LO1: Formulate, describe and implement a challenging and self-directed programme of study, relating to your Study Statement. (AC Enquiry)
Major evidence of the address of this learning outcome can be found in >my projects> UA1 Project Aims where the pillars of the project are formulated. The design of the Study Statement’s content maps out the scope, ambition, and critical concerns of the work. The conceptual element of the statement found in ‘Aims and Objectives’ is designed to provide and describe a thematic lens as a framework for the practice and its search for a visual language, as well as a means of engaging with critical and cultural discourse around human agency and the environment. This tallies with LO1 in its ambition and challenge. The GANTT chart provided at >my projects> UA1 Project Aims meets LO1’s requirement to demonstrate an ability to organise and plan a self-directed program of study. Key to both the formulation and implementation of the program is the use of sprint cycles as a means of structuring the work. Sprints provide an effective way of assigning clear yet flexible and incremental goals for the whole program study, allowing emergent aspects to be followed and explored. This includes the iterative sprint cycle of aims/make/review provide a useful structure for the blog posts. The introductory blog post sets out a definition of Folk Horror – the core theme of the work.
LO2 – Implement appropriate working methods for building an independent and effective self-organisation that enables critical engagement with practice-based research. (AC Process)
As mentioned above, the sprint cycles that are outlined in the GANTT are designed to bake a cycle of self-directed making and critical reflection into the practice as research, providing thereby a direct and strong response to L02. Setting goals for a sprint and then reflecting on those goals to develop the aims of the next sprint builds in a cycle of iterative making and critical reflection that supports emergence. The blog posts are labeled in relation to the sprint number. Critical reflection is not confined to the end of a sprint however as it is ongoing with each blog documenting and evaluating the work, ie ‘S2: Troubles with Trajectories’, ‘S3: Portrait’ and ‘S4: Portrait methods: finding a way’. In some cases, the blog posts also evaluate learning from exhibitions ie ‘S2: Analyzing Open Studios and Sprint 1). I have also included capacity within the blog to write longer more focused written critically reflective pieces under the heading ‘Research and Theory’ (accessed from the blog’s Main Menu); these are open pieces intended to be incremental and focused on technical aspects as well as thematic topics including essays I have written on Folk Horror topics.
LO3 – Communicate a critical understanding of your developing practice. (AC Knowledge, AC Communication)
LO3 is also baked into the approach taken to the sprint-based organisation of the practice. Each sprint starts with a clear statement of what its intention is, based on learning from previous sprints. The blog posts are informally written rather than academic informed by honest critically informed reflection and the immediacy of the moment, an ongoing and accumulative approach to reflective practice rather than a calculated summative one, which aligns with the spirit of LO3. The strongest evidence of a critical understanding of the practice can be found in the following blog posts. These draw breath from a range of sources (art history, pop culture, critical/visual/cultural theory, and philosophy):
S1: No Sightlines in Folk Horror https://tanyakartblog.com/2021/09/26/example-post-3/
S2: The Empty Chair https://tanyakartblog.com/2021/10/28/the-empty-chair/
S2: Triptych – inside-out series https://tanyakartblog.com/2021/10/27/triptych-inside-out-series/
S2: Abstraction and Folk Horror https://tanyakartblog.com/2021/12/17/s2-abstraction-folk-horror/
S3: Review: back to chairs https://tanyakartblog.com/2022/01/29/s3-back-to-chairs/