We talked about how to do personal reflection and that it should be happening as you go along and after to comment on how it went. I’ve since realised that a key weakness with my personal reflection is a lack of it!
This constellation lecture was all about the Library. We learnt how to use Summon properly and also got a few ideas of what books to look at:
Art & Outrage
Transgressions – The offences of art
Visual communication – difference and globalization
Historical controversies and historians
n.paradoxa – international feminist journal
I remember reading about media and publicity in Ways of Seeing, John Berger. It mentioned about how media has changed and how it links quite closely to art. I think I’m going to refresh my mind on this part of the book because it might help me with ideas of controversy.
This lesson was teaching us about the structure of the essay and also the rules within submission.
What did I get out of it?
Well, although I think this was all very important information – I didn’t learn anything new. It was still a useful study skills session though, because it did refresh my mind.
One thing that I did write down and want to remember was a tip from Morag, that I can use for future references. To use post-it notes in books; including page number, book name, author and the quote I like.
When it comes to referencing in my essays, I will have the Harvard referencing system there to refer to.
In this lecture, we learnt about the different perspectives within the history of art – from the 1500’s to present day.
It began with Hans Holbein, who started by playing around with perspectives.
His piece called The Ambassadors (1533)included two wealthy looking men – we get this impression by their surroundings and clothing, but also a distorted image of a skull. From viewing the painting front on, you can’t see it is a skull; you have to view it from the side.
We also looked at time and view point perspectives by looking at Eadweard Muybridge, A woman getting into a bed (1887). This piece consists of a series of photos that have been captured chronologically and also at different view points (vertically). The different perspectives gives the viewer more information about it, in this case about a woman getting into a bed, than if it was a single photograph or painting.
In contrast to Muybridge, Etienne- Jules Marey produced the motion of an action in one photographic plate; The flight of a seagull (1887).
NEED TO FIND A PICTURE…..
Whether this looks like a bird in flight is debatable, as it is subjective to what a likeness would be.
In this lesson, I learnt that you can ask a lot more questions about something than I thought. I think, in the past, I would overlook a lot of possible questions because I’d think they were too obvious. However, this lesson pointed out that questioning as much as possible and pushing boundaries is important.
I also learnt about the common abstractions within questioning and relevance, which i found to be very useful.
Although, I didn’t find this lesson particularly thrilling, it was informative and it has helped with my depth of analysis.
So far this has been my favourite study skills session; i felt like this would benefit me more than the other sessions, which may have been because I felt like the previous sessions were going over existing knowledge. I also felt like it linked in with the Controversy assignment more obviously than the others, which made me feel a little more confident about making a start to the essay.
We learnt how to use images/ objects in constellation, and how to analyse them. I also learnt about theoretically underpinning ideas, which is basically about providing lots of evidence for your analysis. Before this session, I didn’t realise quite how much evidence we had to show.
We did an exercise where we had to use ‘Caths columns’ to analyse the covers of the Bond films. I found this exercise very useful, because it put what we had just learnt into context. I think I can succesfully analyse an image now, however I’m still slightly unconfident about the change from the columns to the prose in the essay.
I think for my essay, I’m going to do the main body first – using this technique and then go to the Library for the theory aspect. Then, hopefully, I will have more of an idea of what to write in the intro and a clear direction for the rest of the essay.