Critical Reflection MEDA202

My idea for my device of wonder is a hanging torch which shines on a canvas with holes spread on the surface, and the result is that the light creates a euphoric kind of moving image on the floor it shines in.

The context of my work is heavily based on a quote by a popular artist who uses lights which was: “My work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing. I’m also interested in the sense of presence of space; that is space where you feel a presence, almost an entity — that physical feeling and power that space can give.”. The idea that space can in itself be an entity, a presence, is what I find very interesting and highly relevant to my project. The moving image created by a torch light simply shining through holes in a canvas is euphoric and becomes “almost an entity”.

Turrell says: “My work has no object, no image and no focus. With no object, no image and no focus, what are you looking at? You are looking at you looking. What is important to me is to create an experience of wordless thought.” This essentially is the goal for my work.

The prototype I used however was just a torch and a piece of paper with random holes poked through it, and I showed my tutor my prototype simply by pointing the torch at the paper in a dark room, rotating the paper and it creates a moving image through the lights on the wall.

The feedback I received was helpful as back then it was just a idea but through the advice I knew how the final result would pan out. The advice I received was to hang the torch from the ceiling, pointing down on a rotating canvas with holes poked into it. through the advice by my tutor I was able to inevitably envision how it would look like in the end, the the contextualisation of my piece became more clearer through the explanations he provided.

Feedback from my peers also guided me into knowing what I need to get done and also gave me confidence that my idea was certainly a device of wonder.

Essentially the further work I need to get done is to find an effective method of shining the light on the canvas, in the sense that should I have the torch moving around on a still canvas, or have the canvas rotating or moving within a still torch. After deciding that, I need to figure out how to do go about with the canvas. I also need to make the project aesthetically pleasing which I’m sure I can sort out.


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