My tutor provided feedback on Assignment 4 (Critical Review), my proposal for Assignment 5 (Self-directed Project) which was the subject of Coursework Exercise 4.6 and my progress report on Assignment 6 (Transitions). The relevant extract relating to Assignment 5 Proposal is below:-
Ex 4.5: Assignment 5 Project proposal:
A well-written proposal even showing test shots that have been discussed with peers (do write
up reflection on their feedback!). Some ambitious starting points but a really interesting basis
for a project. You’re right to see A5 as exploratory in this way as you are short of time –
however you will still need to submit a coherent set of pictures/rationale. Seeing your proposal and images led me to consider Well’s mindset in Woking and what he may have drawn on in the landscape – the strange natural occurrences in the ground beneath our (and perhaps his) feet – an imagined alternate world/space. I think images 1, 3, 4 (and even 5 to some extent) are really interesting in relation to this. I would keep your shoots as simple as possible – experiment but be mindful as it could cause the final outcome to be rushed.
I’m pleased and relieved that my tutor picked up on consideration of Wells’s mindset whilst he was in Woking because this is what interests me – his reaction to the landscape there, particularly Horsell Common, and his thoughts on the World as it was then, e.g. his views on the behaviour of the British towards the indigenous people in Tasmania and his interest in science and technology – all of which became the seeds of War of the Worlds.
I want to take your attention back to John Angerson’s English Journey, which I see echoes of in
your A5 tests. I think re-thinking this and his later work On This Day and 108.71 Acres would be
helpful. In terms of future research into more elaborate works that deal with fact/fiction and
alternate realities, see Joan Fontcuberta and also The Institute of Critical Zoologists.
I didn’t know of the work of John Angerson so am grateful for this suggestion as his work is most relevant and I will write further in another post. I have previously written about Joan Fontcuberta and the Institute of Critical Zoologists and agree that this more complex work would be very appropriate should I decide to expand beyond the exploratory project in the future. Small steps though at this stage taking note of my tutor’s advice to “Focus energies and efforts as you reach your unit deadline, extended tangents in deep research or experimentation could be distracting”. I will keep it simple, walk observe and photograph what draws my attention.