Since I started this MA, a lot has changed. My areas of interest are similar, and my obsession with Goya’s work has increased, but my approach, artistic research and outputs have diverted slightly.
As I already mentioned, my research changed. So I updated the project proposal.
Why is being a motherfucker so funny?
Playfulness, nasty interactions, and the dark pleasures.
- Aim 1: Achieve an in-depth understanding of Los Caprichos of Goya
- objective 1: Learn Goya’s conceptual and narrative processes in Los Caprichos.
- objective 2: Learn more about satirical art in western societies.
- objective 3: Learn about the dark pleasures of the people and how do they engage with them. (research paper)
- Aim 2: Nasty & playful interactions
- objective 1: research about playfulness and ludic interfaces
- objective 2: learn to design theses interfaces, actions and rituals.
- Aim 3: Use of technology to engage with devilish practices.
- objective 1: to test different technologies and find the best media that suits to each piece.
- objective 2: learn how to naturally attract the audience to interact without a call to action.
- Aim 4: Body of work. Use the updated concepts and imaginary of Goya as a base to create a body of work based on contemporary techniques.
- Continuous research > Intuition > Action > Reflection.
- Satire in Western societies. Dada. Post-postmodernism (Digimodernism). Fluxus. Maker movement. Culture Jamming.
Physical + digital sculptures and installations. Video and still image.Bibliography:
The original bibliography is still valid. However, I will complete it by listing books related to playful interactions, and I will increase my reading list about the attraction of evil doing.
During that time, I wrote and reflected on the context of my work:
To sum up this list of links, I can say that I’ve got an exhaustive understanding about Los Caprichos of Goya and his other artworks, and the more I know about his work, the more fascinating I find him. In addition, I have researched about the context of my work beyond him. I must recognise that due to the changes in my proposal, I have followed the original plan until an extend. I took another route and then I started researching more about other aspects related to my new vision.
My research paper is a good example of it.
“By comparing the Capricho number 43 of Goya and the hoax “Gilda” of the Yes Men, this paper will investigate how satire sets up scenes of sacrifice to bring to light the darkest pleasures of humankind.”
(Full Research paper)
Writing the research paper has been a very rewarding, but intense at the same time. Due to my too extensive range of interests, finding a specific topic that I was genuinely interested in was difficult, but this difficulty has made me understand Los Caprichos in detail. During the process of narrowing down the topic, I walked different paths that I found interesting. I wrote a lot of material that after I rejected. For example, I researched a lot on the different interpretations of Los Caprichos’. Along with the stamps, there are 3 manuscripts with totally different texts and totally different meanings. It was fascinating, but I found that the topic was a cul-de-sac. It can be beautiful, but it did not lead anywhere useful for my research.
On the other hand, visiting the Academia de las Bellas Artes San Fernando in Madrid was a very interesting experience. My interview to the Calcography (Intaglio) Department Director was not as useful for my research as I was expecting, but she told me something priceless: the Academia stores all the works of artists whose works are based on Goya. So at the end of the MA, I will send the body of work developed in this course, and it will be saved on a hard drive in a place where Goya used to work when he was in his 30’s.
Full Greek breakfast
For this project, I started playing with the engraving capabilities of the laser cut, and instead of using it to engrave in paper or wood, I tested how it would look like on meat, and then I let it rot.
This tryptic has been exhibited in different venues in London.
The Gift of the Gab:
This project has been my biggest challenge. Not only involved a technology I was not familiar with, but electronics and building physical objects.
I have explained and reflected about my learning of Arduino intensively:
Camberwell Interim Show:
After the show, I was accepted at Fish Island Labs, an incubator program for emerging artists managed by the Barbican Centre and The Trampery. I exhibited an improved version of the piece at the Barbican.
What goes around, comes around.
This is a piece I exhibited at the Gallery 80/81 in Derry, Northern Ireland.
For this project, I experimented with the touchboard and different materials, like latex, Jell-o and toys to create the bums.
This project is still in the production process, but I have reflected and explained the different steps the piece was taking. It has been challenging because I had to accept that the best output were drawings, and because of my digital background, that was an important decision to make.
I have also done some tests, little experiments and actions, to keep going. They are not directly related to the subject, but they are tangential.
On the other hand, I have massively engaged with the conversations in class. Lately not as much as I would like (due to my job), but every time I can, I try to be very active and useful for the conversation.
On the other hand, I’ve been involved in other activities related to the master and the university. An example of this is the video I made to promote the Lumen Prize’s symposium.
I also participated in a Tactical Media Magazine with other students of Central Saint Martins.
Overall, I’m very proud of my work done so far, but there’s always room for improvement.
What to do when a masterpiece has been reviewed several times?
I also tried to use advertising tools to work on my projects. Again, this has changed now.
I also felt frustrated by the “expiring date” of my work. That led me to reflect about the “ephemerality of digital art”.
As a summary, I will say that although my point of view about my areas of interest and the topic of my research has changed, it still keeps the original spirit. The midpoint review was a milestone in my progress and the time off the course, although I have not reflected as often as I feel I should, helped me finding my new direction.