Bridge 4/5 Seminar Writing

Brandon Morris

Bridge 5

Hopes and Dreams

Reflect on the hopes and fears/worries you expressed during the first class session. Which hopes have been fulfilled this semester? Unfulfilled? Which fears or worries did you overcome, and which still remain?

I hoped this year that I would learn something that I haven’t learned before. That’s what I look for when I take any class. I didn’t know what Int Seminar was until I took this class. Overall, I would like to say that i had a great time in this class and I did enjoy the projects that we had to tackle. There was a lot of writing, I have never done this much writing in my life but I guess that’s part of college. I can’t really complain because we don’t have tests. I overcame the fear of writing long essays and doing a lot of them. Before this, in high school we would write an essay maybe twice a semester. In this semester I had to write 5+ papers which I have never been used to. Now that I have experienced what it is like to write this much, I can do it again maybe.

How has your relationship to writing, reading, art, design, and making changed over the course of the semester?

My relationship with writing has grown increasingly bittersweet. I don’t like writing, I never really have. And I also don’t like talking. But it is just something that every human being has to do to become successful. I feel like Int Seminar is building me to become a better person creatively.

What have you discovered about the relationship between making, thinking, and writing?

Making, thinking, and writing all play a role in the creative process. To make something you have to think about it. And then you have to write a plan for the thing your making. It is all one big loop and you can’t do one without the other to execute a project successfully.

How did mistakes or failed attempts at making and developing your Studio and Seminar projects lead you into new directions and open up new possibilities?

When you fail at something your forced to take on a new approach and try something new out. For example at first for bridge 4 I wanted to write about my art piece holding the Garment District together with giant pins that went through storefronts. Then I did my onsite gesture and everything changed from there. I completely changed my idea and I liked the outcome of the final piece.

What risks did you take this semester? Why? Which risks did you decide against taking? Why? (Please be as specific as possible.)

The only risk I took was waiting until last minute to write papers. It is not a good idea at all to wait until last minute because like stated in the previous questions, the design process is one big loop and waiting until last minute throws that loop into a bad spin.

What pursuits, interests, and goals have you discovered this semester, and how did your course work lead you to these discoveries? What do you hope to pursue further in the future?

I feel like I can make a public art piece if I really put my mind to it now. I went through all the steps in thinking of one all i would have to do is submit it.

How, specifically, do you feel you can continue to grow as a maker and writer? What would be helpful for your continued growth?

To grow as a maker and writer it takes practice. Like everything in life if you want to get good at something you have to practice and work at it. To continue to grow I need to think outside the box and these past projects have definitely helped me do that.


Bridge 4

What did you discover about your creative process over the course of the semester? What did you discover about your preferred processes through this particular assignment?

What I discovered about my creative process over the course of the semester was that if I commit to something I will get it done. In the beginning a lot of the workload was intimidating but I knew if I put my mind to it I could get it done within a timely manner. My process for this particular assignment was different from the rest of the assignments. The work with studio and seminar definitely intertwined more with each other than any other bridge project. I used a lot of my seminar writing directing into my studio project board.

Tell me about your separate experiences with on-site research and primary/secondary source research. How did these separate investigative methods inform your final work? Was one more valuable to you than the other? How did the two inform each other?

On-site research is interesting to me because you’re able to get a hands on feeling of what the area you’re researching is actually like. It’s one thing to read information on a neighborhood in a textbook and another to actually be there. I feel like On-site research is definitely more valuable because you’re experiencing the neighborhood with all 5 senses instead of just reading text and watching videos. I feel like you need both options to help you in your research because reading things online from a different perspective helps with it.

What did you learn about your approach to research through this project?

I learned that to make a good story you need to prepare for it. And to prepare you need to do research on your topic. That is what I did, I researched problems in the Garment District and based my story around that topic.

How did Part 1 (The Proposal) and Part 2 (Imagined Future of a Monument) influence one another?

What was your intention for this assignment? How do you feel you successfully conveyed that intention? How do you think you could have conveyed that intention more successfully? Please consider both Part 1 and Part 2 of the assignment.

My intention for this assignment was to create a monument or public art piece that could potentially be something in the real world. I feel like I successfully conveyed this intention with the fiction future story that I wrote. I feel like I could have conveyed that intention more successfully if I did more research and possibly done a better job with designing the story overall.

How has this project changed the way you see? (This is open for interpretation. You may answer this however you wish, but I ask that you be specific: by discussing a shift in perspective on monuments, public space, the role of the creator, etc.)

This project has definitely changed the way I look at public art pieces now. I’ve never really looked at public art pieces as a piece that stands up or holds a message for something bigger. I always thought public art pieces were just there to look cool and full an aesthetic.



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