On the 23/11/2020 I attended another of the Level 3 study hangouts which occur every two months. Yet again, I found it very useful with most of our focus being on Contextual Studies and essay writing.
I decided to use mind maps as a way of becoming more lucid about my ideas for the essay. As well as getting down the main points, they offered me the possibility of organising them into orders of importance and linking bits where a relationship might not immediately be apparent.
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.
I received my tutor report back from my tutor for Assignment 4 - Contextual Studies. The tutor report is attached to this blog post. The feedback was very detailed and I also received an annotated essay further explaining my tutor's key points and issues regarding my first draft. Although my tutor felt I was tackling a topical issue, there were many areas he felt I could improve in.
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.
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.