My best convenor so far!


I was actually very surprised at how well my  convenor went today. I changed around what I wanted to say. I had it typed up and ready because, I find it difficult to explain my work clearly for others to understand.

I was so nervous with my presentation that I barely heard what the 6 people who showed there work before me said. Some of their work was really interesting and they explained it well and confident. Because of the snow, not much people turned up, although it wasn’t noticeable.

The first to do there presentation was a 2nd year student (they will go unnamed for now). She started off by doing a group meditation, which was quite relaxing. Then she went into the whole subject of feminism. It was a good discussion and she explained and answered her questions well.

Next was a third year, who stencilled his date of birth in numbers all around his chair really small. This took him forever to do.

I felt sorry for the second year student who came next, she found an image of stuffed bear and loved it so much she made it for herself as a teddy bear. She took pictures of it as if it was a real person, taking it everywhere with her. It was meant for comfort, which some picked up on and interpreted it as a replacement for a relationship. Being a childhood toy was also spoken about. Then she began to say she was wasting everyones time with this piece because she didn’t feel it was art work, just something she likes doing. People responded by saying that she wasn’t wasting anyones time, then she just broke down and cried. It was quite sad and she obviously has some deeper feelings that she wasn’t talking about in her piece. We then moved on to the next person.

Next was a first year who showed a video. The video was quite funny it was her dressed up in black leggings and leotard with a paper large cat mask. The film opened up with the cat coming into the screen from below with the theme tune of “I will always love you” by Whitney Houston/ Dolly Parton. It was played on a wind instrument and added to the humour of the video, which I don’t think was intentionally made to be funny. The rest of the film was her running around with glistening and sparkling effects to it, and cats appearing out her crotch. The whole point of her film was that people  love pets more than humans. Some disagreed however I completely agreed with her, I think the question I would ask is, “if there was one life you could save between a cat and a human, what would you pick?”

Fifth was a third year who painted landscapes, which didn’t follow the conventional way of painting. The paints were dripping all over the image as if someone had poured water from the top.

A second year who I had never seen before, showed a video about her childhood memories which I didn’t fully understand.

And then it was me. I was so nervous but I told myself to calm down and speak confidently. I explained my work and waited for questions. At first there was silence but slowly people began to ask questions. The main questions that I got was:

Do you think that it is important that we know its your family members taking pictures as if they were the older generations from the past?

Yes, however it may not be important to you as they are just strangers in your eyes.

Would you consider putting it in a book?

I have never thought about it, but it is something that I will consider.

I don’t think it matters that it looks like a professional photographer who took the image.

Looking at it now, I’m starting to see that it works, even though it is something I did not plan. I wanted that family album look, so that it works more with the time period.

The images look like film stills.

I think the multiple images makes it this way. I think I added more than one image because its something that I usually do. But I’m thinking about using film in my next piece.

The multiple images makes it different from the usual old photographs.

My comments and answers have been simplified. I have a mental block right now, but if I remember more comments I will put them on the blog.

My convenor overall was a success and went as smoothly as I could wish for. It brought up topics that led people to talk with each other about what they thought. The most important thing was that people understood what I was talking about.

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