Subject: CX4 - Context & Culture 4
Course: Diploma of Visual Art (21885VIC)
Unit of Competency: VPAU014 - Manage creative and professional self
Class 3 - Blog Setup / Reflective Practice & Artistic Research
Today we will continue setting up the Wordpress.com blog. If you already have created your blog, it's an opportunity to help one of your classmates with the setup process, or to spend some time on adding customisations and tweaking your widgets.
You should have your blog and a theme ready for creating content
Remember to refer to the Wordpress user guide at:
Today I will demonstrate how to create blog posts with different media: and image gallery, slideshow, and embedded video from Youtube / Vimeo on my demo blog:
Refer to the Wordpress tutorials to help you :
5. Get Customized
6. Get Published
7. Get Flashy
You should have already looked at:
2. Get Started - http://learn.wordpress.com/get-started/
3. Get Acquainted - http://learn.wordpress.com/get-acquainted/
4. Get Focused - http://learn.wordpress.com/get-focused/
2. Reflective Prctice / Artistic Research
We will watch Everything is a Remix, by Kirby Ferguson, http://www.everythingisaremix.info/watch-the-series/ - this series of short documentary films may seem to be quite general and full of "pop culture" references, but underlying the content is an idea that many artists and academics are currently discussing in relation to artistic research, and what we do as artists:
Briefly discuss issues relating to reflective practice and artistic research & how you fit in to a continuum of creative practice - what artists that have come before you have influenced your practice? How do you feel about remix, appropriation, "quotation" (that post-modern favourite), and what do you think about the current litigious climate involving many creative works?
One example which has caused some recent debate is the estate of the artist Joseph Beuys(1921 - 1986), copyright of which is held by his wife Eva Beuys. REad and discuss this article:
Homework / Readings
Your homework will be to add some content to you blog - a couple of posts, some images perhaps...
You will be given handouts of an article to read for next week's class:
On Not Knowing: How Artists Think, by Rebecca Fortnum 2009
It is an interesting, easy to read speech given at a symposium in London, but what I like about it is how she explains the "not knowing". we will discuss "not knowing" next week.
Some interesting websites and blogs by artists and designers
Some interesting image gallery sites (not blogs, but interesting ways of presenting visual content using web technologies)
Reflective Practice References