How Long is Now?

Is change always good?

As I mentioned in a previous post, this term is very different from the last. Before, when we had constellation, we had it every Thursday for one hour. Now all that is changing as Constellation just got a whole lot more important (yikes!)

For this term we are all required to choose an option which we then study every Thursday for 8 weeks. A special lecture was held for us all in the Llandaff campus where we all had to attend. In this lecture, there were 8 different lecturers each with 5 minutes slots to try and almost ‘sell’ thier options to us, and give us more of an insight in to what they would be teaching, the way in which they like to teach and what would be expected of us as srudents and as artists and designers.

We were given a deadline in which we were required to choose our options, giving us plenty of time to make up our minds, talk to the lecturers if need be and sort out anything else that we felt neccissary before choosing. The lecture was ever so helpful as was a nice change from the usualy lectures we recieve on a Thursday. All the lecturers were very different- some more enthusiastic than others, some subjects omre appealing than others too, and some subjects that were just a straight up instant ‘no’. (…in the nicest way possible)

After the presentations I was left being stuck between 2 of the tutors, and it wasn’t until the night before that I was certain who I wanted to pick.

Martyn Woodward: Expressing the Unseen: Embodiment, Form, Art and Design. (below is the option overview)

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This option is a hybrid between philosophy, theory and practice, designed to question what we may know about art and design practice. The focus lies in understanding what we may mean by the body and how different understandings of the body shape how we understand the history and theory of our practices.

Throughout this option we will begin to understand how the body has been historically understood across art and design but also, more importantly, how it hasn’t been. We will investigate some of the many parallel ‘modernist’ histories of the body, perception and form drawn across art history, film, painting, design, architecture, archaeology, anthropology, philosophy and phenomenology.

We will analyse theoretical and philosophical texts, visual media, archaeological artefacts, film and audio-visual forms, and everyday visual and material culture, reading through them asking what we may understand by the terms ‘body’, ‘perception’ and ‘form’, and how this changes what we think about our own practices. You will be encouraged to ask creative and probing questions such as “what does Geology have to do with painting? “, “How is the sense of touch expressed through visual form ?”, and “How does the idea of technology shape our creative practices?”

We will be investigating topics such as (but not exclusive to):

– Psychological, multi-sensory, phenomenological, embodied and existential theories of perception.
– The multi-sensory aspects of painting, visual style, and everyday visual culture.
– The imaginary, spiritual and psychological development of art history, visual culture and material culture.
– The multi-sensory (haptic) dimensions of film and other audio-visual media forms.
– The anthropological and archaeological notions of ‘materiality’.
– Alternative and parallel histories of technologies, media forms, and practices in art and design.

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