Our first idea for the catalogue for the summer show was to make it into a zine thing from the poster so I made a more proper mockup of this using the actual poster. Did not like this thing at all to be honest as it looked too boring and I didn’t like folding the poster up because it felt like it ruined it a bit.
Poster publication! I struggled with this one. Foldy things aren’t generally a favourite, and the need for it to be so smart I think puts so much pressure on the design that I found it difficult to make up my mind about how I wanted it to look. One thing that definitely needed to be included was the extension of the bench and playing with the folds to show that in a fun way. I wanted to make something that folded like, a crazy amount of times to exaggerate it but when I thought about how that would work when stacking the publications, it wouldn’t work. I didn’t want it to have too much volume, plus I found the restriction of the A3 size that the poster had to be + a lot of folds = not great as the publication would look smaller than I wanted it to. It needed to have some weight to it, the publication needed to feel robust, like the bench. Making it small and/or like it was apologizing for itself would feel wrong and not representative of the bench.
Posters for the gifs! Something I hadn’t really thought about at all until last week. Trying to get some ideas I started out sketching small images of different layouts I thought could work. I liked the images but couldn’t get the type right so I started experimenting with the type instead to see if I could get anywhere with that. Well, I didn’t. Thinking about movement, repetition and layering I tried drawing type, collage, cutting up type, blurring type, stitching. Didn’t like any of it. The only one I did like was the “may” in blue and yellow, however when I tried the same technique for the other words it just looked really gross.
Sketches for posters, Lisa 2017
This workshop was about collecting research and recording a place quickly through a number of different mediums such as drawing, writing, listening and photographing things and people. Fast paced and quite intense. With this collected research the objective was then to combine all the information and display it somehow visually. My group decided to go to Spitalfields market and on our way there kind of divided tasks between us (with some overlapping) which meant that when we got there we just kind of split up, wandered around and sometimes connected again to see what we had done.
I don’t very much enjoy making posters. I think it’s because I feel like the one I do has to be AMAZING and represent the subject perfectly and in a fun and creative way and still be able to extract information from it. Way too much pressure in just one artwork ha.
Over two sessions I’ve been experimenting with making quick analogue posters by drawing with different tools and then overlaying that with cut out text and photocopying it to make it all come together as a flat piece. The drawing/markmaking I really enjoyed as it was all about creating marks quick and not having the time to worry about what line you were going to draw next. The motif I chose was a painting of Andy Warhol by Basquiat that I saw at the exhibition at the Barbican last week so lots of faces on my outcomes.
Inside my pavilion I want something that give the walls more life and I was thinking about projecting a wave simulation on them with text explaining the connection with the leather theme. I did a test in After Effects creating “digital water” kind of but it still looked too static and a bit dull actually as seen below.
Water mockup test, by Lisa
So I looked more into how other types of waves can be visualised to make the water projection more abstract and dynamic. From researching heat waves, sound waves, light waves, magnetic waves and radio waves I made this moodboard as a summary of what I found:
Our lives in data currently on at the Science Museum is an exhibition about how data is in our lives at all times. As human beings we not only absorb information, we are information. Our structure is information, our habits are information and our interests are information and everything we do can be recorded, collected and analyzed for better or for worse. An interesting topic that could invite to interesting thoughts and discussions but the way it is presented at the Science Museum leaves much to be desired. Despite the heaviness of the subject, the exhibition stays very light and airy and so short that it doesn’t have time to go in depth at all.
The best part of the exhibition, for me, was the display on Dear Data, a project by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec that consisted of the two of them sending each other one postcard a week were they recorded and visualized (in the form of drawings) different data they collected from their everyday life. If the exhibition would have consisted more of those types of interpretations or critique on the monitoring of our data I think it could have been more interesting as the topic itself is very provoking. As it is, I found it quite bland and too tech centered.