Over the last month or so I have been looking at how Twitter can be used as a pedagogic tool. Because it is so specific, 140 characters maximum, it has been hard to develop a clear use for it, however I have been trying this format to write ‘Aphorisms for Young Artists’, short snappy thoughts on the business of art that may or may not spark a thought or begin a debate. The feedback has been good and as an investigation as to how new technology can be used it is fascinating. Follow @GarryBarker3 if you are interested. I’m doing this in conjunction with the college library @libraryartleeds as a way of promoting the fact that the library is also now using Twitter.
I’m putting on a small exhibition in September as part of a ‘Library Interventions’ series of shows, this is to help raise the profile of the library and to get students to see it as a less stuffy environment and one that can foster and support the making of art.
I’m also doing some research this summer into how CNC machinery can be used to further students’ ideas. We are moving towards pathways within fine art and next semester I will be working in the drawing pathway and I would like to introduce ways of ‘realising’ drawings as 3D objects using this machinery. I am starting by making small objects from drawings, which can then be photographed from several angles, then digitized and turned into vitual objects. At this point the images can be re-manipulated within a computer environment and eventually outputted as ‘real’ objects via this machinery. As a process it will be the glitches and areas at the edge of possibility that will reveal its potential.