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
- 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
- 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
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
- ‘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?