I have read what I feel is a very good essay on (public) art and regeneration that goes into a lot of depth about how the two relate. The essay by Jospehine Berry Slater and Anthony Iles (2009) is titled: 'No Room to Move: Radical Art and the Regenerate City' and can be found at: https://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/no-room-to-move-radical-art-and-regenerate-city. I have made notes to record my thoughts on areas where the essay interrogates ‘artwashing’, although that specific term is not used.
This is an archive of online material, physical books and artists that I’ve researched while conducting Contextual Studies Part 4, compiled in one place.
In this self-assessment of Assignment 4 - Contextual Studies I will evaluate how my first draft of the extended written project holds up against the criteria for Contextual Studies. The criteria are demonstration of subject based knowledge and understanding, demonstration of research skills, demonstration of critical and evaluation skills and finally communication.
I have attached below my first draft for my extended written project, along with my bibliography.
I have attached below my tutor report for Assignment 3 - Contextual Studies, which included both the plan for the extended written project and the 500-1,000 word sample text. I have also reflected on the telephone call my tutor and I had regarding the plan and sample text and I have shown how I have responded since.
Since I have started Body of Work and Contextual Studies modules and to a certain degree with the previous Documentary module, I have become more and more interested in regeneration and its issues. I came across Frank Laws while I was specifically searching for artists who address gentrification etc in their work. Admittedly, I was looking for artists like Laws to help contribute to my extended written project’s argument but nevertheless I feel I stumbled upon an artist who raises pertinent topics and whose practice is evolving. Moreover, it was interesting to see an artist whose work specialises in something other than photography.
Continuing on from watching Age of the Image: Series 1, episode 1, I have decided to rewatch episode 2 while making notes. My reasoning for this is there is a lot of useful information regarding art and its history in the series. Therefore while making notes, I could get a better insight into these topics and look at the age of the image in art, not just from a photography perspective. I feel this last point is important because in the past I have focused a little too closely on only the photographic discipline in art.
David Aylward is a musician and artist whose art takes the form of installations which intervene with the street. His work uses street art painted onto the floor as well as music to get his points across.
I recently watched Age of the Image, a BBC4 documentary on the history of images and how they are used up until present day. I really enjoyed this series even if it did try to pack a whole lot of information into each episode.
I found and read an interesting article titled: 'The property billboards that reveal the truth about Britain's luxury housing market' on the Guardian by Oliver Wainright (2017). The article explored the role of hoardings and billboards in promoting regeneration projects. These hoardings make up some of what I would describe as the glossy facade that pervades regeneration’s front. These are my thoughts after reading the article and how I feel it may inform my Contextual Studies’ extended written project.