Dubai Ideathon- Day 2

Inspirational experience in a difficult time!

Day 2 was also extended to most of day 3. My team – 11B got very passionate about crating a holistic and xcohesive platform. Our concept was to bring people together in a time of crisis, social distancing and isolation.

We produced a very comprehernsive proposal for a range of ideas and supporting online platforms. I was selected by the team to present our proposal to the forum of 174 observes via Zoom videoconference. Our proposal was very well received and the team and I are awaiting further news on a range of possible developments.

Bye Bye, Wheel of Fortune Seller

This is my recent attempt to respond to the current situation. My project has redefined itself a few of times during a very long and turbulent journey through 9 countries. My observations and reflections have substantially changed their focus.

My initial interests were firmly placed on the uncertainties of tomorrow. The context for my investigation was mainly related to a range of economic disadvantages of people in the countries, which I visited. I was both: fascinated and terrified to learn how they deal with their daily lives. How inventive and creative they must become in order to survive.

Subsequently, I realised that everyone is waiting for a new pivotal occurrence. Something important to happen and bring about a significant and positive change. One way of dealing with this lengthy, stagnant and monotonous process is to get subjected by the conditioning of a hypnotic repetition.

My visual exploration of workers, who were suspended in the vacuum of that process, followed. I become intrigued by creating painterly responses based on analysis workers in Asia. This has allowed me to produce some of my recent and key achievements:

  1. Thai Masseur

2. The Wheel of Fortune Seller

3. Three Burmese Monks

My video of the washing cycle of The Wheel of Fortune Seller is broken down into a number of independent parts. Each one is intended to be to have a separate meaning and be a metaphorical parallel to a chapter in life; from the start to the end:

  • Introduction of a middle-aged man with a face mask holding a Stanley knife. This scene is full of anticipation and automatic questioning: Who is he? What are his intentions? What is going to happen next? Are his intentions sinister?
  • Engagement of a background sound recording. This is a repetitive voice of an Asian female. It is difficult to understand and decipher. Her broken accent becomes much more clear with time. Her messages contextualise the scene.
  • Cutting the painting out and the shaking off. What is the intention? The voice starts slowly to become annoying. The shaking off is metaphorical for causing a loss of something and undergoing or suffering from a misfortune. My creative intention is to communicate how special and significant is the current pandemic situation in all broader contexts.
  • Magic of loading the washing machine. The painting appears to fly into the drum on its own. There is something theatrical, unreal and intriguing about this. It appears to be a bizarre ballet, a performance in the surroundings of a dirty corner – full of stains and clutter; in front of a red fire extinguisher, which symbolises a state of predicted and unavoidable emergency.
  • Washing – mundane and foreseeable. This part, coupled with a lengthy spinning cycle, is designed to test the patience. A new thought is born in my mind – when will this finish? Here again, this is a current question of primary importance and substance – perhaps on everyone’s mind (sic!)
  • Unloading. The female voice comes back. Something is finalised, concluded, yet the ‘old’ is reborn and reformed. It comes back like a haunting ghost from the past.
  • Final shake. It is intended to agitate – to get rid of what is there. The old is removed and no longer desired. The Wheel of Fortune Seller is erased from the surface of the painting. The old memories are gone. Let us hope, the real person behind the primary source character has a new and better life to enjoy and celebrate.

My intention was to create an almost religious and spiritual connotation.

Ultimately, the washed canvas will be stitched back onto the original stretcher. This refers to and implies a cyclic quality of life and its all events.

Online Seminar

In preparation for my presentation, I have created a separate category on my blog titled Seminar. The entry is split into four individual parts as follows:

1. Symposium Part 1 – Contextualisation of Progress.

2. Symposium Part 2 – Isolating the Key Elements of Life.

3. Symposium Part 3 – Repetition and Ritual.

4. Symposium Part 4 – HYPNOTIC REPETITION & My Observations.

The idea was to introduce all participants to a logical journey of though. I started with an outline of the theoretical concept of “anschaulich”. Than, I moved on to contextualising and extending a framework of references. Subsequently, the presentation concluded with a form of an appraisal of several visual pieces, which I have created in consequence to my research observations and findings.

I was under a general impression that my ideas were well received and complemented on. I paced the delivery in order to ensure that there was a suffict time available to discuss all parts of the prepared material with the group.

Rushing through the seminar or missing out on the final section were not an option. Therefore, timing was of primary importance as well as directing the way, in which the debate was progressing.

I found the session very beneficial to refining my thought processes and reflections on how to make meaningful progress. It also confirmed my previous feedback and reinforced the importance of a recording a running narrative explaining the meaning of my work and its context. I am convinced that the use of sound will have a substantial impact on the broader understanding of both my project and my creative intentions.

I have now embraced this advice and taken it fully on board.

Screenshots of key commentary are below:

IP in Creative Practice.

Today’s workshop and discussion was led by Roxanne Peters. She is a creative and cultural rights specialist.

There was an exciting debate about sensitivities involved in copy and intellectual property rights in the context of creative practices.

The question for the workshop was as follows:

What is the value of sharing your work on social media?



Zines Exercise
During the second part of the workshop, we we given the following task:

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