PHO705: Christmas Reflection

This post relates to calendar Weeks 13 and 14. A return was made to reading, PHO705: Research – Phantasmagoria and the Weird and the Eerie in PHO705: Beyond the Unheimlich. This has meant going back to these earlier weeks posts to update them.

The way this blog is structured it keeps to an original plan of delivering posts to a given schedule. A number of blank posts are present that call for attention, for example, reviewing some optional FMP video materials that if reviewed give a wider experience. This brings attention to the activities and should help to get the work done. There is a natural balance developing.

At present activity has been prioritised towards making and this is timely given the Symposium attended and the access gained to relevant expertise and further related research. Meanwhile, sets of images will be needed as a growing matter of urgency, to build a broad portfolio for onward editing. Making also gained importance in avoiding any pitfall in interpreting science. An example that comes to mind is that of Phrenology from the earlier years of photography. The project assumption around IR filtering and processing becomes trace rather than direct as originally postulated. The theme of identification of Motherline ancestors remained true.

PHO705: Digital Darkroom Analysis for Motherline

An analysis of digital darkroom activity followed on from the posts on Art Science and Imaging Science Symposium and concerns the How. This has resulted on a return to making which until now had slowed while research ran on.

A change in method has occurred to an equivalent approach that produces equivalent results and was possible after a more detailed look into the techniques used as well as having been able to enter the discussion with scientific imaging experts. The new darkroom method is more direct and controllable and simpler to work with.

Greater insight has led to more flexible image manipulation and then onto a new approach able to generate image sets. Potentially the extended method could be used to generate wide landscapes or sets of images for moving stills. This is very much in tune with the Final Proposal to generate supporting materials during the seasonal break, to advance the materials available to use in an exhibition or book.

Further work into contextualising the project visuals has been progressed by capturing images from Great War video broadcast material. The capture and initial handling of the numerous images is an enabler to any next stage.

The themes derived have expanded choice and at some point in the next month say some decisions will have to be made. It would make sense to trial the themes where possible and even make them public to get a sense of what gains the best impact while maintaining the original project intent.

PHO705: Recombinant Rhymes and DNA Art

This blog was revisited and research extended from DNA to RNA and the 1100-word set for words containing the letters ACGT of the DNA bases has been extended for RNA bases ACGU with a 500-word set (lists partially overlap each other). It has been informative to learn of the RNA processes and how it connects to the overall picture of life.

The activity is more of a supporting task than the main task of the FMP but will add to the overall impact of the planned exhibition and possibly of a book.

Conclusion

First identified in PHO705: Research-Driven Practice effort has substantially moved to build research around Motherline project development. The natural cycle of research turning into making continues on from two earlier modules and informs the FMP module activity which is given a solid grounding in project-related research. The intent is to take work public and then enter a final stage of refinement and edit stage to ready for submission for assessment.

PHO705: Recombinant Rhymes and DNA Art

Project development: rhymes, art and naming of the photo project.

Oxford definition.

This post is an extension of the Recombinant Rhymes and DNA Art (McNamee, 2019) feature in the blog post, PHO705: Research Artsci, Communicating Science Visually, Computational Biology and a new Avant-Garde

The intention is to deliver something art-based (rhyme or graphic text or image titles) over the upcoming period between terms as noted in the Final Proposal. An intention is to experiment to discover if contextualisation and visual language can be built with Recombinant Rhymes or DNA Art.

The idea is to use imagination in selecting words like TELEOLOGICAL that contain DNA base letters ACGT and combine them for effect, perhaps making a video with a reading of a rhyme. Words are intended to be selected for their connection to narratives of the project.

Select from the following ACGT words for some connected meaning:

Base-words-ACGT

Examples:

  • Advocating 
  • Fracturing conflagrations
  • Countervailing 
  • Lethargic contagiousness

Interestingly, the validated list contains the terms Abstracting and Photographic.

Project naming

In short, “Motherline” is the name presently chosen. This is less politically charged than the earlier proposed project name “Matriarchy”.

Matriarchy like patriarchy has political overtones, so is not so attuned to the themes of the work.

Motherline is derived here from the post PHO705: Visual Language of DNA Testing and the terms:

  • Family Ancestry (autosomal DNA)
  • Motherline Ancestry (mtDNA)
  • Fatherline Ancestry (Y-DNA)

Bibliography

McNamee, A. (2019) ‘Art of Now Recombinant Rhymes and DNA Art’. A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4. Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002rkb

PHO705: Guest Lecture (Publication) – Christiane Monarchi Part 1

Watch this Guest Lecture video and comment.

Christiane set-up Photomonitor and explained how this was set-up from her getting involved in Pluck and Portfolio and a desire to find out what was on. across a range of areas over and above the large institutions. She would advise in how to set up a niche.

Gaps were found in the offerings of:

  • Art List – large institutions
  • Art Rabbit.com – global and no UK focus
  • New Exhibitions Guide – major mostly historic items
  • British Journal of Photography – stopped doing listings
  • Photoworks – annual, great read but infrequent

Christiane’s requirement was UK and Ireland centric, for artists and emerging writers and all in an up to date guide of what’s on now. Here need was to bring people to photography and go and see it, think about it and spread the word. All without ads and is free.

The result in 2011 was www.photomonitor.co.uk. From the front page, key links are the Portfolio link written by the artist rather than mediated, there are listings sometimes with reading more depending on the gallery and their subscription. There are Reviews including of live exhibitions. Interviews talking to artists. Essays that have been researched. Auctions cover smaller upcoming auctions. Collections are interviews. Book reviews cover self-published and large publishers.

Christiane encourages artists to take a break and listen to others.

In terms of making a publication the 5 Years’ statistics were given:

The right hand column draws funding and that pays for commissioning the items on the right as community members.

In summary there are many many opportunities to see work that is shared.

Commissioned pieces are paid at 20p a word to a maximum as a budget constraint. 500 words on a screen are practical.

Commissioning is wider than London covering Wales and Ireland. Timeliness is key as mentioned to get people to the exhibitions. Social media is important for sharing.

t: @photomonitor

Christiane talked about potential for growing Photomonitor including into streaming of live audience talks.

Some Inspiring Platforms were listed:

Anyone with new ideas is encouraged to get in contact.

Response to Online Publication.

It is always exciting to see the smaller business venture establish itself and succeed. Any personal involvement would be to read Photomonitor and assess how it stands alongside say for example, major gallery memberships.

The online element is approached as a Portfolio website and as Instagram for marketing (planned) not to mention this blog site created for the MA Photography course.

There is still more to discover in Part 2 of Christiane’s guest lecture.