Monday, 20 April 2015

Unit 1


Our first task was to analyse the title “What is art?” We were given a series of videos which contained different versions of the answer to this title. The first video was made by a man called Leon Botstein. In this video he goes into depth on his ideas on this title and gives his reasons why for this opinion. One thing that Botstein makes clear throughout the video is that art changes every day. This point stuck with me throughout the video mostly vividly because I understood the concept of what he meant straight away. From early on as 10,000 BC too now the word artistic has been placed as a title on items completely different ends of the spectrum. From a splash of paint on a canvas to the Apple 5s these items have been described as artistic proving art changes the everyday, our opinion is always evolving on what art is.

He also makes clear that art is a human action, to be made takes human intervention as it is an artificial. The idea of art was created by us to escape our limitations in life. Limitations such as we all have one life, everyone’s time will come to move on to the next life. Come to think of it when finishing watching this video I concluded art is impossible to define. Everyone has their own opinion on what is art. Sometimes we might share the same views but if we don’t who has the reason to say who is wrong. 

Next we was given a video to watch titled “Disruptive wonder for a change”. In the video the presenter (Kelli Anderson) talks about how as an artist and a designer, she likes to challenge the things we see and presume as the norm. In doing so she wants to help unlock our minds to the idea that they shouldn’t be limitations. She believes that when we finally understand this is when we will start becoming truly creative. I think this goes together in hand with what I was saying for what is art. It can’t be pin pointed so leading on to that Kelli is going about her pieces of work going against the grain…..and again who is to say she is wrong. #TeamKelliAnderson

Last but not least we were given a voice note by the lovely student about how to tackle this project. She ran through the motions of the best way in her opinion to go through it. The reoccurring feeling you got when she spoke was ORGANISATION and ENJOYMENT. She fixated on these concepts as it was that easy but coming to think of it is. We the time we had if broken down and started on early the course should easily be able to be completed. She also spoke about enjoying the course, as an open course the boundaries for what you and can’t do are very loose. This allows you to easily express yourself through the course taking away it being a task. 

Working through unit 1 was good as it was a good platform to push me into the rest of the course. Through the various videos and audio clips I have been able to gain the right knowledge and inspiration I think to complete the task ahead. I’m a bit weary if I’ll be able to express myself in the right way as I’ve never done an open course before. On the other hand I’m excited to experience. Bring on unit 2!!! 

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