With the third and final assessment task requiring a small group, Daniel Martins and I agreed that we would make a pretty good team. We had sat next to each other almost every class and had become pretty good friends, so it made sense for us to go together.
Although we initially had no idea what we wanted to do or achieve, we started to write down a few ideas.
To help get some ideas flowing, we wrote down a skills list to see what each of us could bring to the table.
With Daniel studying theatre, we established that he had skills in music, theatre and video production.
With my degree being a Bachelor of Journalism, my skills involve writing, socialising and being able to engage others.
By establishing the wide range of skills we have, we started to think about how we could incorporate them into our project. Although hindsight can be a great tool, I believe that Daniel and I were getting too ahead of ourselves. Instead of brainstorming concepts and ideas, we found ourselves searching for the perfect idea right off the bat.
The four ideas that we originally came up with were;
- Setting up a game where one of us is player 1 and player 2 would be someone from the public
- Focus on the concept of a signature, what does it mean and what is its value, then go out and collect as many signatures as possible
- Set up an object and a yarn of wool, start wrapping the wool around the object and get people from the public to take turns wrapping the wool
- Set up a canvas and art supplies in different locations around Wollongong and leave it for a few hours and then come back and see what has been created
Right from the start, both of us agreed that we wanted to engage others in our social intersections project; however, we were unsure what means of communication would draw in the most people.
To help further understand how artists engage concepts, ideas and other people, it was fantastic to be able to travel to Redfern and get some inspiration. Throughout the whole day, whether we were at ‘The Block’, looking at street murals or visiting Keg de Souza’s project as part of Sydney’s Biennale, it was great to see how artists are able to represent their own social beliefs through their artwork.