DUBAI, 15th April, 2020 (WAM) — The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Art Dubai Group have concluded the Dubai Ideathon.
The workshop sessions, held recently, brought together international experts from different fields, all working collectively to find solutions.
Beginning on the 22nd of March, the initiative began with online workshops where 70 members of Dubai’s cultural SME’s and freelancers came together to identify the primary challenges facing the local creative community, from which list of challenges was put together.
I was astonished that my comment was used in a press release of this event. The organisers have selected my words to support the value and meaning of the entire undertaking. A link to the article is below.
I have asked a group of my Foundation students to watch my Bye Bye Three Monks video. My intention was to receive some constructive feedback from my own learners. I projected the 6minutes and 47 seconds long film on a large screen in the base studio. There was a group of 15 learners available for this experiment.
The key points, which were risen during a plenary session are as follows:
I was waiting for something to happen and felt quite sleepy.
The video was relaxing and hypnotic; calming.
There was a sense of transformation from frustration to relaxation.
Some students felt quite exhausted after watching the vireo, while others found it relaxing and smoothing.
There was a little uncertainty as nothing was happening – concussion regarding the meaning of the piece.
Supporting sound, especially ‘Hugo, Hugo’, adds an element of pace into it.
The film is too long – after a minute, it may become uninteresting. However, later, it becomes enjoyable again.
This feedback has reinforced me in thinking that the video work well and communicates my ideas with sophistication. I may need, however, to support my work with a form of a postcard with appropriate text explaining the context of my investigation. I have used this idea during my most recent exhibition at Art 23 in London and received very positive feedback.
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.