Project Proposal (First Draft)

Review (150):

Since the beginning of the course, I have realised a personal weakness is successful time management. To counteract this, I have created a timetable which will ensure my days are productive to make the most my time. My strengths stand in evaluation and reflection – recognising my own problems and being able to find or seek a suitable solution. I take critique and work to improve the stated area immediately to maximise my potential. However, this could be improved by additionally critiquing myself. I believe I also fall in fully submersing myself in my project – exploring every element of a range of ideas and methods. This is due to a lack of true passion for previous concepts, hence I have chosen one in which I am thoroughly interested; it is personal which I believe will enable me to be absorbed in the project. I was minutely aware of each of these elements beginning the course, yet through frequent reflection and evaluation I have come to realise my strengths and weaknesses, additionally in terms of artistic skill, which overall has greatly improved me as a creative. I aspire to undertake studies in interior design, which is a choice I made following my passion for and interest in the subject. Through this project, I hope to gain confidence and increased knowledge in this area, as well as within areas of visual communication which will benefit my design capabilities.

Project concept (250):

My project concept surrounds the subconscious dreams the human mind creates during sleep, and asks whether they are elements of fiction created by our imagination, or are in fact, as some researchers believe, a reflection of our daily life and act as an analysis and reaffirmation of our conscious thoughts. This is an ongoing argument within psychology which I aim to research and develop my own opinion and personal response to; which will be reflected through visual formations in my final outcome. I aim to research the threshold of or liminality between the conscious and subconscious mind, hence my project title, ‘The Liminality Between Life and Dreams’. I will research relevant areas of psychology and science, looking extensively into research conducted by Sigmund Freud who maintained expertise in this area, while also considering other visual artists who have responded to his work and similar subjects. I will work towards creating a contemporary installation piece symbolising my final opinion on the topic, perhaps working within the medium of film, which is an area I have not yet explored. This encourages me to attempt new art forms and extend my creative capabilities beyond those I am already comfortable working within. I remain aware that I may, through realisation to the evolution of my ideas or ability of facilities and materials, make decisions which result in changes to the concept and my initial aims. If such changes occur, they will be documented within my reflective journal where they will be problem solved.

Evaluation (100):

I understand the importance of continuous reflection and evaluation through my doing so in previous projects; I intend to bring these skills forward, while continuing to build upon them, by consistently and effectively reflecting upon my research, ideas, developments, and work within my reflective journal. Doing so will form a record of encountered problems and how they were solved, the development of my project, and my journey to my final outcome. Peer assessments and regular tutorials, which will also be reflected upon, will benefit me in highlighting issues I would otherwise perhaps bypass. I will take any criticism and work to improve the relevant areas to ensure my project is of the highest possible standard. A final evaluation will be written in summation of my project to conclude and discuss my project as a whole.

Bibliography:

  • McMann, Lisa. (2009). Wake. Great Britain: Simon and Schuster.
  • Freud, Sigmund. (2013). The Interpretation of Dreams. Dead Dodo Vintage.
  • Freud, Sigmund. (2017). Dream Psychology. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
  • Cardwell, Mark. Flanagan, Cara. (2015). The Complete Companions: AS Student Book for AQA A Psychology. OUP Oxford; 4 edition.
  • Nolan, Christopher. (2010). Inception. Warner Home Video
  • Basset, Romain. (2014). Horsehead. France: Starfix Productions
  • Wan, James. (2011). Incidious. Momentum Pictures
  • https://www.ted.com/talks/jay_walker_s_library_of_human_imagination

Action Plan:

06/03/2017:

  • Documentaries
  • Photoshop and photography activities
  • Take notes from Freud books
  • Notes from psychology book
  • Questionnaire
  • Begin dream journal, continue to analyse throughout project

13/03/2017:

  • Local trip
  • Illustrator workshop
  • 3D workshop
  • Experimental workshop
  • Film research
  • Draw together research

20/03/2017:

  • Photoshop workshop
  • Textiles workshop
  • iPad workshop
  • Documentary
  • Specialist workshop
  • Mark making workshop

27/03/2017:

  • Newcastle
  • Artist responses
  • Drawing workshop
  • Specialist workshop

03/04/2017:

  • Final piece ideas workshop
  • Specialist workshop

Easter:

  • Amsterdam
  • Primary visits to Manchester galleries
  • Primary visits to Manchester museums
  • Developing ideas

24/04/2017:

  • Manchester
  • Experimental workshop
  • Artist responses

01/05/2017:

  • Finishing final outcome

08/05/2017:

  • Finish final outcome
  • Final evaluation
  • Presentation
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