During my visit to the British Library I was not expecting it to be open and spaced out such as the reception/lobby. I first registered for my library card once i had that we went exploring. I think i went into the science section and I was admiring a window with 6 panels of class forming a triangle and panels getting smaller and smaller.
The exhibition ‘State of Minds’ consisted of various topics such as disorders of memory, consciousness, synaestheasia and sleep walking. Those who have not had these experiences or just want a more understanding of it will find this exhibition of use. This exhibition allows us to get even closer of understanding what these experiences feel like by exploring the perspective from others researching the same topic. This exhibition was also a follow up on the installation ‘yellowbluepink’
by Ann Veronica Janssens.
The exhibition didn’t allow us to take photos but I managed to sneak in a few pictures. As I entered the exhibition the first topic I came across was ‘Science & Soul’. In this section they were explaining how we were able to be conscious and dream of a world which relates to reality but doesn’t conflict with it. The most logical theory was that we have two separate realms which is known as dualism.
The next section was ‘Sleep & Awake’, at first I was confused on why there was a pale man on the ground but once I saw the video beside him it made sense. I would have embedded the video in here but I can’t find it. This section showed and explained us of how when we are in sleep form we are unresponsive and unaware of your surroundings. Although our brain is still active we do not perceive dreams are reality therefore it’s not unusual to ourselves when we are sleep walking. Further on the topic they were explaining about sleep paralysis having the same principle as sleep walking excluding its difficult to move and more realistic. researches have taken examined people who have experienced it and claim they feel like something is applying pressure onto your chest so its very difficult to move and when it ends you wake up in a shock aswell as still in that state for a few seconds after you have woken up! (I have also had this experience and it’s not nice). Overall this Exhibition was very informative and I learn’t stuff i hadn’t known before, although only downside was I couldn’t take pictures.
In this workshop we were given a grid sheet and had to create your own typeface using the cells within the grid and the letters ‘aegkmnosuvxAEGKMNOSUVX’ while keeping everything consistent. We experimented how many cells we can cut till the letter is not eligible any more.
This was going to be my Initial idea but as there were many places init and most of them had the same atmosphere i’ve changed it. The title of this video is self explanatory but to break it down, I traveled along the tube and notice there were a lot of people and you’d assume with people there would be noise, not in this case. I then went outside the train station and there were fewer people but made noise. I compared many areas in the station but i thought the escalator, in a train carriage and outside of the train station would convey this comparison the best. The reserve had no other purpose other than i thought it fit well.
In this workshop we had to create a promo poster using the given dummy text then to experiment which works best for placement/spacing. There were rules also i.e we couldn’t place our text horizontally.
In this workshop we were told to redraw given a set of typeface twice the size but we could’t trace over it or use any type of guidelines such as grids. Once done we moved on to experimenting with Kerning, Line spacing and Tracking.
This lecture was really interesting as it had a fair amount of figuring out photographs, which inspired a lot of questions. The main topic is photography and how we relate to it.
First, the lecturer, Mark, asked us what we thought was happening in an image of a group of people looking upwards. They were all looking at something, and it was correct! It was the launch of Apollo 11. Then we looked at the first photograph and camera created. During this, the question of “what is a photo” came up, and someone replied “a photograph is just a photograph”. I can agree and disagree with this. Then looking at how photographs were done in the Victorian era, although we didn’t know it. He asked us what the image below is:
THis device is to hold people still while having their photo taken as it took a while, so they were propped upright in order to have a non-creepy blurred image. Which is also why no one is smiling since holding a smile would be hard to hold and kill your face. Then we saw pictures people took of their children when they had died, held them up right and opened their eyes post mortem. This way, they’re able to have a picture of their child since they wouldn’t move, but it’s a memory of them. People were thinking about why they did this, it does have weird vibes but that was the norm back then. If they had easy photographing systems, they wouldn’t do it. It’s the only way they can remember how they looked.