Field Level 5: ADZ5888

The Significance of Information
Lecturer: David Wrenne

Reflective Statement 

When starting this terms field module I was very apprehensive about what lied ahead and was uncertain on how I could make it work for myself. I found as the weeks went on that this study group was very different from my initial thoughts and that the projects could be used to our advantage. I agree that figures and data can sometimes come across as a bore, so by making it more fun and visually appealing takes away this dread.

I was excited to discover that each week we would begin with new a group project and this made it easy to quickly process ideas. As each study group is made up of student around CSAD this was a useful way of combining all the different skills from each discipline and sharing ideas with individuals in your groups.

I was pleasantly surprised with the team efforts that were incorporated in each project this term. I was very disheartened with some of the projects I took part in previous study groups due to the poor communication in the team and some individuals lack of enthusiasm when making our end products. I found that every group I was assigned to put in 100 percent efforts and made sure to attend every week. I feel this is very important when in a group and being a committed team player.

I had the impression that the title of our 3 week project would be assigned to us, fortunately  we all had the opportunity to independently decided what our projects would be based around which was great. This meant that I could incorporate something I feel very passionate about into my work.

The title I chose for this projects was sweatshops and this is something I was really excited to start and research into. I have always been interested in the topic of sweatshops and used the information and facts I had researched not only to educated myself but expand the knowledge to the class when presenting my project. I would hope that after presenting all the information I have research that a second thought will be given when buying into “throw away fashion”.

Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed researching my topic and independently decided how we would present this information. It was very interesting to see what other people had produced and when given the same information completely different concepts where perceived. I am very happy with my final outcome and hope that I can use some of the skills I have learned from this field module in my further studies and reflect of the brilliant ideas I have combined with my own.

Field Level 5: ADZ5888

The significance of information
Lecturer: David Wrenne

Week Three:

At the start of week we were required to propose some ideas on what we would be basing our projects around. I brainstormed several ideas but the one the stuck out most for myself and David in my tutorial was the research into sweatshops.

This is something I have always felt very passionate about and would like to learn more about, so this is an opportunity to research and discover further into sweatshops and produce relevant information about these sweatshops to the class.

– I started by researching any information I could with relevant stats and figures. This would give a clear understanding of what my topic is about when presenting it to the class and in my tutorial. I also looking up some companies that own factories and workshops in poor conditions and pay very little money to their workers.

Some conditions to work in for some of these companies were very poor and one occasion even resulted in the tragedy that was the Rana Plaza disaster that let the factory in Bangladesh due to poor cracks in the building and decay that was left unnoticed or better still ignored by the company even after workers notified on several occasions.

The death toll from the factory building collapse in Bangladesh could reach as much as 1,400, it emerged today.

As many as 900 workers are still missing six days after the reinforced concrete of Rana Plaza in Savar, near Dhaka, crumbled around them.

Around 3,000 workers – mainly young women who made cheap clothes for the likes of Primark and Matalan – had gone to work in the eight-storey building last Wednesday morning, despite huge cracks appearing in the walls the day before.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317012/Primark-factory-collapse-Death-toll-Bangladesh-set-jump-1-400.html#ixzz4XeMrtefK

Developing Ideas
I wanted to focus this week on how exactly I intend to present my work and the overall layout plan. I scribbled a few ideas as well as sharing them with the class and would like to move on to making them as soon as possible.

– I am hoping to present the information on things like t-shirts, cushions and bags. The items and the material I will be using for this project with be gathered from charity shops or collections from friends and course mates that are will to help donate for this project. I also planning to create some of the items myself like the pillow cases and bags using spare or scrap materials.

This is a way of recycling old and unwanted materials and giving in to buying more ‘throw away fashion’ especially for this project. I want the message to be clear that things can done without funding these big companies even more and promote buying old or used things to create something new.

imageI have decided to go with these final ideas and produce a body of work that is based around recycling old and unwanted fabrics and materials.

To prepare for my presentation I am going to research some other facts about sweatshops and I plan to pass my final products around the class. I am also going to explain exactly what a sweatshop is in case there is anyone unsure in the class.

 

Field Level 5: ADZ5888

The Significance of Information
Lecturer: David Wrenne

Week Two:
Today we presented our diagrams we had been working on the previous week as a group to the class. We prepared for this by deciding who was going to discuss each diagram as their was four people in our group and four different diagrams.

In the afternoon we were given a one day project from David, we were put into smaller groups again and this time we were each given an article. We were required to create a story boards using images to visually describe what was happening.

Our article was about how the home furnishing company ‘IKEA’ had hit its absolute peak and their sales have more then doubled since last year. So the company decided to take a different route and work from recycled materials when creating their goods. A statement was also made how a lot of people and family buy more then they need in their homes and a lot of it gets dumped onto our landfill sites every year. Ikea are finding ways to prevent this waste by recycling.

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– When presenting our storyboards we give the other groups a chance of guessing what it was about before we explained.

Workshop: with Stephan McCarth 
Pictographs – an introduction.
A way of creating visual narratives.

“Impoverish information is supplemented by a context which leaves no room for doubt as to identify” – Evelyn Goldsmith.
“Pictures, those whose details are clear to everyone are free from the limits of language: they are international” – Otto Neurath. (ISOTYPE)

This workshop was based on pictographs and what they can be used for. We were shown some examples of what some of these symbols mean and to get a better understanding  for this workshop. we started by reading through and highlighting points we believed were significant in this article and made statement. These points were then used to create a story using only pictographs.

Our article was mainly based on Donald Trumps recent rain of terror and his plans to “build the wall” along the Mexican boarder to stop Mexican immigrants entering the United States.

Donald Trump
Building a wall across the Mexican boarder

Plans on taking money from Mexican to build the wall
Talking to Mexican president in the white house about these plans

Mexicans don’t know if they’ll be imprisoned or not
Families scared and worried about where they’ll end up

Donald trump trying to stop Muslim’s from entering the US
Refusing visas

Field Level 5: ADZ5888

The Significance of Information
Lecturer: David Wrenne

Week One:
To start this one week project we were firstly put into small groups and each group would independently decide what topic they wanted to measure to create our diagrams.

We looked at the four following categories to measure:
– Percentage of people with phone on the table
– Percentage of people using there phones
– Percentage of people holding there phones

– Percentage of people not using there phones

The were documented in the 3 following places:
– Heart space, Library and the Zen bar

We then gathered the information we had collected and put the numbers in percentages in order to get a better understanding of size and scale when creating our diagrams. The brains on these 4 diagrams represent the amount of people doing what in each place we measured.

The phones wires represent a metaphor of how addicted the people are we using their phones. “Plugged in” to your phone.


As this Level 5 Field module is mainly based on collaboration and made up of all the courses in the Art and Design school, it is encouraged to bring elements of each discipline into the group project and collaborate by bringing our individual skill together when creating a project.

To bring textiles into this project we decided to create the brains using pieces of fabric we
assembled together and each different type of fabric is the different locations we recorded.

As the group was also made up of graphic designers we later then labelled the diagrams with percentages and the locations of each brain.

 

 

Field – Week Two

Module ADZ5888 / Circle line: Experimental Documentary
GROUP – ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN


Tuesday

Today was out trip to Brecon where we would gather all out footage and clips for our film. Every group would be joined by a composer from the Royle Welsh College of Music and Drama, their role would be to collect sounds and noises to play as a background for our experimental documentary (film).
We took a steam train across the mountain which was very beautiful and perfect way to gather some clips, unfortunately the weather was very grey resulting in a rather foggy and dull day. We knew as a group we would have to find the time to collect some more clips as we needed the write weather for out theme.

Thursday
We spent the afternoon in a a workshop on the the software Premiere Pro. I’ve been using it to do my film. This was the first time I had ever used the software and I feel with more practice and the useful hand outs I will hopefully get the hang of it.
One thing I really like about using this editing program is that you can layer your images effectively and use the key frames to play around with the density of the image. It’s a very useful technique I hope to use a lot of for my film.

Field – Week One

Module ADZ5888 / Circle line: Experimental Documentary
GROUP – ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN

Tuesday

To kick start a new term and new field module we were assigned to meet as a group with out lecture Chris Glynn in the heart space. The study group I chose for this term was ‘Circle line: Experimental Documentary’. I decided on this group as I had no experience what so ever with the making of film or media, especially not experimental ones as such. I was very interested in the idea of documentary also. After watching some of the short experimental films as smaller assigned groups this gave me a good idea of what this study group is about and super excited for the upcoming project.

INSOLE COURT LLANDAFF
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Within our study group we got the chance to visit Insole Court in Llandaff and take a look around. We were taken on a tour of the beautiful house and during my time there I documented some photographs to collect inspiration for the project. This turned out to be a very useful trip as me and the others in my group came up with the idea to look at lightening, shadows and reflections as our theme for our experimental film.
Below are some of the photo I like best out of the ones I documented that day.

Thursday

Thursday we spent the day planning. As well as watching some more experimental documentary films online to give us a better idea of what was expected, we also discussed what we would be doing the following week when collecting footage and images to create our films. We will be spending the following Tuesday travelling to Brecon Railway and the journey up there will be our circle line.

We spend part of the afternoon in a workshop, this was set up to help us with the provided camcorders. These camcorders will be used to record any footage or document any images we think could be useful for our selected theme.