Today’s class is an opportunity to get feedback on your Ma pieces, to think about what makes a successful silent sound art piece in the context of the works profiled in Collins’ call for silence — as well as the pieces you found in response to the Collins — to workshop your 5 ideas and get feedback, and to brainstorm some new ideas.
————————-Part 1: Ma—————————
Divide into the following groups:
Group A: Ruby, Caroline, Jorge, John. Group A should look at ma pieces by Group B.
Group B: Michael, Adam, Mitsuko, David. Group B should look at ma pieces by Group C.
Group C: Miles, Allyson, Lazae, Jake, Ziyun. Group C should look at ma pieces by Group A.
As a group, consider the ma pieces by your partner group (as indicated above). Consider how the work engages the concept of ma as outlined in the reading. Describe the piece in question, analyze the components that contribute to your experience of the whole and then interpret the work — what do you take away from the piece? How would your experience be different if you did not have the shared reading as a framework? Finally: what was successful about the piece? What would you change to improve upon the work? Everyone take notes as you go, because each of you will be responsible for communicating your findings in the next step…
——————–Part 2: Ma and Collins———————–
Divide into new groups:
Group 1: Ruby, Adam, Miles
Group 2: Caroline, Michael, Ziyun
Group 3: Mitsuko, Lazae, John
Group 4: Jake, Allyson, David, Jorge
Part 1: In your new groups, discuss your own ma pieces. Get feedback from the group members who analyzed your work, and talk through improvements you might make if you were to work on this project further.
Part 2: Discuss: what were your favorite silent pieces from the Collins’ reading, and/or from the pieces you found in response to the Collins’ reading? Each person should pick one favorite. As a group, describe, analyze and interpret the work. What makes it successful? Take notes and be prepared to share your findings with your next group.
—————————-Part 3: Collins and Your Own Ideas——————————
Divide into new groups:
Group I: Caroline, David and John
Group II: Adam and Michael
Group III: Miles and Ziyun
Group IV: Mitsuko and Jake
Group V: Lazae and Allyson
Group VI: Ruby and Jorge
Part 1: In your new groups, begin by sharing your findings from Part 2, above, with your new group. Which silent works did your previous group find most compelling and why?
Part 2: From your discussion in Part 1, come up with a new idea for a piece together, in response to the piece(s) from the Collins which your groups found most successful. This should be quite different from any of the ideas you outlined in your 5 silent ideas HW. Be prepared to test out your idea with the class.
Part 3: From the 5 silent ideas you outlined in your HW, share your favorite three with your new group mate(s). Talk through the works together, and, if appropriate, workshop the idea, test it out. (Reach out to another group if you need guinea pigs.) From the six (or nine) ideas you started with, narrow down the list to your top two or three — ideally choose one from each group member. Continue to improve/test/flesh out the concepts.
—————————-Part 4: Regrouping——————————
We will now regroup , share and workshop your ideas from Parts 2 and 3 above to get feedback from the class.
1. Finish your silent piece. Share your piece/test it out on at least 4 different people outside of our class. Ask them to describe their experience of the piece and be prepared to share this with the class in your presentation. After you share your work, consider how you might change the piece if you felt it wasn’t as successful as you might like.
2. Prepare an artist statement of ~500 words describing your work and your influences. Situate the work in the context of at least three other pieces that inspired your work and process.
3. Post the work (or documentation of the work) to the blog, along with its title and your artist statement.
4. Prepare a brief presentation in which you describe the work, share your three influences–not just the titles/names of the artist, but the work itself, as a slide/video/audio clip. Describe how these works influenced your piece. Also describe the creative process and different iterations of your project, as well as the experience of sharing the work with people outside of the class. Did you make any changes after this sharing experience?