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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2010. That’s about 8 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 36 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 90 posts. There were 43 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 8mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was December 15th with 75 views. The most popular post that day was Assessment.

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The top referring sites in 2010 were madigitalarts.wikispaces.com, en.wordpress.com, luckhurst.wordpress.com, en.search.wordpress.com, and facebook.com.

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Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Assessment December 2009

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New Objectivity and Bauhaus January 2009

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MY PHOTOGRAPHS November 2008
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UNIT 1 Assessment November 2009

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Raw Files February 2009

Please look in page Unit 2 Assessment to see the curation of my blog.

This category is the most extensive of all. UNIT2 has been much more practical in order to realize the project proposal and to prepare for the final exhibition. Quite a few of these posts have been referred to as links in the body text of UNIT2 Assessment page, so I’ll just highlight in green those that haven’t and that I still think of importance.

Exhibition build
An account and some photographs I took of the show build.

Exhibition proposal
Where I looked at the different possibilities for displaying the iMacs.

Publicity
A display of the chosen images for the artist card and show reel as well as a short version (50 words) of the artist statement.

Final Intaglio Printing
Aa report on the printing of the last set of valves and my choice of framing method.

Final Chronophotography Piece
A recount on the technical side of the production of my chronophotography piece. I explain about the capture of the images, the post-production and the compression of the footage.

Inking and Printing – part 4
This details a successful attempt to print the first set of valves.

Inking and Printing – part 3
Third time of inking and printing, still no success. Trying to find a solution to the printing of the valves.

Chronophotography footage
Presenting the different pieces of recorded footage and the thoughts about the final display of the piece.

Inking and Printing – part 2
Second time of inking and trying to print. Evaluation of the results and thoughts on how to improve on this outcome.

‘Is it over’ exhibition
An external exhibition with MA students from MADA and from the RCA. A very good rehearsal for the show build.

Inking and Printing
A recount of the first time of inking, a lot of considerations had to be taken into account, a long time of preparation, but unfortunately the results were not good enough.

Valve evolution
A recount on the technique followed to produce the valves digital images, using bracketing to capture the images and then treat them in post-production using Photoshop and Photomatix.

Printing the first plate
Where I describe the method of printing my first good plate. It was a key moment, when I got the print I was very pleased and decided that this was going to be the methodology I would follow for my final output.

Digital Negatives
A second alternative to Photo Intaglio. Once you have the negative then it can be used in the darkroom as a ‘contact negative’. This is a process that follows traditional processes from the 19th century such as salt printing, lith printing and  platino printing. The only problem with this method is that it needs extensive research.

Print making
Initial attempt on Photo Intaglio.  I used a positive that was of 45 lpi and I etched a vaporjet plate and a solar plate. The results were quite coarse so I knew I needed a better positive. Also the solar plate didn’t work as I didn’t use an aquatint screen on the exposure. It was a good investigation that led me to refine my technique.

These posts have been mostly referenced on the main body of text (UNIT2 assessment page)as they are key moments of research and reflection. Tutorial II was also marking an evolution in my practice, although this evolution was also discussed on another entries.

Tutorial I
At this time I was considering the exhibition proposal. I was looking into light boxes and also thinking of a plan B for the printing of the typology of valves just in case the photo intaglio method wasn’t satisfactory. I started investigating Lambda printing. I was also looking into more contextualization for my work and I looked at Andrew Moore and his pictures of Detroit. I  got encouragement from my tutor, Andy, to keep investigating the Photo Intaglio process and as it happened it has been the one I have used for my final output, so the tutorial was very useful as a decision to continue investigating this area. I was also encouraged to keep contextualizing the work and after this tutorial I started researching for contextualization for my moving image piece which really helped with the development of the piece.

Tutorial II
This is when I presented my first good Photo Intaglio print. This tutorial was key to making a decision of using this method as a final output. The process was in need of refinement, but it was a good start. I also started thinking about the final configuration for my typology of valves.

Tutorial III
After Tutorial III  I decided I was going to concentrate on the moving image piece and the typology of valves as the practicalities of getting permissions for shooting on location became more and more difficult. This tutorial was not only useful to concentrate my efforts on the film piece, it was also very useful to keep developing my Intaglio printing as, even after a few handicaps, Andy supported my vision on this project to keep experimenting till I got a good result from it instead of printing the valves through a digital process.

Tutorial IV
On this tutorial I showed Andy a resolved piece of work and we had a look at the exhibition space and talk about the organization of the exhibition.

In UNIT2 there have been important moments of reflection, especially when we presented our work through the symposium and the UNIT2 essay. Other key reflective moments that are key to my practice are highlighted in green.

UNIT2 essay
A reflection and evaluation of the entirety of my project, Industrialism brought forward. In this essay I evaluate the key developments and the key examples of new knowledge that I have acquired as well as the future of my project.

Symposium
In this post you can see the video I prepared for my presentation at the symposium where I form a synthesis of my practice-based research by analysing and reflecting on my work of 2 years at MA Digital Arts. As well as my thoughts on how the presentation went.

Inking and printing
Here – after a whole day inking the plates and not getting a result – I reflect on the practical challenges that using Photo Intaglio presents if I want to achieve my goals.

The printing Surface
This blog is a reflection and validation of my practice. I talk about the printing surface and why I chose a traditional method of printing  as my chosen output instead of using a digital printing technique.

Tutorial III
After Tutorial II I decided I was going to concentrate on the moving image piece and the typology of valves as the practicalities of getting permissions for shooting on location became more and more difficult.

All these posts are relevant, they are further investigations into my field of inquiry. They all relate to my final output choice: Chronophotography. A key point of evolution in my practice is reflected in ‘Documenting water’ at the beginning of UNIT2. This blog has been highlighted in green (please see below).

For further contextualization on my work, please refer to UNIT 1 contextualization category.

Memor mens reputo pariter (Great minds think alike)
Here I refer to the practices of Mike and Dough Starn, Susan Collins, Roni Horn,  and FADE ‘s book The personalised surface and how they all made me reflect upon the output surface of digital art and the concepts of archiving and capturing of time.

The art of Chronophotography
In this blog I show my first work on Chronophotography. I talk about its history and its first practitioner Étienne-Jules Marey.

Landscape and the moving image
Here I look into some references of moving image that deal with the landscape. William Raban, Genevive Staines and Emily Richardson are inspirational examples of experimental and digital moving image pieces that subvert linear narratives.

Documenting water
This is where I reflect on making a moving image piece with water as my main subject and I refer to time lapse photography as an appropriate output. I reference futurist Anton Bragaglia (1913)

“We are not interested in the precise reconstruction of movement, which has already been broken up and analysed. We are involved only in the area of movement which produces sensation”.

In this category I have listed practical research blog entries that have helped me realize the project proposal. I have marked in green the ones related to Photo Intaglio as this research helped me to decide the output method of my work.

Solar Plates for valves
This is a research/experiment blog about the technique used to transfer my images from positives to Solar plates which then could be inked and printed.

Preparing for the show
In this blog I recorded some very useful information about ‘what not to forget’ for the show and how to price your work. Personally I find this information essential with regard to the possibility of selling my installation/video work.

Stochastic Printing
This research is about a method to print my images onto positives. This method produces fine detail and high resolution.

Permission to photograph
Here is where I list the locations I wished to photograph and gave an example of the letter I wrote to the relevant individuals.

The exhibition build is almost over. It has been a lot of ‘hard graft’ but we are almost there. My plinth has taking quite a bit longer to build than I expected. I have never built one before so I wasn’t completely sure of the process and it was something of a learning curve. I’m glad I allocated enough time for it as it needed a lot of coats of paint. I should have coated it with PVA glue first, but I only learned that when it was too late. Also, because the wall which it was going to rest against was covered with wood, I couldn’t see that instead of a skirting board there was a deep step. So I had to alter the base to fit the wall. After the necessary alterations it was finished. Here is a picture of the finished article:

finish-plinth

I spent a couple of days painting and cleaning the ‘Light Space’ room where my work is going to be shown. I also spent a good amount of time looking for a list of things for other people (plinths, extension leads, screws, etc.) as well as trying to help sort out some people’s problems with the look of the space to ensure their work is best presented without affecting the work of others. I must thank the staff from the Media and the Photography resource centers for their help with the installation of work, as well as the 3D resource center for their help with the building of plinths. These are a few photos of the space (notice my plinth and iMacs on the right ;-)) :

These are a couple of photos of the week before the exhibition. Still some work to do in the room. My movie can’t be shown full screen as there is a lot of light reflection on the iMac’s screens. To solve this problem I have reduced the size of the movie and I have introduced a white border around my movie that minimizes the reflections.

From the beginning of my project my aim has been to capture some of what remains of the architecture of the industrial era in an attempt to represent this period of time through modern digital technology and in this way make a connection between our current digital revolution and the industrial revolution of the 19th & 20th century.

This essay is a reflection on my two year journey into the project, on my learning, development and contextualization of ‘Industrialism brought forward’.

This is the link to the PDF file of my essay

Esmeralda Muñoz-Torrero

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