This is a blog for my work and influences.
Relational Aesthetics, 1998
Have you ever wanted to truly explore someone else’s world? Look in their cupboards, sift through their letters, try on their clothes, open the mysterious beautifully decorated boxes on their side table? Socially acceptable stalking anyone? Punchdrunk is an immersive, magically-charged trip of extreme voyeurism. Many narratives, and therefore possibilities, weave themselves between the intricate sets, and the masked voyeurs (the audience) make a conscious decision which character to follow. With a core cast of roughly 8 people and 2 main mirroring storylines, it is an ingenious way to get theatregoers, the curious and the brave to pay to see the same production more than once, and if you enjoyed the alternative experience, you will be eager to pay again. When I went, there were discounted tickets for under 25s released every Monday for that week’s performances. The idea is centred around the individual experience, you are advised promptly to ditch your friends to be able to fully experience the ethos and atmosphere of Punchdrunk. You create your own narrative depending on which characters or sets you personally are enticed by and drawn to, be selfish, be sensual and follow your instinct.
I am now back from New York and my attention has turned to the IMI summer project, dissertation preparation and the publication of the book of Gambian students’ photographs entitled ‘See What I See’ which is a result of the photography workshops I conducted with 18 students in West Africa last November. I need help to fund the printing of the book and you can support the project on Kickstarter here. The project funding just reached £1,560!
The next step with my Gambia project (See What I See – The Gambia Media and Design Project) is to set up an exhibition. I have been given the Well Gallery at the London College of Communication for 2/3 weeks from the 23rd September. If anyone is interested in helping to design, curate, promote or set up the exhibition I would greatly appreciate your help and skills (email me firstname.lastname@example.org)! There will be a private view that you are all invited to!
Here are some examples of the students’ photographs:
The DPS year is coming to an end and I’m looking back at my 7 months abroad (4 months in The Netherlands and 3 months in New York City). I came back from New York City a week ago after interning for 3 months at Pentagram, the world’s largest design consultancy. I worked on user interface, wayfinding, print and web design; it is very much team based and everyone does a little bit of work on nearly every project, so it was a case of getting stuck in and trying a bit of everything. I also did some video editing/compositing for them which you can see an example of here and here. I learnt a lot and I learnt fast because they expect a lot, but they were happy to take the time to teach me new things which was great. In the NYC office there are 8 partners = 8 teams of between 6 and 10 designers, and each team has a distinct visual style and way of working. I was given responsibility over individual projects and dealt with clients personally. I enjoyed working on some of Eddie Opara’s creative personal projects which I am waiting to see the physical outcome. New York is an amazing place to meet talented and creative people, who have a hunger in them to create extraordinary things. It was an extremely fast paced 3 months of work, but I made some wonderful friends who I hope to stay in contact with, saw as many inspiring exhibitions as I could fit in; including Soundings and American Modern at the Moma, experimental Ellen Gallagher at the New Museum and crazy art that is out of this world at Moma PS1, and went to many film festivals to see films by and meet in person new filmmakers; Tropfest, Rooftop Films and the Human Rights Film Festival stand out the most (Best Films: Tall as the Baobab Tree, Short Term 12)!
View of New York City and Brooklyn from the East River
Soundings - Moma
Tropfest, Prospect Park Brooklyn
I have just seen this beautiful film for the first time; amazing cinematography and music!
Paris, Texas directed by Wim Wenders
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
A poem by Welsh poet William Henry Davies, 1911