Thursday 10th September 15: Ideas Factory week 1

Heyward Gallery

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The walls and ceiling of the room are mirrored, and the floor features a shallow pool of water. Visitors walk through the room on a walkway made of mirrored tiles. Hanging from the ceiling are hundreds of small, round LED lights that flash on and off in different colour configurations. The pinpricks of light in the otherwise darkened room appear to reflect endlessly in the mirrors, giving the viewer the experience of being in an apparently endless space, broken only by points of light in the darkness.

Thilo Frank’s Mirrored Room

Thilo Frank presents a prism shaped box, tiled with large mirrors on the exterior of the room, when viewing the box from the outside you perceive your own reflection, an average image you encounter on a  daily basis.

Once entering the room, you enter a surreal universe as you are faced with the same giant mirrors now enclosed around you. The single reflection duplicates multiple times as its reflection is reflected on itself creating a infinity room from all angles. To intensify the outcome, coloured LED lights are scatter around the tiny box creating a galaxy around you.

Monday 14th September 15: Ideas Factory Week 2

Charles Pétillon . Balloons . Covent garden

“The balloon invasions I create are metaphors. Their goal is to change the way in which we see the things we live alongside each day without really noticing them. With Heartbeat I wanted to represent the Market Building as the beating heart of this area – connecting its past with the present day to allow visitors to re-examine its role at the heart of London’s life.


“Each balloon has its own dimensions and yet is part of a giant but fragile composition that creates a floating cloud above the energy of the market below. This fragility is represented by contrasting materials and also the whiteness of the balloons that move and pulse appearing as alive and vibrant as the area itself.”

Practitioner: Naomi Filmer

Decision Corridors

 Carsten Höller: Decision , Hayward gallery . Southbank centre

When visiting Hollers Decision exhibition you enter through the artist’s Decision Corridors, a space where you go from one level to another in complete darkness, these disorientating corridors reverberate with the sound of visitors’ footsteps. 

‘With Decision Corridors, as with many of the works in the show, I’m trying to create a situation of not knowing in order to extrapolate from this uncertainty, so to speak, and also to bring out its beauty, its power, its wisdom even.’

The exterior of the box mimics the vision within the box, it shows the effect light and space has on a person. reversing all the properties we change from a bright open room, simple, expected and ordinary. to a surreal universe created within a small packed and confined room. the effects are extraordinary, using light at its best, presenting what it does best. to light a room.

Material: Rubber

Bart Hess & Lucy McRae

Process: Protection

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The immersive box encaptures you into a surreal universe. The single body image is replicated from every angle as far as the eye can see against every surface, mimicking an army of uniform soldiers. The multiple LED lights reflected in the mirrors create a constellation of stars producing a calm and relaxed atmosphere within the room.

I wold like to of played with colour and see the changing appearance and mood when all the lights changed to blue or red. Would it change the individuals overall view of the room, creating a calm, sad or romantic atmosphere? would a magical surreal universe with multicoloured lights change to an unsettling and nervous impression when all the lights turned red or a dark green?

Spaghetti Man


Paul McCarthy
Spaghetti Man, 1993
Fibreglass, silicone, metal, clothing and fake fur, metal weight
254 x 84 x 57 cm (spaghetti: 4.5 x 1270 cm)

Lucyandbart is a collaboration between artists Lucy McRae and Bart Hess. The ad hoc duo work close to the body, and their mode of operation is impulsive; they generate ambiguous images depicting our skin as an interface between our self and the world.

Lucyandbart imagine physically transformed bodies and faces with sometimes shocking artistic realism. They work instinctively, using at first various materials on the body, exploring volumes and remodelling the human silhouette very quickly to expulse all creative energy.

Both fascinating and off-putting, the images disturb because they do not allow us to sense the emotional state of the subject. The modified humans look you in the eye, not horrified, surprised or excited by their transformation: they are simply present and allow you to look. There is something primitive and curious to be seen in the “deformed” human body. It questions all are ideals of beauty and the way we judge. Lucy and Bart discover a low-tech, prosthetic way to perfect the human being.

Naomi Filmer

Naomi Filmer is a contemporary jewellery designer, who describes her work as ‘wearable objects about the body’ rather than jewellery. After studying 3D Design, she completed a master’s degree in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at the Royal College of Art, London. She acquired a reputation in the 1990s for catwalk collaborations with high profile British designers such as Hussein Chalayan, Shelley Fox and Alexander McQueen. Filmer works as a Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins School of Art, London, she lectures in art schools throughout Europe, and is a freelance designer.

Shaun Leane creations feature on both the cover and throughout the dramatic photographic tribute to the late Lee Alexander McQueen, alongside an essay by Susannah Frankel. From top to bottom: 'African Hoop Earrings' and 'Mouth Bar', Eshu, Spring/Summer 2000. 'Pheasant Claw Earrings', What a Merry Go Round, Autumn/Winter 2001.

Tuesday 22nd September 15 : Observe

Ideas taken from Presentation

Paper house

Marianne dreams was transformed into a tv series and later a movie called "paper town" Marianne draws her father within a picture, however later scribbles him out and throws it away, The picture then comes to life in her dreams, because her dad was scribbled out, he appears blind and angry wanting revenge on marianne. The end of the movie results in running away from her dad and trying to rub him out.

A troubled widow (Essie Davis) discovers that her son is telling the truth about a monster that entered their home through the pages of a children's book.

Without knowing as a group, we managed to recreate this scene. An unknown creature lurking over a young person's bed while they sleep. 

In the movie the main focus is on the mother, whether her imagination is creating a monster inside her head or if the creature is real, scaring the child and surrounding the house. It's up to the audience's which of the two ideas is true. Many think it is all in the woman's head as she is raising a child up by herself as a widow and it's her imagination playing tricks on her.

Our performance could be interpreted in this way, as the mother being the little girl.  I find it interesting that the main character is the adult instead of the child when the story is about nightmares. Something which is thought only to happen to children.

Monday 28th September 15 : Reveal

Taking aspects from certain artists from the presentation brief and connecting them to suit my ideas. thinking about texture, colour, actions such as flying or items for protection like horns.

Inspired by Naomi Filmer

Inspired by Naomi Filmer

3 neck pieces that protect the neck from exterior forces. However each of them still has a critical weakness: a spot that is left unprotected and that highlights a location in the neck that if pierced or simply strongly pressured could lead to terrible ends (blood drainage, asphyxiation and lost of control of the right hand).

Alexander Mcqueen

On a golden afternoon, young Alice follows a White Rabbit, who disappears down a nearby rabbit hole. Quickly following him, she tumbles into the burrow - and enters the merry, topsy-turvy world of Wonderland! Memorable songs and whimsical escapades highlight Alice's journey, which culminates in a madcap encounter with the Queen of Hearts - and her army of playing cards!

Marianne Dreams

Marianne is a young girl who is bedridden with a long-term illness. She draws a picture to fill her time, and finds that she spends her dreams within the picture she has drawn. As time goes by, she becomes sicker, and starts to spend more and more time trapped within her fantasy world, and her attempts to make things better by adding to and crossing out things in the drawing make things progressively worse. Her only companion in her dreamworld is a boy called Mark, who is also a long-term invalid in the real world.

"Still Life" at the penguin Cafe

A project I focussed on a couple of years ago during studying dance. The story is about evolution and humans wearing animals as clothes. This is shown by the women in the dance representing models, wearing zebra print and skulls on the head. Throughout the dance the zebra is dancing centre stage, the models are constantly walking around him in model poses. When a shot in fired within the music, it replicated the zebra being shot by humans and falls to its death.

Monday 5th October 15 : Transform

Primary research of drawing 'Manic' sceneries. We thought the train station would be busy and hectic as people go to work and create rush hour. We realised whilst walking to and from class that CSM was extremely manic as interviews, talks and tours were happening all around us.

Curiouser And Curiouser juxtaposes two worlds, a tiny and our not so tiny one. Images from the project can be seen in the book “Microworlds” distributed in the US by Chronicle Books. The series Cattle Drive is set to be released summer 2013.

Multiple limbs

From two arms as a human

Looking at Gods known for having four arms 

Or multiple arms

Linking back to humans and how to create this vision or illusion

Using a slow shutter speed or photo editing to layer up photos

Numen collaboration

A handwritten note attached to each shoe describes its origin or a memory ascribed to it by its former owner. Shiota collected the shoes and notes (all of which are from Japan) through callouts on the Internet, in the newspaper and on the radio, imploring people to donate shoes they “don’t wear anymore but don’t want to throw out.”

Why shoes? Shiota got the idea while visiting family and friends back in Japan after moving to Berlin in the 1990s. She likened her increasing estrangement from her homeland to trying on old shoes that no longer suited her. “They fit, but they don’t fit me anymore,” she says.

Many of Shiota’s works address the relationship between the past and the present, life and death, and the memories people adhere to objects. In the past, she has used old clothes, window frames, suitcases and a burnt-out piano.

The installations are woven together with her characteristic webs of yarn — she calls it “drawing in air” — symbolizing the interconnectedness of humanity.

Tuesday 13th October 15 : Magnify

Looking at magnified skin to a great scale

Slinkachu 'Little People' - (first starting point)

The 'Little People Project' started in 2006. It involves the remodelling and painting of miniature model train set characters, which he then place and left on the street. It is both a street art installation project and a photography project. The street-based side of his work plays with the notion of surprise and Slinkachu aims to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings. The scenes he set up, more evident through the photography, and the titles he gives these scenes aim to reflect the loneliness and melancholy of living in a big city, almost being lost and overwhelmed. But underneath this, there is always some humour. Sinkachu aims to get people to be able to empathise with the tiny people in his works.

Fantastic Voyage


I sculpt using light and shadow. I construct single or multiple objects and place them in relation to a single light source. The complete artwork is therefore comprised of both the material (the solid objects) and the immaterial (the light or shadow).

Monday 2nd November 15 : Eat me

Primary research, Light microscope

Beaver anal glands

If you're eating vanilla, strawberry or raspberry ice-cream, you may just be eating beaver's anal and urine secretions. Castoreum, which comes from the castor sacs of male and female beavers, is an FDA-approved food additive popular in ice-creams, and allowed to be called "natural flavouring", meaning you probably don't know that you are eating it.


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