The Typewriter - such a fascinating object and one that now seems to be largely forgotten about.
Samizdat was a form of dissident activity across the Eastern Bloc in which individuals reproduced censored and underground publications by hand and passed the documents from reader to reader. This grassroots practice to evade official Soviet censorship was fraught with danger, as harsh punishments were meted out to people caught possessing or copying censored materials. Vladimir Bukovsky summarized it as follows: "Samizdat: I write it myself, edit it myself, censor it myself, publish it myself, distribute it myself, and spend jail time for it myself."
A quick update to document the first experiments carried out with a new process that I'm investigating - Cyanotype printing.
After mixing up the solution, the paper is coated and left to dry. Once dry, the paper is placed in a light proof bag
This is actually the very first exposure created. You can see in the picture above the coating is green, but when left in the light gets exposed and rubbing the surface with water reveals the blue cyanotype underneath:
Transit Arts - The Territorial Sea
This month I attended another film screening that was organised by Transit Arts
. I think this is the 3rd film screening event of theirs that I've attended. The films that I've seen as socially aware, political and relevant. I'm not going to describe the content of the films too much (no spoilers here).
Drawn from my personal image collection. The images shown here are mainly drawn from the following:
- Visit to Berlin 2017
- Glasgow School of Art Degree show 2017, 2018 - Tontine building
- Glasgow School of Art MFA Mid term show 2018 (GSA gallery) & MFA Show 2018 (The Glue Factory)
- Exhibitions at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) and various galleries in Glasgow, UK
Lots of different approaches have been used to present moving image work, including:
- single & dual channel monitors
- single & dual channel projections
- self built projection screens (back and front projections)
- self built cinema projection space
- gallery used as a projection space
- video display unit incorporated into the work
Some of the equipment would have been supplied and made available by the gallery. The student work is interesting as it has to be sourced independently.
BANK 1: Starting Top left:- 1,2,3 'Patrol Drama', Jamie Crew, Tramway; 4: 'Nationhood', Alan Rutherford, LAF 2018; 5: MFA Show 2018; 6: GSA Degree show 2018
Royal Ulster Academy (RUA) Annual Show
Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK (visited Sun 28th October)
I've noticed that two exploratory pieces of work that I made during the MA2 Making Days 2017-18 already exist as fully realised pieces by other artists.
The matrix below shows the work that I made on the left hand side and the corresponding work that I came across.
Top right: Work by Dominic Bradnum
Bottom Right: Work by Tallur L.N.
I guess what this tells me is that you have to really go out there to find something that is quite unique and original. I thought my ideas were unique, but it is interesting to see that someone else has already been down that road.
To be honest, I wasn't always entirely happy with the work that I produced on the making days for M2. The value was that I explored, took risks and went places that essentially guided me to the right places. The works above that I made were really just ideas, but I no longer feel the desire or need to pursue them further.
The first making day of MA3 I felt was a lot more fulfilling and there was a good discussion around the work that I made for it. So let's hope the next making day is just as productive.
Over the weekend of Friday 19th
Oct to Sunday 21st
Oct I attended a poster making workshop at South Block, Glasgow. I was drawn to this workshop because of my current interest in East European culture and history during the Cold War period. I was interested in learning about film making during this period and what kind of film they made.
Some Info from the press release and my own comments / photos.
BiG Poster is an artistic collective focused on contemporary art poster and its aesthetics in context of current situation of graphic design in the world. The main element of the project is the publication of an independent magazine BiG POSTER ZIN.
I didn’t have time to write another entry during the residency as there was so much going on. So this is a retrospective collection of thoughts, experiences and things that I encountered.
It would have been good to have more time at SERDE as the 2 weeks went really quickly. It is possible to stay for much longer periods, but 2 weeks was the most I could accommodate. However the 2 weeks were very busy and there was some great company!
Its safe to say that I think that I’ve managed to gather enough footage for making some kind of video work. When I went to Latvia a few weeks ago, I didn’t know too much about the country. My knowledge of the Baltic states was a bit sketchy. This was in part a reason for wanting to do this project, it has been driven by curiosity. One of the main areas to explore was the Latvia’s borders, it’s relationship with it’s neighbouring countries and how this has affected and influenced identity.
Exploring Latvia’s Soviet legacy