Ideas Marathon Day 3

Today’s guest was Francis Brady a UAL graduate working with sounds, video, text and technology. One of the soundscapes he played to us today was this, a description of a staircase through the language of geometry as some kind of universal communication. He’s also making interactive narratives which I’m getting very much interested this last month, as part of my research.

So my typology for today was communal shower…! Here is my process/research/presentation. Before I have started my presentation I said that we’re all going to have a communal shower in that room, so I have given each one of them a wet tissue but I told them not to use it until the end

shower_Page_01This is the original communal shower

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and this how communal baths were in ancient Greece and the Roman empire

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In ancient Rome baths were a place not only for washing, but a place for socialising as well. Today, that our world has developed, and everyone got more private, everyone has their own shower or bath. But when people shower in communal showers today (at the gym, at the school etc) it’s becoming a bit awkward. So people are mocking each other, people have unexpected erections, people are insecure of being stripped down, people  try to not let their eyes look at something they shouldn’t look and so on.

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Shower is also a way of distinguishing social classes, shower at night, after work, is associated with working class

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Shower before work is associated with white collar workers, bankers etc

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Shower also means a mass of small things falling or moving at the same time, overwhelm, overload. What kind of ‘showers’ do we need today, after all these showers of lies, propaganda, the information media shower us, what kind of communal showers should we create today? Knowledge showers? reality showers? Honesty showers? humanness showers?

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and then I thought about Rene Magritte’s Golconde which looks like a shower of these suited men but then there’s the question, are they rising? are they falling? are they floating? And actually the artist questions reality and the monotony of business life, because he was dressed like on of these men and he was living in an urban space like this

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I was mainly thinking of shower in an ironic way. What kind of ‘shampoo’ does each person use? and what does each person want to shower himself/herself from? for example the banker is showering guilt? the engineer is showering artificiality? the lawyer is showering lie?

shower_Page_09Pontius Pilate, which is an obvious association with washing, he washed his hands free of responsibility for the execution of an innocent man

 

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and then catharsis in ancient greek drama as cleansing, the effect of tragedy on the audience, a metaphor used by Aristotle

 

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So I’m finishing with a conclusion, a ritual and a question

 
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Overall my presentation got some good feedback and everybody enjoyed it, I think I’m getting into interactive work – that’s a test probably, for my MA project.

The only thing is that, I wanted to get metaphorical responses from this project (I mean the things that I asked them to write on the tissues) instead I got back things like ‘Dirt’, ‘Chocolate’, ‘bacteria’ etc, only one was a metaphor which was ‘achievement’. I was expecting responses as in ‘shame’, ‘guilt’ etc but I should have probably made it clear in my presentation that I’m taking a metaphorical approach.

And tomorrow’s typology is prison! I’m actually a bit excited for this.

Why design?

Still brainstorming the question  ‘Can design feed people?’, and after a conversation with a fellow student I realised that this kind of questions is only discussed between the designers. I have asked friends as well, which don’t know anything about design and they didn’t know what I was actually talking about. One example was: “What do you mean, how can it help? By making a poster helping to raise money for the poor?”. So people don’t know what we are doing here, don’t know what design actually is – well they only know one part of it, advertising. By not knowing/ignoring IF design what design can help they are satisfied as they are just because they don’t have the knowledge. But should we give them this knowledge?

I believe that none considers design as something crucially helpful to social problems. Only people in the design world know what we’re actually doing. The rest of the people have a vague idea.

The question is why design? And does it have to feed people?

And if it doesn’t feed people, what am I doing at the RCA, having to pay such high fees?!

Can we ask the same question for art? For film? Do they ask these stuff at their courses?

Does philosophy ask this? Does poetry ask this?

Poetry feeds the mind. Music feeds ours ears. Graphic design/visual communication feeds our eyes? That would be so controversial between the design world, as they’ve been fighting for so long to establish a critical position in the society, being functional and all these stuff.

Can we/do we feed people in a different way?

Neville’s article talks about how the rich people have access to information – sometimes don’t know  what to do with the excess of mp3 – and poor people don’t have access to information.

Information is the food.

But the word ‘feed’ can be read as something else. News feed. Paper feed. Feed back. Data feed. RSS feed. All of these are not edible.

I’m so confused. This brief confused me so much that made me realise I don’t know either what I’m doing here. And maybe it’s because I haven’t done any actual work as a designer and not just studying. Or it doesn’t matter?

Developing my CV

Different variations of my CV. I tried the colours from my colour palette.

One mistake I instantly have seen is that my name is not noticed from the first glance. I need to include my name as well as my logo.

I also need to review my profile I wrote. It seems to cheesy