Unit 1 Assessment

Learning Outcomes

  • Formulate, describe and implement a challenging and self-directed programme of study, relating to your Project Proposal.

My project proposal has changed a little bit since the beginning of the course, although I feel that my main concerns and thoughts have remained the same. I think that more or less I have sticked to the plan I made, which was enriched in some ways by following slightly new directions.
You can see the final form of my project proposal here: https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/project-proposal-3/

Basically, I have been researching the philosophical and other theories of interest, which have helped me a lot with understanding better the themes that seem to appear in my practice, such as the notion of perception, reality and experience. It has also helped me evolve my thinking into fresh directions, for example concerning the connection between body and mind and the whole notion of the “flesh” in relation to perception as presented through existential phenomenology. You can find examples of my research and studying here:

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/flesh-corporeal-imagination/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/solipsism-and-the-problem-of-other-minds/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/05/03/no-bodily-presence/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/06/05/lived-body-in-crisis/

Apart from these theories, which I think serve as more than a contextual research for my work, I have been researching other stuff that seem intriguing and can have an influence on my practice. From other contemporary artists that engage in some way with similar topics, to different means and techniques of new “digital” art and their unclear boundaries, and also topics concerning public space and context. Here are some examples of this theoretical research:

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/an-introduction-to-augmented-reality/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/thoughts-on-public-space/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/body-and-identity-in-public-space/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/space-and-memory/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/format-and-context/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/genius-loci/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/andrew-thomas-huang-natures-grotesque/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/matthew-stone-compositions/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/adaf-visit/

Working on my research paper has also been a great help for me in relation to the contextual research of my practice. I feel that it has enriched my knowledge of the specific concepts I deal with in my work. Researching in greater depth other contemporary artists’ practices was also very important for my work development. You can find my research paper below:

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/research-paper/

  • Critically engage with practice-based research and contribute actively to debate and discussion.

Apart from the theoretical research related to the philosophical concepts I deal with, I have been experimenting with different techniques of artistic creation, in an attempt to learn more about means that I have never used before, but also to find the appropriate one, or a combination of means that relate the most with my thoughts and ideas. Starting form scratch with hand-drawn sketches, I was involved in producing 2d digital imagery and experimenting with the topics and aesthetics of my work.

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/10/24/sketches-1/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/digital-sketches-2/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/digital-sketches-3/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/digital-sketches-4/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/sketches-5-vernacular/

I have continued my practice-based research working with video techniques, combining my previous knowledge on image editing programs with moving graphics. The result was a series of short videos with similar aesthetics, examples of those you can find below:

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/videos-1/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/videos-2/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/03/08/videos-3/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/videos-4/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/videos-5/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/video-6/

By that time my curiosity about 3d work had already kicked in, so I had already started experimenting with 3d software, which was a new path for me. Especially after Low Residency last February, which was a great opportunity to engage with other people, to see different things concerning contemporary art creation and to discuss new ideas and thoughts, I realized my urge to work more on 3d imagery. In addition, thanks to some fellow students of mine, I was introduced to 3d scanning, a technique that proved really useful and intriguing, as I find that it relates perfectly to the way of representing the body (flesh) in relation to existential phenomenology, perception and philosophy.

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/3d-work-experiments-building-bodies/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/scanning-the-apartment/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/3d-scan-experiments/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/3d-stuff-further-work/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/09/22/3d-work-in-progress/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/textures/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/textures-2/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/10/20/3d-scan-experiments-2/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/10/20/lighting-and-colour/

I believe that this experimentation, in combination with the guidance of my tutors and the discussion with my fellow students, led to quite interesting results concerning my research for some sort of “narrative”, and so I feel that I have found the appropriate direction to work on.

  • Critically reflect upon your practice and articulate a clear understanding of methodology and context of your creative practice.

During my contextual and practice-based research, I have been trying to regularly reflect upon my work, so as to have a clear view of my thoughts and intentions. You can find comments and thoughts concerning my work in progress almost in all of the above posts, however I will list some of the latest examples again below:

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/3d-stuff-further-work/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/textures/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/textures-2/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/10/20/lighting-and-colour/

Apart from writing down abstract or more “concrete” thoughts I have in relation to my practice, that may have driven me into slightly new directions with time, I found really useful reflecting on what other people have to say about my thoughts and art practice, especially after discussions, presentations, participations in exhibitions and workshops, or tutorials with my tutors.

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/playing-with-words/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/tutorial-1/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/organizing-project-ideas/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/tutorial-2/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/collaborative-making-project/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/raum-gallery-opening/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/03/11/mid-point-review/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/mpr-reflection/

https://katerinapsimmenou.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/summer-show-2016/

So that’s about everything, enjoy!