April 30th ~ May 4th
Mon – Tutorial with Colin. I feel the different modules are beginning to dovetail together. We discussed some of the research I’ve been doing as regards the intersections of art and science. I described the artistic question that Pim and I had posited for our placing Practice module: What would science look like outside the current economic model? And as a corollary of that: What would science and technology look like without the impetus of capitalism and the military/industrial complex? This also comprises of the alternative histories and timelines that interest me and their potential as science fiction parables. We talked about my idea of the sculptures generating random data that could be fed back into the activating mechanism that could create increasingly random actions. Colin recommended I look at the kinetic sculptures of Conrad Shawcross and to consider scaling down my work to expedite my experiments and look at new materials. I’ve been collating a list of artists that have been inspired by, or respond to, science and astronomy and looking into different methods for activating the sculptures. I haven’t had time recently to think about taking photos but once the end of semester assessments are complete I’ll be exploring that as a complement to the sculptures. I spent the rest of the day putting the final touches to the Situations presentation.
Tuesday – We had our Situations presentations in the upstairs lecture theatre at Crawford, I made sure I didn’t make the same mistake as last time, I leapt up to present for the second place slot while everything was fresh in my head and I wouldn’t have to sit there sweating, comparing myself to everyone else. There wasn’t much time to have a meeting with Pim before Jesse’s class but we made good progress with our allotted hour. Colin arrived during the class to give us the lowdown on the IMMA residency, it’s pretty short notice but a great opportunity and kudos for the course to be included in it. Looks like I’ll be chained to the keyboard for the rest of the week with the impending thesis proposal and blog assessment.