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.