Following feedback from Penny about the layout of the photos I have re-worked the slides on Water Bowls and put them up on Moodle. I am quite keen to print these at A4 and use them for presentation if there is space and the group is happy with that idea. But my main piece of work for presentation is still in my head. I am interested in doing something that explores the overlapping space of haiku and dry gardens, and to the extent that I can understand from very limited study, Zen Buddhism. I had a whole lot of haiku on my Kindle that I surfaced while we were in Japan which got me thinking about some of the parallels and commonalities. I love the spareness and the concentration of both haiku and dry gardens, and the way both require the reader/visitor to “co-author” the work (though some dry gardens e.g. Daisen-in, require this to a much lesser degree) to determine meaning from one’s own experience or emotions or contemplation. I like the way both conform to quite strict boundaries but within that form find seemingly limitless variations and subtleties.
I am also interested in the way dry gardens are like Japanese ink and pen landscape drawings made 3D – someone I was reading (not sure who!) talked about the way Japanese landscape paintings fill the space without filling it, and I see the dry gardens that I liked the best doing that. So I want to use drawings and make images that are in black and white and stylised as drawings using photoshop.
I am thinking of a set of 2 or 3 A1 sheets of tracing paper…..not sure how it will come together…..a mixture of images, text, and haiku…I am still somewhat conceptually muddled, but I’m sure it will unravel into something reasonably comprehensible.
I have re-worked my tryptych slides a bit and would prefer to use them for a pechakucha presentation. I won’t be there on Friday 30th for that – I have mucked up my travel dates and will still be in the South Island. I am very sorry about this – would like to be there with the group. But when we meet again before the end of semester, as I’m sure we will to plan this extravaganza, I will happily do my pechakucha presentation to the group.
And Jordan, lets do the rocks, plants, origami cranes (subject to Yue doing the folding) thing and as you suggest, divide the space. In an exhibition about our Japan experience we don’t want people to be able to see everything at once – if we learned nothing else from going through Japanese stroll gardens….! Plus I think it would be good to introduce a 3D element.