Sunday, 5 September 2010

Bye Bye Miami

So its the end of another placement, Im leaving Miami tomorrow for England's sunny shores. Last night was our exhibition at the art centre, I finished my collage, but the project itself is still a work in progress, heres a couple of pics from the show.

I rented a scooter for my last few days here to get out and explore a little, I went to Key Biscayne National Park, which was lovely, there was a lighthouse and lots of big spiders. Scootering about was fun and Ive seen a lot more of the city, will post up some pics when i get the films developed.

See you all back in Blighty
Flan x

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Miami Week 4 - Work Work Work

So Ive been looking at this atomic bomb stuff recently and started by going to the library and using the microfiche readers which are great, to find original articles/images/reaction and context to some of the most significant explosions, the ads look great they could be a project in themselves.

On the day that the soviets tested there first ever nuclear weapon, this article was published in the New York Times saying that the Soviets do not have the "H-Bomb."

Some amazing slow-mo pics of a bomb test in nevada + ink, more to come.

The area of London that would be completely destroyed by the largest nuclear weapon ever tested (Tsar Bomba) The 'Total Destruction' zone shown here expands outside the M25. There would be little or no survivors from this area, although the total damage is far greater than this (up to distances of 1000km) the shockwave travelled around the earth three times.

A collage of a mushroom cloud, text is a statement made by the US defense office the day after they dropped nukes on hiroshima and nagasaki, it continues to plan 3 further detonations in September.

Mushroom Cloud (tsar bomba) collage mock up.

Projecting the image to trace.

First Outline

Fractal-isation of drawing for collage.

Close up of the 'to collage' areas.

The force of the Tsar Bomba explosion was 50,000 kt, Hiroshima was only 15kt and nagasaki 21kt, the second largest ever tested is Bravo (USA) 25,000kt. The plan is to collage in the areas with photos of other explosions so that the combined KT of all the bombs in the photos add up to 50,000.

Im just about to go an photocopy the above pics (set of 50) as im not sure weather i want to use the colour photographs for realism or more textured black and white, enlarged photocopies.

This is where ive been hanging out to relax, this is the waterfront 30 seconds from my house, and then i jump over the fence to hang in the pool (below)

So Im looking forward at my last week in Miami, we have an exhibition in the studio on Saturday 4th September, so I need to try and finish this collage by tomorrow so I have the rest of the week to decide wether i like it or not and do something else. At least I have something to show. 

Until then folks, all my love. 
Flan. x

Monday, 23 August 2010

Miami Projects & Non Projects


So ive been here a couple of weeks now and been up to all sorts, Ive started a couple of projects for final year and we have an exhibition of the work were doing in 2 weeks so i need to really get moving towards something for the show. We've been looking at significant events that have happened ( everyday since I arrived) eg. august 12th soviets tested there first nuclear weapon, august 13th the people of berlin woke up to a city divided etc. Then going through these to find a significant and interesting event that people dont really know much about or has a significant back story that remains untold. In short were doing a lot of research to find interesting and true stories.

After exploring the most important or interesting events over a five day period in a variety of ways I have then selected a few events which i have particularly grabbed me during my research and have set about exploring these visually and in depth. Lots more sketchbook pics to come when I have more interesting things to show. 

We've also been doing quick collage workshops for 20-30 minutes everyday which has been interesting, sometimes the collages relate to the research and others dont but its a good excercise to remain visual when conducting quite text heavy research.

Ive also been working on some moving image animations stuff mostly trying to develop teqnique with experiments rather than to convey narrative. I saw this ( ) amazing video on ItsNiceThat a while ago and it has inspired these experiments.


You cant really see the video quality on here is shit but its just a quick 30 mins test. 


Ive done lots of exploring on the busses and the metromover which is like a monorail that goes round downtown miami its like a little toy train, its great and its free

Crazy Food


So we went to see Interpol at the Fillmore, Miami Beach. The concert was really good but the venue is SHIT, they cordened off the front standing area so only the first 150 people  in the door got wristbands to go there, apparently this was to avoid a 'dangerous crush' in reality it meant we were all pissed off because we paid $50 to stand 20 feet away from the gig. BULLSHIT. They played lots of new stuff and the new album sounds great, must download it , oh i mean buy it.

Thats right, until nest time folks.  Love Flan x

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

A Diamond In Miami

So I went to the 'New Work Miami' show at the Miami Art Museum, Downtown. There was a performance going on (by Maria José Arjona) which was both interesting and weird. Basically she was tied to the wall in like a bondage corset and she was holding a diamond in her mouth, whoever could get the diamond from her could keep it. It was interesting to hear peoples pans to get the diamond from her, she was trying to explore power; sexual, physical and verbal etc. 

Peoples methods generally could be catergorised into three types, trying to get the diamond by force or attack, trying to seduce her/ using sexual persuasion to take it or trying to talk her into giving it to you. One guy just dropped his trousers and walked out, god knows what he thought that would achieve (she didnt seem impressed.) Another guy told her that if she gave him the diamond he would propose to his girlfriend and  a woman made the performer promise that if nobody else got the diamond from her this evening then she would give it to her. She asked them both to come back later. 

I decided to go in and remove all the bondage gear, ropes etc so that she would be just standing there in her normal plain dress. To take the extreme out of the situation and try to end the experiment (shed been stuck there for like 4 hours) and maybe get the diamond. She thanked me and then asked the two others to come back, she flipped a coin and then gave it to they guy who said he would propose. 

It was pretty random but quite interesting, this performance was the culmination of a series all about power, i generally think performance is a load of wank but in this case it was very interesting to see how an opportunity to receive financial gain can change the way people act/think and move the boundaries of what they are willing to do.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Bienvenido a Miami

So i've been here just over a week now and i must say its HOT as hell, we have had mental rainstorms like i've never seen before but no hurricanes as of yet. Im living with two guys Matu and Mario and were getting on really well, the apartment is pretty chic and theres an amazing house in coconut grove thats like a mansion out of scarface, that we have been staying in now and again but i haven't got any photos yet.

The studio space is really cool its part of a group of studios under the umbrella of the south florida art centre, residents include painters, sculptors, designers, illustrators, photographers, film makers, printmakers, and performers. Matu, LCC Illustration graduate in 2004, has a studio that is split into an exhibition space and a working space, at the moment he is working on a set of three large scale drawings  focussing on a supernova and the dialogue between destruction and beginning of new things.

On the first saturday of each month all the studios open up for a private view, last saturday was lots of fun and great to see all sorts of work some interesting some not so. One of the guys here did a residency at the north pole and at the south pole, and apparently the only people who can really do this are scientists and artists/creatives (god knows why) also as brits were in the best position to apply so i will get the details because it sounds both awesome and random. 

We also went to the Miami Museum of arts new talent late night event, the museum exposes local talent and invites people to come along after hours to see the work and take part, unfortunately the security were absolute nazis so i could only seek one photo! but its a pretty cool turbine thing and the discs are half white and half black but depending on the speed and direction on the turbines it tricks your eye into seeing it differently.

Today I went to the botanical garden and the Holocaust Memorial here, the statue below is pretty grim, but pretty cool you cant really see but the hand is made up of lots of bodies climbing over each other.

Much love from the Unique Design Boutique (I think this should be the name of my studio.)
Until next week folks, Flan xx