In my first week on Artist/Maker I naively thought that we would spend many enjoyable hours in the workshops making, to our hearts content. I was a little disappointed to discover that we had a module called Constellation that required many hours of attending lectures and study skills sessions. When I had read about constellation in the prospectus I thought it might have been something to do with our alignment within the universe, after all, I was on an art degree. I have shocked myself to find, I am enjoying being taught how to speak, think and write like an academic. Being a mature student I am yet again reminded, in these study sessions that I do not know it all.

Jon Clarkson on Perspective, how to see things from different views. We think we know what something is, looks like, sounds like but then we are given information or more images and our initial perspective is put to the test.

The seminar on Sensory Object was really informative because it was based on the subject of maker. Natasha Mayo spoke about how the materials, and processes you use should resonate the emotional and visual message your piece  is conveying to its audience.

I really enjoyed the talk on Sonic Arts. Being a musician, singer, songwriter and having years of experience in music production my art is taking a route towards sonic art and I am becoming obsessed with Cymatics and frequencies. Before hearing this talk I felt that Sonic and Installation Art was something that was an- in between, almost a safe bet for the artists, in a way covering all avenues. Because of my negative belief I have not been confident enough to express my passion, but since this seminar it has changed my perspective and I now feel confident that my research and passion into frequency is strong and viable for me to concentrate my time on.  I have never been a fan of Jon Cage but since the talk I have researched him and I find his work, and passion intriguing and inspiring. He was very forward thinking. He was part of the flux movement, and I will be researching this as it is something I have never heard of.

I found essay writing really helpful. When I read journals etc. I would always have an opinion on how it was written, if it was set out well and informative, but I did not have the skills to know how to map out an essay or journal myself. The harvard referencing is something I will use throughout my career, without a doubt.

Controversy the lecture by Cathrine Finch was interesting, I myself have experienced journalists and researchers writing incorrect information about me and it is something that unnerves me. In regard to when I have been researching information for music projects, I have been unable to truly believe what is being written. I do feel that now I have new information of how to approach this, and recommendations of how to source more reliable research information, it makes me feel more confident in presenting my forward findings. On the specific subject of controversy I have the belief that people should be encouraged to express their feelings towards what is being presented to them. Artists, musicians, writers and forward thinkers do create controversy because we are presenting the future and asking the viewer, listener to think, feel, listen from an unconditioned thought process, needing to let go of past beliefs and conditioning. Controversy can also work for and against you, it can create a global awareness, and masses of free marketing. When informing someone on controversial issue its important to approach it from an independent view and use a reliable research source. Develop critical thinking.

What is an argument ? Point of view – Structure – Statement, is it true/false – Spot a claim – is/are – Conclusion, therefore – What is the evidence. When reading information its important to be critical and aware of what the researcher, journalist is implying. It might not be written from an independent view and its important that you are aware of this when reading. The study was on an artist who had used homeless peoples signs for his music video. There was no right or wrong answer to this study skill session, just an exercise in open argument and discussion within the group who had varying opinions on the subject.

I have a better understanding of what literal, phenomenal and existentialism mean. I will confidently be able to use these descriptions in my future work. I found all the quotes from various theorists like Rudolf Arnheim and Martin Heidegger who I will be researching into. Visual perception is visual thinking and therefore a cognitive activity.

I really enjoyed study skill on visuals within sound. I was not aware of the phenomenon synesthesia, this is defiantly something I will be looking into in my future work. I found it really informative being told how visuals for interfaces are sourced and what process was used for Thomas Grill to come to the decision of the chosen visuals. I also found having the structure of Thomas Grills research paper explained to me very useful. My own work is related to this field. My objective is to make, sound, frequency, and music visual using the theory of cymatics.

The lecture on illustration was interesting. I have always been an informative story-teller and already hold the knowledge of using various techniques such as mind mapping to work through my works to reveal its original source and message, I may trying to relay through it. It is clear to me that illustrators have a different thought process and belief system to fine art, maker, and product.

Steve Thompson Deputy Dean of Art and Design Cardiff Metropolitan University,s  talk on humans and technology opened up an existing interest of mine. His main interests are:

Transtechnology Systems, Speculative Life Systems, Cognitive Sciences, Technology Philosophy, Bioscience, and Material Science.

He was guiding the audience into asking the question, what is the distinctive difference between technology and humans and is there a difference at all ? Back in the day of Homo Habis  a spear or even a piece of clothing would have been classed as technology. The difference between humans and technology is technicity (click here for a further explanation on technicity) What makes us human, and what stops us being human?

I follow a project called G2045,Global Future 2045 is a nonprofit organization with the goal of creating a network community with the world’s leading scientists in the field of life extension.

Steve stated in the lecture that we are 300 years away from achieving a goal of AI, BUT Stephen Hawking asks us to seriously consider the implications of creating such a future. Stephen Hawking interview with The Independent 

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