Last week Broadcast Industries took some time out of the studio for a trip to the Tate Modern in London. Whilst the Level 6s took part in a tech workshop, the Level 5s used the day as an opportunity to explore some of the exhibits, interpreting the works and enjoying the gallery.
I have been to the Tate many times, but this time I experienced it in a new way. It was great to start looking at things from a different perspective, and I found myself appreciating things that I had skimmed over and overlooked during previous visits. We were encouraged to sketch, make marks and interpret the art through our own methods.
I spent a lot of time in the Artists Rooms. One of the works that particularly stood out to me was Bruce Nauman’s Act of Violence. A lot of Nauman’s work relates to the filmic themes of the B.I studio, and this piece also led me to think about iteration and alternating perspectives, which I have also been exploring in depth during studio workshops and my design work. Recently, one thing that has been significant to me throughout the process of practicing quick, iterative sketching is that the more you look the more detail you can find. As I sketched each frame I picked up on details that stood out to me, such as the relationship between the space, light and the camera throughout the sequence, and the impact of movement and inhabitation within the room.
As a student who is mid-way through the Interior Architecture course at Brighton, I am learning that 2nd year is the time when each student really develops their own identity whilst finding a voice and efficient methods of visual communication. To be able to interpret, critique and develop your own/other artist works is crucial to the process of design development. It can often be quite daunting having to speak in front of a large group about something you’ve drawn/made, and this is something we all have to gain confidence throughout this course and our careers as creative individuals. During this studio trip, we continued to build upon these skills. It was a really healthy exercise to focus on something away from our design modules as a group, and later we can come back and apply these skills to our university projects.
Stepping out of the studio and exploring the culture that is right on our doorstep meant that we had a fantastic time, which was just what we needed before a week of hard graft running up to the Easter portfolio submission.