Week 2 – All the glass we carry

This weeks forum activity was to pick one of the toolbox strategies and create a short (1-2 mins) trailer that relates to current research goals.

As I am Intending to look at the meat industry from alternate vantage points in this module, I chose appropriation as I have some plans for using satellite imagery and Google Streetview to create a narrative around the transportation of livestock to the slaughterhouse and the waiting area before offloading into the lairage.

Pigs waiting to offload at the Vion Slaughterhouse, Noord Brabant, Google Streetview

I also intend to explore basic projection mapping and if an installation of sorts is a possibility as part of the module assignments. Hence my trailer is a recording of a beamed movie that mixes appropriated content and a soundtrack from a slaughterhouse. The imagery switches from mundane overhead views of slaughterhouse facilities in urban areas, to clips of pigs as family pets and images of truckloads of pigs in holding areas awaiting slaughter. I set all this to an unnerving soundtrack of the slaughterhouse interior with heavy metallic drone, compressed air and the screaming of soon to be dispatched pigs. All very rough-and-ready and hardly a slick production, but as a preliminary sketch for future work and direction it works.

Module leaders seminar focussed on visual methodology, what it is as it pertains to photography and why it is of such importance to our work and why not having one may lead to problems post MA. Visual methodologies by Gillian Rose was referenced and the later versions have been expanded to include a deeper analysis of photography. Method and methodology have a habit of being used interchangeably but are different things. A method is a single tool or way of achieving a task. A methodology encompasses methods and describes how everything fits together to realise the end goal. Another definition for visual methodology is using your creative practice to learn about something. I kind of like the latter. It does not seem encumbered with too much baggage.

Practice led research and practice-based research were covered and the difference explained, this was very interesting and I could immediately see where the majority of my time is spent on creating images. Typically, I have an idea in mind of what the final object should be and in what form, from there I work back to the beginning.

Tutor led webinar was an opportunity to briefly present previous work and give a high-level overview of what I plan for this module, to receive peer feedback and get their thoughts on the idea. This was useful and insightful and while I had not really considered the narrative for the planned work I realise that is going to need some attention as it is not as straightforward as I imagined on reflection. As the form of the final product is a rough outline in my mind I need to work back from that and pull it apart to critically contextualize the content.

Horse, Heleen Peeters

Several books were recommended to review as their theme and narrative could be helpful as I think about and start to construct what it is that I am going to produce for this module. At first glance they are all relevant and I am going to spend time on each to get a clear understanding of the work. Mathieu Asselin, Monsanto, Heleen Peeters, Horse and Steven Shore, Steel Town are all on my to do list.

Bibliography

FEUERHELM, Brad. 2021. ‘Stephen Shore Steel Town’. AMERICAN SUBURB X [online]. Available at: https://americansuburbx.com/2021/06/stephen-shore-steel-town.html [accessed 14 Jun 2021].

‘Horse — Heleen Peeters’. 2021. [online]. Available at: https://www.eriskayconnection.com/home/100-horse.html [accessed 14 Jun 2021].

MATHIEU ASSELIN and —. 2021. ‘Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation’. Mathieu Asselin [online]. Available at: https://www.mathieuasselin.com/monsanto [accessed 14 Jun 2021].

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