Do I have ideas or do ideas have me?

Lecture by Prof. Clive Cazeux.

Idea is something seen, a form or conceived by mind. Ideas according to Plato’s theory of forms is a thought, a conception, a notion. Relationship between an artist and his ideas is by thinking, we live in our head, the influenced come from nature that teaches sensations, mind and body that form the unit (Rene Descartes). Each idea contains one uniform appearance (John Locke).

What we pick up, what comes to hand, what we reach for, what we select, what comes to mins an what we think of belong to the world. They carry prior meanings and will guide or direct us to our actions therefore new possibilities being applied in new pr alternatives settings.


Identifying A Question

Lecture by Dr. Mahnaz Shaz

What is a question?

A researcher has the ability to change, to questions and analysing information in order to find out about an object or artwork. This skill lead to critical analysis. Research is important to measure how much I can prove the argument or point of view (no wrong or right question and answer). Back up our research with logic and information to prove our opinion or argument or artwork. Research is to find out the relationship between objects, time/period/era, find out about the connection of things and forms. And in order to understand it is by breaking down the connections, find new materials, new techniques, new forms across many specialist subjects or fields which will develop the understanding of elements in design and structure.

Understanding the era of an object by seeking the concept of the era, symbols and psychology of the era (psycho analysis).

Art and design abstraction includes:

  • line (every specialist or field use line in a different matter)
  • plane
  • form
  • volume
  • colour
  • structure


Principle of Accessibility

Visual creation always have responsibility yo the viewers or public/beholders and sometimes defines who we are and the civilisation. Concept and ideas that we find acceptable today may not be suitable in the future.

The lecture has taught me quite a lot with how to think and analyse critically. I have to look in depth into research, what are the current issue in the art and design, the theme, concepts and crossovers, literature but also composition.




Handling History ‘ISMS’ and The close reading of texts

Lecture by Theo Humphries

This was one of study skill that I enjoyed. English isn’t my first language and the lecture introduced technique of reading a text and understanding the meaning out of it. I shall use paraphrasing when I read a text in a book that I can not understand.

History is influenced by a lot of things and sometime too much of history can be confusing. History can be obvious but also abstract and chaos. Artist and designers have their own art things but in the end it come into one distinctive result. All history are constructed.

To understand the -‘Isms’ I have to reduce the history to make it make sense, e.g. in Language (English) as one of main communication tool in the world. Sometime ‘labelling’ or ‘stereotyping’ is dangerous even though it’s coming from or about the same thing.


Teenage kicks – Cultural Approaches to Dr. Martens Boots

Lecture by Cath Davies.

Identifying cultural approaches is recognising the context and meaning through critical analysis. Identifying a brand by their design quality. Culture within the design adds value into the subject.

How to identify ‘cultural markers’:

  • choosing & looking at?
  • who made it and what purpose?
  • what role in different ages?
  • usage in different time? is there any development?
  • is there any different connotations or association throughout time?

To identify the cultural markers I need to look at the trend, trace the biography or history and the past of the subject and look at who buy the brands throughout the ages and time or by reclaiming the object and changing its meaning. Some brands have different meaning embedded within it. It sometime defines how the customer wear the brand (style, personality, genre, e.t.c.).

Customers who use the brand are actively construct, transforms, reconfiguring and remaking the meaning of the brand. And some customers also borrowed and revived the brand by putting them together into a new distinctive style. Customisation is adapting, altering or defying the original design. It’s a form of statement or saying something with style in different ways of wearing the brand. It’s like “painting our own personality as an artist”. Sometime stereotyping of the brand occur. Identities are fluid, customers decide which visual to be presented which lead to interaction between ourselves and culture that become an infusion of different statement in culture.

Objects tell stories. Customers see brand as a platform not as the finish product. Customers decide how to wear it and time changes things and meanings of it. Visual artefacts are embedded with connotations or things that comes with. Cultural connotation creates anti-fashion/rebellion, individuality is formed by customers who buy the brand.

Presentation Skills

Lecture by Dr. Stephen Thompson.

I didn’t enjoy the lecture very much. Presentation is a skill that I can not seems to understand. Maybe because of my lack of confident. I understand that I am more confident when talking about my own project. The things that I can take from the lecture are that we need to understand what I am presenting, do not over think, I have enough research to back up our argument and be confident with my opinion. There is no right or wrong when presenting our own research and artwork so long as we believe in it. Hopefully I can apply it when I do presentations.

Interdisciplinary Research in Art-Science-Technology

Lecture by Dr. Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos.

The lecture introduced me with a new representation of perceptual textured sounds by mapping of auditory to visual dimensions and combining low dimensional projection and iconic representation (through online survey). The techniques are from research then to be tested and to be proven in argument therefore produce information and documentation in order to have the conclusion which is to represent collection of sounds into graphics.

What I can take in regard with my discipline from the lecture was that I can map the sounds geographically to produce an illustrated/graphic image that informs about variety of sounds.

Making – William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement

Lecture by Prof. Jeff Jones.

I really like the topic that Prof. Jeff Jones delivered today. I’ve been interested in the Art and Craft movements and studied William Morris’ work when I was in college. I found the art and craft movement to be very community orientated. I believe that artist – world – community work better together. The world shapes the artist’s perspective. The outcome must be useful for the world, artist and community because it is impossible to disassociate art from morality, politics and religion. It’s a shame that in modern days the ‘cooperative’ art & craft movement become less popular because the mid class people made it independently which contradict the main idea of the art and craft movement.