This weekend, I constructed a model to help me keep track of what I was doing, and ensure that I remain focused without loosing sight of the bigger picture of my work this year. In the back of my notebook I categorised all the tasks I expect to be doing this year and sorted them under each module. With a progress bar for each category, I will now be able to see exactly how my actions from each day contribute to my final year, and see which areas are lacking attention.
Today I submitted the proposal for my FMP after getting the green light from my tutor, I can begin my research.
So with this in mind, I set about creating a test to play about with in the following Tuesday’s workshop.
I wanted to try both a regular Moire experiment and a circular one. I had to modify the design for the circular vesion because with the arrows on a diagonal they would not appear when I wanted them to.
As a principle the moire slit effect works better with photographs due to how little of the image is actually seen through the slits. The brain has to work to make up the rest of the image it cannot see. Nevertheless I was willing to try this out as a test.
I used the UV printer because I knew it could print onto acetate and that it would print with accuracy. I wanted ink on acetate rather than physical laser cut slits because it would come out more sturdy as a full piece and therefore have a longer life if used as a classroom resource.
The first test for my base sheet was white ink onto black card. The ink didn’t completely stick though and the contrast wasn’t very strong.
I ran a second print, black ink onto white card and this came out much clearer.
I noticed that after a couple of uses, the ink started to scratch away from the acetate. I’d need to find a way to make it stay longer if this is to be used as a physical resource in the classroom. Still, the main focus of my project is on the digital learning platform. Futhermore, this exercise is purely me just testing the waters to see if I can expand this project into print as well as digital.
This morning I was reluctant to attend today’s workshop. The purpose of this guided tour/demonstration session was to show us what physical process resources were available to us on campus.
I also believe that Brent was eager to get us using these resources not only to better our outcomes but also to make use of the subsidised resources. After all, its a shame for these resources to go unused, because the majority of the year group are unaware, or because our visions of what can be done are largely confined to the studio.
Regardless, I was aware that i’d entered this year with a little too much on my mind. I’d set my parameters too early and, with and end goal in mind, I was less open to ideas that didn’t obviously fit into this vision. I knew i’d have to be more flexible with my parameters, but I am reluctant to do so for fear of loosing structure, loosing focus, or coming away with a majorly compromised version of my original vision.
Throughout the morning as we were shown photo studios, uv printers and rug making machines, my inner reactions were a constant stream of “Cool… but not for me”. It was only later when I began to relax, and stop worrying about the end goal and open my mind that I began to get ideas. It seems that lunch was a turning point for me because, as we started to look at the Mimaki UV printer and all the things it could do. I considered having a go at printing something that could accompany my learning platform.
Like, i’m legit thinking of those groovy bookmarks that everyone had in 2004 that change image as you rotate them.
Another thing that caught my attention was how beautifully and cleanly it printed onto acetate. I’d spotted a test someone had made lying around in the print room and while admiring the print quality, another idea came to mind.
Could printing on acetate…
plus Moire (slit) animation..
equal handheld realtime physically interactive motion diagrams??
a physical manifestation of my learning platform that engages the user completely?
as well as..
a ‘quantum’ dimension to my final major project?
Now i’m beginning to appreciate the scope and potential of physical practices. And that my idea is not to ingrained into the digital world to have a physical application too.