Sunday, 20 November 2016

Reflections on a short tutorial with Dr Liam Devlin regarding Digital Media Concepts.

 This was a short lecture on Friday, 18 November 2016. Dr Devlin reminded us about the module being essentially about documenting, testing and experimentation.  Dr Devlin outlined the need to submit a Critically Reflective Summary.

This module, TMA 1404, is about critical reflection on the research that we are doing, and it is therefore necessary to include all relevant images that we come across when presenting our CRS.

(I need to underline the notion of what is relevant with regards to images though).

  • Ultimately it is about producing evidence of our research and how we engage practically.
  • Analyse key concepts and trends.
  • Develop the concepts that underpin my own commercial/academic or positioned practice.
  • Work towards furthering your own expertise through providing evidence of doing the same.
  • Articulate your rationale for doing things.
  • Above all make this a comprehensive and coherent CRS proposal.

There will be a stand-up presentation of the CRS, as it is vital for each of us to be able to explain our position verbally, so therefore the format of the document is equally important.
An illustrations list is therefore required at the beginning of the document, - not at the end for this CRS document.


  • Which practitioners, authors and others influence your work. Document this clearly. 
  • Who else is doing this, and where did they originally emerge from?
  • And in what context is this? (Make sure the work you do is correctly purposed and target the audience accordingly).
  • Articulate each stage of evaluation in your practice, together with the appraisal of it, including your frustrations of what did not work.
  • What has caused issues for you? 
  • What problems have you overcome and how?
  • What are your next steps? -  Document these too!

The CRS document should be approximately 3000 words, but can also include moving images and video which should be placed on the Internet video channel.

Don't forget to articulate which tools I use, such as my blog, time management applications, Twitter, sketchbooks et cetera (if appropriate of course!).

In a nutshell, this module holds 30 credits and is ostensibly about;

  •  this is what I wanted to try:
  •  this is what I have done; 
  • this is what worked; 
  • this is what didn't work; 
  • and this is what I want to do next!

  • A presentation for the work already completed as the CRS and your own practice work is required on 15 December. The proposal CRS document must be handed in on Friday, 16 December 2016.

Further reflections;
Following the one-to-one tutorial with Dr Liam Devlin.

  • After discussing my ideas of speculative realism and object oriented ontology, I felt that I had been stumped somewhat by a simple question that I actually ended up asking myself!
  • I wanted to ask myself how can I sum up speculative realism in art in 30 words or less. I must work hard to be able to articulate the simple tenets of speculative realism. 

It was recommended that I read the book "the aesthetic regime" by Jacques Rancier as soon as possible.

I must try to find this literature and work on this before further commitment to the CRS proposal.

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