Unit 1 Assessment

1. Develop your Project Proposal to plan a challenging and self-directed programme of study.

The project proposal that I initially applied with (https://roddioso.wordpress.com/2010/03/19/back-to-the-beginning/) has developed markedly as a result of this course and the work I have been doing these last few months. Both the proposal and project have become more focused and refined in purpose and practice.

The result of this distillation is the identification of two main aims: digitally visualizing the Philippine-London diaspora and locating points of connection between the transnational and the digital. Furthermore, development of this proposal has allowed me to clearly divide my project (and art practice) into three key areas of research: community fieldwork, technological experiments and academic contextualization. Discerning the essence of this project through the development of a proposal has been an invaluable tool, which I will undoubtedly continue to develop and incorporate in my practice.

By working towards my proposal goals, I have challenged my comfort zones in the media that I work with and have pushed my knowledge of the fields in which my practice is situated. I have been introduced to and influenced by a number of different theorists around the study of digital and transnational art (see points 2,3 & 6). Furthermore I have been experimenting with an array of technologies and open source programming environments that are new to my practice (see points 4 & 6). My current proposal and the steps towards developing it have been a challenging exercise in recording, self-reflection and analysis and has greatly effected the ways in which I work and view my art practice.

Consequently, I have refined my methodology and work plan several times and plan to revisit these sections to allow for a realistic completion within the time that I have remaining. Timing is an issue as I have spent a lot of time contextualizing my practice; an area that I felt was in need of improvement before I started this course. My work plan (https://roddioso.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/4-4.jpg?w=510&h=721) called for an equal amount of time to be dedicated to ‘context’, ‘community’ and ‘technology’ research, but I have found that I underestimated (in regards to allotted time) the breadth of artists and theorists that needed to be researched in order to better contextualize my practice. I intend to revise this work plan so that it better represents a concentration into community fieldwork and the development of technical skills.

2. Demonstrate a critical engagement with practice-based research reflecting on the critical skills and framework presentations.

Deepening my criticality has been instrumental both to the development of this project and to my growth as an artist. Several key examples to this critical engagement can be found in the development of a Research Paper, which served to contextualize my practice and a commitment to expand my research as directed by feedback from two Mid-Point Reviews (MADA and MA TrAIN). Please link to ‘Criticality in Framework Presentations: Curatorial Notes’ for further elaboration (https://roddioso.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/criticality-in-framework-presentations-curatorial-notes/).

Research Paper: The development of the research paper was based on my search for ways in which digital art can serve marginal communities as vehicles for representation… link for more.

MA Digital Art Mid Point Review (MADA): In this review I presented the artistic process and research practice that I had been involved with since September as well as… link for more

MA Transnational Art, Identity & Nation (TrAIN) Mid-Point Review: In this review I presented my work in the context of a museum painting…link for more

3. Articulate a clear understanding of methodology and context in your creative practice.

To demonstrate a clear understanding of methodology in regards to this project please link to ‘Methodology of My Creative Practice: Curatorial Notes’ (https://roddioso.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/methodology-of-my-creative-practice-curatorial-notes/)

To demonstrate a clear understanding of context in regards to this project please link to ‘Contextualizing the Project and My Creative Practice: Curatorial Notes’ (https://roddioso.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/contextualizing-the-project-and-my-creative-practice-curatorial-notes/)

4. Evaluate and present your Project.

As it is still a work in progress, in order to evaluate the project’s current success/failure it is important to understand all the paths of research undergone (albeit some were divergent dead ends).

For a complete ‘presentation’ of the project please link below.

Project Summary Link (https://roddioso.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/project-summary-curatorial-notes/)

This ‘Project Summary’ link provides an overview of key events, challenges, and epiphanies throughout these last few months as well as a matrix that illustrates the projects development on a month-based timeline.

To evaluate this project I will elaborate on both the areas that I feel have been successful and in need of improvement.

The project’s notable successes Areas for future improvement
  • Established a good contextual base for the project and my art practice
  • Located and developed theoretical bridges between Digital and Transnational art from involved participation in workshops, seminars and museum visits as well as development of a related research paper
  • Realization of the Open Source ethos and have developed connections with the  phenomena of urban diaspora communities
  • Successfully developing skills around interactive and generative art: Arduino and related programming
  • Initiated professional relationships with H. Beddard (curator at V&A) and David Medalla (London Biennale Founder/Director)
  • Realized a shift in my art practice incorporating rigorous reflection, self-evaluation, recording and action
  • Have grown my art practice into the medium of moving image
  • Confirmed the continuation of my research at the PhD level for this fall
  • need further personal involvement with Philippine Community
  • much time expended on researching technologies that aren’t relevant to the project: lenticular imaging
  • Time spent on learning Flash and Processing may have not have been necessary as I am finding that these programs/ programming languages may not be able to support the intensive graphics and audio of the project
  • Underestimated the time needed to contextualize the project
  • have undertaken an ambitious task of getting a heart rate monitor to work relaibly within the context of a suitcase handle which may require more time than I have
  • time management could have been better utilized if I sooner realized the nature of the final piece so that I could devote focused energy avoiding any tangents
  • the current aesthetic of my work is still a but too fast paced and choppy for my liking, I would really like to improve on my moving image skills to create a good narrative pace

5. Contribute actively to debate and discussion through Pathways and across the Course

My contributions in debate and discussion throughout this course unit were apparent in both structured seminars and Mid-Point reviews as well as discussions outside of the classroom. Since September I have been an active participant in the MA Seminar Series with the TrAIN cohort at Camberwell as well as the required seminars and workhops with the Digital Art cohort. The added TrAIN seminars involved weekly theoretical readings and discussions around seminal texts regarding transnationalism, identity, migration and diaspora (https://roddioso.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/reflections-on-the-train-seminar-series/). In these seminars I played a key role in adding a unique Asian-North American opinion to the discussions as well as infusing perpectives that were informed by my research interests in digital culture.

Further contributions were made during two separate mid point reviews; one with  the Digital Art Course and the second with the TrAIN Course.  In these mid point reviews and seminars I have located certain digital artists that could be of interest to fellow colleagues and pushed for further criticality in the group’s analysis of their work. Outside of the classroom, in informal discussions (in person and online) I have given opinions and suggested further directions to better contextualize the practice of my colleagues as well as taking direction from their own advice. I find the cohort in which I have been interacting with to be an invaluable and stimulating asset to this project and I am certain it is because of my active engagement in each debate and discussion opportunity this course has allowed.

6. Be aware of your own personal and professional development.

Since the start of this course I can locate several areas of development in my art and research practice as well as an achievement of key personal goals. My initial hopes for this course were to a) deepen my contextual knowledge in the fields of digital art and transnational art, b) expand my art practice and c) further a trajectory towards professionally recognized research.

a) In the past few months my contextual knowledge has expanded radically. I am now more aware of Open Source digital culture, the anti-proprietary community politic that it represents and its importance to digital art. As a result, I have incorporated many open source projects such as Pure Data, Arduino and Processing into my research and practice. Concurrently I have also been learning about several strains of post-colonial theories that have started from Edward Said’s Orientalism (https://roddioso.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/reflections-on-the-train-seminar-series/). Most notable are Fredric Jameson and Homi K. Bhabha’s concepts of hybridity and space.

b) My art practice has developed as a result of theoretical exploration but I have also pushed my art practice into the mediums of moving image, interactive and generative art; a fresh challenge as this was previously unchartered territory for me. Currently I have seen made exciting progress with my Arduino skills (https://roddioso.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/arduino-to-processing/ and https://roddioso.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/a-fork-in-the-road/) which are pivotal to interactivity in my art practice.

c) My intentions to further professionalize and enhance my art practice as a post graduate researcher in London are being realized. I have successfully completed a PhD project proposal (https://roddioso.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/phd-project-proposal/) that will continue my MA research into the following years. Currently I have been awarded a place at the MPhil/PhD Arts & Computational Technology Programme at Goldsmiths College and have been scheduled an interview with the Camberwell Doctoral Admissions Panel (Research Centres: TrAIN and SCIRIA) at the end of March. Furthermore, I have made exciting professional contacts in the field. Most notable are ongoing conversations I am having with David Medalla (artist, founder of the London Biennale and co-founder of Signals Gallery) and Honor Beddard (Victoria & Albert Museum curator of the Digital Pioneers Exhibit). Discussions with Medalla involved identity and positions of Filipinos in art and correspondance with Beddard has given me insight into historical leads into digital art within an Asian context.


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