Tutor Brief  :  What did I learn from it?

I was glad I was at the end of a row of tables as

a) it confirms my idea I want people to be able to walk around/be interactive

b) other parts of the room seemed chaotic and not really how I best operate.

I had not quite understood the brief. I had thought that I was to set up my intervention so that if I was not present it would still be just as viable as an intervention to the stakeholder.    So not to rely on myself playing an interactive role with the stakeholder so the project was understood and meaningful.   To this end I had added various “hooks”,

I had therefore seen the aim of the brief was to focus on putting in place an intervention that could stand on its own, And this semed quite a good exercise for me!    As on the previous Friday with my first stakeholder, I was totally part, initially, of that experience with her.  Which I know is something I can do as I love explaining about things of interest to me.  I will give Richie a copy of her feedback .

I did understand tutors would come and question us on our intervention sometime during the event.

But I was disappointed that  Richie did not go to actually see my intervention on the table. it was more a verbal experience between us by the table. Not a visual one as had been by my stakeholder.

I am aware that feedback by stakeholders must not be about the content but about the question

Also Richie queried my lack of a 100 word outline of my proposal. I had not realised I needed to do one for the Showcase event, And I had thought that had been an exercise only for 2 weeks ago when I had submitted it.    Though I know my Question needs constant reiterating .

I had seen Richie coming as a stakeholder to SEE my intervention (Showcase) as well as quite rightly, questioning me on what was displayed after he had done so.     Boundaries of intent all got a bit blurred for me when he seemed to be wearing his tutor s hat and all took place as outlined above,    I would have been ok if I d understood from the outset that was the way it was meant to be.   And I was disappointed.  I did tell Richie at the time that I had been chewing over words and single words for months which as I love words I did enjoy and learnt so much from.  But I loved this opportunity for the chance to extend myself further with the visual intervention to answer questions and show what my Question is presenting as a proposition


I must continue to closely question what every brief requires so I understand better what is being required.

Remind myself that less can sometimes be more.  My assigned show area was too small for the amount I displayed and so maybe was confusing and thus uninviting ?   I had ensured plenty of table space for my first stakeholder and so that part had not been a problem.

it is so important each viewing takes into account the specifics for each separate stakeholder. Not just how I engage with each of them but also all the elements I present for an outcome that is helpful to my research.

Finally I was worried when I had been trying to answer Richie s questions I had appreared to be aggressive, which I did not feel in anyway. He has

assured me that I did not come over as that.

WWHI 2 May 2018


My project arose out of Passion/Interest which led to cognitive thinking and planning. I am now at stage of approaching stakeholders with my first intervention.

First I need to understand where I am coming from    –    confirm my belief in my belief,      And most importantly   –  what is underpinning it  all.

Then I will have the confidence that being prepared brings me.  And feel and present myself as a professional.

the last few weeks I have been revisiting the WHAT? and the WHY?        as I feel uncomfortable at some things I have said and written.  Arrogance ????? !                  This has made me feel stuck.                                   But remembering “If you want to be an artist. Be an artist”.                             I had chosen 3 separate Stakeholders.                                                                        And then last Tuesday s seminar was of great help and timely for me.   Particularly the different means of communication we were asked to use that day freed up my thoughts and so

  1. I was able to acknowledge to myself I was “stuck” which was preventing me progressing to my next stage,
  2. it was surprising the cohorts reaction to what I spoke about and that so many raised their hands signifying they have similar self doubts as I do

3 the tutors comments on what I d said were so very helpful to bringing me back to basics. Especially that it was not merely personal reflection, but interior combining with exterior at this stage of my journey. And reminding me that this is the only world I have got and I have the same right as anyone else in it to try to make positive changes. Why not?

CONCLUSION        I was born in the world with thse useful skills etc.   so I may as well use them.

WAY FORWARD   I have a date for my first stakeholder intervention.        I will start “small” and learn how best to proceed from feedback.              I am working on the photo series I aim to use for the first intervention.    RESEARCH   appropriate to the above.    (which was unexpectedly so fruitful to me).

1/6/2018 Tate Modern. Joan Jonas in conversation with Dame Marina Warner.       QUOTATIONS.                                                                                                 JJ  “Learn to look  –  we look in different ways. And the image changes, it has its own energy. How you experience looking is personal.”                   Mirrors are complicated = public and personal elements.                                  distortions-reflections.   Altering the space and perspective.                      Use mirrors to change an image for the audience. She also spoke about illusions, perspections and shadows. Brecht and disruption. And her work disrupting the romantic involvement. Her being seeing as Surrealism which she does by putting 2 things together that don’t go together and then they make a different sense.      And playing with shadows in her self portraits.     And making the familiar strange.

22/5/2018 Royal Academy curator talk on Tacita Dean Landscapes.         She works with chance, mind-wandering, serendipity. subconscious.        Influenced by Paul Nash. “his finding of an object meant it existed”           Chance relationships, idea-driven research.     The act of finding by chance.   She makes “puzzle” pictures where small differences have to be spotted. Subtle but also a sense of fun in her work.                                       TD ” Picking an object out of its context embeddes it in Time”.

I am overwhelmed in the similaritires in thought of these two female artists. One born in 1936 and the other in the 1950s.

Both have current large exhibitions I am going back to visit.  I saw installations and minor showings of their work.  And then I will further enjoy comparing these 2 artists.                                                                                     Both are passionate about ecology.     One champions analogue photography and the  other embraces all new technology ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,                                                                                                  Research is very important to both their ways of working.