Week 6 - The Artisan and ArtefactThursday 13th February
As it turned out we spoke today both about the artifact and the digital artifact - they really went hand in hand. You can find below a short summation of today's lecture as well as some links for further reading. We very much considered the importance of the artifact within the digital age - something which has lead in fact to a surge of interest in items with provenance and often scarcity.
Kevin Kelly - Better than Free Nathan Jurgenson - The IRL Fetish Ian Ruhter - Silver and LightPresentation questions found here
We also had time to think a little about the main brief for #picbod which can be found linked here. The last feedback session for weekly tasks looked at the ‘Empowered Portrait’ from last week.
An artifact clinic completes the day - in this, students and staff together explored various ideas for project artifacts, considered potential problems and aimed for an artifact that supports concept and is not a gimmick.
Today saw the attending students introduced and reintroduced to both the Hasselblad Flextight scanner and and large format Toyo camera. While it is likely not a camera many have lying about, the introductory video is included below for your pleasure...
Alongside these workshops we spent time reading the work produced as a result of the ‘Self-portrait’ task set last week. The standard of work was incredibly high, and for the most part, readings made by the audience concurred with the author's intentions. Feedback to this work has also been happening throughout the week via the online community so make sure to check out the G+ community to see these responses and share your own.
The day concluded with a lecture/seminar looking at what Nan Goldin calls her ‘Tribe’ - the people we surround ourselves with and feel a part of - family, friends and partners. We looked at a variety of work from the likes of...
Sally MannElinor CarucciMike BrodieNan GoldinLarry SultanLatoya Ruby FrazierFilipe CasacaLarry ClarkNobuyoshi ArakiRoss Rawlings
We explored a few themes...
Making art close to home - Sally MannUnrelenting documentation as a tool to desensitized subjects to our camera
Performance or record in relation to the work of Sally Mann, Elinor Carucci and Latoya Ruby Frazier
I then set this weeks task: ‘The View from Inside’
- TASK AVAILABLE HERE
And also asked the class to look at Jennifer Pattison's work in preparation for next week - get your questions up on the G+ Community if you are not able to be there yourself.
Note: This is the where you will find the #picbod 2014 schedule, directed study items and lecture notes etc. The exciting stuff happens over at the Google+ community where work, ideas and comments are shared with the entire #picbod community.Notes, links, audio and the like will be posted before the weekend