Learning to see, learning to know, learning to do.
At the start of constellation module of my course I was a little uncertain what to expect……….I had chosen to part take in the lectures and workshops for Things could be otherwise and New Materialism. After the first couple of lectures I got the point of Constellation, and it was really interesting. Both my lecturers were passionate about their subject, which encouraged myself to get stuck into.
Its enabled myself to reflect and draw from history of art and design, philosophy, historical and contemporary theoretical concepts. I have been able to visualise new possibilities as opposed to the pre-conceptions of my discipline and worldview, challenging the status quo of my thinking. Which has given me the impetus to think about how my own work and how different audiences will react. Taking into account different cultures and demographics, was not something that I hadn’t taken into consideration before. My aim was to please my lecturer to get the grades, but it is really getting me prepared for a competitive world of creativity and consumerism! Having some strong views on the world already it has given me the foundation to argue and voice my views in a more academic way, not just a fallacy!
Constellation consisted of writing two essays From not having written an essay for a number of years (15 years) and the thought of academic research and the bibliography was a little daunting to start with. However it has opened up a whole new world for new opinions, concepts and philosophies. Our lectures give us the key concepts and opinions in the subject, which from there made me want to learn more. For instance I had never heard of Google scholar before. I literally spent hours researching, encouraging me to buy books on subjects that I would not have looked twice at before. I have discovered that I like psychology and what it is that makes us do what we do. James Elkins, The Object Stares Back, was a real eye opener (literally) to the way that we as a western culture view and digest information, the world around us.
My research into Are we Cyborgs? for my Things can be otherwise essay took me off on many different tangents. It has opened a new insight into other peoples lives and their own creative perspective on the world. From the Cyborg artists to people that consider themselves part cyborg. There is a beautiful and varied world out there.
I can now debate about support an argument into whether or not we as humans are cyborg or not, going beyond my own ideas and views.This subject was a new idea for myself, I had only thought of Cyborgs in the Movies, It was interest to learn about what some class as being human, already taking on the traits of being Cyborg or not. Its a question that has opened up a new view point on us as human beings.
Within the lectures we were encouraged to part taking in debates with our peers, I found particularly helpful, it encouraged myself to be more vocal about my opinions and views. It was interesting to how see how other views differed. As well as our debates, there was practical side within the lectures from drawing and afternoons out in the elements. It was great to use my hands and explore different art concepts, as from being in the studio sat at the computer, which is a majority of the time within modern graphics.
The process of looking at wider theoretical concepts outside of my graphics discipline, has enabled myself view my course from a different position, almost steeping out of my work to see how others would view and take in my final pieces. I have been able to critically reflect on my own ideas in Graphic Communication as well as those with in my own discipline and others while working in the trandisaplinary module for field, something that I would have never experienced fully, if this was not part of my course. The information and views from Constellation, has had a positive effect on my work. I have been able to research wider, looking a lot of different subjects and art from other cultures and disciplines. I have found that I really enjoy researching for my projects and essays. Something I will continue to do throughout my time at Cardiff Met and on to my careers as a Graphic Communicator, by which time I will have had a vast amount of influence from the constellation part of the course.
I have really enjoyed this part of my course, and feel that it is a great and unique way of learning, helping me to see that bigger picture of the wider world outside of my own demographic and experiences. I am really looking forward to next two years Constellation Lectures.