Trying Something Different!

I have just completed my final project for the unit VSW100. I chose to do a 2 minute animation – something I had never tackled before. We had to use the stop-animation process and this has given me an even greater appreciation of the work done by Aardman Studios in creating “Wallace and Gromit”.

I have really enjoyed learning some new skills and stretching myself to try new things in this unit. It has been lots of work but I have also learnt a lot which is the main thing.

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You can be serious and play

You may have noticed that I have put a link to my newly created TED account on the page – although this does not provide my blog with content I thought it was a great addition to my exploration of Art, Creativity and the Power of Play.  TED, if you haven’t heard of them, are a nonprofit organisation devoted to the spreading of ideas.  On their site you can view many wonderful and interesting talks by a wide range of different people.

If you have time I would encourage you to watch the above talk by Tim Brown titled “Tales of creativity and play”.  It is very interesting to see how play is such a valued part of the design process at IDEO the company of which he is CEO.

I love the imagery of ‘thinking with your hands’ that he uses to describe play.  I think it would be great for all teachers to watch this talk.  So many times in school we are focussed on the paper work without allowing students to explore their ideas in a 3D way.

I also love that he really acknowledges that play is an important tool for the design and creation process – it is not frivolous but an integral part of the work.

Is THAT Really Art?

Along with all of the wonderful artists that I am discovering through doing my degree there are also ones that I have to research from time to time that just make you shake your head and ask yourself “Is THAT really art???”

Some ‘art’ that I have come across recently just makes me shake my head and wonder if perhaps for some artists it is the shock value and notoriety that they relish.  One example of this is the work of ORLAN.  Below is an image of a work she created using her own blood during an operation that was filmed as ‘performance art’.  To me this is really macabre and disturbing.  ORLAN has also created a work of art using her own menstrual blood.

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(Image from website of ORLAN)

Now I know it takes all types to make the world go around, and there is some art that I do not personally like but can still appreciate what the artist is trying to do – but how far is going too far?  Personally I think any type of body fluid art is a bit too far for me – I mean ick!  I am also not into self-mutilation or, in the case of one example I saw, – chaining up a dog and letting it starve to death in a gallery.  Making a point maybe? or is it just exposing those artists in dire need of help with their mental health.