Field – Beyond Fiction

For the second term, We were asked to choose a new module for Field (My previous had been ‘Kinetic Environments’ with Paul Granjon). The option I chose this time was ‘Beyond Fiction’ with Amelia Johnston.

After reading up on what kinds of things we might explore in the module, I was very keen to get a place on Beyond Fiction, and was very pleased to have managed to get it. As an aspiring illustrator, I am very exited about pushing the boundaries of my chosen profession and seeing how well my mind copes with being forced into new tangents of the subject I may not have thought of doing before.

On the first day, we listened to a talk by Amelia about the aims of the course, and examples of artists who may inspire us. Some examples she gave were Jamie Shovlin and Graham Rawle, who all went above and beyond just to push the boundaries of storytelling.

Graham Rawle was someone I’d heard of before – the creator of a book called ‘Woman’s World’, where he famously wrote an entire story using only cut out words from women’s magazines from the 1950’s. He found that, although he’d already written out the story normally, he had to change some words and phrases and adapt it a bit to be able to make it work using the women’s magazines. In a way, it improved the story, and gave it a different quality to it due to its slightly odd lingo.

Jamie Shovlin, a British Conceptual artist, forged the archives of a 13 year old girl, who was an astounding artist and also wrote quite deep and disturbing stories in a childish, innocent way. Although this is only rumoured,  it was said that Shovlin managed to convince Charles Saachi that this imaginary (and tragically deceased) girl existed, and  because of this the archives were bought off him for the Saachi Gallery for £25,000.

After this interesting and thought provoking talk, we were given the task of going out and finding things on the ground that may have belonged to someone else, or something else, and create a story around it in our heads ready for display on Thursday. This proved to be quite a bit more difficult than I first thought, since you had to try to think outside the box a little more, with just two days to do it.

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