ECU- FVIM 331 Experimental Practices ONLINE Spring 2014

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Welcome! to 2014 and Experimental Practices Online

All assignments/weekly logs of research/progress must be posted by Saturday of each week 4pm. (eg. week one Jan 6= Saturday the11th. .[1]



Spring 2014 student studios

PEER GROUPS
Here are your peer groups for the rest of term. Please continue to feel free to comment on any of the student's work in this class, but these peer groups afford you a closer relationship based on interests or projects. I encourage you to comment weekly on work. I also encourage you to have skype discussions with each other: students in the past have found this very productive. Feel free to skype as a group at a mutually agreeable time! You can simply designate a day/time at the top of your pages and see who in the group can make it. Our next set of skype meetings (with me) will be in these groups.



== READ ME FIRST! ==

Did you click on and follow the above link READ ME FIRST before proceeding?

Do you have a question about the course? You can post it here General Questions Page for Experimental Practices

File:FVIM 331 S001 2014 Experimental Practices.pdf
WEBSITE DESCRIPTION:
Website catalogue description | www.ecuad.ca
This interdisciplinary course encourages experimentation within each individual student's current practice. Students may consider, adapt and integrate methodologies outside their usual creative process or media to expand their current skill set or create emergent strategies or art forms. Experimentation is encouraged and supported within various media and disciplines, including but not limited to time-based media, performance, installation, visual art hybrid practices, public and social networking practices, interactive practices, research and text based practices. A high level of self-directed activity is expected, along with in class and online participation in presentations, critiques and feedback on the work and research of peers. Students continue to refine their critical vocabulary, analytical and technical skills required for preparation for 4th year grad productions.

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FVIM 331: Experimental Practices Online


This senior studio course acts as a habitat and forum for a critical and artistic development of praxis. This course is intended to prepare you for and hone your self-initiated and directed creative explorations. Within the context of experimentation, these explorations will be realized and developed beyond your current repertoire. This course will give you the opportunity to conduct and present research that supports your studio work and help you articulate the unfamiliar. Experimental Practices offers a supportive structure wherein students challenge their own methodologies and process. Students will take on projects that will expand their understanding of their own artistic choices, conceptual proclivities, skill set and professional relationships. Students are encouraged to experiment by exploring outside their current mediums and skillsets thereby challenging creative habits. This expansion of repertoire is intended to enhance current studio and professional practice. A high level of self-directed activity is expected, along with online participation in presentations, critiques and feedback on the work and research of your peers. Students will report on the relation of their research to their studio production.
You are encouraged to develop and prepare for your grad project within this class.

This is a 6 credit course and as such a substantial project and written research component (with links|bibliography) is expected.

Experimental Practices Online Community Philosophy
This wiki is the beginning of an ongoing community of individuals interested in Experimental Practice. You are encouraged as students to remain part of the community after your course and come back to see what new work is being undertaken here. Faculty are encouraged to start new pages if so inclined. You are welcome to continue to contribute feedback if you are motivated by research or work you find here. You are all encouraged to be an ongoing part of this community by also preserving your page (thereby your research, work and links): future students will benefit from your contributions to this online library of experimental practice. Hopefully with ongoing contributions across terms and years, this wiki will become a valuable research tool for current and past students alike. In successive terms/years, individuals visiting particular pages will be able to also see links to pages of that individuals cohort by visiting the class student links bottom of the page.
PLEASE NOTE, FOR THIS CLASS YOU ARE GRADED WEEKLY. However, each absence (that is not arranged/teacher notified in advance) will be a minus 5% from your overall final grade. Happy digging.

Feedback on Peers: Instructions:

you can add feedback, comments etc. on your peers pages by clicking 'Edit" on their page and adding your comments. Preface your comment by adding this first:  : COMMENT (your name here) (your comments here) end comment
(please be mindful of their space and design of their studio/labs)

Important Dates


January 2, Thursday: University Reopens
January 6, Monday: Spring semester classes begin
February 9-15, Sunday – Saturday – Study Week: No Classes
February 10, Monday – Family Day: University Closed
April 11, Friday – Last day for studio courses in Visual Arts, FVIM, ANIM, CGIA, ISMA & FNDT
April 14 - 17, Monday to Thursday - Review Panels: academic classes run as normal during this time
(no studio classes for Visual Arts, FVIM, CGIA, ISMA + ANIM)
April 17, Foundation Show Opens
April 18, Friday – Good Friday: University Closed
April 19, Saturday: Spring Semester Ends
April 21, Monday – Easter Monday: University Closed

Week 2

January 20-25 5%

Ubu.com Assignment: 1. Address the following points in your assignment (upload assignments to your individual pages on this wiki:
1. what's your individual perspective on experimentation? (eg. working against being deliberate? working toward spontaneity/improvisation or working outside or your area of expertise/ comfort? or? )

2. What is the significance of experimental work at this particular point in time (considering our global general social/ political/ environmental milieu: social interactions, art practices, art business, politics, social movements, social networking etc.)

3. when experimental process(es) become canons: Every art canon comes from a form of experimentation or deviation. If

a. using UBU.com as a resource, research and identify an experimental work that interests you (tell us why). Include a link to this work in your paragraph.

b. using UBU.com, find one example of an experimental artwork (can be sound, film, performance, sculpture, or any other medium/media) that was so influential that it is now part of a canon/tradition/technique.Include a link to this work in your paragraph.

Note: this assignment can include links to works, images, sound files, articles, news items, groups, social or political affiliations, movements, or ANYTHING that you feel motivated to include as part of your own interests in this terms work. You also may add to this particular assignment over the course of our term if your perspective changes or you come across pertinent material.

Something to keep in mind this week: start thinking about what you would like to pursue for a studio project (or series of projects) (see next week)


The purpose of this project is to help you define for yourself what experimental work is and assist you in establishing and creating your terms work and research. 2. Each student review all assignments. Each person please comment on a fellow students work for which you feel affinity or excited. 3. Also, each student please comment on the student alphabetically on the list above you (first name can comment on the last name on the list)



Week 3

January 27- Feb. 1 10%







1. Create a proposal for your terms work and research. This can be a number of discrete works around a central theme or trajectory of research, it can be one focused project with several iterations and experiments. In addition, your weekly posts should include research, links to research, readings, examples of your work etc. (in week 4, I will go over how to create a useful annotated bibliography that you can keep and add to during your upcoming professional career!) - As this is a six credit practices course, you are expected to produce a substantial project with pertinent research. If you would like to see some examples of varying projects done in the past, you can browse these:
(3 credit directed studies course [2]) ;
( 3 credit, attached to her grad project: [3])

2. If you don’t already have it, download Skype (free), create a Skype ID and post it at the top of your individual page. You may choose to do individual meetings via skype, if need be, during my "office hours" (you can simply email me requesting a skype meeting)...but I will also schedule skype meetings in week Five. Schedule to come once I have had a chance to look at your project proposals.

3. Be open to trying things you have always wanted to research and explore but have not yet had the opportunity to. It is fine to explore areas that you are unfamiliar with or gain skill sets that you do not currently have. Just for examples, in past iterations of this class we have had:
- a painter with no previous experience in music, create a score for a 9 piece ensemble (it was actually performed!) base on gestural drawings done from films starring Marilyn Munroe.
- a video artist create music from weaving (inspired by the work of Iannis Xenakis).
- a performance artist with an interest in fashion create garments that became sculptures. This student repeated the class and developed his work and research into his grad project.
- a visual artist (with no previous experience in music), write and perform original songs.
- a visual artist who's practice was centred in drawing, taught himself how to sew and developed a body of work that he then honed for his graduation project. This project won a Helen Pitt Award.
- a video-based student who wrote a novelette, replete with her own ink drawings (of the fantastic world in which her story was set) and a sound track cd that the reader would listen to while reading in order to create an apt atmosphere.
...so you can follow your hearts desire with your project. I do expect meaningful engagement with whatever you take on as well as weekly reports on progress and research (more about this next week!)

Week 4

Feb. 3- 8th 5%
1. Conduct research and start studio work.
Studio/ Research Experiment 
Post progress : as per usual please continue with your research and studio work and post updates in the form of written paragraph, include links, Images, vimeo, or what-have-you as per your direction of work and research . Update Annotated bibliography on your "discussion page"

2. Please look at your peers posts and comment.


3. please check your email for your Doodle calendar sign up for skype meetings. Come prepared to the skype meeting with questions or new work to talk about. If you are unable to meet Thursday but still want a skype meeting, please email me to let me know what days/times you are available.

Week 5

February 10 - 16 Happy Study Week. No classes.

Week 6

February 17 - 22 10%

( welcome back from Study Week here is your section leading up to your midterm assignment week 8:)


1.
Studio/ Research Experiment
Continue to 
Post progress : as per usual please continue with your research and studio work and post updates in the form of written paragraph, include links, Images, vimeo, or what-have-you as per your direction of work and research.
2. Please comment on your peers work.
3. Start an annotated bibliography/list of influences on your Discussion Page (see tab above). Follow detailed instructions below. 4.
please check your email for your Doodle calendar sign up for skype meetings. Come prepared to the skype meeting with questions or new work to talk about. If you are unable to meet Thursday but still want a skype meeting, please email me to let me know what days/times you are available.


This week, I will create peer groups for you, so as your work develops, you can comment and support each other's explorations. You will see your peer group links at the top of your pages.


THIS WEEK START AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY/ LIST OF INFLUENCES


Here is information on creating your annotated List of Influences/bibliography that you will create for the research portion of this class.
Annotated lists/bibliographies are incredibly useful as you move forward into professional life. Most artists I know still update and refer to the ones they started while in school. Many have several of them, each pertaining to a particular work or series of works.
Beyond being a useful reference for why you thought a particular artist, work, article, book, website, etc was useful to you, it also serves as a fantastic history of your artistic practice over time.

An annotated list/bibliography is an expanded form of the conventional bibliography: in addition to a list of researched artists, books, articles, films, links and documents etc., with author and other pertinent information, each citation/listing is followed by a brief description and critical evaluation of the citation.
Importantly this annotation can include page numbers of favourite quotes or passages (...and the quotes themselves, very useful!). Here is a link to useful tips on creating your annotated list/bibliography, but feel free to format it in a way that is both useful and engaging for you.
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You can add to it regularly as work, subjects etc. occur to you and by the end of term, you will have a quick reference and 'snapshot' of your terms work. Some artists also include singular observations that occur to them as they work in the studio.
The most important thing to remember is to make this bibliography useful for you, therefore, feel free to customize it as you see fit for your project and research. * 

*...I recall that many times during my undergrad I would want to grab a quote that was significant for me for a presentation or paper, not remembering what page it was on...this will go a long way to mitigate that frustration. This list can be added to over years and serve as one of your most useful research tools in your professional lives. It's also a great resource for considering what to include in an artist talk, meeting with curator or commission jury.


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PLEASE PLACE your annotated bibliography in the Discussion section of your page (see the panel at the top left of the page). This way it is easy to navigate to and refer to. You can add to it each week as necessary and by the end of term, you will have a quick reference and 'snapshot' of your terms work. The most important thing to remember is to make this bibliography useful for you, therefore, feel free to customize it as you see fit for your project and research (this is not meant as a typical academic A.B. but rather a resource that will be useful for you in the future. Therefore, you may choose to organize it according to subject headings, or subject headings in chronological order of your reading/experiencing a work (rather than the whole list in alphabetical order of the author's last names). I recall that many times during my undergrad I would want to grab a quote for a paper, not remembering what page it was on...this will go a long way to mitigate that frustration. This list can be added to over years and serve as one of your most useful research tools in your professional lives.
Happy hunting.

== Peer Groups ==
will go here.....

WEEK 7

February 24-Mar 1 20%

Mid term self evaluation on work
Mid term self evaluation on work, methodologies, subject, concept(s) to date. Please reflect on what you set out to do and where your terms work stands at this point. (for instance: How have your explorations led you in new an unexpected directions? How has your experimentation, work or research to date influenced how you will move forward with your project? ).
This critical, reflective paragraph, can include links, Images, vimeo, or whathaveyou as per your direction. It can include your own thoughts on other works or readings that had an impact on you. It can include ideas you came upon or discovered during your research that excited you. Please title the section Mid term self evaluation on work. Please have your annotated bibliography up to date (if any of you missed this assignment, please see Week 6 below).
I will be scheduling Skype meetings the following week 10 after I have had a chance to review them.

WEEK 8

March 3 - 8 5%
Studio/ Research Experiment

Post progress, : written paragraph, can include links, Images, vimeo, or whathaveyou as per your direction of work and research . Update Annotated bibliography on your "discussion page"

WEEK 9

March 10- 15 5%
Week 10 work should include: Mid term Feedback for peers continue Studio/ Lab work

1. 
Post progress : written paragraph, can include links, Images, vimeo, or whathaveyou as per your direction of work and research 

2. Midterm feedback for peers: please comment on your peer group midterm reflections.
3. Note for the last segment of the term.
For the next weeks you should be focusing your energy on the parameters/execution of a final iteration of your project for this course. Students may be working toward the development of a grad project, others may be exploring new disciplinary or theoretical territories, while some may be working on several discrete projects. Final iterations will vary according to individual forays and projects. The final iteration may refer to a finished script, a mock up installation, the culmination of several smaller projects, a written work, sound work or? - you will consult with me on the best option for each of you. When you post progress please keep in mind that you are encapsulating your terms work in relation to this final iteration.
Peers: please be mindful to comment on your peer groups work over the next two weeks.
4. please check the skype schedules that will be posted on Monday March 18th for the following weeks 10/11.
Doodle message:
Hi everyone,
in the next two weeks, you can sign up for skype meetings to talk about your projects. Please check your email for the link. You may bring any questions you may have, or conversely, respond to the comments you have received on your midterm submissions.
Come prepared to the skype meeting with questions or the latest iterations or your work to talk about. really look forward to touching base again!
Thank you, Fiona
ps. please post your Skype ID's at the top of your page if you have not already done so.


groups work over the next two weeks.

WEEK 10

March 17 - 22 5%
1. Work on projects.
Peers: please be mindful to comment on your peer groups work over the next two weeks.

2. 5 Individual skype meetings as per Doodle schedule. Please ensure your skype ID is at the top of your page, thanks.
All students not meeting on skype this week, please update pages on a weekly basis and comment on your peers. thanks, look forward to speaking with you.

WEEK 11

March 24 - 29 5%



1. Work on projects.
Peers: please be mindful to comment on your peer groups work over the next two weeks.

2. 5 Individual skype meetings continue as per Doodle schedule. Please ensure your skype ID is at the top of your page, thanks.
All students not meeting on skype this week, please update pages on a weekly basis and comment on your peers. thanks, look forward to speaking with you.

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"'FINAL 2 WEEKS!"'


Hi all, below are instructions for your final three weeks. I wish you the best on your projects, please let me know if you have any questions extending from our skype discussions.

WEEK 12 - Progress

Hello everyone, wow - just one more week!

The last week was marked by a lot of organizing and I tried to pull the different aspects of my final piece together. A big part of this process was to print the photo series that I want to include in the piece. That may seem like an easy task but turned out to be very difficult and disappointing. I spent hours and days driving through this city looking for good quality print stores, which simply don't seem to exist. The prints below speak of my troubles and dissatisfaction in that regards.


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Failed Print I


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Failed Print II


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Failed Print III


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Failed Poster Print


The colours of the prints are all completely washed out, capturing a dirty green throughout. The printers left clear and distinct able lines across each image and the paper was not cut according to the crop marks. When I first saw the result of the print my frustration overshadowed the experience. Especially when comparing the images with the digital files on my computer, I felt that they loose a lot of visual strength.

However, looking at them now a few days later, although I am still not a fan, I can see how their value might change if you don't compare them with the original and digital files. In a way the muddy look of the prints suggests an alteration of sight that I already captured through my shooting technique by applying the different, cut plastic bottles to my lens. This resulted in distortion around the focused area of the image. The print marks that flow across the paper defiantly accentuate the material and the digital tools that were used to create the image. But I stand here today and am not sure, is this a good or bad thing?


Furthermore I worked on the poetic and written aspect to my final piece. Here is a poem I wrote that I had planned to emboss onto the photo series in Braille.

Discomfort bows through my arms. Crossed tightly in front of my breast.

Like holding on to a thin ribbon of thread.


Soft like silk, but washed with sand.


I can taste the soap, wandering to the back of my throat.

Confining a carpet on Red.


The sharp edge of my tooth won’t rinse away.

It cuts to remind.


Soft like silk, but washed with sand.

WEEK 13 (14)

April 7 - 12 last week to post (20% for final summation)


Finals Post and discussion/comments/feedback of peers
1. post final iteration of work 2. Comment on peers work on their pages

Spring 3rd Year Review Panels From Monday, April 14 to Thursday, April 17 all Visual Arts, FVIM, ISMA, CGIA and ANIM studio classes are cancelled to accommodate faculty and student participation in the 3rd year Review Panels. You should bring a number of finished works with you to show to the panel. Please also come prepared with a proposal for your grad project and a plan of action to prepare for it over the summer term. Students interested in pursuing their preparation in a formal way (gaining 3 credits) are encouraged to enrol in FVIM 416 Online Summer. You can see last years version of it here: http://wiki.ecuad.ca/index.php/FVIM-416-SU90-_Special_Topics_in_Integrated_Media
I will be tweaking this years version of the course to accommodate projects already in progress.

No studio classes for Visual Arts, FVIM, ISMA + ANIM