“When designing and creating a product it is important to consider the aesthetic outcomes of the work ou are creating. With a specific goal in mind, it is alwas important to keep reviewing and reflecting on whether th eprocess used is achieving the desired outcome”. ( Course AUS230- module guide)
After a long days of work and and what seems like endless hours of focusing on the outcome of choices, I’m here ready to deliberate further on my project #9- Sound Installation. Through some research, reading and exploring possibilities of what I could create that would really be called an immersive sound installation, i first had to discover what an installation is, the definition I found was that it is a medium that communicates with the space in which it is in. The wikipedia definition is a provided as follows
So i thought that, ok, i am about to embark on a serious journey of audio acoustics and art décor creativity because of the bold geometric shapes that i was contemplating on. On reflection, I seem to have passed through a number of directive design posts and had continually arrived back at the beginning of the creation process or rather the creation cycle as John Howkins describes it. The creation circle he describes is “a five-fold mix of dreams and analysis, intuitive jumps and cold blooded calculations spelled out in a list which he calls ‘RIDER’.
- Reality checks
Review is taking stock of things, noticing what is curious, making connections, asking “What is that? and “Why?’ It is the conscious evaluation of raw materials, which economists call factors of production, including the attributes of our unconscious mind, which economists tend to ignore. It encompasses both ideas and things.
Incubation is letting our ideas sort themselves out. It is a time of rest and can last a few minuets or several months. The creative person recognizes when incubation is necessary and has sufficient resources of time, money or whatever is needed to provide it.. One of the delights of the Christian and Jewish creation myths is that their authors believed that even God became tired and had to rest on the seventh day.
Dreams are unconscious wanderings and explorations of myth, symbols and stories, in night dreams and day dreams, when we are free of constraints. Artist Francis Bacon called it ‘drifting’, in whihc he allowed his mind to be open to outside influences and unknown energies. Somerset Maughham said: “Reverie is the groundwork of the creative imagination.’ The philosopher and mathematician A.N Whitehead said: ‘Modern science has imposed upon humanity the necessity for wandering.’ And in The Lord Of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien said: ‘Not all those who wander are lost.’
Excitement is the adrenalin that empowers intuitive jumps and half calculated sideways movements, letting the mind loose to ask ‘What if….? without wondering whether the answer is sensible or crazy. It is close to jung’s moments of ‘high emotional tention’. The trick is not to look before you leap.
We need Reality checks to ensure our dreams and intuitions have not taken us too far away. We need to analyse and measure where we are, checking back to the problem and investigating the answers on offer.The rigour and timing of these checks, and how harsh we should be, need careful management. We may need to experiment, again and again.
Howskin further explains that “There are several points about this list. The most obvious is that some steps are the direct opposite of others. Dreaming and checking are diametrically opposed and require different mind sets. Creativity is a give-and-take, push and pull process of opening and closing, tightening and letting go. Trevore Nunn, the former Director of London’s National Theatre and the director of the musicals Cats and Les Miserables, describes it as accelerating and slowing down. It involves taking risks nd being opportunistic, using all ones qualities, both confidence and fear, both hard facts (data, the ‘real world’) and soft senses (dreams, intuition, gut feeling).
There is no magical order, Actually, there is no order at all. I have listed these elements in what might appear to be a rational order solely to make them memorable, but there is no rank, no hierarchy, no better beginning or worse end and we can start anywhere. Sometimes we need to start by dreaming and other times by analysing. Every time is different. The important thing is to start. Someone who wants a ready-made process, who waits for the whistle, who waits to be told. will create nothing”. (p.26. J.Howkins. The Creativity economy. How people make money from ideas. 2013)
On further reflection of my journey of creativity, I continued to utilise google and youtube as a source of some innovative sound installations for some inspiration and came across these.
After watching these inspirational videos, i needed to think about aesthetic outcomes and in which direction i was going to take the installation in. So i decided to make some drawings/ sketches of shapes and allow myself to explore ideas and desired outcomes. I put down some ideas into a mind map in order to help make some sense of the objectives
After some initial drawings and sketches of what i had envisioned I began to look at what resources I had around my house and shed and saw that I had enough raw materials to start something, I had originally been inspired by the circle but then reviewed and compared the time i had available and the complexities of creating a sphere from raw rigid materials was highly unlikely, so i moved forward and thought of some high school geometry lessons and remembered the hexagon. So i took it from there, i had to do some review on the angle measurements of a hexagon and yes it was still as it has always been 120 degree angles for every point . On reflection i began to group ideas and theories, and art techniques especially when I cam across this great site designingsound.org and this article by David onnenschein
but it was when i came across the following internet search and discovered a new style of audio speaker that kind of gave me a further understanding of speaker positioning and how I could develop my initial idea of creating a sound sphere or as i put it in my previous post a hexagonal sphere but it looks more like a rocket nozzle shape..
So having some minimal understanding of sound art installations and speaker performance i took that leap of faith once again into the unknown and began my creative cycle.