Site – Place – Context – SEA Brief – Year 1 Term 2 – January 14th 2012 – GSA

Site – Place – Context

This project aims to demonstrate the importance of being aware of, and understanding the multiplicity of contexts within any given site. The project is structured around four creative processes: Research, Development, Resolution and Presentation. You may develop work in any media, though this must be done within the resources introduced to you in the First Term.

To start off the research period, you are requested to look at ways of investigating, documenting and gathering information on site, place and context. During the first 2 weeks of the project your studio will become a ‘Shared Research Archive’ for the project – a depository for the information you gather. This research will be a shared resource; therefore you are required to document it in a way that will allow others to gain understanding and knowledge from your inquiry. This could be done through, for example, drawing, photography, writing and recording. In addition to this we will introduce you to web logging (blogging) as a method of archiving and sharing both your online and real world research. Paul will be on hand to introduce you to the world of blogging and to link your blog site to the First Year Sculpture and Environmental Art Projects’ site. (blogger) (wordpress)

During the first 2 weeks of the project you are expected to explore ideas around site and audience within the boundary of the campus. Remember, you have had inductions into our wood and casting workshops and participated in the ‘conscious unconscious’ project withHenry Coombes.  It is expected that you use some of the techniques and processes that you have been introduced to previously and will continue to develop skills in some of these areas. Your final work for this project will reflect this.

There will be a number of events provided to support this project – keep an eye on the VLE and your email. The first of these is a lecture by Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva in the Barnes Lecture Theatre on Friday 20th of January 3-5pm on her public art practice. During this talk Elpeda will share with us the methods she uses to consider audience in the development public works from her recent “Artist in Restaurant” at Pied à Terre.

Work from Artist in Residence in the Faculty of Media, Art & Communications at the University of Gloucestershire, and based at Gloucester Cathedral.

Underlying all of Hadzi-Vasileva’s practice is an interest in exposing spaces which are not normally encountered. This concern with space, including light, darkness, colour, texture and smell has produced a series of works that explore their symbolic nature and intimacy whilst also attempting to delineate the integral nature of their relationship.

In exploring these unencountered spaces Hadzi-Vasileva aspire for a resonance with fable or fairly story, a suggestion of promised Arcadia’s or Utopias which are unattainable, hoping to encourage a sublime experience for the visitor.

The Turra Coo

The second event is a Lecture by Charles Engebretsen in the Barnes Lecture Theatre on Friday 3rd of February 3-5pm. During this talk, Enge will share with us is experience of working with local communities to develop a public work in the town of Turriff in Aberdeenshire. The Sculpture was the end result of a long running project initiated by Turriff Tourism Action Group (TTAG). The artists also conducted a series of arts-led public events and a comprehensive arts-based education programme to raise awareness and understanding of the project and embrace public ownership of the sculpture. Enge is a participating artist on the Clipperton Project and will discuss his thoughts and intention for the project

During the final weeks of the project, you are expected to develop a work from the research material that has been gathered. The work should reflect an in-depth study of site and context. It should demonstrate that you are aware of who your audience is. Is it a site based work that exists because of its context or is it a gallery based work that has grown and developed from the research you have done into a particular site/context?

The key things to remember when developing work for this project are:

•    Who is the artwork for?
•    Where is it for?
•    What is it for?

This final period will be supported by tutorials and will culminate in a critical feedback session and exhibition in your studio.


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