Progress Meeting

Yesterday we met with course tutor Marilena, for a progress meeting.

Having now secured a meeting with the artist Chris Crabtree for tomorrow (22 Feb), we talked about the possibility of recording our chat with him, with a dictaphone for example.

We also talked briefly about how to bring all our research together into its physical report form. This is something we will discuss more over the next week or so, and should start taking shape once we have started to get the content written. Whilst we have split the writing tasks between us, we are all dedicated to keeping our research collective and cooperative; this will ensure a cogent and comprehensive resulting report (apparently including extensive alliteration for effect…).

Liza has managed to book us in on the 27th with the conservation department. We should hopefully be able to capture some great images and information using their telescopes. This will help us understand the finer technicalities of the print, like the paper type for example.

We also touched upon the fascinating notion that keeps cropping up, of the wider historical context of computer art, and the artistic or aesthetic ‘authenticity’ of the prints, including that age old question, What is Art?

I was lucky to have been working a couple of weeks ago at a Royal Academy lecture, by author Martin Gayford. He has recently published a new book entitled “A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney”. I asked him whether Hockney was ever challenged as to his new chosen method of computer-produced artworks, since using an ipad (like using any other computer programme) questions how the manufacture and production of an object affects its reception as an art object. (Adrian Searle wrote in the Guardian, 16 Jan 2012, that ‘Hockney mistakes, I think, technology for modernity.’) Martin Gayford’s reply to me was that Hockney’s use of a computer was just another way of printmaking; one has to recognise the difference between screen and paper. Perhaps this is an idea we can raise when we talk to Chris Crabtree tomorrow.

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