I completed my walk and linked my macro world to the 'real' world with a derive of 32km from Worcester to Wolverhampton. The highlight of which was my dad joining me for an hour or two - most enlightening.
I'm walking from Worcester to Wolverhampton tomorrow. Why? Two reasons: 1. I have being preparing an essay as my first piece of practical work. Instead of painting, drawing, sculpture, installation or readymade I have decided to hand in a non-fictional essay. The story is about using the computer to investigate a randomly chosen area of urban Wolverhampton. To finish the project I thought I would link the hub-Worcester to the area in Wolvo - a situationist idea. 2. I like the history and romance of the english civil war, I am going to trace the escape route of King Charles. Sad? I'm not sure if I'm going to be a cavalier or a roundhead yet? Following my last debacle of a presentation, I'm going to try again, if I fail this time then I will leave this type of performance out of my practice, I'm a sucker, I keep making my life harder for myself.
I don't think I'll be invited onto the Dimbleby lecture circuit anytime soon. Hold on a minute he just quoted from Wikipedia - disruptive technologies : 'A disruptive technology or disruptive innovation is a technological innovation, product, or service that eventually overturns the existing dominant technology or status quo product in the market. Disruptive innovations can be broadly classified into lower-end and new-market disruptive innovations. A new-market disruptive innovation is often aimed at non-consumption, whereas a lower-end disruptive innovation is aimed at mainstream customers who were ignored by established companies. Sometimes, a disruptive technology comes to dominate an existing market by either filling a role in a new market that the older technology could not fill (as more expensive, lower capacity but smaller-sized hard disks did for newly developed notebook computers in the 1980s) or by successively moving up-market through performance improvements until finally displacing the market incumbents (as digital photography has begun to replace film photography).
The future is going to be far more futuristic than previously expected.
My first assessed presentation was a humbling experience. I thought I had a grasp of some of the theories of the avant-garde but having completed a disastrous presentation, I'll feel glad to achieve/scrape a pass, all started well, but I was ill-prepared and my presentation collapsed with the absence of formatted slides and a text which I'd rushed together with little in-depth reading. On completing the presentation I was questioned about some of the details and asked questions in a 'viva' type two v one situation. Not a good day at the office, I'm resolved to do more reading, I'm hopeful that it will all fall into place and my essay will be more successful.
As you may already know, last night the winner of the infamous Turner Prize was announced... it was of course Mark Wallinger for his Exhibition State Britain and his Turner Prize Exhibition piece Sleeper.
Read the blog entries of two MA fine art students. Nathaniel Pitt and Chris Hodson are studying at Wolverhampton and Birmingham respectivly. This blog is a recording of their experiences in these two seats of learning