Now that the scary part is over I look back and I feel good about it all. I appreciate what the panelists had to say. I thought that some of the questions were relevant, like about my research and trying to understand more about my topic. As I said before in class, I did not appreciate one of the judges on the panelist stating that this excluded other ethnicities. I personally feel like she missed my point in the beginning saying that, and I kind of felt as if the whole situation was like the #blacklivesmatter #alllivesmatter deal. Although I was irritated, I took the initiative to talk to her after my presentation to let her know where I stand with my topic. She understood me better and I was able to understand her point better as well.
Besides all of that, I think I know where to go now with my project and the panelists definitely helped me with their feedback. I am excited to receive poems and dive into them and visually express them. As much as I excited to begin the project, I am nervous to see where my project goes.
Looking back on my senior proposal presentation, I can say that it went pretty well. While nervous at first, stammering, speeding, as well as having some technical problems, I was able to easily find my comfortable spot, rhythm and found myself more passionate about my topic in efforts to convince and draw the panel in.
While the majority of the panel enjoyed my presentation, I found Zachary Filberts response the most interesting. He, being a industrial designer, was deeply intrigued by my proposal. What took my back was the fact that I personally, am interested in industrial myself, and that he being exactly that, was able to pick up not only my proposal, but what I personally am interested and intrigued by as well.
I appreciated that the panel also enjoyed my visual presentation, as I wanted my presentation to greatly not only reflect information, but the tone, mood, and emotion that I was working in creating and evoking for my presentation.
This statement was made in the feedback I received: “I don’t think you need to force people to have a specific experience. Feel free to express the life of the rocks and the emotion of your experience. Allow people to feel that, and it was encourage a response in them, but allow that response to be natural and not forced.”
The beauty of the natural process, not only in relation to my rocks, but to the way in which I portray, evoke, and tell their stories and the relation between each, is something that I did not consider before, and this specific feedback of making the process and evocation natural both in the giving from the rock and the taking of the audience participation, is something that I will definitely take into consideration and work with next semester as well.
While I agree that when mentioned “visual experience,” I did not specify ways in how I would go about this, Professor Colpitts and Professor Carl’s confusions regarding this, was most definitely appropriate. An experience can encompass a reading (publication), photographs, and a space, the space being the one I am most interested in. This feedback made me step back and revaluate the overall essence, and impact of my project and where and what I truly wanted to create.
Professor Carl’s feedback on looking into artists like Gabriel Orozco, a Mexican artist who works with combining photography, sculpture, and installation, is someone that I know will come up time and time again in my final process next semester as well. On the other hand, he mentioned instead of giving “hope” to the viewer to walk away with a better idea of what I want to evoke, he pushed towards leaving them with more of a structure. I did not understand exactly what he meant by that statement.
Alice Lee was strong about using pure photography and light compositions etc. for my final project. Being a photography minor, I most definitely will enjoy using photography in my presentation, but do not want it to be pure photography, as I feel this project is an opportunity for me to be able to explore different mediums that I have not tried before, such as coding, installation, and experiential, while using components of video, sound, and photography.
Overall, I feel that my presentation went well in that I was successfully able to convey my project, while receiving constructive criticism to help me in my final project next semester!
Spring 2016 Plan
(Dates and information approximate and rough)
I came out of the presentations not really having a clue as to how I felt about my project. I didn’t feel like I had gotten much of a response from the panel as to what they thought about my ideas or thinking, rather I was upset that they had really just asked me if I had done research.
I decided that I would chat with Meranda and actually try to figure out if my ideas were good and where I could even take them. I knew I wanted to incorporate photography, but not exactly how.
There is a specific photo that I have taken from my times in Belize that sort of sums up what I want to accomplish with this project. A photo of Mrs. Mendez cooking in her home, that captures both the raw and true culture of the country, but also has a sense of dignity and security in the life of the person portrayed.
I’ve thought about doing in-depth profiles on families, twenty-somethings, and kids. Maybe in some sort of publication, and possibly the start of a series that could expand and branch out to different times, or countries. Being sure to tell their story and educate, but in a way that dignifies and doesn’t call out for the compassion of others.
I recently had brought up my idea to a friend of mine in San Antonio, and she really liked what I had to say and intend on doing in my project. It was weird to explain it all to her, because the project is meant to impact how people view her really. But she even offered to help me out in the process of it which is nothing but good news and should help me really be sure my information is accurate.
The one problem I think I will face, is gathering the content I want in the time I have in Belize. I’ll be there for a week, with probably a lot of other stuff going on. I’ll have to be intentional and plan ahead, and probably find a way to hop away from the missions crew here or there.
But yeah, we’ll see how it goes.
After now being finished with this semester’s “Biggest Thing” It is now time to move on to the next stages of my project. My initial thoughts on the whole thing were, that I had done well because what I got from it was that they liked my idea. I also know that my personal story at the beginning was deep and impactful on the rest of my proposal. My presentation included all of my research which I had done,but i’m aware I messed up a question and made it come off like I might not have done research and was all personal experience knowledge. However after knowing that my idea of creating a youth educational program that will help preserve the sport and stewardship within fishing was a successful idea, i do now realize where I can use more research and narrow down my searching to how to educate teens more in a fun and interesting way.
I really found the feedback that will help finalize my final project and its direction useful. Such as the comment of what might be needed to focus in on the stewardship aspect, or focusing on a specific type of campaign.
What I would have liked to of heard was some feedback on the types of pieces that I would have in this project. I believe my final project will have multiple components to it. Possibly a lot of print material, but would like to somehow incorporate something beyond that, with something digital.
However I am pleased overall with what everyone had to say, it was all encouraging and with such a challenging project, I can use all the encouragement I can get.
The critique I got was very useful and brought up new ideas to me. Some comments I got from Alice about empathy and intimacy was interesting. She mentioned how she was surprised I had not mentioned those in my presentation, but to me, I had not thought to include or even disclude them because I thought they were pretty much implied. In my mind, I thought that vulnerability, being vulnerable with others, is synonymous with empathy and intimacy. It is good to know that I need to be more specific in the future.
I got a lot of critique about my audience. I had not considered this very deeply before the presentation. I had just thought of those who would be walking through the gallery: mostly students, yet faculty, staff, and even parents also. So I considered my audience to be adults 18-50 or so. Yet, I know I need to hone in on a specific target audience to gear my project towards. As of yet, I do not know what that target will be. I think the panel wanted me to narrow my idea down as a whole. I’m not exactly sure how or what that will look like yet.
Carl mentioned letting others somehow interact with the content as well. If I am going to manipulate photographs, then allow others to manipulate the photographs as well. In this way, I would create some sort of website or database to collect the stories and put up the images so that others could work with and interact with the content as well. This is a very different idea than the one I had originally, yet I think that it is a good trail to go down in considering what I am going to do.
Professor Frost stopped me in the hallway the next day and was talking to me about my project. He brought up some good points on vulnerability and challenged me to be vulnerable too. I think that if I’m asking my friends within my Life Group to be vulnerable with me, then I should be vulnerable as well. If I am getting their stories then I will write out my story as well. Professor Frost also said that a person’s vulnerability loses impact when the viewer does not know the person. This could be a problem if I keep the stories anonymous, but the anonymity will also crop up once the audience is not a friend or acquaintance of me or the people in my Life Group. I am questioning whether this negates my idea or concept. Maybe if I have some sort of website or database, others can constantly add their stories and interact with other people’s stories. Yet, how does this differ from Facebook?
Maybe the website could also focus on connecting people to community groups around them. Since I feel that community is so important, I feel like everyone should be in an intentional and genuine community in which to be honest and vulnerable with each other. In this way, connecting people to community groups in which others have same the values could help those who have not yet found that core group of people to connect with.
Another idea I talked through with a friend is to do a poster campaign with these stories of community and vulnerability in order to promote community. These could point towards the website perhaps too.
Overall the judge panel was fair in what they said and the questions they had about my project. Most of their questions deprived from the either the objects or the instructions to have the individual to engage with the object, which was valid. I hadn’t really had the time to think about everything the instructions would entail, but they said that the objects should have more of a tie to them and be more useful.
I am going to try and tweak the objects. I will send items that are capable of holding something, so the individual can document their time with the object then gather up a few small things or treats from their area and send it on to the next person with some goodies. This way, each person can engage with the item as well as engage with the person with whom it was sent.
I will work on the instructions and have them tell the individual to go places or do specific things with their object as well as collecting goodies to put inside the object. I would like them to send along a hand written note to the next person, and I am going to have each partaker complete a survey on the experiences well. I am going to work on getting the blog, instructions, and packaging finished up and sent out over break so that I can see the feedback before next semester begins.
Over break and through the beginning of next semester I plan to track the objects and see the documentation and the feedback from each individual. I’ll also look into some explorations both over break as well as into next semester, especially explorations in type.
Senior Project is in Blue
I think my proposal was well received, but in a way that people acknowledge that they now recognize the issue, but don’t quite understand how I’m going to address it. I got a lot of good suggestions pertaining to how and what I want the audience to take away, and how the audience will receive the message. Basically, I need to focus on what I want to change in someone who experiences or observes whatever I make.
If I want to explore the use of optical illusions to help the user understand how to perceive reality, the connection to consumerism is where I’m stuck right now. I got the question, “Could the optical illusions encourage mindfulness?” Yes, definitely, but I want to take it further than that. Provoking more conscious thought only goes so far depending on delivery, relate-ability, and call to action. At what level of provoking the pubic does it call a mass to action? When a situation like this is created, failure based on statistics of action vs. nothing is easily calculated and the project becomes focused towards the measure of success (or the chance that failure is more easily recognized). I think this is a direction I want to stray away from.
Defining reality also has many different avenues, such as physical, mental, material, social, neurological, etc. Considering the questions posed by the panel, I definitely need to understand how these interact, if it’s possible to narrow my project to one of them instead of all of them. Such as, mental reality being how susceptive we are to external forces / opinions.
That brings me to the idea of insecurities. I think this topic is ripe with possibility as to how my project can challenge how humans fill or cover up certain insecurities (or reality) with consuming and image. For this I think gathering interviews to get a lot of personal research will be helpful.
Basically, I need to narrow down my direction of attention—a more focused view of what I’m going to address that connects reality to consumerism. Once I figure this out, a physical form will be explored. I’m beginning to think a large physical space won’t be a good idea, so something smaller, observable or interactive, is more likely.
Plan of Action—
After senior proposal, I was very appreciative of the feedback that I received and it left me with many aspects to consider in regards to my project for next semester. Some of the questions that were asked made me realize that the topic I have is one that can be difficult to understand due to the fact that pure breeding has been practiced for years and is considered by most to be acceptable. There is also the fact that dogs themselves are a result of human’s interference in their natural reproduction that can make the severity of pure breeding today a hard concept to grasp. However, despite these difficulties in communicating this topic, it has made me really ponder how I can make this issue more clear to the audience through not only the visual but in an interactive way as well.
I am trying to decide if I want to take a more educational route with my project for next semester or if I want to do more of a campaign that promotes the uniqueness of mixed breed dogs. If I decide on the educational route, I will have to explore different ways to effectively communicate how pure breeding has harmed the breeds over time. I would want the project to be an interactive experience for the audience and I would need to discover a way to not only make this work, but also work in the space provided.
If I choose to make a campaign to promote mixed breeding, many of the same questions will come into play, such as what is the most effective way to communicate, what medium(s) works best, and how does the project work and fit into the space. These are all things that I will begin to explore and dive deeper into as my project progresses.
I honestly don’t really think my critique was very helpful. Instead of helping me distill, they were primarily focusing on thinking “bigger picture” and encompassing larger themes such as including other senses.
Some things I will need to consider for this upcoming semester will be the physical space my project will be in. How private the space will be, what will be already included in the space. I also need to refine the selection of questions I ask, and how those questions will be asked. I need to think about how these questions will be stored, and the mode of recording that will take place.