Sunday, 31 January 2010


After scrolling around the web in search of anything that would tend to my ever-growing knowledge of BDSM, i quickly came across this very insightful archive which has provided a rather in-depth dialogue of certain topics that i am perhaps wanting to take further. My main aim is to instigate as much of a visceral catalogue as possible from these concepts. 

This aspect is what i intialised originally. My intentions have migrated far far ahead as i have taken a firm plunge into the world of restraint.

Some examples of articles that describe particular scenarios which could add a structured element to my progression. I find them very enlightening in terms of just how realistic some situations turn out to be, sometimes even through no fault of their own or the individuals that are involved. It's fascinating regarding what kind of fantasies someone might have, how they choose to act them out and the difference that they can make.  

This is a brilliant article. It is quite inculcating to assume the ideals set relative to the function of religion in correlation towards this kind of sexuality. I have a pertinent interest in the underlying theistic theme of the fetishistic and the brandishing of psychological inherency. There is an intimate ascent towards the procurement of an ostensibly embellished divinity. 

It is quite fulfilling to read up on such a juxtaposed concept in respect of where i am heading. Through my findings my direction has been concentrated on the visually symbolic and regarding such an adaptable topic, i believe there is palatable necessity to introduce a referential appropriation of this in amalgamation with the essence of restraint.

Friday, 29 January 2010

focus point...

As time has gone by i've been filling up on my research taking as many varying references as possible, although with the way i'm progressing my intentions seem to be a little blind sighted. I am trying to maintain the focus of the brief and clearly communicate the idea in mind and therefore my thoughts have regressed a little. Heading straight back to the drawing board taking the theme of Resistance itself and subjecting it to sexual desire. I am thinking to direct my energy to the portrayals of BDSM. I think the mechanics of exchanging roles of dominance and submission into the realms of fantasy and curiosity provides a significant honeycomb to unfold. 

Throughout my research i came across this wonderful plethora of blissful photography...


Wednesday, 27 January 2010


I've just been indulging in the wonders of FFFFOUND in search of certain resources that spark any little ounce of utilisation. I've been thinking about the workings of an installation and the essence of constructing a set, what kinds of props to use, whether to use models, that kind of thing. I was thinking how much of a necessity there is with including certain symbolic objects or accessories such as masks, stockings, knee-high socks, tights, headwear and so forth along with what kind of outifts that would be the most successful.

Chiharu Shiota...

I thought this Japanese installation artist would be worth a quick mention, although not having any major connection or direct relevance in relation to the stuff that i'm doing currently, i find her enveloping. The sheer scale and occupation of a space that she emblazons with such enigmatic haunting and inexorable unnerving, she constitutes her personal avenue of designation within existence. 

As i say her influence on my own working with installation is a little out of league however, i am just looking at the use of material and objects fused with the space itself and how it is rendered in combined form as relation to the proposed message or idea. I very much like the concept of performance art or a personal ceremony in which Chiharu is signifying in the bathtub...conceivably enlightening. 

Chiharu Shiota



Wednesday, 20 January 2010

chosen material...?

From mulling over the functional side of `Resistance`; the essence of resisting something in particular, my mind has wandered into the realms of human desire. This is mainly within the sense of attraction, stemming from the idea of a reaction of instinctive sexual urges and how these would collect as lustful temptations along with how these can compound within neighbouring perversions such as fantasies, pornography and seduction. I am wanting to focus on how such lecherousness may be suppressed.

My intrigue is filled by the way in which people may place certain restrictions in the face of attraction and class their desired intentions as negative acts in a similar context to guilty pleasures. From this, there are numerous allocations that can be expanded with such as confidence, charm, beauty, impression, personality etc.

With my collection of ideas i spoke to my tutor. From delivering as much of an outline as possible he seemed fairly confused at what exactly i was attempting and/or challenging...and so was i. 

Despite my cogitations, my informed direction is somewhat mislead by the ways of the brief mainly in regards to how i can work within the boundaries of a poster format with my subject matter. My main worry would be how i can creatively and effectively congregate aspects of my material and transpire them into symbolic innuendo-like features that function within the mechanics of a two-dimensional visceral plane. This initiates more brainstorming in relation to cementing justified imagery that correlates well in signified form. 

Unto all this, when discussing all of my shizzle with my tutor, we got on to a small debate of what i found most interesting medium-wise and starting deliberating over installation work. For a very long time i have always incredulously adored the grandeur of installations and had bountiful aspirations of wanting to try them out for myself. I yearn for it. For my last project in a group i had the chance to indulge somewhat. I am jealous of space, open space, having the opportunity to mould it, shape it, fill it, change it in whatever way possible and changing it again for the hell of it. It is so easy to submerge yourself into and adopt the space, entice and encapsulate it. 

I suggested a certain concern of taking on a task as an installation by myself with how i could bring it to fruition considering obtaining a space and utilising it to it's full potential. My tutor reassured me of the responsibility involved and proposed a different angle. Basically constructing an installation, forming a set, using models, props, lighting and so forth, and then capturing all of it in one frame through photography. This could then be applied as a poster, through some rework on some editing software, it could end up very successful. I love it...

My research is to continue within the 3rd dimension...

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

figures of change...

Just looking at some people that have made noise in the world...the affect of positive/negative change that provides a lens of social understanding...with the idea of political resistance i wanted to highlight familiar figures that have cemented their faces in history...

It's strange to think how in such a post-modern era the sanctity of such historic predecessors that have guided the moulding of our social ways have become inconceivably disconcerted by the appropriations of mainstream society and almost besmirched in respect of their triumphs and marking upon the world; perhaps only to statement an unoriginal suggestion of change or attention.


Sunday, 17 January 2010

...and it begins!

Over the course of the Christmas break I kind of dug myself into a hole regarding certain events that took unwritten priorities alongside my work. Unfortunately due to a culmination of things i wasn't able to complete the previous brief even before the break therefore adding to my worries and resulting in a rather unsettling feeling of `how the fuck can i get this shit done?` 

After a grueling period of exalting as much interest as i could into the last project in order to keep on track, my efforts did not prevail and i received a deferral, however, after speaking with my tutor and discussing the situation, i received the perfect reassurances i needed in order to successfully set aside everything else and lay down a fresh slate. 

I now embellish a sigh of relief and crack my knuckles as the next brief that we have been given stirs a significantly alluring twinge in my curious belly.  

Thanks to our peers, we have been generously given a choice between two project recommendations set individually to each student from the D&AD Student Awards that would most likely bedazzle each of our infatuations...and they most certainly have for myself. Now to just make a selection...

1.  onedotzero 

"The City is constantly in transition and mutation, disappearing behind changing environments and shifting identities. Create your own 'adventure in motion' that explores this."

I very much like the sound of this brief...the city itself is a concept i continually find myself contained by and dying to understand a hell of a lot more when trapped inside of is a defiant's commercial's smothering is an enveloping canopy of influence. The only thing that worries me is the fact that a completed animation is required as a final piece. From my own perspective i do not think i have the level of ability to be able to confidently and efficiently produce a moving image `adventure` especially within the deadline along with a sufficient amount of research to justify it.

2. Don't Panic

" Create an image for Don't Panic that captures the theme of Resistance." 

My initial thoughts on this brief were no different to the usual niches that would be assumed by most; connotations such as authority, governments, revolutions, rebellion (political activist point of view) extending into such sub-sections as marches, riots, protests into the more underlying reasons like beliefs, religion, discrimination etc. and the branches continue...

However, assuming these concepts i hold a certain dissatisfaction to digging deeper as i just find them way too generic to expand my creativity. I always crave a little taboo or something a bit unorthodox and unexpected. Within the brief it states to basically look outside the box and i've just been looming over how resistance may apply to other peculiar things. After brainstorming more ideas in relation to the political side of it all and laying a good foundation to fall back on i started to question the verb function of resist something...

and the branches continue...