Intermedia Studio Critique – Journal, 08.30.16

 

The majority of the class was spent on introduction. We introduced ourselves. We got to know the professors. Then we discussed the syllabus and goals of the class. The class will be container class for our individual work. We will meet for planning and discussion as well as activities and presentations from visiting artists.

 

Our first assignment is to create a Pecha Kucha presentation. This is a presentation of twenty slides, each shown for twenty seconds with an accompanying dialogue.

http://www.pechakucha.org/faq

 

I am tempted to watch examples but I feel like it is better if I make my own presentation first, then look at other people’s. It doesn’t require a lot to figure out 20 images for 20 seconds each and talk. Viewing other presentations would only influence me too much. I don’t want to end up copying ideas.

 

The biggest problem I am having is that I have this vision in my head of what I want, but I lack the technical skills to produce it.

 

The second thing is not really a problem, but I guess it is an issue. I feel like we have spent enough time introducing ourselves. I don’t think a presentation about “me” is useful. It is then supposed to link to our art, but that seems paradoxical to me. On the one hand, we are being told that we will be using this year to develop our artistic paradigm and philosophies but then on the other hand we are being told to get up there and present our artistic paradigm and philosophies! How can we present something that doesn’t exist yet?

 

I really like the Pecha Kucha format so I think it is a great way to start our creative journey, I just wish we had a better topic. I would rather be presenting about something I would like to make art about or something that inspires me, or just my goals for the year. I would be more excited thinking about what I will do than discussing what I have already done. Technically, I could probably justify those things by saying “I am not who I was. I am who I am becoming.” This is true. Kahil Gibran says, “Judge a man, not by what he has already achieved but by what he aspires to do.” I have always liked that quote. But it seems like cheating. The instructions are clear: “You will introduce yourself and your interests/works to the audience using the Pecha Kucha format.” Hummm. Well, it isn’t that much of a stretch. My interests are what I want to figure out more than what I already know. Maybe I am following rules to closely.