Masters Project Proposal – Draft

This is a draft copy of my proposed masters project. I have a tutorial on Thursday, so it will certainly change. The final proposal has to be submitted in 2 weeks.

Course:   MA Moving Image and Sound

Name(s): Andrew Logie

Date         20/02/2014                                        Full-time / Part-time (delete as applicable)

NB For collaborative projects please complete a single Project Proposal, clearly identifying names and roles of all external or internal collaborators.

Section 1: Description of Project

Outline your current practice, ideas and creative intentions for the project, including final outcomes. with reference to existing research and practice in the relevant areas of study. For collaborative projects, give details of each persons role in the project. (max. 300 words)

During the course of the MA I have explored a range of practices and techniques, in this final piece I would like to draw from a range of these techniques whilst exploring some new ones to create an interactive audio-visual installation. I envisage returning to and exploring a topic I have previously looked at, which is that of particles, in particular the particles that make up the universe and everything around us and how all physical objects can be broken down into component parts.

I aim to create an installation that explores this theme which is interactive combining both audio and moving image. I aim to create a synergy between the sound and image and hope to create an interactive experience. I would like to continue my previous exploration and research into the science of this topic and develop it further, this time creating original and unique reactive visuals and sound that the audience can interact with. I aim to pursue the exploration of granular synthesis and sounds of natural objects alongside breaking these images into component parts. I aim to explore the work of current practitioners such as Ryoichi Kurokawi and Daito Manabe amongst other artists mentioned below.

Section 2: Methodology

State your research methods for the project and provide a rationale for their suitability for this type of study, with reference to existing research and discourse on relevant methodologies. (max. 300 words)

The aim is to explore a broad range of current practitioners (both artistic and commercial) working within the audio-visual installation field to help contextualise the work. I aim to explore their work and techniques. I hope to visit a couple of modern art galleries such as the Tate at this stage. I have a visit lined up to discuss ideas with a company based in London which specialise in commercial installations. This will help to shape the final outcome for the project and the form it takes.

I aim to explore the current and theoretical science behind particles and hope to use this to either create an installation piece that explores this science or is inspired by it using both sound and image. I aim to contact and either interview a scientist that works within this field, draw inspiration from them and/or use real data to create the visualisations.

I also foresee a requirement to explore a range of technical issues; such as creating reactive visuals (Quartz Composer? Programming?), sound (Granular synthesis?) and projection techniques. I aim to explore a way of enabling interactivity with the audience.

Section 3: Bibliography / Key Sources

Give references to images, texts, websites, artists, designers and other sources that are relevant to your project and contextualise your study.

There are a wide range of sources that will be relevant to this project, some of the artists I aim to explore are:

  • Takagi Masakatsu
  • Daito Manabe
  • Moment Factory
  • Aether
  • Daichi Misawa
  • Maotik and fraction
  • Iregular
  • Ryoichi Kurokawi
  • Quayola
  • Memo Akten

I also aim to explore current scientific practice, knowledge and understanding of this particular topic and apply this to the resulting outcome. In particular I would like to contact some of the artists in residence at QMUL (Queen Mary University of London) who currently work to produce art which combines science and visualisations of data within the field of physics (Dr. David Berman). Another option is to contact the LHC (large hadron collider) or Fermilab educational and media departments.

A possible source of finance to help the project would possibly come from the Wellcome Trust, which is an organisation which specialises in opening up science to the public (through a variety of methods including art).

Section 4: Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcome Provide an explanation of how your project will demonstrate your ability to meet each of the Learning Outcomes for the Masters Project Unit.
LO1 Evaluate current issues, practices and initiatives associated with your field of study in relation to the development of your work. I aim to explore a wide range of current practitioners work to help contextualise the work I am creating. I aim to look at both current and previous innovative work that is both inspiring and reflects my vision for the project. This will be explored through the reflective journal.
LO2 Demonstrate understanding of the materials and processes associated with your subject through experimentation, research and application. The aim is to explore and develop a range of technical processes, primarily leading on from previous work during the MA (projection mapping, motion graphics and sound), but integrating some new topics such as interactivity within this. The processes I work with will be determined by the exploration of current practitioners, my visit to a commercial practitioner and availability of the tools. Again this process will be logged through my reflective journal including sound and images of the experiments.
LO3 Devise and generate a body of work that demonstrates innovation in its approach; challenges existing perspectives and shows a reflective and critical approach to your subject area. Based on the research into both practitioners and techniques and the outcomes, this will help determine and shape the final outcome. I envisage the final piece being an audio-visual projection mapped interactive installation that includes interactive and reactive graphics and sound. The process from idea generation to completion will be recorded in the form of a blog, reflecting upon the practice.
LO4 Critically evaluate and apply appropriate methodologies and research findings to your project I hope to demonstrate both the application of my research findings of my project and critically evaluate the process in 2 different ways. The first being through the reflective journal which will document the process taking place and critically evaluate and reflect on a regular basis. The second will come at the end of the project through the final critical analysis of the work.
LO5 Articulate the content and ambitions of your work to peers, specialist and non-specialist audiences, verbally and in writing, in an appropriate and professionally viable format This will be documented and demonstrated in two ways, the first way (orally) will be through Pecha Kucha format presentation which will be presented to the MA students. The second (written) will be through the reflective journal which will document and reflect upon the process whilst the project is underway.
LO6 Plan, organise and produce an original and creative body of work to a standard that reflects the professional expectations of your subject area. The process of planning, organising and producing the work will be documented and discussed within the reflective journal, this will include discussions of ideas, artists, influences, the process as it evolves until a final piece of work is produced. The standard will be based upon other practitioners work which I aim to achieve a similar quality to. The final piece will be exhibited and reflected upon critically.

Section 5: Resources and Schedule

Provide a plan outlining your project schedule and indicating resource requirements where applicable (this may be attached as a separate sheet)

  • Projector (s)
  • Interactive (leap motion?)
  • Computer (s)
  • Software (e.g. Ableton, Quartz composer, Arena)
  • Camera
  • Location (exhibition space)

Section 6: Risk Assessment

Outline any potential risks, particularly Health and Safety and/or ethical issues that could affect the project. It is recommended that you seek the advice of your tutor and relevant NUA staff, e.g., the Health and Safety Officer, before completing this section. Continue on a second page if necessary.

Ethical Issues:

  • Crediting sources of information and resources
  • Gaining permissions to use locations
  • Avoiding the use of any copyrighted material

Health & Safety Issues:

  • Flashing Images? — epilepsy
  • Trailing cables, etc for exhibition
  • Safe working practices when creating installation
  • Safe working practices when taking images and using materials

Section 7: Tutor’s Comments

Student:             Andrew Logie…………………….. Date: 20/02/2014.

Course Tutor:    ………………………………………… Date:………………….

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