Creative Practice 2014 - 15 Autumn term

Self Portrait by Vuillard 

Creative Practice PDP / personal planning

‘Personal development and planning’ tutorial notes to complete and discuss for the new term

Please prepare some written notes here in the space provided –  do this on the computer not in biro etc – this will help to evolve your new thinking for your new level 5 and 6 proposals. Bring it along to tutorials. It will help aid the sessions. Then from this, compose  a new ‘constellations and confluences’ document for Sept 14. This will kick start your formal Proposal and new negotiated briefs

Write extensively for each question – but freely with notes – you are not being judged on your written style or grammar – so try some automatic thought – jot down as much as you can – to then add detail to it later ?

1. Have any key themes of your current creative practice become more consolidated this term – if so, what are they ?

2. Are you now looking to develop deeper levels of research and practice  - and if so how ?

3. What artists, authors and reading are you preparing for summer research material ? – especially subject matter and reading that links directly to your personal creative interests and themes as a practitioner. List these

4. Is the content, intent and philosophy of your making deciding the medium, techniques and process you use – or the other way around ? Have you considered this ?

5. Is there a particular medium and skill you wish to explore deeper in order to make your practice more sophisticated

6. However , What do we mean by sophistication in visual language – discuss ?

*Over the summer compose  a new ‘constellations and confluences’ document for Sept 14.

An open ‘Reading List’ for NEW level 5 stage: 2014/15

Living with a Wild God: A Non-believer's Search for the Truth About Everything by Barbara Ehrenreich 

Research them all and then select your own appropriate summer reading


Reflective Writing book - you should have all ordered and own this as promised last year ?

 see Library for: 

‘Here is Where We Meet’  John Berger

(part ghost story)

‘How to Make a Human Being’: A Body of Evidence by Chris Potter

‘The Virago Book of Wanderlust and Dreams’ : Aubin & Teran

Once: Pictures and Stories.  By Wim Wenders

‘Beginners’ by Raymond Carver ( the original unedited stories that formed ‘What we talk about when we talk about love’ )

Art of the American Snapshot  1888 -1978  Greenhough & Waggoner

Chris Marker (Contemporary Film Directors) [Paperback]

Nora Alter

‘Compulsive Beauty’  (Complex / Art Theory) by Hal Foster

‘Six Memos for the Next Millennium’  by Italo Calvino


The New York Trilogy  Paul Auster – link with DVD ‘Smoke’ below


‘The Great Beauty’   DVD
Jep Gambardella, a 65-year-old journalist and once promising novelist, spends his easy life among Rome s high society in a swirl of rooftop parties and late-night soirees. But when he learns of the death of his friend s wife a woman he loved as an 18-year-old his life is thrown into perspective and he begins to see the world through new eyes. A dazzling, dizzying, mesmerising and hypnotic cinematic tour-de-force that has drawn comparisons with Italian greats such as La Dolce Vita and La Notte.

Smoke’ DVD   (script taken from Paul Auster stories)

Notebook On Cities And Clothes [DVD] Wim Wenders

‘Grey Gardens’    DVD by Albert Maysles – documentary on reclusive socialites, mother and daughter both named Edith Beale cited as ‘’culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".  Check region – USA Criterion best one to get

BOOK: An Anthropology of Images  by Hans Belting

Please note older 2012 -14 posts below are out of date for Programme inforrmation and serve as historical accounts only.I will update this blog when possible for new reading matter and related materials  

Older Posts ....

Module Unit X

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Unit X ... a trap door - a rabbit hole - a time machine ?

*images from our superb Art School archive Flickr page - and with thanks  -  browse away here

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


Using the Special Collections and the slide library archive as your research starting point you are asked to consider an object ( artefact , image, 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)


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.


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


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.





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
 LO2. Recognise the broad
context of art and design
 LO3. Generate creative art
work in response to a
interdisciplinary brief
 LO4. Reflect and think
critically about art and