Tutorial+new ideas+blablabla

I had my first tutorial last week and its taken me a long time to digest everything and actually do any work. Here is a copy of my tutorial form, its a bit of a mish mash but its the best i could do today:

“Camberwell College of Arts

MA Visual Arts Course 2008-09


Student to complete this and email to tutor or place a copy in the staff mailbox within one week of a tutorial / feedback request

Pathway: Digital art

Name:            Ina Dorthea Thuressson                                    Date: 24.09.09

Issues discussed/Subject:

Look at: Richard Wright – ecoloops.org – later see if I can have a chat with head of printmaking Fin Taylor who works with butterflies too

Time management: Don’t panic – Split the days /week so that some times are designated to doing research and other to the exhibition in Norway – Find a way to integrate the ma project with the exhibition

Project/Ideas: Find new ways to develop the work : movement. – Maybe use the webstie in a more direct way. I have never worked with programming but I think I’ll have to dive in. – can adding words to the website maybe change the look of the animation, making it interactive. – look in to psychology  of why we think certain things are disgusting. Maybe look in to other contrasting things, not just bisgusting/beautiful. – Have a look at other people’s research in to the subject matter.”

After my tutorial i sat down and wrote down all the different ideas i had about the work now. I always wanted to make something interactive i just always thought it would be to complicated but i guess now is the best time to start, being on a Digital Arts course and everything.

(bare in mind i dont have any idea how to do any of these things or if its even possible)

So the website could feed the animation directly, adding a word to the list could change it.

-i still want the animation to look like my work, only moving. The movement can be different things, the individual objects could move or grow, the drawing can be animated, and a whole part of the picture can move, like looking threw a kaleidoscope.

– adding a word to the list would make the object appear in the animation or make it bigger, the image could like grow or replace something else.

– i want it all to be on a loop, so maybe a base animation can be created and as new things are added they become part of the loop.

– adding more and more images would make the lesser used or older images smaller or go further back and eventually disappear, so that the movement can go on forever without being cluttered.

-OR adding a word will make that particular thing move, or it would change the speed of the animation

-In my original project proposal i wanted to work with time lapse, i would like to find a way to integrate that in to the work as well, at least give it a good try.

I still want the work to be overwhelming, no matter how i end up making it i want the final piece to bit big and beautiful. I also want to experiment with physically mirroring the work.

or something like that.



Had a few pretty lazy days after not feeling to well on monday, yesterday was spent drawing and baking and amazing globe birthday cake for my friend Sophie. Having my first tutorial tomorrow and I’m taking my poor laptop to the doctors. I have still not made it to the print space but I have decided I am gonna start the large piece today (after I’ve had some cake).

Drawing 23.09.09

Telling Tales and worries

I went to The V&A yesterday and saw the exhibition “Telling Tales” witch showed art pieces made by designers. It was a brilliant little exhibition focusing on some of my favourite subjects; design art and  fantasy/fear. I got the book that accompanied the show and i think it’ll be really good to read it especially for the research paper.

Today I’m gonna get a basic plan for the exhibition in Norway and then go to the print space on Kingslad Road to get an idea how much printing and mounting and shipping will cost me, that way I can apply for funding from my county government back home. It’ll be a lot of work getting the exhibition plan done, but its doable, i have the floor plan and ill just have to pick out something like 20 pieces of my BA work.

As for the disgusting/beautiful research website I have a design ready, a friend of a friend has done the programming and my friend Alex Bolton will put it all together for me (gotta know your resources!) My only worry about the site is people purposely messing it up but hopefully pushing it towards creatives and not 14 year old boys the result should be pretty good. I’m pretty excited!

Bfast time now!


ops not done a thing, been stuck on the sofa feeling rubbish all day! 😦


As part of my project I want to move away from printing my work on paper. Screen and projection was my first thought but i figure i should look in to other ways too, so I just ordered some of my work printed on fabric from spoonflower.com. The picture will be repeated several times like a wallpaper almost, so im really excited to see what it looks like, lets call it experiment 2.1! This is the piece i chose for the fabric:

Idea time!

I’m loving being a student and being in a creative environment, it’s brilliant! I’m getting new ideas all the time, not all that great tho…

I have realized that I probably have to look in to aesthetics, something i think is really interesting, but at the same time its such a massive subject area. I love learning about why we think the way we do, how certain things are built in to our brain to keep us alive and multiplying. I want to look further in to what objects and things people find beautiful and what they think are ugly or disgusting. Looking in to this should help me make my work more effective. I looked in to this before,  I sent out an email to friends and got them to send me lists of what they thought were beautiful and what they thought was disgusting. The results were mixed, and not that many people participated, but it did help feed my work. This time around I want to create a website where people can easily ad words in to two boxes, and hopefully I can get a much larger participation. The result should be able to feed both my theoretical work and more importantly my practical work, im particularly interested in words/objects/things that might show up on both the ‘beautiful’ and the ‘disgusting’ list.

I have set some wheels in motion and hopefully experiment 1.2 should be up and running soon!

I’m 6 days in to my MA degree and the initial reaction is PANIC!!!!

I think I’ve mentioned it already but I’m finding this blogging stuff really hard! I have no problem writing about what I had for dinner or some bit of art that I find really interesting, but writing about my work is impossible, its like a wall in my brain (possibly put in there by Darren Brown) and it stops me from actually writing anything substantial… must break threw wall…

Ok, so here is like a brief outline of my practice, my project and my interests:

I’m a print maker I guess… but I’m not, I just make things that can be printed. I take photos sometimes but I’m no a photographer, its just how I make stuff sometimes… I’m not a painter, but I thought I was once. I draw. Sometimes I draw with pens and pencils and sometimes with pictures of meat or with dried beans.

I like objects and images that are both disgusting and beautiful at the same time, and that what I want my work to look like. I want people to discover more and more little things in the pieces as the look at them closer. I like things that contradict themselves, like toy guns, or taxidermy butterflies.

My project is pretty simple: I wanna make my work move. I wanna create some sort of multi screen animation on a loop that slowly and organically changes and grows, eventually starting up where it started. I want it to be big, overwhelming, beautiful and maybe a bit disgusting. How I’m gonna do this I have no idea.

I love the idea of not only digitally mirroring the work as I have done but also physically doing it, to give the effect of something very, very large.

My main concern about my project is feeding the theoretical side and the research paper I have to write, I have, I guess, something to work with, but I really cant imagine any kind of all important question that needs answering. Maybe I’ll look in to aesthetics, but it’s such a massively large subject area…

The mail reason for my panic has to do with this very large, very exciting group exhibition I am taking part in back home in Norway… I’m gonna be showing something like 10 – 18 pieces of work, some of witch are not done yet, one is 3 x 4 meter and none are printed… and it opens on November the 21st (thus the panic).