. We had to come up very quickly with three ideas about a certian number of words and using particular materials. Then we had to confront our ideas and chose one that we would realise within the day.
We chose the words Pycological and Body.

One of the girl of our group had the idea to paint herself woth white paint and to do a performence
were she would paint herself black. That could be a metaphore for a lot of things because already the color white and black have a very well knonw opposed meaning (purety and corruption).
I wasn't sure I liked the idea because I thought it was to simple, not original enought. But it was a one day project and we couldn't loose anytime. In plus this project was quite ambitious because we needed to buy the paint, to create a setting, to make sure everything went well for our performer who was going to aplly paint on here face and body, then we needed to film it, edit it and clean up!

I was the persone who filmed and editing. I realy enjoyed it. This project reveled itself to be very  amusing and the aethetic was very good. I like the final outcome alot and the teachers seemed to liked to because of it simplicity and aesthetic because, as they explained, in graphic design and communication simplicity is an accet.

That was a very interesting day and I'm very happy with the fact that we maneged to finish our project intime.
This realy made me want to work more with videos. It is a medium that I don't know that well for now but it is the second one I have one within those two weeks of diagnistic course and I enjoyed it alot.

I have a friend how is a ballet dancer at the National Accademy and I would like to do a project with her. 

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E x h i b i t i o n  R e v i e w  ( p a r t  I I I )

 

Today I started to write my exhibition review. 
I started with a brainstorm, using all the notes and pictures I too at the muneum.
I came up with words like:
Texte, signs, univeral language, colors, attention, objects, material ideas, immaterials, everyday's life ojects transformed and given a new and different meaning, Marcel Duchamp Realymade Rectifié, indentity, union, multiplicity, plural, crowd, object, manipulation, Hausman, architecture of control, politics, sick, heel, Joseph Beuys, staged...

Then, I made a list of what was expected from us in the review and I tryed to see in what category my ideas could go. Ater that I made a plan. I decided to devide my review in parts:
An introduction, where I tryed to put a contexte (the place where it was exhibited), the athmosphere (to give a quick idea to the reader of the feeling of the exhibiton) and little prase to try to catch the reader's attention.
Then I started with the curration so that the reader can have the setting in his mind right at the begining.
After that I tryed to talk in a pretty general way about the artist's process and intentions (I'm afraid it is a little bit to short but I didn't realy know how to talk about it in a better way because there was so many artistes and they were so different that I didn't know how to make it fit in 5000 words).
Then I wrote about the audience's experience and in this exhibition it is a crutial element.
And I ended with a breif concusion. 

When all thoses parts were writtend I tried to find titles for each block.
Inorder to do that I got inspiration from other magazines but my favefourite one is from far Citizen K.
Since my review was about politicaly active artists I oriented my titles on war vocabulary to illustrate that it was a war.
I realy wanted to put some of these words:
Heroes, Enlist, Power, Counterpower, Fight...
Im plus I thought that it could be something that connoted energy, dynamism and intencity , so that could be a good thing that would encourage the reader to read the review. 

I waned to present my review like if it was from a magazine. I like editing textes a lot so I did it for my own contentment.
Again I loked at magazines to get some inspiration. I decided to go for someting simple as I know that it needed to be visualy efficient and very easy to read.
The last thing I needed was an illustration for this texte, `i decided to use a picture and to trore it in the center inorder that we could see the forloing page page.

I thought that it was coherent with the war vocabulary and the athmosphere of the exhibition, someting that implied movement, gesture, a little bit of violence (cutting and taring connote that).

I will still have to correct the spelling mistakes, and I will to it tomorow. 

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L i b r a r y  and e x h i b i t i o n    r e v i e w  
(  p a r t   I I  )


Today I went to CSM's library to research politicaly active art.
Desobedient Object is an exhibition multicultural, there are voices from China, Mexico, Arabie...
So the range of resarch was wide.
I looked at a certain amount of books but the ones that interested me the most were the posters of propaganda during different revolutions but mainly USSR and China.
It is a very interesting meduium of communucation and it's facinating to try and analyze all the messages vehiculated in those posters.
There is a question that I asked myself while doing this reaserch:
Are propaganda posters art?
Because if we think about it, it also ask people questions, it uses colors, shapes, lights, copositions... to send a message, they are quite ethetic...
That made me remember the famous entreprise of Joseph Beuys : Get art out of the museums.
He even made a piece, a happening were he and a student collected all the litter after a protest and he exposed it in a museum.
Je took someting that was just litter and put it in a museum and it became art.
This piece questions marcks, traces, time, object...
But it hightlight the fact that in the exhibition Desobedient Objects the curation plays an important part. Maybe the curration itself is a piece of the exhibition?

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F i n e  a r t s  ( p a r t  I I I ) 

Today we came in the class with our offering to the Martians.
I made glasses which enable Martians to see throught what I think is unique to Humans:
Belief.
 But when we arrived with our project, we were asked to currate the two rooms we were in and to create a way to dispose and arrange our work.

Inorder to do that we had to talk woth or groupe so that we could arrange the earea tehem by them, si that we made the space a confortable space to navigate in...
That was a realy enjoyable process.
Then the Martians arrived... and everyone was given postits and pens and were asked to critisise everyone's work.
I was realy happy to have this process repetead. 
I was even happier when I came back from my visit to see 14 postits of comments and a few questions.

Here are the comments and questions:

Realy sophisticated. It touches also the question of ideologie.

Beautiful

Representing how we see things? I like the compostion and illustrations are beautiful and detailed

Lovely maden, twist and traditional, stained glass windows

The simplicity and the contrast is realy beautiful

Smart idea

It's interesting to see now our world and views on religion, ect get filter by today's modern world

Beautiful! Is it suposed to adress the "rose coloured glasses syndrome"?

Realy unusual and smart idea

The informal setting works well, althought I think it could go further

Amazing shadowsBeautiful simplicity + Shadows work so nicely

I realy like this piece. I love the contraste between modern thechnonolgy and the projection of stained glass windows, I love the simplicity of the set up

The holly picture often come in vibrant colors is there a reason you made them monochromaticaly? 

I had awsered to the questions on my information file  HERE  ,
and the fact that people seem to have understood many of the aspect of my piece and that they liked it made me want to go further with that project. 

I think that I will do more of them as a collection, a serie.

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F i n e  a r  t s (  P a  r t   II)

 

Today's subect was Behaviour.

Again we tried to understand what diffines us as humans and differenciates us form animals or machines.
We were introduced to thoses question throught some art pieces.
Maurizio Cattelan is the author of the piece Bidibidobidiboo (1996). In this sculpture, we can see something that could insite the spectator to laught when infact it is a trajic piece.
A squirrel committed suicide. The point of Cattelan is to make the spectaor realise that seeing an animal killing himself is ridiculous. Why? Because only human do it.
That act is then owned by humans.

We were then asked to start thinking of an object that we should be able to create anf finish by the end of the day that would question certain aspects of human beheviour.

 During the lecture we were showed a piece by Serrie Levine that was inspiered from Marcel Duchamp's revolutionary ready made : Fountain (1917).

When the teachers were explaining Levine's intentions I noticed that the shape of this urinoir looked like the silouhete of the Vergin Marie with here veil.

 


I also thought of Boudah but because of the white color and the meaning atached to it I prefered to take the Virgin as the analogical shape.

We needed to talk about behaviour, to interogate that.
I couldn't think of a more human behaviour than Beleif.
It seemed like this one aspect that could be unique to humans.

Religion, Beleif, Meaning invades everything. It's how the human brain foncitions.

The urinoir is white, this color has a very particular meaning it's the color of perfect purety.
I thought that it was interesting because it was a commun color to both antities but at the same time there was a big contrast between:


Virgin   Fountain
 Purety  Reverse of purety
 Imateriality Materiality 
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F i n e  A r t s (part I)

 

The lecture

Today was the first day of the Fine Arts diagnistic week. 
It started with a lecture intitled Beeing Human and Human Beeing.
The lecture's aim was to rise questions about art, the position of the artiste, the position of the spectator...
But before all thoses questions were raised, I questioned the titled of this lecture: Beeing Human and Human Beeing.
This lecture was going to be orianted in a way that we were going to talk about Art as the production of Human as it is a part of him.
In effect art would appear to be an activity proper to Human beeings.

Then as the producers of this very particular from of expression, of communication, we were asked to step out of our selves and to take a step back in order to try to reach some sort of objectivive vue on our creation.
This task that will be repetitive thought out this week is at the same time chalenging and exiting as we are asked to annalyse the outside world but also to do a self-introspection an to annalyze it too.

To have an exemple of what our observations could be based upon we were told to find out more about anthopologie.
It was interesting to realise that this science and art had some commun questions, for exemple objects:
-> Object -> Contexte 
-> Object -> Meaning
-> Object -> Action/Interaction
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Then we were asked to totaly step out of our selves, of our status of human beeings and to try to forget about our usual reflexes of sticking right away meaning to things from what we already know.


From that original and new point of view we were asked to try to retranscribe what we were trying communicate (in a clear and efficient maner) and what we wanted to express.
In order to make this task even more challenging we were asked to bring an object wich purpouse was hard to define if it is isolated from it's comtexte.
I didn't brought one with me so I was given one (this added randomness in the project witch in art is an interesting thing to question as we can see with some artists such as Michel Blazi) avery light object made out of white plastic. It looked like one of those little things that presents in a box some objects in an organise and simple way. My description here is very vage because I still don't kmow what this little object was supose to display.
I gess that this added some mistery to it, a repetitive question: What did this object used to diplay?
Our human mind tries to find a shape, an object that would fit in this little empty spaces but it fails. All we can do is try to fill this little empty shapes with our imagination.

Then the drawing description begins, I tryed to explore different ways to represent this object's feeling, ot's weight, it's texture, how it reacted to light, to noise...
I first draw the object in a very technical way in order to understand and to realy see (because there is no better way to see then to draw) all the lines, the plains, the emptiness, the light and the shadow of the object.
Then I tryed to draw only the shadows with some charcoal,
Then I used a chalk to try to retranscrobe the texture and the feeling of this object (the light quality of this material matched the lighness of the object.
Then I took some transparent tape an covered a little area with it and draw with a marker very fast the contours (I thought that it could retranscribed the perfect smothness of this container).
Using again the tape I made a little model of the object (it's volume was an interseting element to add to this little study).
I then draw the object with a white pe on a white paper to show the feeling of aspaciality, of emptiness that one could feel confonted to this object.
And finaly I used the process of cutting (that I had sutdied last week for the previous projet). Cutting was probably the most pertinent way to represent this object and I was please to hear my teacher encouraging me to go further with this process.
I then took the peices of paper I had jsut cutted out and cutted them again so that I made little models of this negative spaces.


Words also were a way to describe. They were as abstract as the object. 

"ASPACIAL EMPTY FEELING CLEAR QUESTION SLIPERY LIGHT LIGHT REFLEXION THING

NEGATIVE SPACE OPPOSITE SIDE IMMAGINATION CONCEPT TEMPERATURE NEUTRAL"

Then we were asked to exchange our drawings and oject with someone else and try to creat a lable for it (like in the museums) that would provide the object with a meaning. I got an electic plug protecion. The light was very bright on our table because it was close to 12:00 and the sun was right intop of us, when I puted the object on the table I imideatly noticed that it's shadow was an very interesting element.
It's shape was similar to some buldings, I could relate this chape to architecture.
I combined those two elements and came out with:
VATICANO
I noticed that the shadow in a certain angle looked like a Christian cross and it reminded me of The Church of light by Ando Tadao. The artist used light to crate a cross in the chruch and I wanted to use light aswell to make a cross apear.
I used light as a material witch brought me back to the previous week were I had to dig in this very interesting material.
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M u s e  u m   a n d   e x h i b i t i o n   r e v i e w  
( p a r t  1 )

 

Today I went to the Victoria and Albert Museum in perspective of the Exhibition Review task. 

Before I chose were I wanted to go I did a few researches on the internet (official websites, forums, articles, pictures...) to check out what were the themes and the style of all the choices we had.

 Desobedient Objects (at the V&A) caught my attention beacause I thought that it must be interesting to see such a modern and untraditional exhibition in an instituation famous for it's conventionalisme. 
This contraste  attracted me.


In plus, during the last summer holidays I went to New York and I saw the exhibition of Ai Wei Wei at the Brookline Museum. I thought that going to an other political exhibition was a good way to deepen my knowleg within this subject.

I was very surprised by how the exhibition was aranged. I was expecting something more tidy but it was an (thoughfully aranged) chaos.
That fact made me quite enthousiaste and I knew right away that I wanted to do my exhibition review about this exhibition.

I navigated in the exhibition and tryed to think first with a genral view, a few words and ideas came to my ming and I wrote them down on my sketchbook:
-The imortance of the plurel
-The multiplicity
-"Uninon makes the strenght"
-Strong link woth spech and signes and symbols
-Colourful which catched the spectator's attention 

I thought about an exhibition I went to see last year in Paris called The surrealism and the objects and I thought that I could link that exhibition to Desobedient objects because they both use objects to anchor ideas (immaterial) in the reality throught objects (material).
For the surrealistes it was a major element because they ideas were "sur" "real" so they needed to find a way, a medium to conjuguate those two things and here I think that this technic also applies here because the artists tends to vehiculate quite abstract ideas like Utopia (a word which's meaning has never occured in real life, it's only an idea), so they need to find tangible elements to communicate in a more eloquant way theire messages.

 

Then I visited the exhibition a second time and this time I spent more time on every pieces. I didn't realy tried to annalyse every single object one by one because I beleive that there's a part of the exhibition that can only be understand when the spectator has an overveiw of the exhibition. 
But this time I noticed other things:
-There were some pieces that requiered the spectator's action, the pieces were interactive. Maybe it was a way to make the public actif to (politicaly) throught theire contribution and trhought that join (in a metaphorical way) the action.
-The disposition made the public circulate in a very thourougly thought way: it is like in Paris Hausman created bouleveards so that the government could control the mouvements of the crowd durring protestes. Here there is also a manipulation of the movements of the public in the space of the exhibition.
-This exhibition, although it is based on union, plurel and mutiplicity, it also hightlights that it's in a first place individual acts that changes the situations as we can see t=with the number of pieces whitch shows only one indivudual, or that makes us listen to one voice...
 

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I d e a   F a c t o r y  (  p a r t  I I  )
 

Today we had to bring a model, picture or sketch of the idea we came up with Tusday. 
This representation needed to be clear and visualy eloquent so that others could understand our ideas.
I realised a model.
Then we were all given postits and asked to comment on the other's work in a constructive way to help them to improve (critics, questions, good points, bad points...).
I realy enjoyed this moment, it was realy nice to see genuine seriousness that people put in those comments.
This process based on having a wide and exterior to our work audience who helps us improve with theire genuine thoughts is a real pleasure to experiment.
It's bassed on mutual help.
I hope that this way of improving our work will occure later in the course too because I truly believe that it can lead to a great improvemenent of our work.

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I d e a   F  a c t o r y    ( p a r t  I )
 

Today we started with a chalenging exercise: we had to come up with 30 ideas within 30 mintues.
We had to bear in mind our material (light), our process (cutting) and our performer (Es Devlin).

After the library reasech task I had an idea of how I wanted to use these three elements. Light was interesting to be used as what it inevertably implies: Shadows. Shadows were the cutting of light so the process was there and it had to be with a performence, something with a stage to be in accordence with Es Devlin.

Within 30 minutes I managed to come up with 15 ideas. I did little quick sketches and a few words for each idea, maybe I should of taken only  one of those two way of communication to lay down my ideas on paper inorder to gain time.

Then we had to select what we thought were our 3 best ideas and represent them on our skechbooks so that it would be as clear and understandable as we could make it.

After that we had to do a little expose of our three ideas to our group and they decided which one was the most interesting and it would be the one that we would developpe for Thursday.
 

 

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 T h e  l i b r a r y (Part II)


Today I was able to use the gigantic resources of the UAL libraries. The exiercice's aim was to sharpen our reaserch skills.I decided to devide my research in three parts:Texte, Images and Ideas.

Before I punged into this gigantic wealth of information I tried to think about what Ialready knewabout thoses subjects; what knowleges I already had that I could link to those three elements.

Freud and it's reflection about psycology was the first thing I thought about.
His consept of putting in light what was in the shadow in our consious seemed to me like anintersesting and relevent idea that I needed to go deeper into.
Using the very practical search motor of the school's library I found a phylosophical book entiteled Atomic Lights by Akira Mizua. This japanese author evoqued Freud's consept of "the archelologie of secrets" but this texte lead me onto a different path.

This book was a reflexion based upon the paadox that light wasn't only a material thatunabled visibility, for Mizuta, light was also (and mainly) what it inevitably  implided : shadows. 

That observation set in motion a real evolution in my reaserch:
I realised that shadows could be considered as the "cutting of the light".

 


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T h e  l i b r a r y (Part I)


A more in depth research was made possible by the vastness of the UAL library. 
I started with a philosophical book that treated the subject of light
not as something that enable to see but as something that is « avisual » . 
Akira Mizuta in Atomic Light evoques different technics and process in witch light was the
main protagonist. He analyze cinema (witch uses light for projection), x-rays (witch light
enable to see trough the opacity of the human body), but he also talks about the role of
light in more immaterial contextes like psychoanalysis.

This book made me realize the strong link that could be made between cutting and light. The
both have a common point: As well as creating a spaces, they also create a negative space.
Cutting create a hole, an emptiness and light creates a shadow, a shape created by light
but  where light isn’t allow in.

This paradox is something I want to go deeper into.


The book that was the most interesting for me about cutting wasn’t a book about cutting. It
wasPicasso Sculptor/Painter. The reason why this book was a  very profound source of
reflexion was because Cubisme is about points of vue cut and rearranged so that they all
co-exist in the same space. So cutting is intact a part of Piccaso’s work. It also lead us
to the question of the point of vue, the angle, the focal point.


 
Stage design ask these same questions. In the book Stage Design and Stage Lighting by W.
Oren Parker, the author explains the role of light, how it is an actor on the stage too. It
explains very technical things such as the purpose of light (visibility, focus, guiding the
spectator’s attention) but also the dynamicthat could be created by the different angles
and sources of light.
 
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T h e M u s e u m s 


As a first step towards this resolution we chose to confront ourselves to some other
hypothesis of resolution (H). The group headed to theTate Modern. Our curiosity for this
place, this synthesis (S) of modern art seemed like the right place to find out more about
the process and the material that we have been assigned. 

The first work of art that caught our attention was Tiny Death by Bill Viola.
The body of the spectator find itselves in a totaly black box where the senses have to
split and investigate. The eyes couldn't tell the sort of volume they  were in.  The ears
were solicitated by a multitude (x) of entangled sounds to witch the brain couldn't atribut
a concept to. 

Then sudenly a man appeared on the left side of the cub we where in and in a fast and
sunden flash of light he vanished to reapear a few seconds (s) later on the oposite side.
Our material beeing light, our process beeing cutting and our performer beeing Es Devlin
there was a link to make.
This mystical light that enabled projections of poeple to appear and dessepear, this light
that cutted space and time to creat this magic (or mystic) trick was aperformence close to
some illusonist.


Then we found some pieces that used the process of cutting. Manolo Millares,William Green
and Lucion Fontana's work caught our intrest. They all approach cutting deferently but when
looking at it there is a paradoxe that facinated me: 
Cutting creates a space, an emptiness trought destruction.
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 T h e  R e f l e x i o n 

 
It started with those words : Light, Cutting and Devlin and 6 people.
And it had to end with a project.

I find it comparable to a mathematical calculation, there is an equation to witch we have
to find a solution. I guess that the "a" were the difference between maths and art
resides, in maths there’s only "the" solution, while in the field of art there are an
infinity () of solutions in witch 1 (or in this case 6) have to find  his or her answer.
This equation implied an other calculation before we started, we had to transform the
number into a 1

6 of us started with a brainstorming. Little by little the 3 key word started 
to multiply (x) and to cover the pages with a wide variety of words. 
And trough this process of decomposition all the individual multiple ideas became 1 single
analyze.
That’s when we solved this first calculation, that’s when the individuals transformed in 
1 group.
 
But then an addition (+) came up, add each word to each and make the solution an original
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