1st May 2019
I had my first 1-2-1 with my new supervisor Wendy McMurdo earlier this month, and wanted to log some of the key points from our discussions. Wendy and I have met a couple of times before, so she was familiar with my project work, and some of the ideas I am interested in exploring. Here are my notes from the session:
I have been asked to run a photography workshop for academic staff, admin/technical staff and students across the departments of Plant Sciences and Zoology at the University of Oxford where I work. Here are some preliminary thoughts/notes to self….
© Gem Toes-Crichton. Tulip Diptych (Taken from my Informing Contexts work in progress).
In the first module (Positions and Practice) I used my camera to engage with my community. In the second module (Surfaces and Strategies), I navigated major surgery to remove my left kidney and created a more reflective body of work, centred on identity, healing and my garden as a cathartic space. In the third module (Sustainable Prospects), I worked more collaboratively, engaging with PhD students in the Dept of Plant Sciences (where I work), visually translating their research and stories.
(Link to my website and the work referenced above.)
Informing Contexts module
For this module, I decided to spend time studying and observing flowers, considering what causes me to gaze and what stimulates interest for me in terms of the subject matter.
My aim was to translate my own personal fascination for plants to whoever views the work. To harness the concept of mindful attentiveness, consider form and scale and appreciate the things that we cannot see with the naked eye.
It was good to see my work was selected to be used on the cover and in an article in the latest Biology news magazine this week!
‘Biology News’ is an annual publication from the University of Oxford, and is written collaboratively by academics, researchers and students across the departments of Plant Sciences and Zoology. (The photograph is of a plant called ‘Eryngium’, and it was taken at the Oxford Botanic Garden.)
Cig Harvey SVA Lecture from Cig Harvey on Vimeo.
Here are some notes I made from Cig’s brilliant talk!
In this talk, Tim discusses the process of participant observation, where you spend some time with people you want to work with, learn from them, write lots of notes, and get deeply into that way of life.