After finishing version 1 of my Learning agreement, Dave Grimshaw and I sat down in the muggy, humid café at Benzi building Manchester, Feeling to cool air breeze in from a nearby, the ajar door was lovely, and we set about discussing my learning agreement.
Dave’s initial advice and overview were to add more depth to my subject area. Rather than breath, I need depth! The bringing together of key ideas with an academic rigger, quotes and well-built arguments. Not just my own opinion and self-justified ideas.
Dave also suggested my ‘end user’ area was far too broad and I must focus on the where; defining the actual area. It is true that a children’s waiting area in an A&E unit will be very different to a gentleman’s club in Soho or a Hotel lobby in Yorkshire. A decision for future blogs.
We also discussed an area for further research – to understand what exactly the experience ‘is’ that I want people to have? I need to understand the experience we humans have and how we describe our feelings, when seeing/ experiencing these natural ‘moments that cause you to pause’
With the introduction of my ‘key images,’ (see above) the discussion moved onto the difference between
a) the effect of the object - ‘Poetic Ripple’
b) the object itself 'Mariko Kusumoto'
So we then discussed how it was the object plus light that was of interest, how the object looks alone is lovely, but upon adding light that is when the magic happens. So the effect of the object can be a bonus. Again some reading and justification around this is needed.
The effect of the object is almost a bonus, an extra element because you still need the object to have an effect of the object. This is an interesting consideration, would the reflection, the shadows and the effect of the object be the main focus or the object itself and how that recasts to light. A discussion around how we feel about objects vs – the effect of the object is needed.
Here you can see how the effect of ‘light’ with dry ice can give an ‘experience’ - Sou Fujimoto – light beams also the Mischer'Traxler interactive glass bubbles for Curiosity Cloud installation at the V&A 2015.
Could this work then, be more of an installation rather than a stand-alone product? Space where a sensory, visual, auditory experience takes place. Another area of exploration is, in capturing the natural ‘moments’ will the experience need to be a whole body experience, entering a space rather than becoming aware of the object and its effect on the surrounds.
Even a product that gives you an experience, much like the lava lamp, or the poetic ripple.
Talking through the images further, discussing how with the poetic ripple, each product could and potentially is slightly different – hand blown glass can be controlled to a certain degree, then the rest is out of your control. This is an interesting consideration, much like the work of Ian Mcintyre, with 1000 plates. Controlling some elements then allowing other to be unique and individual give each piece an identity and natural feel. Could this uncontrollable touch make the product feel more like the ‘experience’ we are trying to capture?
This can also be said for the Roger Hiorns: Seizure room, as seen in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park last week with my mum. The crystals are an organic formation, controllable to a certain degree.
This brought us onto the phrase ‘Natural individuality’
One thing that is true across most of the images of my inspiration is that the materials make the object both literally and philosophically. It will be the material properties, abilities and limitations that define the objects experience.
Moving then to consider the fuel for this product, the background research must centre around the deeper cultural resonance of the human condition of our time. The constant pressure we have to fill our lives with stories and photos of what we are doing rather than just doing it, experiencing it and being present. The question is how does it benefit your mental well being to shut off and relax for a moment every now and then?
I also had a skype conversation with Daecan, once of my close friend ds who I studied with last year at MMU – check him out. We talked about the lava lamp and poetic Ripple as capturing your attention in the way a fire or sunset can. And this was the direction I was going down when discussing capturing the attention.this gave some insight into the area I was focusing on.
Questions and actions taking forward …
Reference and Read – 50 processes book.
Where will this product be used?
I need to understand the experience we humans have and how we describe our feelings, when seeing/ experiencing these natural ‘moments that cause you to pause’
A discussion around how we feel about objects vs – the effect of the object is needed.
Experience or product?
The question is how does it benefit your mental well being to shut off and relax for a moment every now and then?
Richard Dawkins – the blind watchmaker. – nature vs god.
Frances Ween – mumbo-jumbo. – how
Simon Amstel – social media