. . .well . . . . some interesting thoughts and ideas knocking around between us first years . . . though it feels like we are wading through a lot of stuff to try and find the thread that will lead us to something useful and maybe interesting to write about. Still not really clear about what I want to focus on – don’t know enough about anything to be sure of ruling out stuff that’s already been endlessly written about – hard to find a fresh angle on stuff you don’t know that much about – but do have plenty of time to read up ! presentations not really my forte – so different being the student rather than the teacher – why is that ? can happily bang on for ages about this and that in ‘teacher’ mode a but feel rather weedy when being a student. My handout was just like something I would do in workshop or class as a way of putting the emphasis on students thoughts and responses . . . and only narrowly avoided spending ages unpicking all the answers – and relating them to artists work – which is what I’d normally do ! think I’m more used to creating ways for other people to find ways of responding to things/art etc – and therefore not used to having to formulate things that are about what I think/know/read/surmise etc ! is likely that I am prone to boundless vacillation and found it all jolly hard work ! Funny too that as someone who has been teaching for 20+ years I always start any course by going thoroughly through the assessment criteria so people are clear about what is expected of them – but did I pick up the booklet and do that very thing as a student ?
Otherwise have done some culturey things in the Brighton Festival – liked the municipal market – nice and dark and slightly eerie – Ataman’s work sat in there nicely too – the planes of swooshing water worked well against the shadowy interior. Liked the relationship between the art and the space – but wonder if I generally really like spaces more than anything else ? but how to make art about spaces/places so very nebulous and tricky ….. loved ‘cunn-crete head’ at grey area – no idea why – the words swilled round my head for ages – made me laugh and it seemed a bit mad … but in an undramatic way . Trekked out to Portslade and Blast Theory place – enjoyed the sudden dullness and quietness after the hubbub of Brighton – sat by the harbour eating lunch and reflecting on the nature of ‘making stuff’ with wood and sand and gravel etc Liked the projects BT had on show – partic the complexity of narrative + technology + logistics + apparent chanciness and the clever way they always seemed to turn the often quirky and techie project back to the individual and his/her response to the world – the viewer is a participant not just a spectator – engaging and thoughtful – shame about the cancelled talk though !