College of Arts, Victoria University
Class Website - http://multimedia.tafe.vu.edu.au/lisa/2014/ID2
Subject: ID2 - Interactive Design
Course: Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV60411)
CLASS 16 - Self reflection, critical thinking, preservation of creative content & cultural heritage
Self reflection, critical thinking, preservation of creative content & cultural heritage
Current theories, practices & problems - why is this important for designers?
Review and reflection of the last four weeks
Today is an opportunity to think back on the last four classes and the themes that were explored:
You might be interested in one or more of these areas from a personal, creative perspective.
In the first half of the class, we will look at some questions for you to apply to your selected theme. These questions will help you to decide what is important or relevant to you personally and perhaps, how knowledge you have acquired for this theme might be explored in greater detail and how it might affect your creative practice.
These are the questions:
On Managing Creative Content - Artists & the Archive
How do artists engage with the archive as a basis for making art, and as a means of keeping art?
Many artists have engaged in some way with archives or archival material from personal artefacts, found objects, archives from institutions or documentation from other sources that becomes the basis for new artworks.
There are a few artists that also address archival and preservation issues in their work by undertaking processes and methods that are "archival" such as systematic documentation of some kind that becomes the creative work.
Today we will look at a selection of artists that either use archives and artefacts to make art, and/or use archival methods and processes in the creation of artwork.
Think about your own practice and if there are any processes and methods you already use that engage with the archive, or perhaps if you'd like to develop an area of your creative practice to work in this way.
Artists & the Archive
Archives have become a "hot" topic in recent years, although it has always been something that artists have engaged with in different ways. How do artists engage with the archive as a basis for making art, and as a means of keeping art?
Over the next couple of weeks we will work on a project involving the documentation of your own work, and you will be considering the use of the archive in your own work.
Here's a brief intro to just a few of the many artists that have engaged with the archive over the past 100 years...
Read this article for an interesting take on archives & artists:
See if you can find any other interesting examples of artists engaging with archives.
Research and Discussion Topics:
Some ideas for creative practitioners & contemporary artists to incorporate archival practices into their creative practices...
What is preservation? What is archiving? What is a keeping-place?
Digital Media Preservation – recognised methods – storage, emulation, migration, reinterpretation.
What is Variable media? How can we deal with variable media artworks? What are we trying to preserve?
What’s happening out there? – cultural institutions & organisations, open-source code & apps, research, art projects, other?
Discuss these in class and/or conduct research on one or two areas listed above that interest you. Write up your findings on your blog.
Some issues to consider: http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/irvinem/visualarts/museums/MuseumModule.html
Piece 5: Write a short statement about how you reflect on your creative practice and the kinds of creative content that you produce and how you think this content should be kept (or destroyed) over time. Use images as examples. Discuss in class.