Today’s lecture was based upon the importance of collaboration & process, and how it can affect the way the audience views a final piece. Within this Josh discussed with us how the final piece isn’t always the most important thing, it’s the journey and the obstacles you have to overcome to get there. I only partially agree with these statements as I also believe that the better and more developed the process is the strong the final piece to be true. Only work with depth and meaning behind the design can provide the audience with lingering questions to what it’s all about when they’ve only seen the final outcome. Which is different to processes that aren’t as developed as you can assume the story instantly. Josh also talked about the importance of collaboration and if one person doesn’t pull their weight it can all fall apart. As it was the first lecture we only roughly covered the project details and the topics they wanted us to discuss. I found they liked to leave the lecture open for thoughts so we didn’t think narrow-mindedly.
The morning began with a lecture from ex-student Dagmar and famous facial disfigurement actor Adam. the lecture consisted of how Dagma created Adam's face for her third-year final project. However, it wasn't just about making a visual representation she believed in the relationship and filling the sculpture with personality of Adam so consisted of being a part of his life to find out his interest’s hobbies and lifestyle so she could accurately recreate him. This lecture made you really consider it wasn't just about visual representation it was the meanings behind things and the intentions you are trying to create without being told them directly. This kind of collaboration benefited her with the outcome as that level of effort between no relationship with yours model creates a very visually different outcome which is usually a lot more unsuccessful without a relationship.
Today Sally Dean a costume designer spoke to us about designing somatic costumes. Her art was very interesting and unlike any other I had witnessed before as she was imposing the question of not just making costumes for what you think but reacting how they move and making a costume based on that. She got us to do movement exercises without being visually aware of what we were doing and just made us think of different ways to move her body to see our behaviour. Also, she made us think about the weights of our clothing and body parts on us and how we feel within them. She works with a lot of dancers and response to the movements with different parts of costume for example they showed us a dance where the costume designers had to apply a costume to the dancer as they were dancing and the costume had to represent how they were moving with only bin bags. Mockery of dance everything within reason. they find relationships between body and the environment and she brought in some costume she had made for example an elastic tube to represent the containment but stretching us of the skin a hat made out of balloons to show the lightness of your head air heart protector front and back as we only ever consider the heart being in the front of a body but by keeping it protected and warm as it is a vital organ. And finally feather fingers to show how fragile and light they are. Overall this lecture really made you think to consider not only what you see but what materials to use to create things. Also working with the performer is vital to gain knowledge and seat that has an equal to the work produced is as comfortable with each other and by collaborating like this both contributors have the same access to the final product making it better than just one person's design.
Our final lecture for this unit was about the university’s available online platforms such as Lynda.com, Moodle and in particular Workflow. All these are there to help us develop our written work however we had very little knowledge how to use them. For this unit, they had requested for our work to be written and submitted on Workflow and as many of us stated we didn’t understand how to do this. They responded and provided us with this academic lecture. This lecture was completely different to the others as it was a lot more informative and taught rather than being set points of discussion. It was also an official method of how the tutors wanted work submitted without fail. I really appreciated and enjoyed this lecture as sometimes a little guidance is what you need to continue to the next level. As this lecture was the final one it allowed you to create discussion of other work up until this point and then to go back and refine the work that needed to be contained instead of just answering the points of topic.
Working Together in Theatre by Robert Cohen
This reading discovers the idea of family within theatre. Back when theatre began in the dark ages a theatre group would be a bloodline family performance. They would write stage design and stage in the performance and work all together to create the final performance. Families involved their children by giving them apprentiships and on the job working alongside their family. This tradition of working in the same industry as your family happened right up until the 19thcentury. It began to stray from tradition when artists such as Picasso were making theatre designs.
The idea of theatre becoming a family is true to an extent. With it originating from real families anyone that’s ever joined the theatre has always become part of a family. This slowly developed from friends and family to hiring people actually trained or learning in that department. So therefore, it has led further away from actual family to hiring specialised artists and actors. Also, theatre companies in the past had one company and performed multiple works however, now they are all hired individually for only one production at a time. So, the idea of family has deteriorated from a lifetime with the same people to just only the shows running time.
On the other hand, the type of connections made back in the Dark ages between there creative team and performance team are still as meaning full as they are in today’s industry. This is because they still spend as much time rehearsing with their team if not more as standards of theatre are higher. They also spend a lot of hours together in a very short space of time meaning they get to know each other on personal level.
‘For today, families don’t make theatre; theatre makes families.’
This quote accurately represents the change in theatre behind the scenes but how it doesn’t change the outcome. Also, your family don’t always have the same common interests as yourself so now you end up meeting people in the same industry as you who become your second family.
Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
The topic of this reading discusses the process of two different types of artwork and how a painting has a meaning behind the final outcome. As an artist, you should never hide your work it should be something you are always proud of it complete or incomplete. Often an artist doesn’t want to share their work until its completed, however seeing it in the process stage allows you to see into their mind and process.
Process vs Product
‘People really do want to see how the sausage gets made’
The statement made me realise we only ever focus on the end product and become oblivious to the process. Should a process be discussed and available for an audience to see? Or should it be kept personal and hidden from the audiences view for only a final piece to be seen. Lately more modern artists have been showing the process as they have realised that this is what the audiences are interested in. It is very old fashioned and traditional way of viewing artwork to only be interested in the final piece. Also, traditional artists don’t always like to share their process as they feel that’s the way they get plagiarised so like a magic trick they don’t want you to know how they get to the final piece.
The debate of should the process be secret is ongoing as some may say it’s too messy too see behind the scenes of an artist, and that pre-digital artists are un open about sharing the process. In modern culture, we are taught to discuss and share our ideas, not only with our peers but also on social media sights. This way you can follow the journey with the artist easily allowing you to personally connect with them and their work. By doing this you can gain a fan base as the audience becomes interested in what you’re going to do next. For them to connect personally as well the documentation of day to day tasks also helps. This was really useful to read as I began to understand how important the process was and the different ways people view it e.g. In a positive or a negative way.
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
This article discusses how no ideas are original and that everything we use is stolen from another artist. However, there is a good type of steal and a bad type of stealing. For it to be good you must not only take inspiration from the artist but then develop it into your own work. This article uses word diagrams to help portray the writer’s opinions which for me helped get the message across concisely, quickly and clearly.
The final page proposes a personal thought to think about and mentions the word ‘lucky’ in it. Luck is something we don’t find very often and mainly associate it with good things that happen in life. It also is in between statements about love so it puts an image in your head that connects personally to you when viewing the Venn diagram. In terms of an artist’s/industry often the public say if you have a job in doing what you love your lucky. By adding to the right-hand statement to this thought, often something loving you back would be connected to making something easier for you to do. For example, if we used the focus of a job for ‘what loves you back’ you would assume that it treats you well makes life easy for yourself and your job gives you everything and more than you’ve ever wanted.
Only Proceed When in Agreement by Roznowski, R. and Domer, K.
This reading was one of the most directly related to this unit as it discusses the ways you should collaborate and the difficulties that can occur when collaborating. For each project there always needs to be a starting point and then passed onto the director to create the first visual for the script to then be passed onto the designer. This chain reaction allows the first person to be the instigator of the design and then developed by the future recipients.
However, the more ideal route for collaborators is for everyone’s view to be equal and to allow the idea to be the leader instead of having a project manager who has the last word. In this industry, it is more practical for the latter but allowing everyone there say so processes are more efficient.
The title of this reading is often a factor that is overlooked when in the moment of a collaboration, but is one of the key things needed to have a good piece of work. For collaboration to work well you need a responsive team of people that aren’t precious to their own work in case it gets discarded or modified. Also, a group that welcomes other people’s ideas as well as puts forward their own. Often disagreements occur as the artistic views are very different but can be overcome by democracy and acceptance that other people’s ideas can be better than your own.