Online Portfolio

Online Portfolio

Here is my online portfolio with 4 of my works.
http://joebirddesign.weebly.com/

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Week 3 – Warren Leung & BIO

Week 3 – Warren Leung & BIO

During class in week 3 we had listened to Hong Kong artist Warren Leung talk about his works since 2015. His work combines historical exploration with photography and video presented as performance and installation. The reason for this lecture was to help us explore further options about who we are as students and what we want to explore when we finish university. The ideas that were introduced by Warren are ones that can point us as students into new pathways and directions of thinking – to prepare us for the future. These ideas have followed from our previous weeks conversations of ‘futures’.

After this lecture, we had spent our workshop considering the future and begun bringing our interests, our practices, our skills and our works together in order to shape our opening bio for our portfolio works. This was quite a quick lesson as we looked at a number of different examples of artists online portfolios and how they introduced themselves to the public. These examples were given to us on ‘medadada’ by Mat and Jo, as well as this we needed to find our own artist that related to our individual practices to further our inspiration. Before the end of the lesson we had to have at least 150 words that were strong enough to lead our portfolios with.

Next week we will further this and move to creating our online portfolio with our chosen website.

 

Week 2 – Future

Week 2 – Future

As I was away for week 1, I am beginning my blogging from Week 2 onward.

During this week we discussed the importance of theory and research within the art world. As a class we had ended with how theory operates as a system of thinking and an opportunity to reflect. With this in mind, we engaged in an activity that worked with getting into a number of small groups to brainstorm, define, discuss and examine the concept of the future and what this meant for each one of us as well as where it could take us with new concepts and ideas. This was put together with the use of pens and butchers paper.

The first group I was in, we had begun with the word “FUTURE” and this took us much further than we had anticipated. We talked about space and the expansion of this. Also touching on the idea that there is no future without experience. There were a number of different concepts that other groups had touched on. This consisted of: expectation – how the future creates unrealistic expectations. For example, 10 years ago we had expected flying cars and much more interesting things and here we are, 10 years later with just new mobile phones. Yes, we have advanced technological, but not as far or as high as we had expected a decade ago.

I had brought up the idea of VR (Virtual Reality) and what this means to people. As this is a new technology that has developing further and further in recent years, it is an interesting idea since virtual reality has now moved from the simplicity of games and to have fun, to now trying to take over real life experiences – such as rollercoasters and so fourth. This was an interesting idea to look through because the group and I discussed whether this is adding new experiences to the public or if it is taking away experience and stopping people from travelling and moving outside of their living room to experience these life events.

After this, we had moved around the room to another piece of paper. This was difficult to create discussion as there was not a lot of content on this page. So Jo had come over and talked to us about virtual reality further and we had grasped onto the idea of the movie “inception” and how we relate to this concept and what interests us most about it. But as this discussion fizzled out, we spent time just to reflect on the other groups and their discussions. Future is a very interesting thing to discuss and think about, because to an extent we as a society almost dictate our own futures due to  our imaginations.

This discussion will evolve over the next few weeks in order to recreate pre-existing works with our new ideas about the future.

Week 15/16 – More Problems With Successful Finish

Week 15/16 – More Problems With Successful Finish

Week 14 was back and fourth from service provider getting the CNC organised. Emails to and from the group. (As seen on Paniti’s final blog posts)

The starting date from 1st of June 2017 to the 16th June 2017 we had:
1. Drawing for CNC cut
2. Organised cutting with service provider
3. Inability to complete task by service provider
4. Refund organised and completed.

This whole situation had left the group quite stressed as it is very late in the process and we still didn’t have our structure organised or close to completion. There is nothing you can do when trying to organise things like this, so we got started immediately with the self-cut process.

We had gone to Bunnings, picked up 5mm perspex, router bits, Araldite, sandpaper, and other materials that lead to the completion of the work. This was then cut, sanded, cleaned, and placed together into a structure that represented all 3 of us as a group.

After this long, arduous process, we then had to wait 24 hours for the Araldite to adhere to the few pieces we decided to connect. The next day we went out and photographed this structure in a number of different locations that were from our Instagram pages. This looked best when the structure was illuminated and at night time, as opposed to left clear during the day. Due to the fact that some of these locations on our pages were international and houses, we couldn’t just go there and get the piece photographed. So we had to make do with some locations being randomized around the Wollongong area.

After these photos were taken (over 200 of them) we sifted through and chose the best ones that we could present on the wall behind our illuminated structure. We decided to run with 36 images as it was 12 images each group member and this number was divisible by 3. We really wanted to push the concept of 3 throughout the project and to have a data representation that was each group member that, again, attached to our original inspiration of ‘FACETS’. This was all quite difficult but the final project had come out really well. With all of the stress and issues that we had, and considering how late we were in the game of completion, we are happy with how it turned out, and our aesthetic form was very close to what we wanted to complete from week 9.

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Final setup without illumination

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Structure illuminated with LED torches, we decided that this lighting idea was more successful especially when placed on a stand that we have built out of wood and sprayed black, the light didn’t stray from the structure as much as we expected and illuminated successfully. Very happy with this decision and it is a very clean set up.

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Final submission and what the project looked like. The physical structure sitting in front of its photoshoot on the wall from all different locations.

Week 13 – Speed Things Up

Week 13 – Speed Things Up

After the group split we were in desperate need of getting the project finalised with a solid idea and something that we can back up with a structure that looks good and is successful in every shape and form. We decided that population growth wasn’t an idea that we were interested in so since there is 3 of us, we decided to run the shapes from our Instagram pages. This meaning that each triangle with be a data representation of each one of us through Instagram. So what we did was we worked from the Posts, Following, and Followers section of our pages. This was going to give us our dimensions of each side of the triangle. Though since these numbers were quite high, we decided to divide each number by 3. After doing this, we realised that we can run the number 3 throughout the entire project. “Repeating number 3”.

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So from my Instagram, these numbers were divided by 3, this gave each shape for every one of us and we drew it up as quickly as we could and sent it off the CamThane to get the objects cut.

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This is an example of what we would do.

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This was our drawings sized up and completed, as you can see each triangle is different that represents each one of us, quite individual, a concept that we were happy to run.

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We got these sized up correctly and placed into a document through Adobe Illustrator that was suitable for CamThane to cut up for us and we can get started with the rest of our project.

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This is the reply that we had got from CamThane, the issue here was the shapes have resized themselves completely different to what we gave them, needed to fix this issue and return to CamThane to get started with the project. The finalising of this project was to either video the structure, or photograph the structure. Still in the decision process for this.

Week 12 – Group Split

Week 12 – Group Split

We tried projection in this week, it isn’t really what the group wanted to do, but we figured we had to cover all bases before settling on a strong concept and idea for our final project. We made larger sculptures out of foam core, which was easy to cut with a stanly knife (should have stuck with this idea after our first encounter with perspex cutting) We also worked this with lighting and wanted to try and project certain videos onto it and see the kind of effect that it had. This seemed a bit far from repetition – the only repeating thing was the triangular shapes that we had made the structures from.

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This idea seemed quite good after taking photos of it, but it was actually quite boring. There was nothing that made you interested or made the viewer question anything else. It was just random shadows being casted onto the wall and that was it. This has gone too far from the ‘FACETS’ idea and too far from what we originally wanted to do. Not to mention that this was a very ineffective idea to us and our tutors.

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Tried to hang one and see if the movement of the sculpture would change the overall effect. Not too much change – needing to go back to original idea.

This idea didn’t work because we even thought about projection mapping onto the objects, but the program was overly priced and too expensive, not to mention we were running out of time just to learn a new program and get this handed in successfully and on time. After this lesson, the 3 girls were still very unconvinced about the ‘FACETS’ idea and at the end of the “umm’ing and uhh’ing” we just decided that it would be better for everyone if we split the group of 6 in half, to a group of 3. So it was Jordan, Paniti, and myself in 1 group and Jo, Mia and Peta in another. After this week we really went for getting a better concept and getting our final shapes off to CamThane.

Week 11 – More Prototyping

Week 11 – More Prototyping

Week 11, as we still worked closely with the perspex and original idea, however, we were aware that if it still failed we would need a backup plan. This wasn’t a bad idea either, considering half the group still wasn’t sold on perspex forms. We came across an idea that was crossing a potential line with how comfortable people were. It was the repetition of origami paper cranes folded from Bible pages that created a screen where we would project particular verses and writing from the Bible on to it. This was messing around with religion and potential pitfalls within it, but at the end of the day this is still quite risky with people and again, the group was not sold.

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After this, we went back to the original idea of perspex. With the issue behind cutting each piece, we were going to get a company by the name of CamThane that would CNC cut each piece for us when we send the design to them, or we get it cut from the innovation campus. However this was a little more difficult because we needed to understand a particular coding system and work a certain way for that CNC machine to work.

This was a quick prototype from Jordan trying to work with 3D objects that would work with the machine at innovation campus, very difficult concept.

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Though with the Albion Park company all we have to do is just send off a JPEG to CamThane and that would be enough to get the pieces cut.

The set up of the structure was going to be set up like this:

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After we were quite happy with the way things were going, we had pitched this idea to the tutors. They weren’t entirely convinced on the idea, especially with the fact that we didn’t have a deep enough concept behind it. It was just purely copying 2D images, and trying to be aesthetic, and they weren’t sold on that. So we tried to create each shape with a particular type of data from each group member, as it would be a visual representation of data. We tested population growth in the last 5 years.

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These were written ideas from one of our classes.

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This was what the triangles looked like from a few different areas of the group members. This was kind of a cool idea, but again, it seemed to in depth and not really relevant to what we were interested in – back to the drawing board for this following week going into next.