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Observation/Mapping/Research Exhibition

Library Gallery @MCAD


Wednesday, November 11-Friday, December 11
Library Gallery @MCAD

Please stop by the Library Gallery to see the latest exhibition Observation/Mapping/Research. This exhibition features new work created during this semester's Ideation and Process class, taught by Leslie Grant.


Ideation & Process, MCAD, Fall 2020

Sarah Berry, Gigi Bocek, Liam Brubaker, Skylar Bull Lyon, Kennedy Fleck, Jovana Flores, Anabel Johnson, Allie Longacre, Kevan McClaflin, Ash Nichols, Daniel Nolin, Andria Peters, Mitzy Rivas, Nicholas Walker Leslie Grant, instructor


Observe the environment of a place other than your home, ideally someplace new to you. Spend an hour observing and documenting your environment in any media you choose. What do you notice as you spend time in this place? Make a series of drawings/paintings. Take photographs. Capture ambient sound with audio recordings. Write down your impressions. Make videos. Do as many of these options as you can/want. The more types of media you use to record your observations, the more this assignment will work for you.


Maps are selections, chosen from the world and re-presented to the viewer. Return to your site form the "Observation" assignment and choose a medium to create a map of this place. Maps can "name" a particular element and/or reveal layers of information and show the relationships between different elements in a particular site, whether the site is real, metaphorical, or/and emotional. Decide what your map will be about, how it will look, what medium you will use, and how you will make it. Focus your map on an element of your site that you want to reveal to the viewer. Think about how the form you choose suits your content.


Choose a topic for your research project. Think about what you care about, are interested in, want to know more about... your "This I Believe" essay is a good source of possible topics. You may work individually, or in groups of 2-3. Search for information about your topic with your partner(s). Think about how you are approaching the research - what method are you using to gather information, and why? Choose a form for your research - installation, photo series, drawings, sculpture, audio project, video piece, performance, intervention, etc. Think about your choices as they relate to your topic and to the meaning you want your viewer to get out of your project.

Thursday, November 12