Presentation & Planning

We decided to go with the Exquisite Corpse idea (uncreativity and alien methods), and thought it would be fun to involve the class in our presentation - allowing them to be part of the creation. At first we decided to allow each group in the class to draw whatever comes to their mind, but changed this process by assigning emotions to each group to guide their thinking. 

We came across Robert Plutchik’s theory - Wheel of emotions and chose the most extreme of each category.(http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_emotions)

Tapping into the Sub Conscious and Lucid Dreaming

We discovered through research, there are many techniques that help surface your sub conscious mind and induce lucid dreaming. Some of which include:

  • Eating cheese an hour before bed
  • Meditating
  • Practicing stream of consciousness writing or drawing
  • Paying attention to your dreams and writing them down
  • Listening to certain sounds/music
Surrealist techniques:
  • Exquisite corpse
  • Free Association
  • Inkblot drawings
  • Frottages
Image 1 - Brainstorm
Image 2 & 3 - Works from the Exquisite Corpse portfolio by the Chapman brothers - Jake and Dinos
Image 4, 5 & 6 - My attempts at stream of consciousness through drawing
Links: 

Brainstorming and Research


We began our assessment by brainstorming ideas (Divergent thinking) on ‘nothing-ness’ and ‘everything-ness’. This lead us to the notion of the sub conscious mind and lucid dreaming. We then did another brainstorm and researched into Freudian theories on psychoanalysis and surrealist techniques and works on the sub conscious (convergent thinking). 

Links: 

Surrealism - 

http://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/themes/surrealism/tapping-the-subconscious-automatism-and-dreams

Freud - 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychoanalysis

Lucid Dreaming & Sub Conscious - 

http://www.wikihow.com/Lucid-Dream

http://www.wikihow.com/Control-Your-Subconscious-Mind

Final Piece - Part II

Final Piece - Part I

10. Experimentation

Although Ive been researching a lot of ‘thinking through media’ based works, the idea that struck me was using popular culture or iconic symbols, people etc.. and appropriating it by changing the context. I started to think about uncreativity and the processes that I could use to create a conceptual piece. I like the idea of the black and white contrast of the iconic Mickey mouse. I also wanted to play on the idea of the silhouette as i thought it made it look more interesting visually.   

10. Experimentation


Although Ive been researching a lot of ‘thinking through media’ based works, the idea that struck me was using popular culture or iconic symbols, people etc.. and appropriating it by changing the context. I started to think about uncreativity and the processes that I could use to create a conceptual piece. I like the idea of the black and white contrast of the iconic Mickey mouse. I also wanted to play on the idea of the silhouette as i thought it made it look more interesting visually.   

9. Dimitri Tsykalov - Food Art

Dimitri Tsykalov is a Russian sculpture artist, based in Paris. Most of his works are created using unconventional mediums e.g. perishable items such as fruit and meat. Some other works are wood-based and are very detailed and complex. Yet I was interested in his food works as I learned that he is an avid environmentalist and animal activist. I like the creative way he uses, carves and manipulates these mediums to create interesting sculptures and subject matter. The shock factor and upfront manner forces the viewer to absorb the dynamic nature and complexity of the work and its meanings. The medium itself raises questions about history and context. 

See more here and watch how he creates some of his sculptures.

8. Why Not Eat Your Pet (Art that gives animals a voice)

Artist Gale Hart


This exhibit dares to compare our pets to all animals, from which we have detached ourselves i order to eat, test on, wear and use for entertainment…express animals’ pain and suffering, not with shock or gore but to create a bold work of art that drives a message.  (Mission- http://www.whynoteatyourpet.com/mission.html)

When i discovered these works, I absolutely loved them. I was so fascinated by how these beautifully ugly, unique, and controversial creations portray current ideas about animal treatment. The innocent, child-like essence brings level of quirkiness and uncomfortable that causes us to reconsider our attitudes towards animals of all kinds. 

Finding these artists that reconstruct meaning through appropriation, parody and uncreativity, has inspired me to explore this idea of taking things that we know and are aware of e.g. everyday things, objects, logos, franchises etc.. and altering them in simple ways to convey meaning. 

(Image 1) Canned Hunting is a Lot like Murder 
(Image 2) Pinocclho’s First Canned Hunt

(Image 3) Fole Gras: A High Price for Ducks
(Image 4) Why Not Eat Your Pet?

(Image 5) Factory Farm
(Image 6) Fetus of Veal

(Image 7) Slice of Meat

See and read more here.