Open project is a one week project built around workshops and seminars. We had to attend at least one of each. These seminars and workshops are here to help us develop our studio practice and share our thoughts/skills on different topics. This year we could also create our own workshop and share our skill with the rest of the class/coursemates
GRAPHIC DESIGN WORKSHOP
A new thing that happened in this year's open project was the "informal student-led workshops". We had the opportunity as students to lead a workshop and share a skill with our coursemates. As I am really passionate about graphic design and that I studied it in my previous years in France I thought it could be interesting to share some basic knowledge with people in the course that comes from more tech/IT backgrounds.
I thought the best way to make a short workshop on graphic design basics was to focus it on poster design as it basically covers almost everything. So I built a short presentation on how to make a poster by giving half theory of graphic design (focused in this case on poster design) and the other half of practical stuff where I'm showing different tools and process in photoshop that would help students to be more precise, efficient and technical with their artworks.
This is one of my examples. I took it to explain how using a defined system is important and can bring new paths to creation. Using 4 different posters to make a single one in the end.
A glimpse intro to grids
You can find the the full presentation here.
Jen ran a workshop on machine learning, more precisely on runway ML which a visual machine learning software. This workshop was also created because of the potential great need of Runway ML for our Design Domain project.
We had an overview of the basic functioning of the software itself, the process of local computing and online computing, pricing etc, and then we dive into more complex and technical parts of Runway ML. How it could be linked with processing for example.
We tried different types of machine learning libraries and played with image making out of the text and different kinds of stuff, which was really interesting to see.
The workshop really helped me to figure out what runway ML was capable of doing and how I could potentially use it for my Design Domain project. I had no idea of where to start looking at, now I have a way more clear idea of what technology and software I might use for the project.
some screenshots of our experimentation with Runway ML
CONTEXTUALISATION OF WORK
We ended the week with a seminar on the contextualization of work. It consisted of describing multiple artworks in groups and sharing it with different groups. This format was really interesting as we had the opportunity to reflect on a lot of aspects of the work itself and the work staging within my group and with different groups. We talked about the mediums, materials, showcase methods, concepts behind each artwork. What I thought was really interesting was that we got into a more and more reflective discussion on the artwork interpretation and it was very nice to see everyone's take on each artwork. I remember that opinions were different at some point and very similar depending on the artwork and the people.
It's actually something that I would love to study more. Sadly I don't have any image of the final work staging we had to do at the end of the seminar.
Here are some great stagings I've encountered recently in multiple exhibitions. This seminar helped me to look in more depth into the process of staging in my recent gallery and exhibitions visits :
Store in Seoul
Nam June Paik at the Tate Modern, London
These really sparked my mind on multiple levels. Geneva's museum uses shelf to display work which I find really interesting. Also, the neon lightings are actual artworks that indicate floor level. The store in Seoul is particularly interesting as it shows art but in a completely different and unusual environment.
I really liked the Nam June Paik installation, and especially the curation of it. It is a Pioneer in digital-based art but not well known until recently. The curation was almost educational which I found quite nice especially for people that aren't used to this type of art.
Reflecting a bit later on the project and assignments, I think it really helped me reflect on other projects. Having just a single project where we just have to think about things and reflect on them is really helpful especially at this time of the year where we can reflect on past projects and how we can do better and slightly tweak our creative approach and practice.
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