Wednesday, October 13, 2010

lecture 12

presentation techniques
how to make the best of your work


what is the thought process that resulted in the particular work?

you don't just whack your first idea on the project
the idea must be refined, modified, manipulated, etc etc

the greater the range of visual language the broader the outcome (although i wouldn't always agree with that approach)

the importance of history in the development of the project

Sunday, October 10, 2010

macquarie place 3d

tadaa! here is the biggest addition to the 3d bit. i'll use a real law book from my days at law school. it's actually a book on constitutional law and includes cases and legislation about aboriginal people. i also bookmarked them so people can flick through the pages and read them themselves.

but of course i had to make some changes, so i thought i might design my own book cover.

there. i hope people can see the irony in this.

Friday, October 8, 2010

macquarie place 2d

so what the hell is this?

i went ahead with my little bits represent the whole theory, and took bits and pieces from the 1000000000 photos i took. i tried to form them into some kind of composition but it looked boring. so i thought i might go even further and make them mostly unrecognisable by folding them.

i found a triangular origami shape online. the triangle refers to the triangular shape of macquarie place; it is also the shape of the whole composition. so the viewer can kind of interact with the work. they can pick a piece, unfold it, and if they've been there they can recognise what spot or feature it is, or they can at lest try to figure it out. this way they interact with the place, but they interact with it within the parametres i set up, and more importantly, from MY eyes.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

macquarie place 2d solution

after going to macquarie place again and reflecting on the second experience, i've thought of two important things about it.

1- it meant nothing to me before i started working on this project. therefore, it had no personal value. what could this mean? to me it means that a place is only a place if you've spent time in it, you've got memories in it. a place doesn't become important for you just because it is important in terms of the historical significance of the city you live in.

from that i skipped onto what proust mentions about his room in 'in search of lost time', and his involuntary memory. i think even a very small feature of a place is powerful enough to represent the whole. the opera house or a kangaroo represents australia overall in many contexts. so the water feature, the obelisk, or any other thing in macquarie place can represent the whole place. i will work on that idea.

ah-nother thing: i took several photos, and after that i realised one thing. the frames i photographed can only be framed from that very point i stood, in macquarie place, at that particular time of the day, with those people passing by. they are frames that i could never ever recapture. but to me, they still represent macquarie place. so i will combine this with the idea above.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

lecture 11

circular quay

the ambitions of city of sydney becoming a 'global city' , as well as making money

enterprises, government, and the society all in one

circular quey is where sydney is on show (no wonder tourists come here and get a wrong impression of sydney)

cahill expressway : the car was more important than pedestrians back then
circular quay was kind of like a central station of all modes of transport

customs house, its history and its interiors
top floors had to be reserved for profit to finance the lower library floors

the toaster and the hype around it

circular quay feels very upmarket overall, it's like you can only afford to enjoy it if you're willing to fork out the money

symbolism in aboriginal arts and more

some information to unlock a few symbols used in aboriginal arts and apply them on my own composition

and some real artworks

Monday, October 4, 2010

macquarie place 3d solution

the article on macquarie place is rather interesting. it says it's the first public space in australia...well, what about the public spaces aboriginal people had? it is very well documented that they had public spaces, along with private spaces reserved for individuals or people of a certain nation or clan. this is a remnant of colonisation that still lurks. australia began with the arrival of the british...

not quite. aboriginal people had been here for a very very long time, and they had clearly defined nations, more than 200 of them actually, with very different cultures, traditions, languages and laws. and yes, they actually did have laws. so what happened? with the british invasion entire aboriginal nations got wiped out.

so in my 3d project i will try to represent the arrival of british and and how they imposed their laws on aboriginal people, and how they used the law to cause that massive destruction.