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Listening to an interesting presentation by on and demand for modern cookstoves. coauth by and Jeuland, Meyer.

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Australia’s cats kill almost 600 million reptiles a year   

  According to CSIRO a study was conducted to estimate the number of reptiles killed annually in Australia by cats and to list Australian reptile species known to be killed by cats. 

Information collated from about 100 previous local studies of cats’ diets across Australia. These studies involved teasing apart the contents of more than 10,000 samples of faeces or stomachs from cats collected as part of management programs.

After the reptiles were tallied , it was scaled up against Australia’s estimated cat population of between 2.1 million and 6.3million.  These were then collated information from museums and wildlife shelters on the various animals that had been brought in after being killed or injured by cats.Then calculated that an average feral cat kills 225 reptiles per year, so the total feral cat population kills 596 million reptiles per year. This tally will vary significantly from year to year, because the cat population in inland Australia fluctuates widely between drought and rainy years. 

It underlines the need for more effective and strategic control of Australia’s feral cats, and for more responsible ownership of pet cats.

following on from last week, i have started developing ideas that incorporate natural materials and 3d structures to display my work. in keeping with the specimen boxes of Hans Sloane and Joseph Cornell i would like to use a box structure, but abstracted from it’s original function (as a drawer or something that sits closed with a lid) to highlight the theories of re-purposing that underpins my work. furthermore, by using using jars, small bags and labels, the objects involved, are elevated and given a new narrative that (hopefully!) prompts intrigue.

Dissertation Points (3)

·         Appropriation in terms of the copy of a copy in Prince’s work.

·         Other individuals photographing themselves next to his work then posting on social media- places the resource appropriated by Price back in the realm it was taken from.

·         The re-photographing of a printed advert of a photograph of the original (The Marlboro Man ‘Untitled Cowboy’ series).

·         Accessibility of technology – more easy/ quicker to publish images and get resources quicker. 

·         Prince views the whole debate (including legal challenges) as the art-form; the single pieces of work themselves are no longer viewed as art by him.

·         Walter Benjamin’s concern for technology changing the aura of an artwork through reproduction. Is this view relevant or appropriate now- given all the technological changes?

·         The involvement of comment, debate etc. as part of the artwork- changes and alters the art. 

·         Does Prince alter the work appropriately or sufficiently enough to call it art?

·         Princes work becomes more popular as it targets/ uses for its subject matter popular subcultures. 

·         The gallery space protects the work from criticism- viewpoint that as in a gallery its sacred somehow. In contrast, the world of social media is open to criticism.

·         Is an image on social media ever truly ours? Ownership.

·         No-one seemed troubled by Prince when he was unknown in the 1980s (‘Untitled Cowboy’)- simply because new technology had yet to arrive which would circulate the work so widely. Is he only famous because of the internet?

Dissertation points (2)

·        Accessibility of images  – geographical/ time

· Presentation also enhances this possibility- in that images can now be on portable devices, anything that involves a screen.

· Able to generate immediate response and debate across all of the community.

•          Can be in many formats – democratic/ egalitarian in terms of ownership

•       Quicker method of production and dissemination/ communication of ideas

•         Can be re-edited and reshared- all of which changes the meaning and the original. The manipulation possibilities extends the artwork but raise questions about ownership.

•       The accessibility and affordability of handheld technology means that artists face challenges in ensuring the authenticity of their work remains intact. In addition it proves difficult to maintain the quality as the artist envisaged. Different means of copying, enlarging/ reducing and then sharing can affect pixel definition.

•       The very fact that the original is less affordable or accessible, protects the authenticity and the artist’s intended meaning/ content.

Dissertation Points (1)

For Digital Print
• Longevity of Digital Print vs Physical Print
• Accessibility of Digital Print – geographical/ time
• Presentation also enhances this possibility- in that Digital Print can be on portable devices, anything that involves a screen.
• Able to generate immediate response and debate across all of the community.
• The manipulation possibilities extends the artwork.
• Can be in many formats – democratic/ egalitarian in terms of ownership
• Quicker method of production and dissemination/ communication of ideas
• No wastage of materials as design software can correct/ adjust or embellish
• If a physical print is generated- tends to be less tactile, being uniformly ‘flat’ to the touch. Although texture could be added- this would be obvious and look ‘designed’ or intended.
• Possibilities of 3D printing offer a unique advantage over physical print.
• Can be re-edited and reshared- all of which changes the meaning and the original.
• The accessibility and affordability of handheld technology means that artists face challenges in ensuring the authenticity of their work remains intact. In addition it proves difficult to maintain the quality as the artist envisaged. Different means of copying, enlarging/ reducing and then sharing can affect pixel definition.

For Physical Print
• Textural qualities
• Authenticity – digital can be manipulated
• One format only- traditionally ensured a monetary value and only a few people owned originals or limited editions.
• Accessibility more restricted to the original or the limited edition
• Presentation tends to be more limited- in that involves considering: the environment (gallery space), conventions of presentation or artist’s stated directions.
• Availability for discussion and comment is more limited (to those who have specialist interest/ knowledge). Consequently reliant on print or physical discussion- time related.
• Slower processes involved- therefore more time required to generate good copies of prints.
• Will be a certain amount of wastage of materials due to errors/ misprints.
• A physical quality to these types of print due to the processes- minor textural subtleties etc. For some people this is preferable. Similarly some artists prefer the physical activity.
• Can immediately know physical properties, such as size. In comparison a Digital Print can be misleading if an image of a physical artwork/ other image (i.e. a photograph).
• The very fact that physical print is less affordable or accessible protects the authenticity of the print and the artist’s intended meaning/ content.


Toriyama Sekien

Is one of the biggest names in the history of Yokai recording, being the author of Gazu Hyakki Yagyo, one of the first Yokai encyclopaedias. He is known for other Yokai centred works such as Konjaku gazu zoku hyakki (1779), Konjaku hyakki shui (1781), and Hyakki tsurezure bukuro (1784). What was most significant about his works were they weren’t picture scrolls, they were bound similar to modern paperback books and read in the same fashion. His initial Gazu Hyakkiyagyo was mainly imagery and a little bit of text, focusing on well known yokai throughout 51 entries into the book.

In later catalogs he starts adding more rural Yokai, the amount of text increasing to inform the reader of these less well known Yokai. He even created his own Yokai, drawing ideas from the more serious compendia, Three Realms, he also recorded Yokai from China in his catalogs, bringing even more obscure Yokai into the public eye. He is said to have had fun in creating his catalogs, as well as new Yokai, his subtle wordplay and puns now sadly difficult to translate, yet he has inspired many people even now with his illustrations and depictions of Yokai, even influencing other famous artists of the time.

Sekien using kibyoshi, a lighthearted illustrated book known for their yellow covers, allowed him to separate Yokai from their place of origin and connected narratives, making them more generic and allowing them to be stand alone concepts without a long backstory. The tongue-in-cheek humourous tones of the kibyoshi made it very popular with the people, satirical tones often taken within, such as a wedding being depicted but with Kitsune and other various yokai, shown in a goofy, comical manner. This use of satire is likely why the authorities ended them in 1806, but their popularity remained and they can be seen as the predecessor of manga.

The woodblock print technique he uses brings varying weight to the strokes of the images, adding to the overall effect the simple line drawings have. Though in my own work I will likely be unable to recreate woodblock prints, emulating the style seems a good way to portray different yokai, and perhaps even some modern ones, in a traditional style. The comical style, that is mentioned in his kibyoshi, could work for displaying the yokai themselves, humour adding to their often lighthearted nature and appealing to the audience through humour.

Experimenting with the imagery by adding colour could work, experimenting with varying palettes and seeing how I could branch off from the simple lines to different outcomes.


This week in Research class on Monday, the class spoke about the picture from the emailed task for over the holidays. Top image is Raised by Wolves by Jim Goldberg and the bottom image is Spill by Daniel Beltra. (More info on the images will be on my tumble page under Research).

After that we spoke about another photographer and went into your Enterprise groups for a quick catch up and had a break and watched a documentary.


Curing with Cannabis: How Marijuana Helps Veterans With PTSD | MERRY JAN

PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which is the result of a traumatic event leaving the lasting emotional scars on an individual.  Symptoms of PTSD can be but not limited to “insomnia, flashbacks, depressions, avoidance, hypersensitivity, and emotional outbursts” (Jane, 2017).

 The other night I was watching the news about a local veteran whom I will call Gary. He was suffering from both medical and psychological scars from his serve in the military.  Gary was suffering from severe pain in his body in which he stated that he was at one point addicted to pain killers.  His psychological suffering of PTSD caused him to not sleep very well, he was depressed and withdrawn.  He said the pills he was prescribed from the VA did not help much at all. Gary began using medical marijuana and said he was no longer having to take his pain pills. He was sleeping, he began socializing again with his friends and family. 

 In order to research this issue, both quantitative and qualitative methods could be used.  Quantitative research methods simply mean that you are able to assign a numeric value to your research (Conley, 2017, p. 47).  According to the video, According to the video, “30% of Vietnam Veterans, 10% of Gulf War veterans, and 12% of Iraq Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD” (Jane, 2017).  From there you dive further into see how many of those veterans with PTSD, how many are taking “pills” for treatment versus other methods.

Qualitative research methods are not able to have a number assigned to them (Conley, 2017, p. 47). So things such as interviews and surveys could look at how the lives of the veterans have changed since they have stopped taking “pills” and begun using marijuana as treatment. 

Below are some YouTube videos that I found interviewing veterans with PTSD that use marijuana for the treatment of their PTSD:


 Conley, D. (2017). You May Ask Yourself. New  York: W.W. Norton & Company Inc.

Jane, M. (2017, May 22). Curing with Cannabis: How  Marijuan Helps Veterans with PTSD. Retrieved from …


Title Sequence / Research (Saul Bass)

Saul Bass goes through the making of the title sequence for The Man With The Golden Arm and The Walk on The Wild Side. Doing research like this helps me figure out my style, that’s why it’s always best to strip down to basics and just be curious.Going back to basics is many times the simplest and the most useful thing you can do. Title sequences are all about symbols, but music also plays a big role. For me, if I hear something that I like or something that intrigues me, I will immediately want to know more about it.

We also see the title sequence to Catch Me If You Can which is by itself a little masterpiece. I love the music in it and how they incorporated the type (which can sometimes be a bit boring) with illustrations (which are simple, but interesting and in bold colours). I also love the way colours change with the music. Firstly, it starts with blue and the music is slower. But as the story develops, the rhythm changes and becomes quicker and colours change from yellow to green, and then, when the music and the story culminates, to red. 


VIEWPOINT NO. 42 - Guilt Free ?


  • Emotional tactility and future possibility
  • Futuristic human concepts
  • Body moulds; “Freezing a version of me that’s had a history and existence, but doesn’t or cannot have a future because I’ve frozen that moment. Still, during the process of sculpting, the real me already hets a few days older and is thus in a way farther into the future than the sculpture.
  • "With my realistic scylptures I feel like they light up hidden behavior and bring up questions; it’s werid to see yourself in 3D - other people will, but not you. you only see your face through 2D mediums like a murrir ir a photo. And how weird is it that someone else you don’t even know, sees "more” of you than yourself?“
  • "What I find most intersting is the undiscribably weird feeling you get while wathing human-like objects. It’s pleasent feeling that at some point can turn into a form of aversion. They call this the ‘Uncanny Valley’.
  • How imporant is it that your works look/feel female?In the first stage of my work - especially for Second Skin where I made a free the nipple/body statement - I prederred using female-looking humans, but now it’s more instinctive. I realized I wanted to challenge people even more by going, in theory, more 'extreme’ in their eyes. I immediately knew that I wanted to not only copy my face, but also my upper body. It was a new statement, but hidden in a different concept. In the end I received zero negative feedback about the nudity, and that felt very strong, especially because the goal of my 'Second Skin’ project was to normalize the female body.

- 17.apr 2019 - [2/15 Days of Productivity] -

I was at the university library today to get started on the research for my history paper! It was such a nerve wrecking experience getting my ID card but it was definitely worth it.

Before that I also started on writing down my maths study notes in the first notebook that I bought yesterday. So be prepared to see more notes from other subjects popping up as well!

And lastly, my official introduction post should happen very soon! Maybe this weekend? Who knows - until then I will keep you updated on my research and note-taking endeavours!

Temple & School

So I’ve been thinking lately and I’ve decided that I’m going to make it a life goal to build and dedicate an official temple before my time comes. I know that it will be a long and tedious process, but I want to give the future generations a place to study properly and receive help and support from other like-minded individuals. I have also been considering teaching in recent months and so I might include building a new school as well, but I may have to settle for tutoring or teaching at a pre-existing school. Either way it will take some time to make this happen and who knows what will come of it. For now I am going to research how to make such a thing possible and continue with my personal studies. If anyone has any ideas feel free to DM me ^^

anonymous asked:

Why don't you talk about Bug Jargal? And what/who is Bug Jargal?

It is (1) a novel Hugo wrote when he was 16/17/18 (hard to pin down since he changed his own account a bit and is in general Just Awful about republishing and reframing his early or less-known works, it’s A Nightmare for timelines, ANYWAY). and wrote in about 2 weeks, and it reads very much like a novel written by a talented ambitious teenager in two weeks 

It is (b) a story about a heroic Haitian slave/African Prince, Bug-Jargal… as written by a pretty conservatively raised white French teenager…in two weeks…

It is ( c ) one of those early 19C books that in its day was seen as being daringly anti racist and egalitarian but to a modern casual reader is very fairly  just a great big bucket of Yikes  (and frankly is a big bucket of Yikes even as a reader with social/historical context, maybe more so because then you have to deal with the knowledge that this  is the Forward-looking Open-minded book and that’s a whole lot to deal with, honestly)

anyway if you want more people Talking About Bug Jargal here you go: 

Bug Jargal 

Victor Hugo and “ The Cause of Humanity” 

Character and Meaning in the Novels of Victor Hugo 

Victor Hugo’s Politics and Aesthetics of Race in Bug-Jargal

Victor Hugo’s Bug-Jargal: Testeria and the Construction of Black and White Masculinities

Remembering the Haitian Revolution Through French Texts

…that should give you enough Bug Jargal talk to hold you for a while, and also to explain why it’s not really a book that inspires a lot of fandom-level discussion on Tumblr!