Category Archives: Project 4 – Time and place

Explore a range of websites or other forms of new media (games, video, other interactive media, etc.) and identify examples of what you would consider cutting edge or inventive forms of visual communication.


The most beautiful new media which I found was this game, called Monument Valley

In which it uses Escher style art, challenging perception with math and angles. It’s both simple and complicated at the same time.

The tagline for the game is


I feel like it one of the finest new media interactive art / games, amazingly executed.




The second example is This Exquisite Forest, Tate Modern.


this exquisite forest

The gallery says this about the exhibition:

This Exquisite Forest, a collaboration between Tate and Google, enables people to create short animations that grow from each other’s contributions.

Taking as the starting point a series of short animation sequences created by artists represented in Tate’s collection, users of the website and visitors to the installation at Tate Modern are invited to draw and animate new sequences and thus continue the ‘seeds’ begun by the artists. As more sequences are added, the videos dynamically branch out and evolve, forming multiple new visual narratives.

Like a drawing which you add to, by only seeing a small portion of, this interactive art forest branches out into so many directions, each unique, added to, by individuals.

You can add to it by using google chrome.  Here are the instructions.

This Exquisite Forest is an online collaborative animation project. From 2012 – 2014, visitors to this site could use an online drawing tool to create a short animation. Other visitors could then build off of that animation, resulting in branching, ever-evolving narratives resembling trees.

The project was conceived by Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin, and produced by the Google Data Arts Team and Tate Modern. It makes extensive use of Google Chrome’s advanced web technologies, as well as Google App Engine and Cloud Storage.

The Google Chrome site is very easy to use, with simple tools. The Aesthetics of the site are simple and beautiful.



Exercise 3 Visual conventions for time and place

  1. Find examples of different visual conventions used to convey time and/or place/ space – frame-by-frame storytelling, handling of perspective, use of speech bubbles, etc. – from different historical periods
How we runned away (colour litho)
How we runned away (colour litho), English School, (19th century) / Private Collection / © Look and Learn / Bridgeman Images

I really liked the title of the above stripe ” How we runned away.” The blurred edges, on a slant create a dream like sequence, or perhaps something that leads to imagination.

Going to the market
Going to the market, English School, (20th century) / Private Collection / © Look and Learn / Bridgeman Images

It’s really funny, how, out of the hundreds of images on the Bridgeman library, I chose the same one which is in the OCA, CAT course book… it was a total accident, and only goes to show how some images get into your brain subconsciously. I chose this image as it was one which didn’t use speech bubble, because it didn’t need them.  The details are wonderfully presented.

The story of Edward Coleman, tried for treason on 27 November 1678 (engraving)
The story of Edward Coleman, tried for treason on 27 November 1678 (engraving), English School, (17th century) / Private Collection / © Look and Learn / Peter Jackson Collection / Bridgeman Images

I chose this old images, which was an engraving, which re-told history for students, about the story of Edwards Coleman.  At at time when moving images did not exist, the visual element to education was still a very import one in understanding historical event.

Advert for 'Benedict' peas, illustration from the 'South Bank Exhibition' catalogue, Festival of Britain, London, 1951 (colour litho)
Going to the market, English School, (20th century) / Private Collection / © Look and Learn / Bridgeman Images

I chose this image  because t.v. commercials where not available at the time. It would have been seen in a magazine most likely. The time and the place are reversed, as the top images show the peas being served, whereas, the below ones show the wife/mother preparing them, as her family wait in anticipation, and then enjoy them.  I love the use of colour, when I imagine, colour printing was very new.

My First and Last Experience of a Broncho (engraving)
My First and Last Experience of a Broncho (engraving), English School, (19th century) / Private Collection / © Look and Learn / Illustrated Papers Collection / Bridgeman Images

I chose this images as the box placement was interesting. The time goes from Left to Right, as in most comics, except at the bottom, where he has fallen, it is at the very bottom of the page, which demonstrates a literal and visual sense of the action. I also love how the illustrated chose to use footnotes at the bottom, with numbered boxes.  It’s so obvious from the images, what has happened, even the last box shows how he has been rendered with amnesia.


This comic strip uses vertical boxes, another visual, but literal passing of time, falling.

viz comic magazine vibrating bum faced goats

I wanted a modern comic which has a lot of writing, as much as even perhaps a never would have on one page, if the actions we to have to be explained. There are both titles to set the scene, and speech bubble for dialogue. I also likes the title of this one.


It really interests me how our visual and spoken language effects the way we view time passing.  The above boxes could be seen as dream like, childish imaginations, with blurred edges, or falling.  We read English from left to right, so this is how we see time.  As I wrote in a reflection on language and how it shift the way we see the world around us, see here , how Australian Aborigine language is based around the direction (North-East-West-South) so it depends on where they are, their place at that time, which influences what they say.  How would a comic strip look in Aborigine, would they need a compass on every corner of each box?

Japanese Manga comics are read from right to left, so Japanese would see time moving in that same direction.

It only a convention of the West which see time moving linear from Left to Right and then below, again, the same as we read a novel.

We have to consider how each nation reads, to understand better, how we all see passing of time differently.

Excercise 2 Knitting patterns

mind map of what knitting means / associate with it


I do think that knitting is on the ‘un-cool’ side of textile arts… that is, except for these two jumpers that is..



I quite liked the phenomenon of yarn bombing, and was happy to witnesses it in full power in Brighton, 2009.   Canadian Artists Mandy Moore and Leanne Paine wrote a kind of how-to-manual, Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti.




Here are some other knitting images

'Our Boys Need Sox, Knit Your Bit', American Red Cross 1st World War poster (colour litho)

Woman knitting, 2003 (oil on canvas)
Woman knitting, 2003 (oil on canvas), Holzhandler, Dora (1928-2015) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Loose knits

Pair of child's knitted mittens, (knitted silk)
Pair of child’s knitted mittens, (knitted silk) / Fashion Museum, Bath and North East Somerset Council, UK / The Glove Collection Trust / Bridgeman Images


After studying A.T.V. last year, I associate knitting with textile arts, so it’s not so much a contradiction, or a shift in ideas for me.

Since the movement ‘stitch and bitch’ there was ‘knit in public day’ 2003, dedicated to ‘better living through stitching together’ and Revolutionary Knitting Circle’ in 2008 that coincided with the G8 Summit in Japan. They also collaborated on public art pieces. Liz Collins organised a performance based installation piece called Knitting nation, and Laure Drogal created the “Orchestral Apparatus for Musical Knitting,” which amplified the noise of needles operated by members in the audience.

Exercise 1 The next big thing

Choose an example of contemporary visual communication

Advertising Agency: LG&F, Brussels, Belgium
  • What characterises it as‘new’? How does it fit within wider contemporary trends?

The fashion of “Hipster” black rimmed glasses has had a dramatic change on the way people are being perceived.  It fits within a wider contemporary trend as with the change of identities, favouring more creative looks, which are indicative of a social shift.

  • Are there any direct lines of influence from other contemporary artefacts – or historical ones?

The font which is used looks very similar to the Mr.Men and Little Miss books from the 70’s written by Roger Hargreaver.

British author Roger Hargreaves
  • What factors may lead to your example becoming ‘last year’s thing’? What aspect of the design will age first? What do you think will replace it?

I think with the change in fashion, perhaps the whole Hipster trend will become over used, and common.  Here in Vietnam, I often see teenagers wearing Hipster black rimmed glasses, without the glass! Makes me laugh every time.  The glasses will definitely become “last year.”  I’m not sure what will replace it..

I think fashion goes hand in hand with visual communication, and trends.  The ads which feature past identifiable feature have a better chance of being understood, as they have a solid base of context, familiar to the viewer.


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