PHO705: Week 12 Reflection

The following were covered in Week 12/;

PHO705: Symposium – Good Picture 2019 “Imaging Revealed”

The Symposium was long-awaited (August – December), and in terms of the ‘How’ element of the major project Motherline. The impact of ancestral identification was tested in discussion with imaging science professionals. Fortunately, the basis of the project once more stands when the premise is tested against science.

The input received on the methodology of making acted as a precursor for ramping up image creation which during the break has now taken off.

PHO705: Recombinant Rhymes and DNA Art

Recombinant rhymes and DNA Art is approached as supporting art either in creating Exhibition context or as part of a book, or indeed both.

The scope was set as words containing DNA base letters ACGT from which ‘poetry’ might be created. Originally this was inspired ‘double-strand poetry’ from a BBC Art-Science podcast.

Since the word list (circa 1100 words) was created for DNA using ACGT bases a second and partly overlapping wordlist (circa 500 words) has been created for RNA using its bases ACGU.

The idea would be to create a spoken-word recording and contextualising graphics for exhibition atmosphere and book in turn.

The atmospherics of playing spoken word was experienced at the Tate Modern exhibition of Natalia Goncharova’s work. In one area, viewers were funnelled through a corridor space that linked two functional areas. The corridor had its own smaller-scale works on view. Playing in the background was a recording of a Russian speaker whose voice created a wonderful aesthetic effect.

Example Russian speaker recording from the Tate exhibition:

During the summer exhibition. the atmosphere was created by video (and for a while using audio) and proved effective as a trial.

PHO705: Group Guest Critique 10 Dec 2019

There were two students with our guest so a minimum group size on the day.

The other student went first whose work had already been reviewed amongst the cohort. Comment related to:

  • advice to drop text and focus on visual language.
  • a question about reverting to film process.

The recently named Motherline was reviewed and received reviewer comment. Questions related to clarification and comments were mainly of the checklist variety:

Was the intent exhibition? Yes. The summer exhibition led to a question about the level of comment received. This was recorded already within this blog. The reviewer wished to attend the Easter exhibition as the venue had been decided and dates needed to be pencilled in.

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