Symposium 2

May 1, 2010

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April 18, 2010

About 9/10 weeks to the show build. So this is my current project status:

Video: Have been looking at this and the options of buying a new camera. Cost is a major factor, but so to are file types, and the processor power of my computer.

My Canon digital SLR  which I got from Ebay without soft wear and cables etc. and though  have tried downloading the drivers for it from the Canon site haven’t as yet been able to get the down load to install properly so at most I can do is upload files.

I was considering using the Canon to take time lapse for a live cast. I will still try to sort this. To see what sort of image quality might be achievable.

Ideally would’ve brought a new video camera by this point, and am still debating about this. One concern though is that with a better camera ego e with HD quality my computer will struggle with the processing requirements, or if its file capture is .mts it will require Sony Vegas soft wear to edit which again adds a huge cost.

One area I’ve not  thought through as well as I’d like has been in providing an adequate financial plan. It would have been good practice to have tried to allow for a larger final project budget.  Or to look for possible sponsorship etc. so that is a hard learned lesson for future projects. Have to be more active across more areas in order to better ensure a successful outcome.

Korsakow: Begun going over Korsakow this weekend and currently using the older version of Korsakow because of the time scale.

Video from my JVC camera which came from Ebay with out soft wear and cables etc will only open and edit with Windows Movie Maker, so currently I am editing saving files as AVIs and then converting them with Adobe Premier Elements as iMovie files which is the file type this version of  Korsakow accepts.

It’s helpful to move the sequences in to a different arena and run them together as it gives a different slant on the work.

My sister has mentioned that it is possible to run videos in Microsoft Power Point. So have been having a look at that option as well and though am not too sure about it linking videos in the same way as Korsakow and it certainly doesn’t allow for the random element Korsakow provides, (random element provided by Korsakow is a reference for the random nature of the lived body in my project) its a possible format for the coming symposium piece.

Project Title: My project title has been a constant bug through out the course. It outlines/describes/outlines the idea of the MA project. Yesterday was checking the weblog and liked at the tag cloud. The 3 words that stood out were body, movement, identity. Which have formed the basis of the project, so I have updated the project title from Everyday Movements to Body, Movement, and Identity. This refining of hunches, thoughts, and possible understandings in to a clarified language is something I’m always wrestling with.

Mail Art One, summer issue: I would like to offer this issue for the Digital Arts group show so anyone who wanted a paper presence during the final show could have their work represented in it. Need to produce a larger edition, so need to set up an email outlining details and a deadline to my peers to see if there is any take up if not will do call out for the issue.

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April 11, 2010

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March 25, 2010

Was very fortunate this week to have a meeting with Alice Thwaite director-developer of Equal Arts in Gateshead.

Alice’s organization has 25 years experience in providing high quality arts projects for older people and she very kindly spared some time to discuss an idea for a small community based project I would like to try to establish following on from the MA.

Equal Arts is responsible for the recent ‘Knitted Lives’ exhibition.

When outlining my MA (the link between our movements and identity and the role that our movements play in forming our cognitive understandings), Alice commented that this was an established area of awareness with those who worked with older people as a recognised aspect which impacts on older people who are affected by loss of mobility or those suffering Alzheimer’s.

I had only been considering the impact of the possible change of the link with physical activities and communications to cognitive process occurring in terms of our digital online environments not as something which is also experienced due to natural aging processes, but in some ways it is a very clear parallel.

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March 14, 2010

Have been reading through ‘Cyber feminism’ by Susan Hawthorne & Renate Klien Spinfex 1999  this week to try to engage with the core ideas for the final piece.

‘Our bodies our lives’ 1970’s Feminist slogan… rights of women have been bound up and illustrated by society’s interpretation and use of the female body.

Making politics of the body easily accessed through feminist writing but possibly giving a rather one sided (?) context?

I found little information of the politics surrounding the male body readily available or information specifically looking at bi or non heterosexual body politics?

The powers at play in body politics include institutional power expressed in government and laws, disciplinary power exacted in economic production, discretionary power exercised in consumption, and personal power negotiated in intimate relations. Individuals and movements engage in body politics when they seek to alleviate the oppressive effects of institutional and interpersonal power on those whose bodies are marked as inferior or who are denied rights to control their own bodies.

Read more: Body Politics – FEMINISM AND, RACIAL

Given the range of politics surrounding the body it must make sense that some where the change of physical bodily protocol that has come about in online communication must result in a sociological impact?

So what or where would the impact of this lack of former physical protocol which has been eradicated by online communication manifest?

The lack of physical accountability in much online communication

Another line of thought this week has come from a tutorial with Andy:

Andy asked me to consider role and the context of the space in the final piece and also the length of time a live piece would need to run to accommodate not only the private view but making and the external examiners.

I went back over some of the outlines for my essay to think about the manifestation of use of space and waking.

One of current but highly difficult examples of how destroying safety of walking is used to control people, their cultural identity in relation to geographic engagement and economic rights; is of countries where landmines have been deployed. (EG: Bosnia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Afghanistan.)

In Bagram, Afghanistan, ‘the devil’s garden’ was an area heavily mined by the Soviets prior to the Taliban taking over the area. When the Taliban left these mines remained, unexploded.

Many of the mines in this area are in the process of being removed by the Halo Trust. In the devil’s garden where mines once lay hidden the mine has been detonated and the site is marked with a green stone.

(In some countries such as Cambodia rats in other countries specially trained dogs are used to help clear paths and cleared paths are then marked with painted stones.)

I have consciously shied away from political content in work. But this course has made me ask questions because of the desire to understand the place and impact of digital media and the level of questioning (Political) reflected in the work of some of my peers, has brought home that any work has a political context and content and it is best to try to enter in to a responsible dialogue with these issues if possible.

I am not sure I have the necessary ability to incorporate any comment or reference to these issues at an appropriate level in the final piece, but that area of thought is something to aim to continue to develop after this MA.

It does feel an uncomfortable fact that while we in the West could be understood to be reducing our need for physical accountability within our daily digital lives, the daily physical accountability for those in countries such as Afghanistan can have such a different meaning. And in some ways in the West we might be distancing ourselves from some physical understandings?

There is also the growing anomaly of the internet providing freedom of information and communication for much of the world but is now staring to bring about censorship of online facilities and networks in other countries.

Will spend the next couple of weeks thinking about the role of walking through space in relation to the project and also try to think some more about this idea of reduced physical protocol, societies use of control of movement and go back to the format Jonathan asked us to apply during unit one in 2007 of blogging in photos and video for the next couple of weblogs to shift focus firmly on to the visual and practical interpretation.

December 4, 2009

Image Marina Abramovic presents….from the Manchester International festival 2009.

Marina Abramovic  interview  Journal of Contemporary Art, Inc. June 1990