Maria Chavez: Visiting Practitioner. 19th Oct 2017

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I throughly enjoyed Maria’s lecture at LCC. Maria’s work ethic was brilliant and she loved what she does and that’s the best part of it. Hailing from Peru but grew up in America, her work is discriptive and endearingly interesting. Maria explains that she was tutored by top sound artists and it really shows with the quality of work. Maria’s deck and needle work is great, and one of her pieces, she demonstrates a performance with broken records which are layered and mixed together. Awesome woman! 😊X

John Akomfrah at Tate Modern.

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John Akomfrah’s portfolio is outstanding. As a recent university exhibition visit, we came across another film made by Akomfrah’s being shown in Tate Modern. Named ‘The Unfinished Conversation’ (2012). Which is a a celebration honour to Jamaican-born cultural theorist.

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These brilliant film clips of Stuart Hall’s life journey, as a young boy from rural Jamaican moving to a developing city of Britain by Windrush ferry in the 1950’s. This film is showing the cultural comparisons of living in Britain compared to Jamaican lifestyle. Hall as a student at Birmingham University, spoke up for prejudice judgements Jamaican immigrants dealt with and racism that was mentally and physically afflicted to fellow immigrants. It also shows Stuart Hall’s personal life, of going back to visit his family back in Jamaica and starting a family with his English wife Catherine.

This picture is a close subject to my heart, as my both of my parents immigrated to Britain as children. Hearing their stories were shocking and upsetting as they experience racism growing up over here and the struggles to progress in their careers just because of their colour of the skin. We have made improvements of over-coming racism, but still witness racism still today. As Akomfrah’s states in a recent interview “History Matters.”

 

John Akomfrah – Purple @The Barbican:

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7th November 2017.

On this exhibition visit, we visited the Barbican to watch a picture called ‘Purple’ (2017) directed by the extremely talented filmmaker John Akomfrah. This piece was showing a vivid, but realistic views of industrial progression over the years and how climate change is affecting the planet. The multiple screens captures your attention with cross-cutting scenes of past and recent footage of memorable moments in history.

I found it very captivating and brilliantly informative, with the videography being equally as good. The visuals John had used, created a powerful message of man-made structures and environmental matters to the world and the people living in it. John Akomfrah work is dIfferent to any videography I’ve ever seen before, as the scenes are well structured and vibrantly coordinated together. I am really looking forward to seeing more of Akomfrah’s work in the future and hope it reaches a wider audience globally.

Sound walk at Island Gardens.

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Sound walking with John Wynne and my sound arts class;

This was my first proper sound walk, even know I’m a generally a regular walker. We met outside the station, then our tutor John told us there’s a surprise to our sound walk. We were put into pairs, one of the pair would wear a blindfold whilst the other had ear plugs. The pair with the ear plugs, would guide the person with the blindfold. As I was blindfolded at first, I instantly lowed my head. My hearing became more aware for the sounds around me, almost immediately.

As we’re crossing roads, I hear a cyclist zoom by my right ear to the left side. I flinched and grip my partner as it was unexpected noise of a rattling chain. I can tell we’re going through a narrow path, as I hear voices coming through multiple times in to my head and the ground is like a downwards slope. Having your sight, makes you recognise noise. So to imagine not having my vision.. Is a bit of a frightening thought. We reach a reverberate place, which I later founded out that it was a tunnel. I hear voices coming from afar and gradually they get closer, increasing in volume. My footsteps are hard and short as I go through the tunnel, echoing as we come to the end of the tunnel.

Audition creation.

Process: Handmade Tambourine.

For my audition for my sound arts place, we were told to bring a mp3 file for video or music. I created a video clip from capturing a video shots of Storm Dorris last year and extracts from a video of one of Dad’s band percussionist. I immersed them both together, producing a 3 minute video.

Beside the video entry, I wanted to show my designing side. Linking my percussion video to my idea. I begun brainstorming what percussion I could craft by hand.  Tambourine instrument seemed like capable percussion to create, researching standard Tambourine sizes to make it look near realistic in comparison to factory made tambourines. I then gathered my aesthetics which was;

  •  2 x 8 inch Embroidery Hoops
  • Bamboo skewers sticks
  • 16 x Copper washers
  • Acyrlic Paint
  • Wood Glue

I painted the embroidery hoops with purple acrylic paint then left them to dry, I followed that with another coating of acrylic paint. The hoops have now dried, I then measured the two hoops together, making sure they were in line with one and other. I then 8 marked points to were the copper washes would go, which would later be drilled to fit the sticks to hold the structure together. After the holes are drilled in, I cut up the equal measured skewers for the hoops and tested them into the drilled holes to see if they fit. Before inserting the equal bamboo sticks, I painted the sticks purple and air-dried them. Coming together, the two copper washes are paired and placed in the middle of the marked points. The sticks are set in the marked areas with the copper washers and sealed with wood glue on both ends of the drilled holes. I then waited for a hour for the handcraft to dry.

For a finishing touch, I coated the tambourine with PVA Glue for a glossy outlook. You can also create this, you could benefit from using glass bottle tops instead of copper washers for a better sound then the heaviness of a copper washers. Feel free to try.

 

 

 

 

Teatro Metaophora.

My summer holiday to Madeira, Portugal was a refreshing experience. On a trip to a festival in Camara De Lobos, we came down a busy street with dangling, bright decorations. As we walked along the street, we can across the jigsaw portraits of iconic figures and world leaders. These portraits were hand crafted out of metallic cans and tops from a small company based in Portugal called Teatro Metaophora. I was totally amazed at the time and effort that went into the works and re-composing art out of recycled materials.

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Nelson Mandela
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Decoration made with Recycled plastic Bottles.