24 April – 5 May 2014 Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 (Last admission 17.15) Late night Thursdays and Fridays until 22.00 (Last admission 21.15) Embankment Galleries, South Wing Participants: Various
Pick Me Up is a graphic arts festival held annually boasting an informal atmosphere with display by talents selected by a special panel. The Exhibition consisted of two floors; the first floor consisted of display by rising new talents selected artist from all over the world
The second floor consisted of Illustration houses and their booths where visitors can interact and even create their own posters or even painting cut out shapes or joining a card battle (puckcollectives.com). Some booths also show case manual small scales printing machines. Each day there is a special event going at one of the rooms at the second floor, including plasticine animation workshop and events for children.
Some highlights of the event was In my Opinion was Handsome Frank and the Puck Collective. Handsome
Franks displayed amazing illustrations using different kind of medium. And the way they promoted their work through instagram and twitter plus a laid back ambience with the music playing added a plus for work displayed all though most of the studio spots were crammed with works.
Puck Collective interested me, because they are inviting people to create their own battle cards and hold a tournament each week. Puck Collective is one of the largest UK illustration collective consisting of 40 members.
Jack Hudson an Illustrator from Birmingham also interested me by his illustrations combining big and small. I particularly liked the face picture.
In all I think the idea of involving the visitors in creating something could be a way to interest the visitor to know more about the studio or the process. . It also gives me more exposure to the illustration world outside the popular media.
Following up for my final major project, I decided to create a new ‘CCTV’ footage. This time I emulate the videos/cctv that are put on cars to record travels for insurance and also copying what the google map cars are doing. The footage was taken in the afternoon on the way to work and consisted of two parts because I stopped the camerra because of traffic jam.
I started with the second part of the footage by capturing frame every 5 or 8 seconds using VLC media player. All Images were PNG. On further reflection on what to do with this capture footages, I remembered Gerard Richter with his artwork 4900 colours. Gerard Richter used a computer program to randomize colours in a 5x 5 grid. I also reflected on works by Stanza called “Urban Rhytms”.
So I decided to collage all the pictures, consisting of about 100 pictures that are converted to JPEG. To make the collage I used Picasa 3 that is free. So I saved every combination that was made by Picasa in total I made about 25 combination.
These 25 combination were then collaged again using Picasa, where I made about 9 combination which I also collaged again
The final Collage is this:
The second footage was taken near / around dusk which is why the ambience is more blue-ish. The next experiment involves the first part where the day was more bright.
The second degree collage is this:
While Stanza used a live feed of cctv through sniffing, this is a more controlled works since I decided the footage. In my opinion this more closer to Gerard Richter’s work that was using a computer to decide the combination.
1. Information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
2. The dissemination of such information as a political strategy.
The exhibition took place at the British Library from 17 May to `17 September 2013. This Major Exhibition displays the history of Propaganda including the origin of Propaganda up through to today. The exhibition is divided into 6 sections Origins, Nation, Enemy, War, Health and Today.
When we enter the venue we are welcomed by two lines of black mannequins with quotes on propaganda from various people. Black seem to be the main colour with minimum lighting. It might reflect the fact that Propaganda is mainly consider misleading and bias and is used to validate dark actions.
Propaganda was first used by the Catholic church and carries on used by Government and nations to glorify leaders, falsify the enemy or to bring a nation together for a cause or against a nations enemy.
From the start Propaganda materials uses Illustrations as their vehicle to convey messages from Martin Luther King to modern Health messages. Leaders such as Napoleon produces high quality paintings of them self with embedded messages glorifying them selves.
The Propaganda can be seen on coins, postcards, Bank Notes, monuments. Sport also become a tool for Propaganda in the modern era besides World Trade events. The advance of technology give way to other means of Propaganda such Radios, Televisions, leaflet distributions through planes etc.
In the modern day propaganda can be initiated by everybody with the rise of social media.
The Exhibition is supported by an accompanying book, Propaganda: Power and Persuasion by David Welch.
Diverse, six students from six different countries, displaying 6 different art pieces.
Six Steps MA Art and Design Show features the work of Daniel Udoakah, Phudit Srithongsongsang, Sulaman Raice Sunny, Yu Chen Lin, Konstantinos Tranakidis students of MA Art and Design from the University of Bedfordshire. The diversity can be seen from the body of work of each student that consisted from the digital works by Daniel Udoakah to the expressive paintings by Yu Cheng Lin and Suresh Puspangathan. In total there were 10 art works on display include each artist project book. All the artwork went through rigorous reflection and thinking that can be read from their project books that are also displayed under a glass case table.
The exhibition was held at the new glittering Postgraduate Centre building located at Vicarage Street opened with a private viewing on May 31 and lasted until June 7, 2013. The choice of venue was a great move since it puts the work more into the spotlight compared doing the exhibition in the Gallery Space which is a bit cornered. The Works displayed can be seen from outside through the big glass windows with a coffee shop the venue provides a nice place to drink coffee while enjoying the beautiful work of the artists. Despite a lot of effort has been poured onto the individual work, the exhibition itself needed more things to work on.
The decision to omit any title to the artwork displayed which is probably meant to give the freedom to the viewers in order to provide loose interpretation to the artwork is somehow confusing because in the end there is still the need to know the title. The shy catalogue itself couldn’t keep up with the great artwork the student has been producing. We missed the catalogue mainly because it wasn’t the first thing that grabs the visitor’s attention when entering the venue. It might be useful if the leaflets were put on the sides of the main partition in the middle. It seems the artists who were or supposed to be responsible for the exhibition are burnt out after finishing their final project. The promotion of the exhibition also felt a bit of last minute where posters are put up on the day of the exhibition.
Some of the Artist
Daniel Udoakah who advocates generative art displayed his art work called IGenerate. The Artwork consisted of two parts, one is a print on Canvas and the other ones are projected onto a screen. Daniel disagreed the French saying: l’art pour l’art’ or ‘art for art’s sake’, art should appreciate the advanced of technology Daniel imbued. That’s why he chose Wolfram; a computer program, to make his artwork. Daniel developed art works based on complexity, chaos and randomization theory using mathematical instruction involving random shapes and colours producing a lot of combination which were projected to the screen in the gallery. Daniel’s work reminds me of Joshua Davis who uses Flash to create random patterns with random shapes while Daniel’s shape seems limited to the basic shapes. (I believe these are constrains put by the assignments). Still the drawback to Daniel’s method to create art that one has to have sufficient understanding on how to operate the Wolfram software that makes the art making less accessible. Still the method can be an alternative for web designers, fashion designers or even as Daniel said architects to decorate rooms or buildings. The printed version of IGenerate is printed on high resolution canvas and came out with strong colours.
Another interesting art work is “Our Cube World” by Konstantinos Tranakidis. This installation consists of a collage of 25 pictured cubes in one big frame. Each side of the cubes represents something about an artist from the exhibition. The three artists that are represented are Sulaman Sunny, Phudit Srithongsongsang and Jerry a.k.a. Yu Cheng Lin. The other side depicts the journey the other artist went through their study in the MA art and Design. Kostas aimed interactivity in the sense that the viewers can touch and rotate each box in oppose to only viewing them.
To give the viewers a real sense of involvement he used direct interaction mimicking the games he used to play and the Rubik Cube the main inspiration of the installation. Kostas ‘s Cube World can be seen as a Paradigm in Saussure’s semiotics theory where each side represent one paradigm with each unit in the set has something in common and each unit is different from the other.
When we turn one of the cube there would a paradigm shift thus giving the viewers a different paradigm and meaning. Although inspired by the Rubic Cube, the colour scheme that Kostas uses isn’t as contrast as the Rubic that uses six colours. The title ‘Our Cube World’ seems to be out of place on the top of the installation while it either can be placed within the cubes. The good thing is that the installation is the only display that has a title and title becomes immediately memorable.
The Installation seems to lack any invitation to touch or play with it relying solely on the initiative of the viewer. One thing that Kostas wanted to change of this artwork is if he had more funds he would’ve have used better material. In the End the Exhibition can be seen as a celebration for the Artist who finally finished their Masters a celebration that doesn’t need something too fancy, just a beer and friends as this is only one step towards a better future.
The other track used is an rock guitar Instrumental by Paul Gilbert/Racer X. The Curly shapes refers to a the complex solo guitar. In Indonesia its jokingly refered as a ‘keriting” solo guitar (keriting – curly).
The two visualization can be used as a prototype to static visualization of (particularly) rock music. The constrains are since it was only tested against two subjects who are both female and no interest what so ever in rock music it might be different if the subjects of survey were musicians, or people who likes listening to rock music.
The designer is not a music player nor can read music sheets apart from guitar tabs and purely based his decision on the small survey done.
Further study needs to be conducted to find correlation between colours and emotion and then music probably through psychoanalisis or pscychology.
A different response can be achieved if these were animated with sound which brings the viewer into the music.
I decided to combine both results and break the song into 5 dominant parts. I expect the viewer to read this poster in linear lines like a music sheet. I can’t read music sheets what so ever and neither does both of the subjects from the study cases.
I underlined the wave motion and the flying moves that was demonstrated earlier by the second subject. The track is called “Air” by Jason Becker. Air in Indonesia means ‘water’, while in English its more related to the sky. Still both the sky and water are usually related to the colour blue.
This poster feels disconnected in someway and missing its flow. I decided to change the orientation to landscape which makes it less chopped.