Today in our COP session we began to think about ways of tackling the essay question through practical research and investigation within the realms of Graphic Design. Answering the question through an essay alone won't give me an in depth and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the topic in question, that is why we must develop a body of practical work surrounding the same question.
In the session we looked at three areas that will help to inform our practical development for context of practice.
The TECHNIQUES: what techniques am I going to use to produce a worthwhile body of practical work? i found through my essay investigation that pastiche and themes of simulacrum are at the heart of postmodern theory and practice. In my practical work I can look to utilise pastiche techniques, recycling, collaging, using found imagery, scanning, layering etc. Pastiche importantly is not parody or mockery so I must remember this when producing my practical responses.
The CONTENT: I want to produce a zine and accompanying posters which act as guides to living in post post modern conditions, or guides on how to create a piece of postmodern work. i want them to be witty and tongue and cheek with elements of seriousness, but ultimately postmodernism isn't supposed to be taken too seriously and I want to convey this through my content. I briefly want to explain the thinking behind a lot of postmodern design and how it came about in the first place.
I will generate my own photography whilst also appropriating a lot of the imagery, running in theme with pastiche. I will create my zine using a multitude of methods mixing analogue techniques with digital approaches. I will also investigate typographic treatments. Ultimately I want to create a survival guide to dealing with the often confusing nature of postmodern art.
The COMMUNICATION: Postmodernism is all about vivid expressionism and emotional communication through design, going against everything the modernist built up and stood for. I need to communicate the fact that postmodernism is a departure from the modern, or in some cases an alteration and question of the modern. This is what I aim to communicate.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Monday, 16 February 2015
I went around the studio and asked people to answer the survey that I had devised.
Put a tick next to the words that you don’t understand
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
I did some research into post-internet art and stumbled across quite a quirky small publication titled 'A post-internet survival guide' I really liked the concept so decided to experiment and develop some of my own ideas in relation to the essay question and post-modernism as a movement.
These images are taken from the Post Internet Survival Guide. They are visual survival tips and are incredibly abstract and demand a lot from the audience in terms of conceptual thinking. I want my survival tips for post-modernism to be much wittier and content specific. But these images prompt a lot of inspiration for me.
Post Internet Survival Guide is a project initiated by Katja Novitskova. At the moment it is realised as a book, an installation (FORMATS) and a series of events and exhibitions.
The first book launch and exhibition took place in Berlin at Gentili Apri gallery as a project with Future Gallery, curated by me and Mike Ruiz.
The second presentation took place in London, at BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) London, curated by KERNEL. I presented the book for BYOB edition of Lucky PDF TV.
Post Internet Survival Guide: Foreword
You are holding a guide to the ecology of a severe ongoing merging of matter, social and (visual) information in the present world. The shift to a multi-polar, mobile, post-democratic, gated, real-time set of conditions effectively redistributes the global balance of powers. The existing structures of our (Western) mode of thinking and being, including the flows of energy and value, the domain of aesthetics, the currency of art, and our role in the process that is civilization are being reshaped and re-articulated. The scale of these changes are reflected in the dynamics of formats—files, gadgets, species, identities, ideologies, brands, styles, cultures, natural disasters, memes, technologies—entering the ultimate platform and player of dissemination: Internet.
Following the art and information created and shared online during the year 2010, this Post Internet Survival Guide chronicles the perpetual battle for survival of these most essential formats. The collective practice of Internet-aware blogging and art has been evolving a new language to imagine, anticipate and engage with the descending reality and its horizons. In this world—that is being tagged as post internet—the Internet is an invisible given, like roads or trees, and is used to navigate not just information but also matter and space. The notion of a survival guide arises as an answer to a basic human need to cope with increasing complexity. In the face of death, personal attachment and confusion, one has to feel, interpret and index this ocean of signs in order to survive.
Throughout the year 2010 the blog survivaltips.tumblr.com has been tracking and contributing to the ‘post internet survival’ theme. Following more than a hundred interconnected blogs and sources, it harnessed the network and exchanged the findings from its own online presence. This emerging distributed archive has been edited into this book. The words, artifacts, tactics, surfaces and experiences you will find here, created mostly in relation to the tribal context of the web and the geo-economic frontiers of the world it is rooted in, induce various modes of translation between the reality of always, today and tomorrow—a survival kit for ideologies, an art catalogue, a future leak.
Post Internet Survival Guide 2010 is organized into chapters according to the first page of Google search results for ‘survival guide’: SIZE UP THE SITUATION, USE ALL YOUR SENSES, REMEMBER WHERE YOU ARE, VALUE LIVING, IMPROVISE, VANQUISH FEAR AND PANIC, ACT LIKE THE NATIVES, LEARN BASIC SKILLS. It crosses streams of seemingly unrelated information flows—from art and news, to corporate stock photography, screenshots and scientific renderings. Post Internet Survival Guide elevates selected content from its original fragmented online environment and solidifies its temporary values and meanings in a collection of guiding narratives.
This book is a tool to assist in stepping above our daily online routine, to reach a realm that lies somewhere between reading a principal religious text, watching a colonial documentary on savages, or looking at yourself in the mirror. This is the space where we ask ourselves what it means to be a human being today.