Week 13 - Thinking ahead

The last week of the first block of study 'Positions and practice' is behind and so the two final assignments - the Research Project Proposal and Work in Progress portfolio. Both submitted on time but only just, and in not a great shape I am afraid...Leaving a significant amount of work to the last two days before the deadline was a huge mistake - I will try to remember about Murphy's law from now on...

I was kind of enthusiastic and optimistic at the early stage of thinking about my proposal. I found out that is it pretty common and useful form of document and definitely worth to learn. It looked quite straightforward too, so I was gathering my thoughts around the chosen subject matter for quite a while. It turned out that the thoughts gathering took me too long, I overestimated my confidence in expressing my still vague ideas, and I did not predict the mega-migraine with nausea and photophobia exactly the day before the deadline when there was still quite a lot to do...Anyway, it was hard and challenging, but I learned a lot, and that's what matters the most.

I learned about writing the proposal which is precious, but the most important part of this assignment was the initiation of the thinking process about the areas of my interest - the objects and materials of everyday life. Some facts started connecting to each other, and I began to feel that it all has sense.

I was always interested in objects and materials. I've been doing 'stuff' since I remember, and may say that being able to create something from 'nothing' was one of the greatest pleasures of my childhood. I studied Product Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and even though I have never become a product designer, I put my hands eventually onto the object making seven years ago when started to learn about silversmithing and other material processing techniques.

I have tendencies to collect really useless objects and materials just because I like some of their properties or because I think they may be useful in the future. 

Last year I've read a really interesting book about the common materials in the everyday human surroundings - "Stuff Matters' by Mark Miodownik. Great source of the fascinating facts about glass, concrete, porcelain, paper, etc., written in a very accessible, narrative style - clear enough to be understandable for non-scientists but still challenging.

This and some other books other sources of information about the structure of matter in general and some specific materials changed my perception of the world around me, and I am hoping to visualise that in my photographs.