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X is a door ? ... Unit for ReXearch & Seek





January 2013 Unit X brief



X is a Door of Perception

''Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousand of miles and all the years you have lived.'' Helen Keller

Question: Why is something SPECIAL ? contemplate how an object can hold emotion or intrigue ? Muse on these questions when you handle your object.

T. S. Eliot said; ''We shall not cease from exploration - And the end of all our exploring - Will be to arrive where we started - And know the place for the first time.''
Nb *It is important that you print out your UNIT X book and BRING it in to MMU

‘X’ BRIEF

Using the Special Collections as your research starting point you are asked to consider an object ( artefact , a book , a design era, or group of objects ) within this collection and develop your initial research around the history / place / origins of this / these objects.

The object will be a CATALYST for opening new DOORS of Perception and investigation toward possible other collections and archives etc . This can be very broad in its interpretation; it is up to you to create the parameters.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR: ?   also see Learning Outcomes ( LO )

What we are looking for is not only an exciting set of visual outcomes but a strong body of research that illustrates the journey you have undertaken throughout the duration of the project.

Solid diverse research,  what is research ? ( see MM ) Sketchbook, worksheets, diary Log/ journals of visits and meetings, material samples / maquettes where necessary good resolution, focus in outcome, clear articulation of ideas.

Consider how you can expand the knowledge of an object ? Take the object out

of its 'collection' and put it into context…where does it come from, who made it

and why? is it functional, decorative or of a conceptual nature ? From these

initial enquiries consider how you will begin to document it.

We want you

to make contact with other museums or galleries to look behind

the scenes in other collections, how do you go about making these

connections? Document your findings visually and verbally in sketchbooks

and in your blog - keep a LOG diary of events and meetings and visits

make it VISUAL and upload to your blog

It is important that early on in the project you make a choice re what you are

aiming towards re final outcome (obviously this does not need to be physically

realized) as this will give your project a structure to work within. Presentation

of the project outcomes in the Spring should be in the form of a power point, this can be

backed up with samples where appropriate.

Outcomes to consider: site specific: you could look at the interior or exterior

the library, it could be a wall piece, a floor piece, a window etched

space or

glass piece ? …if looking at these potential areas back up your investigations

with appropriate research, look at artists / designers who work in a site

specific manner.

For example:  Susan Hiller, Christian Boltanksi, Rushton Aust, Alice Kettle, Michael Brennand Wood, David

Hockney, Caroline Bartlett, Elizabeth Ballet, Jeanette Sendler, Andrea Stokes,

Linda Florence, ….there are many more

You are encouraged to work in small groups throughout the project’s duration

for example at the outset with research, consider what you may want to focus

on and if there is anyone in your group who may have similar interests. We

will form your PEER GROUPS around common interest re project focus and

subject matter. Decide subject soon and email them to DR X (Mack)

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR: ?

Solid diverse research,

Sketchbook, worksheets, diary Log/ journals of visits and meetings,

material samples / maquettes where necessary

good resolution, focus in outcome, clear articulation of ideas.

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Your presentation- we will discuss this later !  ( use Powerpoint or Adobe Bridge etc )

There will be a least one external member of staff on the final presentation

panel.

External showcase of work will be in the form of back up research outcomes

being visible in the library showcases. (TBC)

Please refer to your unit timetable overview for details on group sessions:

peer and staff led.

FINAL PRESENTATION WILL TAKE PLACE ON*****

ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE CONFIRMED NEARER THE TIME

FEEDBACK WILL TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY end of may / June

TIMES TO BE CONFIRMED







On completion of the unit

the student will have

demonstrated a level of

ability to:

Learning Outcomes are ;

LO1. Apply and reflect on

teamwork and leadership

skills

 LO2. Recognise the broad

context of art and design

practice

 LO3. Generate creative art

work in response to a

collaborative

interdisciplinary brief

 LO4. Reflect and think

critically about art and

design





FINAL PRESENTATION WILL TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY 22ND MAY
ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE CONFIRMED NEARER THE TIME
FEEDBACK WILL TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY 29TH MAY & 5TH JUNE:
TIMES TO BE CONFIRMED




On completion of the unit
the student will have
demonstrated a level of
ability to:

Learning Outcomes are ;

LO1. Apply and reflect on
teamwork and leadership
skills
 LO2. Recognise the broad
context of art and design
practice
 LO3. Generate creative art
work in response to a
collaborative
interdisciplinary brief
 LO4. Reflect and think
critically about art and
design





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sketchbooks for magic Theatre show by 
Angela Hogg MA (RCA) 
but that is not angela with the tattoos