Spencer Roberts- Japan in class- 30.01.15

January 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

Over 10 weeks we are going to break down articles- and points of contention that we can debate and we are also learning to structure arguments and how to structure essays so we can write up our 3000 word essay. The main points about this lecture were that we looked at what we associate most with japan and Japanese culture.

 

I found this lecture to be a little confusing and therefore my notes are a mess and he insists on writing everything in mind map form so I will scan those in later and add them but for now the main point that I picked up on what the difference between how japan portray monsters in film and how America portrays monsters in film after watching ads for Godzilla and a clip from ‘my neighbour torero’

Spencer Roberts Lecture Filled In By Anneka

January 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

In this lecture- our lecturer Spencer was ill so it was filled in for by another tutor of ours who decided to use the time to show us the work that she does outside of university, what interests her and what she’s working on and also to show us that contrary to popular belief as she put it ‘tutors DO have a life outside of university’.

She started with her interest in the ‘uncanny’- which was originally conceived by Sigmund Freud, something we had already discussed in previous lectures by Spencer in term 1. she also wanted us to copy down quotes that she put in her presentation that she found useful-

(interested in ‘the uncanny’)

  • “It is not so much darkness itself but the process of bringing the light that is uncanny. The uncanny is what comes out of the darkness.”

-Nicolas Royle, The Uncanny

  • “To make the invisible visible is uncanny”

-Paul De Man, resistance to theory

(interested in ‘liminal space’)

something that is public and something that is private= liminal space. for example glimpsing into other worlds through windows art night…

(she is also interested in ‘time’)

The knowledge that the eye can only process a number of frames per second

  • (how many frames a second can the eye see?)

Animators especially they work a lot with time

(interested in the idea of ‘doubling’)

  • “Doubling offers another disturbing and yet familiar personae in ways of telling the self; permutations of inner and outer selves catalyse uncanny plots about identity”

-Marina Warner, fantastic metamorphoses, other worlds

  • Doubling- multiple roles/personalities
  • who we become through different roles and with/around other people

Thus the miniscule, a narrow gate, opens up an entire world

A magnifying glass gives a ‘fresh eye before a new object’ (inspiration for brief- Pan Macmillan)

  • with a glass in his hand he returns to the garden, ou les enfants regardent grand [where children see enlarged, pp155]

-Gaston Bachelard, the poetics of space

(Google earth- when that came along it changed our view and experience of time, earth and space)

(interested in ‘Technologies’)

-Thomas Nagel- ‘a view from nowhere’

…A photograph is not ‘an interpretation of the real’; it is also a trace directly stencilled off the real, like a footprint or a death mask.

…A photograph is never less than ‘the registration of an emanation’- a material vestige of its subject in a way that no painting can be. [pp154] Susan Sontag, on photography

Self…

After going through all of this she asked us to turn to the person next to us and then take a picture of them, once the picture was taken she asked us to write a little on who was more real…

In my opinion ‘the photograph is only like the real but the real, it is still life and so is both like them but not like them at the same time. Some pose for pictures presenting what they want you to see and some pictures are unguarded and therefore you see a fragment of there true self or maybe still what they want you to see subconsciously. A photograph only shows one Fawcett of a persons character, just one vie, only showing you a part of the picture and not the whole story.’ links back to the quote- not to judge a book by its cover.

other work we looked at…

  • Daniel Rozen, Peg man
  • Dark matters- (Anneke Pettican)- WWW.darkmattersart.co

Anneke Pettican- Spencer lecture 1- 23.01.15

January 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

In this lecture Spencer was ill and so one of our other tutors named Anneke Pettican took over his first lecture and talked to us a little about her practise and quotes tat she finds especially useful and that relate to her professional practice.

We found out that she is very interested in the uncanny….

“It is not so much the darkness itself but the process of bring light that is uncanny. The uncanny is what comes out of the darkness.”

  • Nicholas Royle, the uncanny

‘To make the invisible visible is uncanny’

  • Paul de man, the resistance to theory

She is also interested in the idea of liminal space…

Liminal space is something that is public and something that is private- and example is ‘glimpses into other worlds’ like through someone’s window at night.

She is interested in time…

The can only process a certain amount of frames a second. (How many frames can the eye see?) As an animator especially they work a lot with time, (myself included sometimes)

 She is interested in the idea of doubling….

“Doubling offer another disturbing yet familiar set of personae in ways of telling the self; permutations of inner and outer selves catalyse uncanny plots about identity”

  • Marina Warner, fantastic metamorphoses, other worlds

Doubling- multiple roles/personalities

  • Who we become through different roles and with/around different people

Thus the miniscule, a narrow gate, opens up an entire world

-A magnifying glass ‘gives a fresh eye before a new object

She is also interested in technologies…

(Thomas Nagel- ‘a view from nowhere)

-… A photograph is not ‘an interpretation’ of the real; it is also a trace directly stencilled of the real, like a footprint or a death mask

-… A photograph is never less than the registration of an emanation- a material vestige of its subject in a way that no painting can be

– (Pp154) Susan Sontag, on photography

After looking through her work and talking about her practice she then tld us to think about the ‘real’

She asked us to take a picture of the person next to us and to then decide which was more real the photograph or the person, she then asked us to draw the person without saying which she wanted us to draw, the picture or the real person and let us decide for ourselves who was more real and also write a short paragraph explaining our reasoning.

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This is the picture that I drew, which i think turned out well enough but I am terribly bad at faces especially at that scale, I did not give myself enough scale for the drawing.

I believe that a photograph can show moments where we are unguarded and capture things that normally we try to hide or pretend aren’t there. However it is also still life- it shows a moment frozen in time, captured but forever the same. It can also be staged, where people in particular pose and so that they have a power in making the camera and the viewer see what they want them to see. Without spending time with someone, no matter how many photographs you have you will never know the ‘real’, it will forever be a mystery because photographs only show one Fawcett of a person and never the whole picture. You will never know the whole story- so how could a photo ever be the real. It can sometimes be more real but never the ‘real’.

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