‘The Encounter’

This is it. The time has come. It’s official.

We have been briefed. 


(Set up show 6th May)

We finally got briefed on what has to be the most highly anticipated briefing of our 3 years studying on this course (maybe minus the dissertation…) But do not fret. Do not panic. Breathe and enjoy every minute of it!!

In the briefing we spoke of how much time we all should be spending in the studio, how many hours we should be putting in each week and the signing in process. Realistically we should be doing around 40 hours a week in uni. I personally arrive for uni around 9:30am each day and leave about 4-4:30pm, as I just work better at uni due to the facilities. We talked over the upcoming easter break and about the studio/workshop opening times. Some workshops will be open and others will be closed so it is important to take this time to plan our time wisely and think ahead to be able to determine how these closures will hinder us. Easter break is from the 18th of March until the 11th of April.

Use this as a time to let yourself flourish; be experimental and take risks. We began to discuss the title of our degree show and what it actually means to Encounter a piece of work. Thinking about the ways and the places in which work is presented, we looked at a few examples. One of these examples that stood out to me the most are a duo called ‘Dunne + Raby’ and their ‘Huggable Atomic Mushroom’, which I will discuss in a separate blog post. This field module is designed to guide us in realising our ongoing research and practice into a living body of work that will communicate, express and speak through being encountered. We have being doing this throughout the year since the beginning, however now it is time to be conscious of what is to be expected in these last few months. The focus within this last term will be upon how our work ‘works’ and how it speaks. Here are a few questions I will (hopefully) be able to answer over time:

  • What does this work actually say or communicate?
  • What themes or ideas does it embody?
  • How does it do this?
  • Is the viewer a participant within the work?
  • How do others encounter your work in the world, and how would you like them to encounter it?

(NOTE TO SELF: it might be a nice idea to write these questions out and keep referring back to them to remind yourself of what is expected of you. It may also be a good idea to be able to try and answer the questions also)


The Brief (3 Components)

(Taken from our brief)


Produce a high quality, refined self-directed body of work that demonstrates both practical and theoretical decisions, is sensitive to socio-cultural, political or economic real world context, and expresses your particular ethos or vision regarding your practice.


Communicate how the work sits within the context of contemporary culture through the curation of a public exhibition space that is an extension of your work.


Position yourself and your work in the world through the creation of self promotional materials relevant to your discipline.


To finish of this pretty scary yet extremely exciting blog about my DEGREE SHOW BRIEFING (breathes heavily), here are a list of words that should be kept in mind throughout this process:

  • Communicate
  • Encounter
  • Inspire
  • Translate
  • Participate
  • Promote
  • Narrative
  • Proxemics
  • Include
  • Transportable
  • Immerse
  • Inform
  • Evoke

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