Adventure Into Exploration

I felt like I thought about so much in this class this week. Opening with the end credit time-lapse video of BoxTrolls to record  the animators creative skills with the amateurs, it was amazing to see how passionate the animator must of been to do another complicated sequence just to add comedy to the end credits of the film. But also presented the question of…

How are you going to record everything?

We as Animators and Digital Media students are going to be presenting our work a lot throughout our courses and we have to think or new and creative ways of doing this. Just as Kristin showed us Jack White doing in the way he presented his passion for music by making it from scratch. Our content could be interactive or commercial. I felt as though I totally understood why Johny speaks about divergent learning so much now as we have to become open in our way of thinking to create an exciting way of presenting our work or even in the making of our work.

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We spoke a lot about generating ideas and what we are aiming to do with our idea. Is it for a commercial sense, surrealism, presenting the old and the new. I like within our course there is never a wrong answer. So the how to stop smoking exercise was so good at just having fun and coming up with an abundance of answers to a problem (divergent thinking) and finding out new things about the people around me as you learn a lot about peoples opinions in exercises like this.

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Abstraction Situation= Concrete Analogy

Fusion Hybrids

Testing|Play|Experimentation

I loved the Hybrids activity by collaging animals. I enjoy creating things this way its helps as I am a very visual learner a learn by doing and writing down.

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After this class I did watch Pans Labyrinth and it is lovely to see in film how such a odd vision can become something so beautiful on-screen. It did remind me of this activity as the film has fused reality with fiction in such a thought-provoking way.

I took away the fact that we have to ‘establish our own comfort zone as individuals’ and creatives and I enjoy the diverse ways of learning this class is going to bring. And that it’s ok to copy or take should I say take something that pre-exists and translate it.

Interesting Information on Collage

“From its roots in European Dadaism in the early years of the twentieth century, shadowing modernism and tracing its way through photography, collage is a medium as diverse as it is politically charged. Emerging as a reaction to the First World War, collage allowed artists to interact with existing materials – anything from newsprint and magazines to maps, tickets and propaganda and photographs – to rip them apart and then reassemble them, creating visually dynamic hybrids.

Coined by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, the term ‘collage’ points towards a medium simultaneously serious and tongue-in-cheek; a technique that is deeply referential of the political world in which the works were produced. Via the assemblage of different objects and images, collage interrogates the fundamental concept of what it is to create art, whilst offering a prismatic reflection of the social change and upheaval of the twentieth century.”

I thought this snippet of information really gave me a more broad understadning of why collage is used and how it has always been something people have used to explore new things but also how accessible it is.

http://www.anothermag.com/art-photography/3318/top-10-collage-artists-hannah-hoch-to-man-ray

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