Bridge 5: Part 1 – Curating The Toolkit For The Future

Throughout this semester, I had the opportunity of taking Integrated Studio and Seminar 2. These classes were very related to each other, which made the experience of participating in these particularly enriching. I created a “toolkit” of lessons and inspirations that I will take from these class in my personal and professional future. At the end of the post, you can read the points that I want to keep safe in a notebook to remember from these class as my “toolkit.”

Reflection on the “toolkit”:

  1. What are the central themes in the toolkit? What directions to explore?
  • Relationship between the “I” and the rest of the world:
    • Encourages us to explore the “I” and the “Others.” This theme invites us to notice what already works or is already there by phenomenology, and to interpret or asses from there.
  • Constructed Visualizations
    • Every visualization is constructed, and this makes me think how can I construct my own visualizations? I could:
      • Think of my target audience
      • Why/how I do what I do (the connection with social capital)
      • Curate from the feedback I get (distillation of detail)
      • Remember the formula: “I’m studying… Because… In order to…”
  • How to look at your own and other’s work
    • We can do this by first noticing, then evaluating, and then assessing.
    • Think of D.A.Is and Annotated Bibliographies.
  • Saving references and inspiration
    • This could be explored in the professional or personal life. I could save inspirations such as:
      • Artists that I find interesting. As what we did with the artists posts in studio,
      • Save text that are important and useful for me. As we did with the annotated bibliographies.
      • Save the feedback that I get from my work to be able to reflect on it, and progress.
      • Save your description of your own process and work. As we did with the Artist Statement and Process Documentation in studio.

2. What is it precisely that I learned in these courses? And, what I want to do in the nearest future with this?

  • To be more aware of the connection between myself and the rest of the world.
    • Use it in the nearest future: by being curious of the external world. Look at those around me, and be aware that they have different points of view, and backgrounds. I want to notice before giving my opinion about something.
  • To think how and why I do what I do
    • Use it in the nearest future: I want to think more about my target audience, and why they are going to care about my work.
    • I also want to think more about the construction of my pieces (no matter if its an art piece or a paper). I want to think how to structure it, and to curate it after receiving feedback.
  • To first notice or describe, to be able to interpret/evaluate (Learned it from D.A.I and Annotated bibliographies)
    • Use it in the nearest future: Whenever I look at a source or a piece of art, I want to first notice it (summarize it, describe it), and then only after I did that, interpret it.
  • The importance of saving references/inspiration (Learned it from the Artists posts, the annotated bibliographies, feedback, recommendations, artist statement and process documentation)
    • Use it in the nearest future: I want to save my inspirations, and look back at these often.

3. What are some failures and mistakes I did in the class? What did I learn from these?

  • In studio for the project on the advertisements, for one of them, I chose a reference of the 70s. This targeted only one group and I did not thought about it much.
    • I learned that there has to be a reason for my choice making. It is ok if I wanted to bring the 70s reference if I wanted the advertisement to target people that lived during that time.
  • In my final research paper for seminar I added too much information about the history. This made the beginning of my research paper not so easy to read.
    • I learned that I need to be more aware on how my audience will feel about the flow of my papers or artistic works. I also learned that some information is not crucial, and that it is always useful to print, and double check what you wrote.
  • In my final studio piece, I created a participatory experience for my audience. Some of the people participating felt uncomfortable being asked to do something on the spot.
    • What I learned from this experience is that there is always room to curate and that it is essential to try out your ideas before having a final one. For me this participatory piece was an experiment or trial for how I would want my final piece to be.

4. Which social practices that we learned in the class do I find effective? Which ones do I want to become a habit?

I would want all of these practices to become a habit for me:

a) Notice that which moves you, and use it as inspiration in your pieces. Be curious.

b) Always write why and how you did a piece.

c) Create annotated bibliographies of sources that I believe can be useful for me in the future.

d) Be aware that my work is not fixed, and that I can curate it after hearing feedback.

e) When critiquing a piece of writing or of art always start by describing what you notice to then be able to interpret, and assess its quality.

5. What am I better at after taking these courses? What have I learned?

  • Noticing before giving an opinion.
  • Looking for inspiration around me.
  • Filtering, curating, and summarizing big amounts of information and creating something (a writing or visual piece) with this information.

 

I am an international student from Venezuela that desires to communicate with the world around me visually. I hope that I can become a part of the global conversation where I can tell stories that are untold. With a background in business and languages, I have experienced how different fields will always connect at some points, and I aspire to reinforce that connection in my work. I believe that there is not one pure aesthetic, and therefore I have chosen to collaborate and learn from those around me to every day grow as an artist.

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