Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Clockwork High Wheel Robot
It works! After years of it not being used it still managed to more, even though the red light up eyes didn’t work the gears still rotated and moved the robot. Amazing considering its over 70 years old and has been collection dust for most of my life.
Bonhams toy description: Black and red tinplate robot with red plastic pincers, protruding red eyes and aerial, clear plastic chest with turning gears, key to side, when wound robot walks forward and gears turn , 25.5cm tall.
Western Railroad Train Tin Toy
Again this is another one of the toys my mum has at home, this particular one is very fragile as all the sections are meant to come apart. Originally this was a battery powered toy which turned the light on the front and created train sounds.
1950’s clockwork High Wheel Robot, made by Yoshiya of Japan
These are one of the tin toys my mum has at home, still unused. But used as ornaments on a mantle piece.
I have filmed one of them working, to show how they move.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Perception and Interpretation: Narrative in space
Since looking into the use and function of the Mamod Steam Tractor I chose from the Camberwell Collection, I became to question as to why I chose to work with this object and what made me choose it.
The object itself felt familiar to me, it reminded me of the tin toys my mum had on her mantle piece at home.
As a child I wasn’t allowed to play with these toys because of both their age and value. Which in some ways is reflected by the Mamod Steam Tractor and the fact it has been enclosed within a acrylic box, taking away its function and mobility.
Both my mums toys and the Momod Tractor were unused and immobile. I would like to, using video, projections and sounds, create the illusion of movement for the viewers.
Mamod Steam Tractor
Using the cut out I tried project that steam moving image onto it, however i think it wasn’t dark enough to try and pick up the image.
I still like the idea of replacing the object itself with steam.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Mamod Steam Tractor.
Following on from the experiments I was making last week, i decided to make a cut out of my object as I have the limitation of the acrylic box around the actual tractor. By doing this I was able to project straight on to the black cut out leaving only the tractors details on the image rather than the box around it to.
I would like to look at other ways in which to use the cut out, maybe to create shadows or project other images on to it.
Using the initial image of the steam tractor I tried projecting it onto a black board to draw a stencil around the tractor itself, however I noticed that when doing this the projected imaged looked slightly 3D, it seemed to create more depth to the original image.
Within the context of my work space, it made it look like a painting on the wall rather than a projection.
After researching more about the Mamod steam tractor, I wanted to look at ways of introducing new contexts to the object.
Creating a steam moving image I thought about ways of projecting this image onto different surfaces to create the illusion of the tractors presents without if being there.
Polly liked to blow at it, this changed the context completely, making the work more about the steam and less about the tractor itself.
Camberwell Collection - Mamod Steam Tractor
We were all asked to go to the Camberwell Collection and select an object we would like to work with. I came across this tractor.
It reminded me of the old tin toys and robots my parents have at home, so i guess this object felt familiar to me.
Since handling the object I have found out that its a steam tractor made by Mamod a company set up in 1936.
All the Mamod toys work using hex amine solid fuel which create the steam for the toy and use of the whistle. They are classified as live steam machines which is a term used for replicas, scale models generally used for heritage, museums, entertainment or recreational purposes.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
For part of our Perception and Interpretation project we were asked to go to the V&A with an everyday objects of our own. I chose my granddads Rotary watch.
Putting this into the context of the V&A, meant we were introducing the objects into new contexts and in some cases giving them new meanings.
Sometimes I felt as though the image became almost comical and less about the context, especially when looking at the image of the watch placed on the Rhino horn, however even this made me think more and the places in which objects are placed in order for them to be understood or interpreted by the viewer.
Each image creating its own narrative for the viewer.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Your Place or Mine
This is my image for the exhibition held at Chelsea this week. We were all asked to produce an image to represent a site, to exhibit it within a non-site.
Each work was accompanied by a sound, this recording was taken of a group of musicians within the Barcelona dock market.
This exhibition has allowed me to introduce my ideas of found objects into art objects nicely. It has allowed me to bring together my work into more of a narrative, rather than a series of objects.
Found object: Barcelona
I found this single stem vase on a market stall by the harbour in Barcelona. It cost my 5 Euros.
I photographed the object in its site. I am now going to move it into a non-site.
Introducing my idea of making the unfamiliar familiar, I want to bring the site where my object was found to the viewer, creating an experience for them.
While at this site I recorded the surround sounds. There happened to be a band performing there. This has created the sound for my piece, which will be exhibited at Chelsea College of Art, this Tuesday the 12th November.
While walking down from Montjuic Castle back to the city centre, I collected pieces of glass.
I have brought these back to England where I hope to make these found objects of glass (bits) into art objects.
1. Choosing sites/places known for their stained glass.
2. Identify the narratives behind these, document and analyse them.
3. While at the ‘place’ collect found objects made of glass - make these into art objects.
First ‘place’: Barcelona