Unit 1 BA Graphics

Research for Unit 1

Library research

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We began the project by looking at what the meaning of the words used in the brief mean. We had a very interesting lecture which looked at the meaning of the word 'alienation' and how people in society can be alienated from the public and communities. I found this very interesting as it made me contemplate what a community is. It brought up questions such as are we a community at CSM, and is GCD a community yet inside of that.

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Initial Ideas

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Initial Ideas

There is a game in Korea where lines join strangers up on the tube. You are then given an easy task like play rock, paper, scissors with he person you are joined up with. We thought we could replicate this and put it on a table area, e.g. in the canteen. We weren't sure if this would work, without testing, as especially in the canteen a lot of people are in groups, or may be in a rush to notice the game. 

Our second idea, was to place signs on tables, which advertised them as 'Stranger tables'. The idea is that you can sit at one these, an the wait for other strangers to join you. A criticism of this however, is that students will often be embarrassed to admit that they are lonely, and therefore would avoid using his space.

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Krzysztof Wodiczko

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Krzysztof Wodiczko

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Final idea

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Final idea

We had done some research, and found a festival where everyone who entered received a puzzle piece, this connected to one other person in the festival. We really liked this idea as it sparked conversation within everyone. I brainstormed an idea where as you enter CSM you receive a small part of a sculpture, which fits in to join another 4 pieces. In order to make students complete the task, there could be a prize at the end. Other members of my group brought up that this could cause competition, something which our tutor gave us feedback on, and it could turn into a race, instead of genuinely wanting to get to know others. I some what disagree with this, as I feel the we are at University and surrounded by competition, as we are at a very competitive university, therefore avoiding very slight competition such as leading to win a small prize by finding other people who connect to your block doesn't make sense to me. 

We built on this idea however, and thats where the idea for our final idea came from. We spoke to a tutor about his experience of getting students to mingle with each other at the beginning of the year, and he said he used a class raffle at the beginning of each week, as it is random and places you with people who you may not usually speak too. Combining this idea of a human raffle, we also looked at other issues which students felt when first moving to London, and we all felt that it can be daunting moving to a new city where you aren't familiar with your surroundings, and quite intimidating to explore by yourself. This is the basis from where the idea came from. Why not create an exercise which allows you to explore with random people from your class. To add to this, once you reach a location you unlock a task/ 1 day brief which you and your group complete, using geo-cashing. We then thought about group size and how long this process would take. We decided that 3 was a good number, just in case someone dropped out and it is also less pressure on the other person. Furthermore, doing it over a week instead of each week means that it is a condensed 'get to know you period' with an exhibition at the end of the 4 days. You would have met 8 people from the 4 days, and they would have met another 8 people. 

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Library research

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My group of 5 firstly looked at the library, to observe behaviour and if we could see empathy. I found this an easy task however very bland. It was only until we had a group discussion and starting looking at behaviour in depth that I realised there is a lot of interesting observations that you can take, that are also relatable, and information that is gather able. 

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Initial Ideas

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Following on from the idea of the floor game, we brainstormed an idea where ( placed around all the paths on the floor at CSM), there are large florescent stickers ( in order to capture peoples attention), which give you instructions to do at the next person you walk past. The group liked this idea, however, we thought that it is only a quick solution, and won't start conversation or mingling beyond this point. 

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Empathy mask

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Empathy mask

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Boston Vision Lab

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Boston Vision Lab

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Further research

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Further research

I carried on researching projects which had gone on which had created empathy within a community. These ideas, although not realistic to carry out at uni, gave some good insight to how we can start to think outside the box when creating empathy, through less conventional strategies. 

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Initial Ideas

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We then began brainstorming ideas in  our next group meeting. We used ideas that we had previously heard about and then modified them to make them work for the conditions of CSM. Our first idea was 2 boards, which say 'before I arrive I want too' and 'By the time I leave'. The idea is for people to compare what other people want to get out of uni experience, as we are all going through the same 3 year process.

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Summary of Initial ideas

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I then did some research in my own time, to do with artwork which incorporates empathy, and I found somebintersting examples. Matta Clark's FOOD, gave me the idea for a cooking class, taking place at Uni, to which every week a different person from a nationality will teach others how to cook food from their hometown, as food is one of the most sociable ways to interact, and creates empathy as you are learning about other peoples cultures, something which some students find a bit of a barrier. 

I also looked at artists and how they use space. I have seen from community allotments near Shoreditch train station, that garden allotments can be hubs for creative activities and work. This gave me the idea of creating a space that could be used for students to place their work, no matter of size, without labels and place it in a room. 

When we did our presentation to the other 2 groups, and we were asked a lot of questions, it was clear that these ideas however, did not have enough back bone or logistics behind it. Questions came up such as, would there be space for a cooking class, and what makes this one different from any other? How would you stop competition in the allotment, and whats make it different to just a normal gallery space? It was clear tat we needed to re-think all our ideas, as we had come up with nothing strong enough.

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Thomas Hirschhorn

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Urban Interventionism

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Image

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Presentation tips

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Presentation tips

We had a really useful lecture about presenting. I found this really useful because I am not very confident when it comes to presenting in front of people, as I have little experience, however this project has given me more confidence, and furthermore the guidance in understanding what makes a successful presentation, one that that keeps the audience enticed by both what you are saying and and by the visual language. 

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