Monday, 28 November 2011

ArtCamel

 
So ArtCamel has come to end - god I hope it’s come to an end – actually I’ve quite enjoyed it. It’s been a good experience. I’ve liked that I had to open up to different forms of art, from speaking with other groups they’ve said that their group work was based on bringing each person’s work, interests and strong points together to create a final piece, whereas for us it’s almost been a sort of total submission. Each week we had a different brief and we had to create something following the rules. For the first three briefs we were given the materials to use, so I couldn’t exactly go off and make a film.  The thing I tend to do most often, I found this to be very interesting and fun. I don’t think some of my own works during the briefs were of a very high standard, particularly during the first couple of briefs as the project wasn’t completely set out at that point and there was a number of ways we might have wanted to take it. One way was for us to manipulate the results, making one piece win over the others using different methods. Once the project was set out completely and we had decided on our ideas and goals I maybe took a little more care. Although not really.  Because the briefs had such a quick turn around this meant the work almost had to be quick responses. I do like that but maybe if we were to carry on we could look into having a longer period to make the work.
I’ve also enjoyed working in a team, it has been a mostly positive experience and I’m not put off from working in a group in the future. Although I think the whole group was generally on an equal level I found that we did tend to have a ‘leader’ and I don’t think this was necessarily a bad thing. The only problem I found was I would leave the studio one day and come back the next for the plans to have been changed. I felt like he (the leader) would make decisions by himself and then they would be affective straight away, and although the decisions themselves were never bad ones and they always benefited  the group it would have been nice to have been a part of the full decision making process. After all I had been a part of making the original decisions. I felt he changed decisions so much that I began to think he had his own personal success project, he was changing our group project so he could engineer his own success. Making the project 100% how he wanted it (Which actually would be a really good project I think). Anyway this was just my own paranoia and it was only slight paranoia at that.  Also, it’s better to have someone be so passionate and involved in the project to be thinking about it when the other members of the groups are not there, than to have someone who doesn't take part in the decision making process and leaves the work to the other members.
Overall ArtCamel has been a 'success' .