PHO701: Week 12 Proposal and Audience in Practice Tutorials Submit Proposal and Portfolio

Week 12

I didn’t think I’d catch-up by this point (with technical circumstances previously mentioned).

Well, I’d never have planned it this way. Working up to the 11th hour to get my project proposal assignment completed and then with little time to spare assembling a work in progress portfolio. 

Positions and Practice Research Project v1_Redacted

(no project dates and costs)

Developmental Portfolio

(work in progress portfolio assignment)

The work was quite challenging, but there again, I suppose it is meant to be. It can be quite a balancing act, trying to get some decent resolution images together within a file size constraint. If I did this again, which am sure I will do shortly, I would allocate time for image sizing.

Well, there we are, it’s down to experience, that’s something we certainly gain in abundance.

For the project proposal, the most extraordinary thing for me was managing to summarise the bulk of the work in just 600 words when there was a 1500 word allocation. Of course, when I looked through my notes and mind map, there was still plenty to add, and I got there.

In retrospect, you’d think that starting early and building in contingency would solve the deadline problem. However, the information we gain in support is progressively administered to us. First attempts can be added to with each passing week.

My planned project ideas seemed so confident at the beginning, but then my plans were shaken from the foundations. I seriously began to doubt my choice. In my own terms, the Academic worth needed to be apparent. What sustained the original was a degree of preparation combined with a planned commemoration in Perth Scotland. I had considered project ideas that were totally different, but something in my soul took me back to the Commemorative Historical work. I thought more and more seriously about what would be needed to make it work.

A breakthrough came with the introduction of genetic analysis that has enabled me to bridge between the present generations and those who took part in a significant world event, over 100 years ago. The original commemorative history I’d focused on, has been retained, but for reasons of story. The DNA side has caused several changes not least, shifting emphasis to my maternal line on learning how mitochondrial DNA and X-chromosomes pass between generations. The focus remained on the same world event. I’m aware still that the whole thing could be thrown up in the air as I progress through the course and I steep myself in photographic theory and art.

Quite a revelation for me in terms of my approach was the example set through an, in conversation, interview with Ian Walker, surrealist and academic critic. Ian is a seasoned critic and demonstrated, by Guest Lecture, how I needed to strengthen my own analysis and critique. Ian can discern what is surreal from what only looks surreal. Also, not all of the work of a particular surrealist may be to one’s taste giving room to express a personal view. Ian also demonstrated how fairly everyday settings, containing the right elements, introduce the surreal. For me, surrealism had been simply an example of artists freedom of expression while pushing the boundaries of public acceptance.

PHO701: Week 11 Introducing Proposal and Audience

Aid to Understanding Genetic Relations:

Genetics can be a very complex area to grasp. In light of this difficulty, I reference a BBC documentary on the subject.
I watched it several times over a few years back. In video form it provides an explanation of genetics in action as a body under constant invasion, acting in defence and under repair.

Here also for anyone interested is Wolfram Alpha (a web page – there is also an app) showing how to calculate genetic relationships in this example for my:

great granduncle genetic relation

Click the link, wait for the computation and click more for genetic detail. This has examples and you are invited if you wish to select other relations and compute these.

Original post:

Hello, I’m back again and on my quest to catch up as the course is starting to go well again. I’ve ditched some troublesome IT equipment that was causing me to spend a lot of time resolving technical issues. Many of these were deep and blocked progress. Faults from overheating computer eliminated, I could start on the content of the course.

I guess some students will have found a project that evolves and runs quite nicely. I started off with firm ideas but had these shaken at the foundations. Criticism came from various angles: of photographic theory and academic or general worth.

I make commemorative historical work on my relatives, the Cosh brothers who fought and died in the Great War. The Cosh’s still underpins my work, which has taken on a new direction in:

A) analysing DNA connection. DNA brings a great deal of focus on my father as a living manifestation of these people past. Regards my siblings, in particular, my sisters have a percentage chance of relation, which I do not have. Such is the nature of human biology.

B) in connection with this a strong theme in the Cosh story is of wounding and injury, repair, and dusting down, and going back into battle as many did. I’ve taken this theme and have begun establishing family member DNA analysis and seek to photograph the beauty of our bodily repair mechanism. I then make abstract expressionistic art from the photographs. I shall place these alongside some original photographic work to give contextualisation.

C) in doing this work on behalf of others, I considered my own connection. The Cosh’s are directly in my father’s genetic line. To make my photographic imagery more pertinent, I turned to the maternal ancestral line. I sought out descendant males on my mother’s side. Those again who fought in the Great War. This maintains consistency, and now makes me, in living flesh, a manifestation of these people.

If I am to shake my father’s hand, I am connecting with the last living expression I know of the Cosh brothers. And now my own body biology is not unique within my siblings, an expression of the soldiers and their stories in my Maternal line.

What began perhaps naïvely as a parallel to commando comic portrayal of military endeavour has taken on a more profound significance. My surprise has been the whole aspect of diaspora and the uniting effect this work has on family members, and this has grown in importance.

Of course, my family are an audience for this work, and through the tentative connection, the Black Watch (Highland Regiment) Association has expressed an educational interest, particularly in the academic narrative. There are distant relatives, more connected than I, who migrated to Buffalo, New York State at the beginning of the 20th century, ahead of the war. As they remain unknown to me, there is potential outreach to them.

Finally, though there is a broader educational standpoint on genetics. The technicalities of mitochondrial DNA and X chromosome can be challenging to understand at times. My visual project now serves to illustrate how others might seek out living connection to events in their past. I recognise that many like to leave the past in the past. Personally, I have gained a deep emotional connection with the past. Outcomes within my family, my diaspora, are that of healing and helps us understand who we are and what makes us what we are today.