Masters project proposal – Final Draft

This is the final draft of my Masters project proposal, some substantial changes have taken place since the previous version. After feedback from my tutor, hopefully the idea and process is slightly more clarified. This is due for submission on Thursday (13 March), I still have a few subtle amendments to make, but the concept will not change substantially from this draft.

MASTERS PROJECT PROPOSAL FORM

Course: MA Moving Image and Sound

Name(s): Andrew Logie

Date: 11/03/2014                      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 including projection mapping, animation and sound design. In this final piece I would like to draw from these techniques whilst exploring some new ones to create an interactive audio-visual installation. I will return to and explore a topic that really interests me, particle physics. This topic will be explored from a hybrid science/art perspective. The aim of the work would be to explore a particular theoretical aspect of the science which will enable the audience to come away with some experience and/or understanding with no prior knowledge of the subject and raise awareness of the science.

I aim to create a synergy between the sound and image and will create an interactive experience. The work will be aimed at a broad audience from children to adults. I hope to inspire them to interact with the work through a pleasurable medium. I would like to continue my previous exploration and research into the theory of particle physics and develop it further, this time creating original and unique reactive visuals and sound that the audience can interact with that explores the topic. I intend to exhibit the piece in a gallery setting for submission, although the intention would be to exhibit the work in the future at the Gravity Fields science and art festival in Grantham and at the Sonar multimedia festival in Barcelona.

I aim to explore the work of current practitioners such as Ryoichi Kurokawi and Daito Manabe amongst other artists mentioned in the key sources section below. The work will form a collaboration between myself and Prof. Don Lincoln, from Fermilab, Chicago. Prof. D. Lincoln has offered to guide the project and offer advice, guidance and feedback during the production of the piece. He is at the forefront of research into particle physics. His help will add a dimension that has been missing from my previous projects and will help shape the final outcome.

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)

I will explore a broad range of current practitioners (both artistic and commercial) working within the audio-visual installation field to help contextualise the work. I will explore their work and techniques and record this research via a reflective journal. This will help shape the form the final piece will take.

I will explore current scientific practice, knowledge and understanding of this particular topic and apply this to the resulting outcome. This research will be via academic journals and books on the subject and will be recorded via my sketchbook and reflective journal. In particular I would like to contact the artists in residence at QMUL (incl. Dr. David Berman, Physicist, QMUL) who currently work producing artworks which combine science and visualisations of data within the field of physics. The collaboration between Prof. Lincoln and myself will help shape the final outcome of work. Prof. Lincoln has agreed to support the work through feedback and guidance on the science and theory and allow for the piece to be scientifically correct. He has also agreed to an interview.

The final form of the work will take shape during the research and planning phase, the piece will take the form of an interactive installation. To create this installation I will research and explore reactive audio-visual programming techniques and how this can be applied to a work of this form. Alongside the creation of sound and visuals I will be researching and exploring ways of enabling interactivity with the audience through technology and how this can be implemented in an installation setting. These techniques will be explored through practice-based and experiential methodologies.

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.

Some of the key works I will explore:

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 will explore a wide range of current practitioners work to help contextualise the work I am creating. I will 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. I will 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 will 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)

The final form of the piece will be clarified as the research shapes it, these are possible technical requirements for the work.

  • Projector (s) – possibly up to 4 required – possible NUA resource or self-sourced
  • Mounts for projectors – to position and hold in place – possible NUA resource
  • Power supply – 4 – 8 sockets required in exhibition location
  • Cable management – covers for trailing cables for health and safety purposes
  • Interactive interface(s) x 2 (Leap motion controller, Xbox Kinect camera and/or other)
  • Computer (s) – up to 4 Mac minis of relatively new spec running OS X 10.9.2+ required – possible NUA resource + wired networking (router – personal resource)
  • Audio Interface – own resource for mic inputs
  • Microphone (s) – possibly 2 for sound pickup + cables
  • Software (e.g. Ableton, Quartz composer, Quicktime, Resolume Arena, Final Cut Pro X, Syphon)
  • Camera – DSLR or similar for archive recording purposes and gathering source material
  • Location – (NUA exhibition space, dark room required for projection, medium size +)
  • Projection Surfaces – either self-sourced object, building architecture (possible flat or curved surfaces) or screens
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
  • All interviews, material and correspondence between Prof. D. Lincoln and myself will not be published via my blog unless it has been first read and approved by Prof. D. Lincoln.
  • Any contributors and collaborators on the project will be credited

Health & Safety Issues:

  • Possible Flashing Images — Epilepsy and other medical conditions (warning signs required)
  • Volume levels – Medical Conditions for audience (follow NUA health and safety procedures and warning signs required)
  • Trailing cables, etc for exhibition (cable management system for safety purposes)
  • Safe working practices when creating and setting up installation (follow NUA health and safety procedures)
  • Safe working practices when taking images and using materials (follow NUA health and safety procedures)
  • Safe working practices of removal of installation (follow NUA health and safety procedures)

Key Dates:

  • 13 March – Submission of final project proposal
  • 1 May – Completion of core research
  • 1 – 14 May – Project development
  • 15 May – Presentation of project idea and research
  • 4 June – Core idea development and technology testing completed
  • 5 June – Project review
  • 12 June – Exhibition Briefing
  • 3 July – Exhibition workshop
  • 31 July – Complete creation of final installation piece
  • 7 August – Final Group Critique
  • 11 August – Complete final critique
  • 11 – 14 August – Exhibition space prep
  • 18 – 20 August – Exhibition installation
  • 21 August – Deadline for submission
  • 26 August – Final adjustments for exhibition
  • 4 Sept – Private viewing of work
  • 5 Sept – Final grade feedback

Image on blog is a screenshot from the animation – A boy and his atom. Seemed appropriate!

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