City (Field) Brief

Introduction

During this module you have the opportunity to explore a topic in detail and to work alongside others on a group project, firstly within your subject and then in collaboration with students from other disciplines across the school.

Brief – The City

How do we define a ‘city’? What differentiates a particular city from others, or from the surrounding ‘non city’ space? Are cities similar? Is there such a thing as ‘generic city’?

If we stop “looking at the city” and start “observing” every single detail in the city, and think of the city’s past present and future each of us from our own point of view and discipline, we see it afresh. How does the city or a particular part of it feel, smell, function?

“The city, however, does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps, the antennae of the lightning rods, the poles of the flags, every segment marked in turn with scratches, indentations, scrolls.”   Calvino (1997)

How can we “read” a place? What do we really know about the people living, working, and passing through the city? Calvino suggests that we truly discover the city’s past by looking at the detail. How can we find information about the present, the existing situation? And when we consider the future of the city, what inspires us?

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////“This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.”  /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////- Plato

 

PART 01 + 02// Research + Development of work// weeks 1-6

To help you in your research, we have created a series of themes:

Migration                  – could be of people/ideas/material/industrial

Power/technology    – religion/politics/sustainability

The hidden city          – what goes unnoticed, the spaces in between, the multiple guises or layers of city life

You will focus on one of these and explore, observe, research, and gather information guided by your subject staff. Some of the activities in this part will be carried out in small thematic tutor groups of 5 or 6 people with an emphasis on research and idea generation. This will inform your own individual outcomes.

Part 03// Interdisciplinary + Collaborative work// weeks 7-10

This stage involves multidisciplinary discussions and group work with students from other areas in the school. Each will bring with them the experience and knowledge of their theme (migration or hidden city or power).

You’ll be assigned to staff from different areas and form small multidisciplinary teams, discussing and noticing the similarities and differences in your approaches to the topic.

You’ll be asked to create a piece of collaborative work in any format that communicates or responds to the chosen theme. This will require you to negotiate and take responsibility within your group. Teamwork requires ground rules, commitment and respect for others.

During this time spent in your groups, you’ll be working in a different studio from normal.   Members of staff will be available for tutorials and the workshops will operate as open access workshops on Tuesday afternoons for you with some TD supervision if required.

At the end of this module there will be opportunities to exhibit work.

N.B.  You’ll be keeping an active blog journal during this module

Assessment

Your assessment for this module will be based on a portfolio of work produced both individually and in collaboration with others.

As a Maker student you will be expected to produce a made artefact or series of artefacts informed by your research, which have a clear professional and creative context. Your collaborative work will also be assessed through your blog, design / ideas sheets and any other related outcomes and evidence of working process.

As always the criteria for your assessment will be skills, context and ideas

 

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this module students will:

Skills:

  • Be able to negotiate and work together towards a proposal and, or a final outcome
  • Have a sense of their own strengths and weaknesses within collaborative, creative work

Context:

  • Understand the complexity of a thematic project, and how to begin contextual a range of ideas
  • Locate more clearly the scope and potential of subject disciplines within global contexts

Ideas:

  • Be able to appreciate the opportunities presented by interdisciplinarity and cross discplinarity

Be able to constructively generate and integrate practical and proposals and outcomes

Term plan

Subject to change always check your email, attend meetings etc.

>>>>>WEEK1<<<<<

>Mon 19/2 L4 briefing 10am

Research + brainstorming exercise on themes (what is interesting, what informs, what might you make?)

(JP –> L6 briefing at 11.30)

2pm – group feedback on themes. Choose a theme.

>Tue 20/1 Workshops + film seminar 16.30 AV studio N block

>Wednesday bookable workshops via Blackboard ; Thursday Constellation (check constellation handbook and Bb) ; Friday self directed study and studio / workshop time (in group or individually).

>>>>>WEEK2<<<<<

Mon 26/1 drawing workshop (IM + JP). Assignment of research groups.

>Tue 27/1 Workshops + film seminar 16.30 AV studio N block

>Wednesday bookable workshops via Blackboard ; Thursday Constellation (check constellation handbook and Bb) ; Friday self directed study and studio / workshop time (in group or individually).

>>>>>WEEK3<<<<<

>Mon 2/2 AM -Location drawing exercise? 5 drawings A3 minimum from on location in the city

2pm present and view drawings 4 chimneys area.

>Tue 28/1 Workshops + film seminar 16.30 AV studio N block

>Wednesday bookable workshops via Blackboard ; Thursday Constellation (check constellation handbook and Bb) ; Friday self directed study and studio / workshop time (in group or individually).

>>>>>WEEK4<<<<<

>Mon 9/2 Library research – 3 references relating to theme – image or written – paper copies for display and discussion.

Preparing PetchaKutcha presentation for following week.

>Tue 10/2 Workshops + film seminar 16.30 AV studio N block

>Wednesday bookable workshops via Blackboard ; Thursday Constellation (check constellation handbook and Bb) ; Friday self directed study and studio / workshop time (in group or individually).

>>>>>WEEK5<<<<<

>Mon 16/2

Petcha Kutcha presentations in research groups (with IM and JP)

A group presentation that pools the best bits of your research with at least one slide per group member that shows each individuals proposed outcome.

>Tue 17/2 Workshops + film seminar 16.30 AV studio N block

>Wednesday bookable workshops via Blackboard ; >Thursday Constellation (check constellation handbook and Bb) ; >Friday self directed study and studio / workshop time (in group or individually).

 

>>>>>WEEK6<<<<<

>Mon 23/2 1-1 tutorials with JP + IM – looking ahead at individual plans

>Tue 24/2 Workshops + film seminar 16.30 AV studio N block

>Wednesday bookable workshops via Blackboard ; Thursday Constellation (check constellation handbook and Bb) ; Friday self directed study and studio / workshop time (in group or individually).

>>>>> WEEKS 7-10 <<<<<

>Mon and Tue working in various thematic interdisciplinary groups across the school towards a collaborative outcome / proposal. Group tutorials with your assigned tutors and formative feedback during week 10 (Mon 23/3 and Tue 24/3). Tuesday afternoons are open access workshop time. >Wednesday bookable workshops via Blackboard ; >Thursday Constellation (check constellation handbook and Bb) ; >Friday self directed study and studio / workshop time (in group or individually).

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