Class Collaboration 2017

Collaboration Synopsis:

This is a studio work session / reflective exercise based class.

Students will chose to bring in the materials of their choice (not mandatory but you may choose to) to generate, complete and present their group outcomes during this class session. If you have a lap top computer, this would be a good class to bring it to (not mandatory but may prove useful).

This class project is generated, documented, presented and critiqued in immediacy all in one class session. We will record our process and results by publishing them to our class blog. Each group will submit a statement of their piece and then individually respond below.

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Group #1 – Statement: – Meghan, Sharron, Laura & Chie

“Duality”

Duality kickstarted with personal experiences revolving around male expectations of feminine behavior. From this cloud of negativity positive success stories were shared, which in turn highlighted the complex thought process culminating a duplexity of feminine mindset in society. Examining what is said or projected versus what is actually felt allowed us to simplify emotions as related to representational colors.

Each artist identifying with a specific color was able to recognize the duality of their hue. Yellow radiates happiness, warmth, perfection. When thought of as mustardy yellow, the grit of earthy elements forms a dichotomy of image.  Red is a hue that has the power to motivate yet intimidate a soul. It’s dominate nature can be overwhelming but in turn can also be used as inspiration to try something new. Pink is associated with femininity and sweetness but when turning a hot pink it can represent an edginess. Blue can denote an inner weakness and sadness yet it serves as a stable source of strength. These colors and feelings suggest how people see you and how you see yourself. It has the power to bring the imperfections of humanity to the surface if only in the subconscious.

Duality is the collaboration of four strong women permitting the simultaneous transmission of two messages in opposite directions. We reveal the complexity of the female mind and celebrate the ability to prosper through challenges.

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Group #2 – Statement – Grace, Len, Joselyn and Hyon.

Our presentation centered on the socio-political causes that most interest us: ANIMAL RIGHTS, THE ENVIRONMENT, HOMELESSNESS and NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. As these issues were discussed, pertinent articles were downloaded and digitally collaged on top of a photo of planet earth as a unifying visual, illustrating how all of these concerns are presently at-risk due to the policies of Donald Trump.

Each student will leave a comment below about the project by answering the following questions:

What did you learn the most through this collaborative experience?

How did the immediacy of the project’s time-frame effect your decision making and ability to work in a group?

What will you apply into your writing practice as a result of this experience?

In reflection, what would you have done differently and why?

20 thoughts on “Class Collaboration 2017

  1. 4 question responses from Len Antinori
    CLASSROOOM COLLABORATION PROJECT

    Group 2: Grace, Len, Hyon and Joselyn

    1. What did you learn from the assignment?
    That 4 artists could work together, agree on a direction and quickly move forward to completion, without one person taking over to dominate the proceedings. I think this was because we are in a class, not real-life, but would like to think that when motivated, like-minded artists combine their efforts to produce worthwhile results.

    2. Discuss time-frame requirement.
    Since there was a time limit, there was absolutely no opportunity for any bullshit. Having two teachers in the group, who obviously know how to motivate students, we quickly tried to find a commonality between all 4 of us and moved forward. When we realized that we did not access to a printer and that going to the library to print out articles to produce an actual collage, we utilized what we had, a lap top, the internet, our talents and most importantly, a gifted Photoshop artist, Grace, who quickly developed and completed the digital collage.

    3. Application to writing practice?
    If this lesson taught me anything about writing, it is to quickly assess the situation, put down your thoughts and complete the essay assignment at hand without obsessing over the little details.

    4. Anything you would do differently?
    No, actually I liked the challenge and really was very pleased with the result.
    I think that if we knew how to hyper-link the articles that we copied and pasted into our collage, it would give more meaning to the result. Each article related to the current presidency and how Trump is dealing with the 4 issues that concerned us. I am getting a bit tired of political artwork, maybe it is out of disgust for where we are as a country, but it was nice to all agree on making a statement to produce something of artistic worth.

    1. Len, thank you for the compliment but you have to remember too, you showed me a thing or two that I didn’t know on Photoshop that allowed us to create a more interesting background!!

      It was such a great experience that we all worked together so nicely and helped one another express our concept through research and brainstorming!

  2. Four Question Responses on Collaboration

    Group 2: Grace, Len, Hyon and Joselyn

    1. What did you learn most through this collaborative experience?
    I learned most that even though as artists we have different ideas and focuses, we can still come together and unify our thoughts to express one individual piece.

    2. How did the immediacy of the project’s time-frame effect your decision making and ability to work in a group?
    When we first got into our group knowing we needed to all decide on a concept, we could all read the shock and worry in each of our faces. We all had the same question: How do we begin? I said, how about we just share the concept or worry that we are focusing on in our work right now. That is how we came up with the concepts of Animal Rights, Environment, Homelessness, and Nuclear Proliferation. At that moment we knew that we were able to unify all of our concepts because they all had something in common, they were all socio-political issues. Then it was time to decide how to show this. The immediacy of the project’s time-frame definitely effected our decision making in how we were going to visually express our ideas. We originally wanted to create this more hands-on by printing out articles, collages them together on a collaged background and then painting an earth on top of the collaged world but the time and resources weren’t there in our favor. I remembered that I had my computer with Adobe Photoshop and knew that I could create that same idea digitally in probably an 8th of the time. Joselyn also had her computer so we used those computers to find the articles to use for the collage and I put them together in Photoshop.

    3. What will you apply into your writing practice as a result of this experience?
    This experience has taught me to not be so afraid of my initial instinct and to write all my thoughts down because sometimes the most initial reaction can also be the purest and accurate perspective.

    4. In reflection, what would you have done differently and why?
    After looking at our work for a couple of days now, the final piece looks like a freeze frame. If we had more time it would be awesome to break down all the pieces into a moving film, have the earth rotate and also allow access to hyper-link the different sources. I think this would increase the aesthetic quality of our work as well as really letting the viewers connect on a deeper level with our work because they will be able to read in depth about the issues.

    1. LOVE the idea to make the piece a Moving image! Perhaps an animated GIF? The rotation idea with hyperlinks is also fantastic. How can we begin to realize this and take it to the next step?

  3. This experience helped to pool ideas in a diversified personal background setting of immediacy. I noticed that the individual contributions allowed snippets of our personal manifestos to shine through. We lexplored hardships and successes from personal experiences and managed to find some common ground between us. It was difficult to simplify our thoughts with a time limit looming about, but the urgency to complete this exercise pushed us to challenge our ways of organizational practice and strengthened our abilities to work collectively toward achieving a meaningful outcome. Documenting our brainstorming, methods and process is a direct link to writing a thesis. I feel that this project really took the edge off of overthinking a description of a body of work. Also, it opened up cultural communication between our group. Not everyone has the same thought patterns, upbringing, etc. With our unique stories came the need to really delve into deep ethical and ethnic questioning to understand each other’s point of view. All of this made me realize that being authentic and truthful is an intregral part of reaching the viewer while satisfying the need to meaningfully create. It is both inspiring and cerebral to work collaboratively. I enjoyed this Project and am looking to incorporate my own version of the exercise into my current body of work leading toward human interaction and connection.

    1. Wonderful! Love this – “All of this made me realize that being authentic and truthful is an integral part of reaching the viewer while satisfying the need to meaningfully create.” So well said!

    2. I agree with you, it was inspiring and cerebral to work collaboratively. I think the interaction we had was so genuine. It’s stimulating to work with other artists and find some common ground!

  4. What did you learn the most through this collaborative experience?
    We all come from different cultures and are different ages however we still were able to come together and create something. I think what I took away from it is that details like that will never come in the way of creating something together. Collaborating with other people is something that I rarely do simply because it is something that is out of my comfort zone. I really liked working with the girls and discussing all of our different ideas and views.

    How did the immediacy of the project’s time-frame effect your decision making and ability to work in a group?
    Since we had such limited time it forced us to make effective decisions about our project. We didn’t have time to spend to nitpick. We just went with the flow and really listened to one another. I really enjoyed that we could come together and use all our ideas effectively.

    What will you apply into your writing practice as a result of this experience?
    I think that this experience has taught me quite a lot about how i should approach my thesis. I think that it is very important to grab the big picture and then hash out the details. I want to be able to just jot down the ideas that I have about my thesis and then work on adding more details and information. I am so hesitant to write anything down unless I have the full idea developed. However now I know that even just throwing ideas out there will get my mind working even harder.

    In reflection, what would you have done differently and why?
    I don’t think I would have done anything differently with my group. I would’ve liked to have more time with them and to be able to have gone deeper. However I am still really happy with the result and happy that I worked with an amazing group of girls.

    1. Excellent! I love this – “I think that it is very important to grab the big picture and then hash out the details. I want to be able to just jot down the ideas that I have about my thesis and then work on adding more details and information.”

  5. 1. What did you learn the most through this collaborative experience?

    This experience taught me how to work instantaneously and effectively with a group of artists. The small window of time was beneficial to the success of the group and artwork. We weren’t allowed to focus on the minor details, which in my own work could be detrimental. Harping on minutiae and revising over and over again sometimes inhibits you from reaching your goal. I’ve learned that acting on an idea and then revising is much more constructive.

    2. How did the immediacy of the project’s time-frame effect your decision making and ability to work in a group?

    The immediacy of the project’s time-frame deeply affected our decision making. We immediately started brainstorming ideas and sharing experiences which allowed us to hone in on a common thread. We took that idea and ran with it adding on as we go. I think within the small amount of time we had to work together there wasn’t much room for us to go astray. I felt we were all focused and determined on the task at hand.

    3. What will you apply into your writing practice as a result of this experience?

    What I will take to my writing practice is to exercise recording my primary thoughts. These initial sparks of thinking are important to an artist’s practice and can be further refined. A writing task shouldn’t be looked at as daunting, rather it is just a small step on the ladder to personal success.

    4. In reflection, what would you have done differently and why?

    In retrospect I think the only part of our presentation I would change would be the technological means in which we chose to display our project. I love the immediacy of using Snapchat I just wish we could have shown the clips in a clear and cohesive way. There are many apps available that can loop small clips like Loop Vid and Loopideo. Boomerangs would have been cool to work with too!

    1. So great! So true! “These initial sparks of thinking are important to an artist’s practice and can be further refined. A writing task shouldn’t be looked at as daunting, rather it is just a small step on the ladder to personal success.”

  6. 1. I think we found a lot more about one another through our process and how ideas can come about by sharing personal experiences. By understanding what we have in common and how our art work compares to one another, we were able to pool our thoughts together for an underlying theme to our class project. Since we were a group of females, we originally were thinking of describing how women are treated differently in the art world and in general. We shared stories of what had happened to each other recently regarding others’ expectations of how we should behave. However, we didn’t want to focus on negative experiences and wanted to find a way to show our support of one another in a positive way.

    2. This exercise taught me not to harbor over details. We knew we wouldn’t have that much time so we wanted to use the immediacy of social networking apps to share our experiences because it was a reaction to social interactions. It was interesting to work out problems with other artists. I think we were able to accomplish what we set out to do with our thought processes combined. By using apps like snapchat, modern technology makes it very easy to share aspects of ourselves but it’s only a shade of who we are. Just like at a glance we may make a decision about what a piece of art might mean, our initial perception of something or someone can often be skewed or biased. Therefore it is important to take the time to look further before passing judgement or coming to any conclusions.

    3.This branches off Question #2 for me. By writing an honest artist statement we can reach our audience better. By sharing my experiences, I feel like I made a connection with the members of my group. I will consider this when writing my thesis to share more of my personal feelings so my work is more relatable.

    4. I feel like we could have explained in the beginning what our piece was about but I had thought the other group was supposed to give their interpretation first without any introduction. Since they couldn’t see the video that well, there was confusion, so I wish I could have each expressed what was happening in the beginning. It was very interesting to hear the group’s feedback though. This makes me consider what the viewer’s initial reaction to my own work would be if they’re given no initial context. Since I do character portraits, I have to make sure the piece is visually compelling even if the viewer doesn’t recognize the subject matter.

    1. Excellent! Love this – “This exercise taught me not to harbor over details. We knew we wouldn’t have that much time so we wanted to use the immediacy of social networking apps to share our experiences because it was a reaction to social interactions. It was interesting to work out problems with other artists.”

  7. Four Question Responses on Collaboration

    Group 2: Joselyn,Grace, Len, and Hyon

    1.What did you learn most through this collaborative experience?
    Through this collaboration, the most important thing is the group communication and the expansion of thinking. Each of us has their own ideas, but also in series, this is a very interesting thing. It was also thought that the panel discussion had some unnecessary problems because of the language, and it was interesting to discuss a whole concept together.

    2.How did the immediacy of the project’s time-frame effect your decision making and ability to work in a group?
    Before this discussion, I saw some questions about animal fur in the news, at the beginning of the discussion, the team members and I raised the question, everyone talked about their own ideas, the environment, homelessness and nuclear proliferation. These ideas, we found to be connected to social and political (four different) issues. All of a sudden our ideas have a common thread. Our team work was onto a smooth start. Grace is a very proficient user of photoshop so we used my computer and found the four ideas of information and emailed it to Grace. She reintegrated it all together. Why did we use the earth as the main background? Because these four issues are impacting our lives directly and simultaneously.

    3.What will you apply into your writing practice as a result of this experience?
    I will write all my thoughts in my essay, whether it is good or bad. I will express my thoughts on these views, I think this experience is better for fostering more open thinking, but because we have a time restrictions it is also good so that we think of the fastest way to organize and apply something different.

    4. In reflection, what would you have done differently and why?
    I think we are missing some time, if we had more time to work maybe we will eventually come out with a stronger the effect that would be better. Perhaps with more diversity and our content will be more rich.

  8. From this experience, I learned each person has various different idea and thinking that when It becomes together it makes the new creative idea. It was difficult to conclude several different people’s ideas, but when time goes it becomes the solid idea. We inspired each other and the process made me to think about the things that I never thought of before. From this experience, I was thinking about the similarity and difference of thinking of other people that I learned a lot.

    Quietness is a virtue in eastern cultural background that I tried not to express my own thinking a lot before, but from these discussions I become more express my thinking and sharing my opinion to other people. It was a little bit of challenge for me but it was interesting and fun experience. I think this experience will support and help my future thesis writing.

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