5 june: further research, technical drawing and concept drawing

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  • specific research into the council houses built during 1920s, very useful for getting accurate references for period to create realistic floorplan
  • chose deacon house as i was able to locate original floor plans, was able to base design on floor with kitchen/living room area
  • design process: experimented with rearranging rooms in floor plan to suit design of 1920s houses eg. arranging bathroom next to kichen because of ease of plumbing
  • technical drawing: i tried a simplified layout to communicate my designs more easily and effectively, was very helpful to have tried before during transforming a location project, found that i was able to quickly get back into the hang of it, was able to work quicker and more accurately.

research: social context

  • all museums, online databases and second hand sources I have accessed so far only give very specific references eg. textile patterns, furniture – not enough overall contextual background information about social/cultural context
  • –> stepped back to think about housing in general –> council houses in uk/london?
  •  initial research – found really interesting post WWI history of council housing, boom because of post war shortage, government finally decided to pitch in and fund new estates
  • more research needed into such estates –> living space based on real still existing council housing

may 18 – tate modern

Cildo Meireles, ‘Babel’ 2001

Babel, Cildo Meireles, 2001

  • made the strongest impression on me this visit, because of its sheer scale and atmosphere of walking into a dim room
  • was like stepping into another dystopia world, surrounded by flashing lights and noise of radios humming
  • –> using light this effectively to create atmosphere, focusing and contrasting light to highlight the important parts of the design –> apply to design of the interior set

 

 

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tate exchange:

  • probably my favourite area of the tate, interactive art is something I really enjoy and wish there was more of in galleries/museums
  • was inspired to add to existing scale (above), prompt about society and the influence of art made me think about my recent experiences of feeling displaced culturally in society between east and west, how art is a bridging medium between the two that doesn’t abide by language or cultural norms
  • ‘if this cardboard box was society, illustrate how you would change it’  –> i created installation over space of boxes connected by tape (like the ‘red string’ that ties people together in chinese folklore) as a visual representation of connecting people together, diversifying

 

may 17 – library research session

  • victoria and albert museum online collection archive – able to find fashion sketches, visual graphics and printed matter that weren’t in collection displayed at museum
  • good for specific object reference, again was not too useful for understanding overall social context of ways of life in 1920s
  • overview of other online databases: may prove more useful, searches found more results such as photographs taken during 1920s, interiors of homes, depictions of daily life

research: vna museum

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RESEARCHING 1920S:

  • fashion exhibit very helpful in providing specific references and examples
  • good references for art deco posters and graphics, certain furniture, textiles and home objects, though didn’t make distinction clear between high/working class
  • other museum visits needed for better understanding of ways of life during period

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Benny Lam – Hong Kong photographer, Subdivided Flats series, 2012

  • was the first time I have seen hong kong artists being exhibited in london museums, was incredibly proud and pleasantly surprised!
  • familiar with this series, was very popular in hong kong and brought to light the important issue of housing in overcrowded hk
  • incredibly powerful pictures that capture the feeling and lifestyle of living in such small rooms, from first hand experience of hk

 

genre research: sci fi

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  • ‘notoriously male genre’ – only because of overriding dominance of male-centric stories told in film and males within film industry, something that needs to be addressed and changed
  • reflective of patriarchal society of how even in future speculative alien worlds, women still don’t exist and aren’t given the same opportunities as men to live out adventures of leading protagonists
  • sense8 and outlander – both shows i have watched and enjoyed greatly especially because of the mentioned focus on balancing out sci-fi as an inclusive genre that includes people from all walks of life, breaking stereotypes and social norms
  • ‘feminisation of sci fi’ – i would strongly disagree, hint of a degrading tone much like saying ‘why are women ruining sci fi for everybody’, also is not just about gender but more about including diversity and increasing acceptance, showing a wider variety of society on screen and not just the straight white male

relating to genre animation:

  • reflective of how engrained patriarchal values are in our society – of how we assumed our characters would be ‘he’ and male, do they have to have a gender? could they be female?
  • pushing boundaries of sci fi as a genre – our film coming together and having elements of a rom-com in its feel, could it be an intergalactic love story?

tv: sense8 season 2

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  • looking through news articles, saw it being described as an ’emotional catharsis’ – would agree entirely, able to capture heightened and very real, grounded emotions in a way I’ve never experienced with another TV show before
  • able to recapture the feeling and essence of the first season whilst expanding plotlines and having character development
  • makes me very happy that there is representation of an asian female main character who’s character/personality doesn’t revolve around their ethnicity, is given major plot lines and able to go through the journey a main protagonist would
  • love seeing diversity of all 8 main characters together on screen, championing unity freedom, love and peace