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PROJECT PROPOSAL - MA FINE ART DIGITAL
last updated: 27/01/19

Flood Story

Aims

  • To explore potential relationships between neurological and geological processes, including shared language and discourse across relevant research subjects.

  • To investigate a range of approaches towards dealing with mythologised personal narrative and memory in both art-making, and behaviour/psychology, in order to potentially further and inform the structure of work produced.

Objectives

  • To extend my knowledge of new technologies within the context of the boundaries of printmaking, and the nature of the print, including im/permanence, in the digital space, through testing, collaboration, and experimentation.

  • To explore the visualisation, and audio translation, of data, specifically concerning neuroimaging and geological mapping/modelling via networking and collaboration (visits, observation, workshops), in order to inform context and methodologies of practice; subsequently, to potentially record/undertake processes in collaboration with neuroscientists and/or psychologists to record my own personal data for use in my work.

  • To effectively contextualise my practice within the treatment of current medical (neurological) and geological/environmental concerns, including debates stemming from the Anthropocene argument, in contemporary art-making, through organised communication and collaboration with identified specialists and practitioners.

  • To learn how to use Cinema4D and relevant geo-mapping/modelling software in order to create mapped/simulated ‘environments’ and scenarios from fragmented memories.

Context

Historical

- Joseph Beuys [Mythologies/Narratives, Sculpture, Documentation]
- Robert Smithson [Writings: Politics & Abstract Geology, ‘Sedimentation of the Mind’]
- W.G. Sebald [Memory and Trauma]
- Seamus Heaney [Environment, Memory, Metaphor]

Contemporary

-
Shona Illingworth [Immersive Installation, Memory, Constructions of History]
- Heinrich and Palmer [Film & Sound, Installation, 3D Mapping and Laser Technologies]
- semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) [Film & Sound, Installation, Animation]
- Katie Paterson [Geologic Time, Technology, Collaboration]
- Pierre Huyghe [Intervention, Adaptation & Appropriation, Systems]
- Yesenia Thibault-Picazo [Narrative Potential of Materials, Interdisciplinary Collaboration]
- Felicity Hammond [Materiality, Sculptural Print, Construction-Installation]
- Smudge Studio (Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse) [Performative Research, Material Behaviours, Geologic Change]
- Ryoichi Kurokawa [Time-Based Sculpture, Digitally Generated Structures]
- Trevor Paglen [Experimental Geography, Active/Gestural, Communication & Technology]
- R.H. Quaytman [Mediation, Print, Acts/Chapters & Sequences]
- Simon Head [Poetic Associations, Geological & Photographic Material]
- Nick Scammel [Impermanence, Scanning]
- Shezad Dawood [Site & Narrative, Installation]
- Refik Anadol [Data Sculpture, Immersive Installation]
- Mat Chivers [Mediation, Migration, Functionality - Installation]
- Nicolas Lamas [Archaeology and Technology]

- NeuroData Collective | https://neurodata.io [Imaging Datasets, Mind-Brain Relationships]
- Human Connectome Project (USC) | http://www.humanconnectomeproject.org [Interactive Neurological Data]
- Memory Studies Association | https://www.memorystudiesassociation.org [Research Community]
- The International Institute of Geopoetics [http://institut-geopoetique.org/en/articles-en/37-an-outline-of-geopoetics]

Theoretical

Research & Discourse:

Human Ecology of Memory / Memory Ecologies & ‘New Media’
Psychogeography - ‘Psychogeology’ ?
Neuroimaging / Visual Language in Medical Research + Shared Languages (Geology-Neurology)
Physical & Digital Processing, Translation of Digital to Physical (Internal / Neuro/Geo Data]
Encoding-Consolidation-Retrieval & Episodic Memory
Bio-Techno-Geologic interconnection in the Anthropocene / Autochthony (Geology — Identity)
Heterotopias & Virtual Spaces
Psychology - ‘Flooding’

Methodology

- Interdisciplinary Engagement / Support:
Wellcome Trust / Wellcome Collection
York Neuroimaging Centre (Hull York Medical School)
Space & Memory Group / Visual Communication Group (UCL, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience)
Human Memory Research Group (City University of London)
Shared Language project (UAL & Oxford University)
Lumen Art Projects
British Geological Survey
On the Endless Here

To Visit:
-
Rock Room, UCL Collections
- Rotunda Museum, Scarborough
- Manchester Museum Earth Sciences Collection
- BGS Keyworth Core Store & Biostratigraphy Museum, Nottingham
- The Lapworth Museum of Geology, Birmingham
- Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Cambridge
- Queen Square Archives, UCL Collections
- The Gordon Museum of Pathology, Kings College London

To Interview:
- Heinrich and Palmer (Process, Scanning Technologies)
- David Gelsthorpe, Curator of Earth Sciences, Manchester Museum
- Katie Paterson (Human Relationships to / within Geologic Time)
- Naiara Demnitz (Wellcome Trust Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging)
- Mike Stubbs, Director of FACT, Liverpool (Curator of Strata-Rock-Dust-Stars, York Mediale 2018)
- Adrian Friedli, Executive Programme Director - Yorkshire Visual Arts Network

Potential Methods & Processes:
- Translations: Data (Neurological, Geological) > Film & Sound / 3D Print
- Emboss/Debossing & Extrusion, extended exploration of printmaking and geological associations (overprint, strata, layers, etching)
- Manipulation of geologic material & substances
- Scanning (3D > Film / Print)
- Animation (Cinema4D) + Manipulated Photographs (Photoshop) - fragments of memories and scenarios reconstructed, to be processed and used in combination with other processes, ‘acts’ of a narrative - Episodic Memory
- Direct to Media Printing (Metro Imaging)

Facilities & Resources:
Camberwell Workshops - Low Residency & Term-Time visits
Hull Makerspace (3D Printing/Scanning, Laser Technologies, CNC, Ceramics)
Local Companies - Blok CNC (3D Fabrication) / GF Smith (Paper, Embossing Processes)
Home Studio (Printmaking, Digital, Molding/Casting)

Outcomes

I’m currently interested in the pursuit of outcomes that reflect the processes of fragmentation of human memory and geological material in terms of the time-bound, and developing works to form sequences that have a sense of narrative. For example this could include combining 3D printed outcomes from transcriptions of sound recordings or neuroimaging, with short animations that seek to reconstruct my childhood memories of landscape. The scope is very broad in terms of media at this point.

Work Plan

Term 2, January-March 19

Visit: Sunk Island / Mappleton, Rotunda Museum Scarborough, Manchester Museum (Enquire meeting with curator of Earth Sciences)
Outreach: York Neuroimaging Centre and range of University research groups, Hull Geological Society, interviews with identified arts practitioners

- Learn Cinema4D
- Continue kiln firings with locally collected clay (saggar box experiment for unprocessed samples)
- Continue film and sound recordings across Holderness landscape
- Interview family members on their memories of/within/around the Holderness landscape - record these
- Explore geo-mapping and modelling - relevant software and methods, make enquiries with University of Hull
- Visit and begin inductions on 3D print, CNC, Lasers at Hull Makerspace
- Write and submit show proposal for Steel Rooms, Brigg - interim/developmental work

Low Residency - Tues 19th - Thurs 28th February
- Collaboration and dialogue
- Arrange visits to UCL Rock Room, Gordon Museum of Pathology and Queen Square Archives

Term 3, May-July 19

Visit: Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences Cambridge (research enquiry, relevant meeting/interview), BGS Keyworth Core Store & Biostratigraphy Museum Nottingham
Outreach:
Cambridge Neuroscience Society, Wellcome Trust (possible support, resources), continuous communication with identified research groups and centres

- Learn methods of translating and processing sound recordings into visual forms
- Continue: Cinema4D and geo-modelling video work / pushing potential of printmaking work through digital and 3D
- Develop understandings of neurologic processes and memory research through collaboration with specialists and experimentation

Possible Camberwell Visits - Fri 24th May - Sat 1st June, Fri 12th June

Bibliography

- Making the Geologic Now, Ellsworth & Kruse et al, 2012. [Book/Online Project]
- A Thousand Years of Non-Linear History, Manuel DeLanda, 2000. [Book]
- Digital Memory Studies: Media Pasts in Transition, Andrew Hoskins, 2017. [Book]
- Memory (Documents of Contemporary Art), Ian Farr et al, 2012. [Book]
- The River of Consciousness, Oliver Sacks, 2017. [Book]
- Art in the Anthropocene, Davis & Turpin, 2015. [Book]
- The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Walter Benjamin, 1936. [Book]
- Critical Mass: Printmaking Beyond the Edge, Richard Noyce, 2008. [Book]
- Perspectives on Contemporary Printmaking: Critical Writing Since 1986, Ruth Pelzer-Montada et al, 2018. [Book]
- Art of the Electronic Age, Frank Popper, 1997. [Book]
- The Paradoxical Object: Video Film Sculpture, Joan Truckenbrod, 2013. [Book]
- The Forces Behind the Forms: Geology, Matter, Process in Contemporary Art, Beata Ermacora, 2016. [Book]
- Snap to Grid, Peter Lunenfield, 2000. [Book]
- A Geology of Media, Jussi Parikka, 2015. [Book]
- Memory Practices in the Sciences, Geoffrey C. Bowker, 2008. [Book]
- Edgelands, Paul Farley, Michael Symmons Roberts, 2012. [Book]
- Searching For Memory: The Brain, the Mind, and the Past, Daniel L. Schacter, 1997. [Book]
- Joseph Beuys: Vitrines, Actions, Environments, Mark Rosenthal, 2004. [Book]
- Memory: An Anthology, A.S. Byatt, 2008. [Book]
- Geological Rambles in East Yorkshire, Thomas Sheppard, 1903. [Book]
- The Emergence of Memory, Conversations with W.G. Sebald [Book]
- The Geologic Imagination, Sonic Acts, 2015. [Book]
- Sunk Island, Hubert Nicholson, 1956. [Novel]
- Waterland, Graham Swift, 1983. [Novel]
- Walking to Hollywood, Will Self, 2010. [Novel]
- The Rings of Saturn, W.G. Sebald, 1995. [Novel]
- Connections between the Geological Sciences and Visual Art, Othmar T. Tobisch, MIT Press 1983. [Journal]
- Criticality, Imagination and Interaction: A new basis for Art Science Curation, Mike Stubbs & Mark Wright [Article]
- What does the Anthropocene mean? Art, ethics, collaboration for new geological era, GV Art, 2014. [Conference Recording]
- Offret / The Sacrifice, Tarkovsky, 1986. [Film]
- Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, Herzog, 2016. [Documentary]
- Brain Matters (http://brainpodcast.com/search/memory) [Podcast/Community]