Analysis of my constellation sessions and how they benefit me going forward in my subject discipline.
Throughout my constellation sessions, I feel that I have gained a lot of valuable information when it comes to aiding in my development as a graphic designer. Throughout my sessions in the ‘Archaeologies of the unseen’ I was deeply intrigued and engaged with these lectures, the interaction with the tutor throughout the session provoked responses, which was contrasting from the ‘After Modernism’ lectures that weren’t very interactive and were more oriented on note taking and reading texts in between sessions to catch up due to the large Power Point presentations we didn’t always get to finish going through due to time restrictions. Although I may not have enjoyed every session I attended, I still feel that it was a valuable asset, and the theories and insights provided will definitely have a massive effect on my outlook when it comes to the way I view and create in the future.
I feel like I gained insights from both of the lecture groups despite being considerably more interested in one. I feel that throughout the archaeologies of the unseen lectures I felt more of a relation to graphic design due to it having a bit more of a modern social aspect in the way that the theories seemed to be more relateable to modern communications.
My term two essay, and the theories I researched along with the ideas that were sparked whilst writing definitely gave me a new perspective on the way I will approach my creative process in future, viewing the social aspects of the human reach and the way we can influence people as graphic designers definitely made me value outside opinions much higher than solely relying on my own as I progress through my work.
The theories we explored on perspective and ambiguity really stretched my imagination on the ways I can represent things metaphorically and the way I personally view artwork, it has inspired me to look deeper into imagery to find out what it truly represents rather than just analysing whether it looks good or not. Being able to find the true representation, seeing whether the image flows well or if it should even be viewed as an image or maybe even an object can benefit me when applied to my own work, by taking more time and carefully thinking about my layout or any other design decision I make throughout my creation process I can cleverly distribute aspects with representative connotations to implement further depth into my work.
I feel that the theories on perception have definitely made me think more carefully when I view new pieces of artwork, after being shown videos and images in class that presented us with optical illusions it made it very clear to me that I could always try my hardest to look as deep as possible into an image yet focusing to try and observe everything sometimes lead to us completely missing something drastic from the work. For example we watched a video of a group of people moving around and across the screen, but before we began watching we were told that something was going to happen and that it was obviously out of place, none of us even noticed due to all the hectic activity that was happening with the people on screen but a man in a gorilla suit walked straight through the middle of the set and we were all completely oblivious.
This showed me that even if you know there’s something you should be looking for in an image you should be thinking about how it’s perceived rather than instantly being able to pick it out from the image or video, but when we watched the video for the second time I decided to focus on a certain point on the screen and it enabled me to notice the person in the gorilla suit straight away as they walked on screen. I could use this when I create my own work, if I decided to use metaphorical or illusionary images, I feel that I would have a better understanding of how to implement them throughout the work to achieve the best effect I possibly could to utilise perspective to create an impactful piece that makes the viewer curious and possibly view the piece in the way I intended by sparking curiosity
After modernism has educated me on how the innovative art that we can experience regularly today came to be acceptable and learning about the extreme amount of elitism that art used to contain has been narrowed down considerably, which is something I really value as a graphic designer as I would not even be considered as someone who’s art would even be worth looking at all because my work isn’t realistic fine art paintwork. Realising these limitations have been lifted in the modern world really inspire me and will encourage me to attempt to go further outside the box in my best efforts to innovate as much as possible when I create.
I also feel that after modernism has broadened my mind when it comes to the analysis of imagery, in the sense that I seem to be able to distinguish and identify the more significant connotations throughout an image but also pick up on the smaller details quite efficiently as well in order to find deeper meaning within an image and to be able to tie said images into the theories I study at and insightfully display my own opinions and perspectives that I receive from my analysis.
I feel that in conclusion, constellation sessions albeit a drastic change from the regular subject practice definitely has a positive effect upon my subject discipline and the way I think about my creative process, it brings a deeper insights and encourages outside the box thinking enabling me to tie in outside sources to my work. Which I feel is a huge benefit when it comes to creating individual and innovating pieces of work that convey more complex and interesting messages and improving as a designer.