“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein
On 17th November 2016, we had a talk by an artist – Bianca Manu. Bianca Manu is an undergraduate student at the University of Manchester reading English Literature. Having an interest in cultural initiatives that encourage sustainable reforms, she has worked as a project curator for environmental arts organisation Invisible Dust.
In the Sci-art class, she focused on two topics which closely relate to and reflect upon my MFA practice. The first one was about her experience and the work in ‘The Human Sensor’ project by the Invisible Dust organisation. And the second one was about the fundamental manifesto of our work.
She started off with the basic question that we have been asked all the way from day one of the commencement of the MFA course, the W questions. We were asked to answer questions like:
Who are you doing this MA for? Why are you doing this MA? and What are you doing this MA for?
So at that point of time, my answers for these question were obviously 1.Who – For me 2.Why – cause I want to experiment and learn ways to design a user interference space and the atmospheric quality of a space. 3.What – to get my ideas, thoughts, and works validated. Upon listening to the answers my fellow mates gave to these questions, it made me think that there was something missing in my intention when compared to theirs. I had an idea so what I want to focus on but I wasn’t being specific as what exactly I want to do and ways that I would adapt to reach the end result. So this helped me broaden my thoughts and gave me more clarity and focus for my MFA.
1.The Human Sensor Project – Kasia Molga (Invisible Dust organisation)
‘Human sensor’ is a wearable costomes created by media artist Kasia Molga, supported by fellow media artist and creative technologist Erik Overmeire, as well as another media and interactive artist Ricardo O’Nascimento. This costume changes colour according to the air pollution levels. There was a performance by artists dressed in these costumes, dancing through the city streets of Manchester in July 2016. The finale of the project was ‘A Portrait of Your Breath’ – a live performance by Kasia Molga. – (Molga, 2017) http://invisibledust.com/project/kasia-molgas-human-sensor-project/
The significant intention of my MFA research is to understand the importance of space and architectural atmosphere in relation to the human using it and its impact on the society. My research further looks upon what are the effects of air pollution on people who exercise outdoors and joggers and its consequences on the human health, behaviour, and performance. Being an interior designer, this research focuses on dealing with this public crisis through a designer’s perceptive by looking into ways to either design an object or a high performance built in environment like joggers park for better human health and benefits.
‘Human Sensor’ by Invisible Dust Organisation and my MFA research is very closely related cause both deals with air pollution. Kasia Molga’s Human Sensor project has played a big role in my research so far and I have also taken this project as one of my key reference to my research.
So what is this manifesto and why is it so important?
Manifesto means (Dictionary, no date) http://www.dictionary.com/browse/manifesto–
Whereas an art manifesto means a handwritten statement or a document of an ideology, crafted to convince, inspire, shock and convert.(Mary Ann Caws, Manifesto: a Century of isms). Artist in the early times wrote manifestos when they desperately felt the need of a change, and their solution was a revolution. (Redding, 2010) https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/02/art-manifestos-and-their-applications-in-contemporary-design/
1. What is the fundamental manifesto of your work?
2. What do you want to accomplish in life?
3. What do you like to do?
4.What you really good at doing?
It takes years to answer questions like these and even if we manage to answer them, it changes as we learn and discover new aspects and things in life.
But for now, my manifesto for my MFA research is ‘for the people by the people’ – a creativity that inspires, edifies or contributes positively to our culture and society.