For over the easter break, we got to pick one from three projects, and then pick a route within the project. I have selected one called ‘One Eye Sees the Other Feels, Semiotic challenges to enhance perception’. All the projects are based around semiotics:
Semiotics – the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation. (Google)
The part from the brief specifically that I have focused on is as follows:
‘Absurdity is at the heart of some of the most creative ideas of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear used absurdity in storytelling; the Marx Brothers, Spike Milligan and Monty Python exploited it as a source of comedy; Samual Beckett used it for drama; Elsa Schiaparelli in fashion design; Frank Zappa for music; and the Dadaists and Surrealists used it to make art.’ – John Ingledew
‘To me, absurdity is the only reality.’ – Frank Zappa, musician
Brief: Explore visual ideas that suspend the rules of logic and the rational world. Develop a creative response that combines or utilizes wildly incongruous elements and absurd visual arrangements.
Nonsensicality, ambiguity, irrational, zany, crackpot
I was initially drawn to this brief and this specific path because of my passion for the absurd, especially within the context of art. I am a massive fan of both the Dada and Surrealist movements, and to be give an option to work within these constructs is magical to me.
My first steps on this project would be to research around the subjects of Dada and Surrealism, along with the given names of Spike Milligan and Monty Python, all interests of mine. * Milligan was suggested to me during the crit for the previous project, along with working with words, so this is something I’m considering for this project* The brief is asking me to visually respond to the selected option, paying considerable attention to the given semiotic list of :
- colour palettes, graphic devices and visual systems
- context, processed and emphasis
The brief is very open. I can essentially create a piece in any format, drawing, painting, print, collage, book, digital, moving image, film, animation etc.