12th September 2018: Absurdism vs Utopianism
ALBERT CAMUS - THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS VIA https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/855563-le-mythe-de-sisyphe
Despite the exploration of juxtaposing philosophies to my own regarding Utopianism in order to eradicate any possibility of one-track-minded thinking, my nihilistic considerations really resounded with Albert Camus, his work really encouraging me think back to the oxymoron of the validity of believing in Utopia for purpose, and the inevitable disappointment of the realisation that it can never be realised, cementing my intentions of concluding my findings of this equilibrium regarding Utopianisms's role in society before drawing up my final outcome.
12th September 2018: Absurdism vs Utopianism
12th September 2018: Testing Ink's Kinetic Potential
PRIMARY RESEARCH PHOTOS TAKEN BY ME AT NEW WALK MUSEUM, LEICESTER
The animalistic embodiment that the tendrillic dispersing of inky fingers in water gave to the medium, exceeding my expectations of the limits of its fluidity, pushed me towards considering the coils of creatures on this Earth; I visited a museum to research marine life, in awe of the powerful, contorting limbs enabling their existence. This research really was worthwhile in the development of my project, as, conducting further research online regarding the ammonite pictured in the first three images, I found out that it is now extinct despite its enrapturing methods of avoiding predators (it would squirt ink to disorient an attacker), which hugely reinforces that Utopianism can only ever be an ideal due to the nihilistic inevitability of all good things (in this case, the amazingly clever mutations of the ammonite for survival) coming to an end.
12th September 2018: Utopian Uniformity and the Banal
PRIMARY RESEARCH PHOTOS TAKEN BY ME
'THE ART OF MANIPULATING FABRIC' BY COLETTE WOLF
Perceiving Utopianism as one-track-minded, repetitive, and with no definitive end (due to its unattainability), coupled with how my experimentation was contrastingly centred around ink's fluidity, looking to research monotonous folding processes seemed like a natural next step. I began observing commodities, such as my halls' shower door, and the collar of a shirt I threw on that morning, surprised by the fold's all-consuming dominance in the everyday. I felt drawn to the labour-intensive endurance of the intricate concertina; I poured through this particular book due to its context of fashion, considering mind-numbed machinists folding, folding, folding, in order to improve their prospects, again, paralleling the pain I find synonymous with this faith in Utopia.
11th September 2018 - Christianity's Utopia
IMAGES TAKEN BY ME AT ST MARY'S CHURCH, MELTON MOWBRAY
The optimism lacing storyboards of Christianity's Utopia of Heaven on stained glass windows, through technicolour vibrancy, really pushed me to consider the fantastical aspects of the concept should it exist, as opposed to solely disregarding its possibility, of which an unworldly climate of a bizarrely beautiful concoction of augmented hues, juxtaposing our blue-green landscapes, resonates with me. Repeated shapes and symmetry adorning the windows were also elements I was enraptured by; visually, they present perfection as achievable.
11th September 2018: Bjork - Utopia
"SPECIES NEVER SEEN OR HEARD BEFORE" -BJORK: UTOPIA, VIA SPOTIFY
This particular lyric of Bjork's from my Spotify playlist paralleled my considerations of unimaginable beings commandeering the foreign climate of Utopia, compelling me to make marks in my sketchbook, when asked to draw my interpretation of the concept, that are the antithesis of fleshy creatures frequenting this Earth, the tangible link to our reality being limb-like symmetry. Inspired by the flutters of her voice, wing-liked fantastical beings poured onto my page.
10th September 2018: Mind Maps
It felt organic to initially respond to the three word stimuli in written form also, exploring synonyms, personal connotations as well as the impulses of my group when discussing. Surprisingly, with regards to UTOPIANISM, we all similarly concluded its lack of existence and potential. I didn't want to be so narrow-minded as to take this belief as gospel (pardon the pun), so, moving forward, I want to research a conviction the extreme opposite of mine and my peers': Christianity, a faith founded on the divine after death, Heaven. As an atheist, this seemed like a perfect starting point.