Take note – feedback from MPR
As planned, I read out my ‘write up’ as a way to familiarise everyone present with my project and update them on where I was with my work. I also took in my pattern cut-out and showed the images of my patterns (as seen in previous two posts).
The following are the exact notes I took during my Mid-point Review where I had to remain silent and let everyone else do the talking (which made me want to laugh). Some of the below may be exact statements and questions mentioned/raised by my peers and tutor and some may be my thoughts and ideas as a result of the discussion going on around me. I’ve used question marks in brackets to indicate where I am not sure if I have understood the comment properly or if I am unsure about the spelling or some such thing:
What is the purpose of the interaction? Exploring shapes? Imparting experience of religious aspects?
Are the patterns ‘self-generating’ ? or will they be?
The more interaction there is – will more of the pattern reveal itself or be created?
Engage with the idea of infinity (relates to above point where the pattern could continue on and on)
How about the use of mirrors? One placed opposite the other gives the image of a neverending reflected environment. This produces perfect symmetry – idea of perfection could be conveyed through this (could also be a way to produce a 3D virtual format of the patterns).
There was a project called ‘Forever’ at the V&A – this sound exhibition continuosly plays an audio stream which apparently never loops so you’ll never hear the same bit twice – another form of infinity (continuity)
Look up Brian Eno’s work.
Could the pattern exist as audio? Can the pattern dictate what the audio sounds like?
Look into serialists, musicians with this approach.
An example where visuals and audio combine and are influenced by the changes made to an arrangement of certain elements. One project consisted of a table with cubes on it and dependant on where the cube is moved it produces music. REACTABLE. Bjork used this method in one of her tracks(?)
Puzzles with cameras viewing the arrangement – may work as black and white as they are high contrast and the camera can pick up the different areas of colour. This can be read and then programmed to behave in a number of ways. There is downloadable software available that can read and recognise the patterns.
Student comment: ‘Islamic Art’ doesn’t mean a heck of a lot to me
Two approaches – call it ‘Patterns and Infinity’ and allow people to reach the religious aspects or do it the other way around?
If I only focus on the patterns and infinity side of things then the work could become “culturally non-charged” but retain connection of the “global phenomena” in the idea of perfection and infinity.
Shouldn’t shirk the challenge in worry of stepping on people’s toes in order to address the Islamic aspect
BUT for what purpose? back to the first question – to explain religious thinking or to explore it?
Fibonacci series, repetition and nature – humans are compelled to seek the beauty in things that is apparent in nature (maybe this is how our impression/ideals/standards of beauty has been developed, nature as a benchmark – it had to start somewhere right?)
Look up Ryan McGinness
Magic eye image – korean artist, grid of lights that viewer stares at for some time and then they close their eyes and a certain image can be seen?
John Mader (check spelling) – also produces geometric work
Japanese female artist – works with mirrors to produce image/visual that appears to go on and on, therefore is infinite.
Student comment – everything is infinite, so is it possible to find something that isn’t? Is there a pattern that isn’t?
Like snowflakes are all different. Apparently fingerprints aren’t as unique as we once thought they were
Chaos Theory – How patterns repeat in the world and around us but in a chaotic way.
So all in all there was an interesting mix of comments and questions which have left me thinking hard and with even more ideas but I think they are getting better and better!
This was a very useful process.