Collection: Part 3

Research

'One Night' song by Mura Masa & Charli XCX, video directed by Yoni Lappin, 2017

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'I came Here for You' by Tracy Emin

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'Iris Ruggel Geknickt' by Pipilotti Rist, 2014

'Oral Gratification' by Sarah Lucas, 2000

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To me this represents the objectification of women. 

'A Fragile Beauty' by Gunther Forg

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I like these images because they capture the moments in a very intimate way and that makes me imagine the narrative behind them. I also like the effect of the images which is quite vintage, grannie and sharpened. I like that there are figure of women in simplistic but beautiful clothing. 

'Aishiteru I love you' by Jamie Robinson

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Richard Prince

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i really like the way the artist was able to use a simple black bold typography on a plain red background to express a narrative that is meaningful. i like the fact that the first time you read it you may ask yourself ‘what?’ but than once you read it again or think about the actual words it is quite a powerful narrative. 
 
 I had a response for this artwork; not only did it make me think but also, it made me visualise a story in my mind. This to me is what a powerful artwork is and a strength that an artist posses is: to make people think and respond in their own unique way.
 
Additionally when I saw this artwork I immediately thought that it connected to my project title. this is because, similar to heading by the artist Prince, I purposefully want my title to make no sense at first but actually make people think and respond to it. 
 
My title refers to anything that hurts that you can feel. The burning is a metaphor for pain. Anything that hurts, burns therefore it was real, it works. If you feel pain from a lost lover it means what you had was real. My title can apply to anything for example; when you light a candle, it burns therefore it is working, when you smoke a cigarette and inhale the smoke your throat burns, therefore it is working, when you fall on your knees and scrape the skin off of 
them, it burns therefore, it means its is working. 

'I love you, Stupid!' by Dash Snow - library primary research

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This page with the two polaroid images by Dash Snow struck out the most to me out of all of them, although I really liked almost all of them, because they had a very strong message to me. The way I perceived it is that, the whole book was a love story between the artist and a woman, who than made a baby together and through the pictures, you can tell how the artist is before and after he meets the woman and while they are together and once they are separated. The images have a very similar composition but the context is totally different which creates a contrast. The image above shows the man as he is by himself, he lost his lover and it seems that he has lost himself. The image under shows his lover laying in a bed of roses (literally) and by the look on her face she is very happy. To me when a straight man is in a relationship with a straight woman, giving her flowers is an act of showing her his love and appreciation for her. 

These images also made me quite emotional because I feel that they relate to me personally and what I am going through. When you are in love, everything is magical and you share so much with a person and once they are gone, you are left with nothing but the memory of them which causes an extreme sense of loneliness. It leaves you thinking that you miss them and want them even though that may not be the case; maybe you just feel lonely because of the memories but you know that it cannot work out anymore. 

In terms of concept I'd like to express this in my outcome. In terms of visuals, I really enjoy the layout that is simplistic and the imagery that makes me relate and creates a bitter sweet narrative. I'd like to be able to create similar imagery but using moving image. 

'Want me' by Puma Blue lyrics (edited by me)

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'The Less I know the Better' directed by Canada

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This is one of my favourite songs therefore I have watched this video a thousand times. Every time I watch it I perceive it differently. The directors of the video (CANADA) wanted to respond to the narrative of the song by Tame Impala, which is talking about a love triangle by using a high school romance setting between a girl a boy and a gorilla which made the whole video a bit twisted. To me the gorilla is the metaphor for the way that the boy perceives the lover of the girl he loves. He sees him as a big huge threat, as an animal, as something that he could never compete with. Despite the message behind the music and the video, the visuals are also very interesting. I see a lot of youth in the video which is something I like because i can relate to it and that is also what I am trying to do with this project. I like the way the centre of the video is the girl. I like the shots were her body is shown in close up angles or framed in unconventional ways. I like the way the video is not only imagery but also animation that is very playful. 

 

Primary Research - experimenting with moving image

Untitled (39) by Magnus Plessen 2017 - White Cube gallery

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Nikes by Frank Ocean directed by Tyrone Lebon

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'Why I never became a dancer' by Tracy Emin, 1995

Blue is the Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013 (photographs of the screen by me)

Screen Shot 2018-07-20 at 12.30.11.png.1Watching this movie, I kept on pausing it to take pictures of some of the shots. Despite the story line of this film that I really enjoyed, I thought the visuals were amazing. It was a really intimate movie therefore, there was an intimate feel when you looked at the protagonist, there were really close ups of her, really expressive. The story line was about a lesbian girl in her twenties losing experiencing love for the first time and than losing it due to the experiences in a relationship. To me this topic is something that I could watch movies and hear stories and watch artworks about everyday because it is something I can relate to and this feeling makes me feel like I am not alone and that it is okay to be emotionally attached to someone and have strong emotions because many times, due to the sad reality of how romance is viewed in society, we are made to believe that we should feel less and that we are “too” emotional, but than you watch films like this one and realise it is okay and you can make great art out of it. I really appreciate this type of visuals I find it so enjoyable to watch movies when they have this artistic approach in visuals to them. I would like to start working on my moving image skills more. I always take videos of certain situations and I often do close ups as well but I have never put a story line together and I want to work on that because, I think I’d have the potential to create something quite personal that certain individuals could relate to.

'My Bed' by Tracy Emin, 1998

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'Neon Forms (after Noh X)' by Cerith Wyn Evans, 2018

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screenshots from 'Adventureland' directed by Greg Mottola, 2009

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'Untitled (5 Nudes)' by John Stezaker (b. 1949, Worcester, UK)

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silkscreen on linen 

Nan and Brian in bed, NYC, 1983 by Nan Golding The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, 1978-86 by Nan Golding

Screen Shot 2018-07-20 at 12.25.08.png.1In previous years, I had discovered Nan Golding’s photography and I remember printing some of her photographs and putting them on the walls of my room which was filled with images. I recently came across her works again along with a great reflection of the artists life and her works. Her photography to me is so special because it obviously represents a time that can no longer be lived, she took some amazing photographs of previous generations in relevant moments for the history of the world along with intimate moments which remain a favourite to me because looking at the images you can feel like you are part of the moment and it’s often relatable. In these two specific photographs I like the distance between the men and women but yet the closeness of them. The first photograph represents to me a very intimate moment; a couple laying in bed, he is smoking a cigarette which creates a very relaxed atmosphere and she is observing him as he does this. The warmth of the picture triggers a strong comfort in me, I feel like I get a feeling that is almost indescribable because it makes me feel so emotional. In the second photograph, there isn’t a really strong bond between the man and the woman as seen in the first one, it isn’t an intimate moment but rather a casual moment depicting ordinary life but I like it so much because I can imagine a whole story behind it as it isn’t defined what the people in the picture are doing so it triggers my imagination deeply as I am fond of the style.

Response to Sottsass

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'The Curious Mr. Sottsass: Photographing Desing and Desire' by Ettore Sottsass

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Gary Hill - typography work

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'Want me' by Puma blue directed by CC Wade

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This music video plays a lot with lighting which played a lot with my mind. Apart from the fact that the whole song has a very intensive miserable rhythm and the lyrics relate to the loss of a lover and being unwanted by the person you love, the narrative of the video is a young man alone in his thoughts reminiscing about his relationship. I like the way the director was able to shoot the artist with dark lighting but the visuals were still clearly visible, I will research the technique and the lighting (materials) that were used to realise this.

'The Less I know the Better' animations by Lope Serrano (CANADA)

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Primary Research - experimenting with moving image

Typography by Tom Kan

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Nicht Kiki sanders by Georg Baselitz 2008 - White Cube gallery

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They Wore Black on the Inside by Theatre Gates 2018 - White Cube gallery

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Screenshots from Loudmouth by Russo music video directed by Christo

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Recently the new alternative music band Russo has released a new album ‘EP House with a Pool’ that basically shares most of the aspects that I want to express through my project. I am using the video of loudmouth as a reference not only because of the lyrics of the songs because of the visuals create by the director Christo. The song talks about the person in the relationship which always wants to talk it out in order to fix the problems and miscommunications but sometimes this leads to disappointments and arguements. The singer calls her self a ’supernova’ that never comes down which, to me represents that she feels that she has so many emotions to express that it puts her in situations where she can’t get herself out of. The director used a lot of light effects in order to create the narrative. He was also able to create a 70s/80s music video aesthetic by the use of colours, setting and grainy/noise fact on the video. One of the things i liked the most about the video is the frame where the face is tripled (image number). I’d like to be able to experiment with that effect with my own imagery. i feel that it expresses a concept with tripled the strength therefore it comes across to the audience more. Additionally, if i imagine that effect with my own imagery in a club I think that might than out to look very good within that environment because it is also kind of “trippy”. 

 

House with a Pool EP - Russo

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This is the cover of the music album that initially inspired me for this project. Apart from the very inspiring lyrics and rhythms of the songs, the cover itself is something that I also really like. I believe it captures a very intimate moment. I like the way the water does not cover all of the woman's body but rather half to if which empowers her body. The red colour of the swimming suit also and the title of the album itself also have a very empowering sense as it is quite a strong colour and matches perfectly with the skin colour and the water. I like the way the typography matches the title in a way; it seems as if it was the title of a 70s film. 

Response to Tracy Emin's work

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'I came Here for You' by Tracy Emin

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acrylic on canvas 

'Made to be Destroyed' by Chirstian Marclay, 2016

'All Together Now' by Jac Leirner, 1991

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printed matter, cardboard, plexiglass, metal 

White Cube Bermondsey

Episode 1: William's Proof, 2017 by Elisabeth Tomlinson (b.1991, New York, USA)

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'Italian Holidays' by Claude Nori

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Gary Hill - video based work

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Actually, I discovered Gary Hill through the first image as I was inspired by the way he used typography however, while I was researching the artist further his video and sound based installations are what struck to me the most. 
The way he displayed videos using so many screens and placing them in different positions through old tv screens or black screens of different scales really made me think about the way the concept or message of moving image changes based on so many factors, one of them being the way it is displayed. Actually, overtime i go to an exhibition and there are video installations similar to this one I am always very intrigued in them. Rather than being intrigued in the footage I am more intrigued by the installations themselves. 
 
This piece is starting to make me think about the way that I want to display my piece. I already have in mind the location where I want to display it, being an underground club. At the moment, I am interested in projecting in the corner of a wall rather than it being played on a tv screen or something of that sort. I want it to be projected on the wall therefore people can interact with it more. The video would project on the wall but also on whoever would be standing in front of the wall. The video, the narrative would interact with people and the people would interact with the video. 

'The Less I know the Better' by Tame Impala Lyrics

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The narrative behind the lyrics of this song, by my favourite musician Tame Impala, is talking about a love triangle. The rhythm of this song is quite joyful but the lyrics are very nostalgic and in my opinion this contrast is what makes this song so successful. I do not think that I will use this song within my outcome as, ironically  it expresses too much positive energy. Although that is very important, in my outcome I'd like to be able to express nostalgia, a sense of loneliness.

Love by Gaspar Noè 2015

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This film by Gaspar Noè has a very powerful impact on me since I saw it. It can be viewed as quite controversial, in terms of the story line but to me, what made me fall involve with this film were the visuals and the representation of a tender intimacy between two lovers.  To a certain extent a lot of content was explicit, nudity and sex was present and strong but, all of it was base around romanticism. Love was a consistent element in the film. I watched this film in a period where I had just experienced a long term relationship in which I had experienced heartbreak to an intense emotional level therefore. not only this film struck to me because of its visuals but I guess it stayed in my mind until today because it marked a time where I felt hurt because of love which is a phase that I think everyone should go through in order to grow. I feel like the topic of love in my work is really present as I am an extremely emotional person and I love the people who I care for intensely and also anything that has to do with relationships or love to me is inspirational as I have experienced it and experience it today still. The film was so beautiful in terms of the way it was filmed; what I loved the most was the lighting and the angles the director used. He used warm lighting and close up angles and I when I take pictures I use a similar style.

Hot Spot (stand) by Mona Hatoum 2018 - White Cube Gallery

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Public private secret on photography and the configuration of the self by Charlotte Cotton - Tate Talk

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 Notes on the talk on Reflection section . 

Finding Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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As I was reading this book I found that this phrase really stood out to me because often I say that my art is a reflection of my experience therefore my life therefore, I found it interesting.

 

Loneliness - Human Nature and the need for social connection by John T. Cacioppo & William Patrick

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Library Research

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'Apeshit (Interdlude)' by Russo lyrics

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 What specifically inspired me about this song was the slow, nostalgic rhythm. That is the main reason why I decided to focus on loneliness. While listening to it I started thinking about how the music video for this song would look like. Therefore, I was wondering weather I could experiment with moving image for my final outcome. I am not so comfortable with working with moving image but in my head, I have an idea of what I want it to look like therefore I know with the help of technicians i could be able to achieve what is in my imagination. I also think that if I were to experiment with moving image, being a graphic designer, I would be on the edge of the discipline, combining it to film and fine art which excites me because, I feel that I may be able to make a very expressive piece.