I have had a few days off work and have spent them trying to get back in the zone with the course…something I am pleased to say has been both productive and successful. Yesterday, my head was full (in a good way) of Joachim Schmid and I decide to take go out for a walk with the camera to blow away the cobwebs. Increasingly I have been finding it difficult to get out on these walks – there always seems to be something else more pressing I should be doing. The fact is though I always feel better afterwards – reenergised, relaxed and more able to put things in context. It is great to just wander as a flâneur without any preconceptions, taking the time to look at the everyday with an inquisitive eye. Pushing myself to go out today has made me realise how important this is and that I need to make a conscious effort to do this more.
Clearly my research into Schmid must have made an impact as I soon began to notice recurring themes – specifically the varying ways people signpost that parking is not allowed. Is there anything to this? Not sure, but it started me thinking about ways of recording and classifying that could potentially form part of assignment 2. Later that evening, I attended (via a zoom call) a presentation by OCA tutor Ariadne Xenou which concerned “strategies to help identify the wider themes, contexts and issues your work might address.” The talk completely blew my mind (also in a good way) – it was aimed specifically at level three students enrolled on contextual studies/body of work so I was expecting the level to be high, however, I was not prepared for how far away I feel I am from this level. I need to digest what I thought about it but my strong initial feeling is that it has given me a shot in the arm about what I need to do to be ready for the next modules. Something that resonated immediately was a discussion about grand narratives and micro narratives. These are terms that I have come across but am not really familiar, however, my understanding is that a grand narrative is the overarching theme of a body of work while the micro narrative is the specific way this is communicated – i.e. the project itself. One of the students described this in terms of their current work – the micro narrative of which is architectural development of a rural area local to them with the grand narrative being change. Ariadne also discussed how work and research comes together in increments as smaller pieces and how sometimes undertaking the smaller parts will eventually lead to the whole becoming apparent. (As I am writing this I am realising exactly how much work I need to put into expressing ideas clearly)
Anyway – here are the images. They are all taken quickly, without any real consideration about being seen as a set. I don’t know if this is anything to pursue, but in the least, ‘collecting’ random items could be a diverting project in itself.