Symposium 2


Option for frames


Exhibition Plans


Exhibition Sketch 2

As an alternative idea I’d like to look into a wall transfer of some kind
It would be great to have the butterfly motifs transfered directly onto the wall in someway. I this may have more impact than a wall hanging. Although that could still work but on a much larger scale…


Paolo Scheggi

I love this work and the simple forms and how they overlap to become more complex abstract pieces.
I feel this is the kind of thing I’d like to achieve with my 3d print. I had mentioned an idea to a friedn of having my motifs laser cut into paper or boards and having these hang parallel to each other so you can view through and get a different perspective. She sent me a link to his exhibition as when she saw Paolo Scheggi’s work and thought of me.

“Paolo Scheggi (1940-1971) is most renowned for his monochromatic works of overlapping canvases, which he referred to as Intersuperfici or Zone Riflesse (curved intersurfaces and reflected areas). Scheggi’s volumetric works are most notable for pioneering the idea of ‘painting as object’, as noted by Gillo Dorfles in his essay “Pittura-oggetto a Milano”[1], a concept he codified in 1966 in the exhibition of the same title, which was held at the Galleria Arco D’Alibert, Rome.”


Exhibition plan part 3

It really helped to sketch out an idea of how I imagine my exhibition space to look. I would like to have visual impact through one main piece and then other smaller pieces around it – a mixture of prints, screen animation and sculpture.

This sketch shows the kind of idea I’m aiming for.

In the middle I would like either a massive butterfly piece either directly on the wall OR on a hanging parallel to the wall as tall as possible – preferably ceiling to floor. This could either be on a roll of paper or perhaps fabric.

On the left side I would like a screen somehow mounted on the wall showing an animation of the motifs being created from the numbers.
This same screen can then be interacted with to type out your own birthday data motif and somehow save it or email it to yourself.
Next to that I would like to show my 1 – 10 representation:

I would really like to create a 3d piece of all the numbers I’ve created to represent data as a whole.
I would like to play with recreating my Number Insect in 3d and then having it 3d printed.

On the right hand side I would like my ‘Distance’ piece relating to my walking data. I’d also like a data piece on the data from my baby scans during my pregnancy.
I would love to see if there was a way of getting part of the data transfered onto the wall itself. If not perhaps a projection of this data would work.


Ongoing experimentation

Here are some sketches I’ve been through lately trying to find the right look and feel for my work.
I feel my motifs work but getting the balance between the logic of the language and the styling in the use of the motifs has been tricky. I feel I may have gotten somewhere with this latest sketch. Is still want it to look almost like a botanical presentation of the butterflies rather than just a flat print. I would consider having this printed on a paper which has this quality to it and perhaps presented in a frame.

Below this latests sketch are others which I’ve one through along the way.


Tutorial with Keir Williams

Keir is originally a Fine artist who works in performance video is studying PHD computer science. He works with kids with special needs and is using technology to do creative things with them – a social science.
I had a very positive tutorial with Keir Williams and he’s made me feel a lot more confident about my work.
Here are the points of discussion and highlights from our conversation:


An artistic interpretation of data

The abstract forms I have created reminded him of fonts , languages and algorithms
Fundamentally it seems I have created a font in these forms but they are obscure. Not easy to read. This is a good ting. I’m playing with an artistic interpretation of data- they are not clear infographic devices, it’s a more exciting and engaging illustrative version of that.


The circular forms

The circular forms I created reminded him of Victorian Zoetrope animations – They almost appear as though that are stills from these animations / a still frames of the animation


Visual language / Artist references

My work reminded him of Miro / Klee / Kandinsky. These artists built visual languages to produce their art. Miro built a specific language to construct things to communicate with – it was not a clear language but builds emotional – he related that to my work.

A friend of his who has Turrets syndrome has just given a talk at Albert hall. She’s an ex Camberwell student and she records all the data from her fits and then gets artists to create sound pieces based on the data.

Armageddon exhibition – RA – continuos loops – life birth death – icons etc – Endless loops of pictorial language


Audience interpretation

How much does the viewer need to understand?
I have felt that I have to make sure it works – technically it makes sense – I have to create an exact language. Even if the viewer doesn’t grasp the details they will sense a pattern and pattern recognition – they can understand the structure.

He understood my language / methodology of my butterflies – using the concept of a proportional area chart.
Looking at the proportion of the numbers in a birth date is interesting but once I open this up and start to illustrate it in the language I’ve created is what becomes beautiful – he acknowledged that as humans that’s how we see things we see beauty in pattern – that’s where aesthetic comes from. He thought it was beautiful work! I really appreciated this feedback.
He advised me to stick with the birth dates as butterflies rather than illustrating the numbers this way as well.
He also mentioned his thoughts on titles for the work could make an impact also – ‘mum’s birthday’ for example.
He commended my illustration as being beautiful in itself rather than even the meaning itself. I regard the aesthetic of my work as a priority. I mentioned that I was concernede that my work was less emotional and perhaps less conceptual but he disagreed with that completely, he regarded it is as conceptual and though it’s more geometric in it’s style it’s still and ilustrative and a beautiful artist language. I mentioned that I really care about beautiful things making sense – he said this reminded him of Vorticists – british modernists experimenting with artistic languages.


Data sources

He found these interesting – the weird connections I’ve made. He felt the Butterflies representing time and birthdays work well. He thought it would be really interesting to something to do something more poetic with the distance and baby data


Quick notes in conclusion:

- Don’t give the audience too much – leave a bit of ‘mystery’ or tension.
- My language should be exact in my mind but I can then obscure it in my work
- Create a massive print of the butterfly work – this would work well for the exhibition
- Animation would work well also
- Create an electronic font from my abstract forms – This was my plan anyway, either through simple fontography means or something more dynamic using processing
- Have the key hand printed on paper




Exhibition Plan – Part 2

I have four main subject areas in my head that I want to make a reality.
Using all the knowledge and inspiration I have gathered throughout the course so far I feel these would be represent my work and the stories I’m trying to communicate.

1/ The ‘Key’

These pieces are about introducing the concept of mundane to abstract
I have picked numeral figures as my subject as they relate to the data aspect of my work.
Options for how these could work:

1A/ The ‘Key’ - Transformation - Animation

I would like to show an animated piece of my figures transforming to the abstract organic pieces I have created – I want to give the sense of them going through metamorphism to become something else

1B/ The ‘Key’ - Data visualisation / Story telling – Proportional area charts

Data visualisation runs through out my work because i’m interested in the way it can tell a story from an abstract angle
With this first key I’m trying to set the scene towards ‘Proportional area charts’ quite simply each number is shown in proportion to the other and as part of a whole. In this instance I’ve used ’0′ as my whole and each number is a percentage of that whole – ’0′ being the largest. The numbers are shown in their abstract form and have all been made more triangular in shape to keep them consistent – this triangular shape I have found also allows me to create more versatile pieces from their forms. In the bottom right corner there is a key which shows which number each abstract form represents.

1C/ The ‘Key’ - 3D visualisation

I would like to represent at least one of my abstract number forms in a 3D piece of some kind. A sculpture or laser cutting on layered boards


2A/ Birthdays - Representing Time

An important thing for me is to show my data work both graphically and organically – or with that hand made feel.
The butterflies are a symbol of metamorphosis/transformation and what they also do is provide a proportional area chart – the size top wing represents the whole while the size of the bottom wing will show the percentage of that whole.
I would like to create a piece that represents the birthdates of myself my partner and my baby –  the last wont be certain yet so I’d like to use that in the piece to somehow show an incomplete metamorphism
I have done VERY early tests of how this could work Again it’s using the idea of proportion to show the data story. This image is a collage of the numbers ’78′ being the year both I and my partner were born and ’1o0′ which represents the whole (a century). Again this tells highlights the way we look at our birthdate data in new interesting and an abstract way.

2B/ Birthdays - Representing Time – Create your own using Processing

I would like to investigate a way of users creating their own birthday pieces based on a processing algorithm and my organic forms.


3/ Baby – Representing Growth

I would like to create a really abstract piece using my abstract numbers and the data from all the scans of my baby. This will also be representing metamorphism through it’s development stages

NOTE: I’m still working on all of the above trying to find the right mediums and ways to represent the artwork. Colour weight etc.


4. Walking data –  Representing Distance

I would like to explore the data I have been collecting using my ‘Movies’ app. This represents how much, how far, for how long and where I have walked over the last few months. I would like to use the idea of a plant, tree or flower bed to represent this – this idea is work in progress.
I like the idea of using my circular forms to represent the data in this piece. They could appear as buds and follow the organic nature of the piece.
I would like to show the patterns which have emerged and which go unnoticed without the use of data tracking.


Exhibition Plan – Part 1

I have four main subject areas in my head that I want to make a reality.
Using all the knowledge and inspiration I have gathered throughout the course so far I feel these would be represent my work and the stories I’m trying to communicate.

1. Metamorphosis

These pieces are about introducing the concept of mundane to abstract
I have picked numeral figures as my subject as they relate to the data aspect of my work
I have three pieces in mind but have just started two pieces which relate to this subject ‘Metamcrphisis’

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Tutorial – Ed Kelly

Notes taken from my interim tutorial with Ed Kelly:

Things to consider when looking into Processing code:
Trigonometry based rotations angles
Creating dynamic animations

Concentrate on tutorials which explain how to working with images
Creating a matrix – the parameter systems

The leaning outcome of our course is to show a resolved body of work –  Therefore out of 10 pieces of work I may show only show three. These pieces of work exist as complete meaningful objects. They don’t have to be the same – completely different – e.g large silk screen prints, pay attention to detail – how things will be displayed? A sculpture may be a bit ambitious. Everything should compliment everything lese

Build a relationship between what you see and what the inputs are. Consider how I want the info to seep through the work. Think laterally think of where the numbers lie – breaking things down individually

Consider psycho geography – 2 dimensional
Corpusclar – maps – veins
Audio – sound


Response to group feedback

Key learnings from feedback are highlighted in blue:

Terry, yes I agree, we definately have some similarities in our work, nice to hear of another Haeckel fan! What is a ‘notan’? Interesting your comment about the colour, I do agree the single colours can look flat, I’m still experimenting with colour ways and as Matt suggested some of the pieces have a ‘carnival’ look about them. Although I really like that, I’m still not sure if this is the way I want to go hence why I was trying out the single colour route – so still a lot of experimenting to do with colour I think! Terry, Please do send on your Haeckel print photos if you have time, would be great to see those!

Ala’a thanks so much for your comments too, I’m glad you like the app idea – it’s a really great and easy way for looking back and remembering where you were and what you were doing on any given day without the more traditional diary or other means. The ‘Key’ is one of my favourites too – I love your idea of using the complexity of the detail as another link to the data – definitely an idea I’ll explore more, thanks for that!

I’m also thinking of ways I can make the pieces more relevant to the data they represent therefore something like ‘butterflies’ and their life cycle plus what Matt has said about using some kind of pregnancy data definately inspire me – as they are all to do with growth. I could use some data which symbolises growth with a similar organic metaphor such as a butterfly.

I was talking to Ed today in my tutorial about how I’m envisaging three media forms as part of my final exhibition – one being print, the other being an on-screen interactive, animated or dynamic piece (with the help of the programme Processing) and the other being a physical 3d version. So yes Matt I definately will be looking to using some of the resources at Camberwell such as the laser cutter. Ideally I’d love to create a sculpture but this may be a bit too ambitious unless I can commission one to be made for me somehow… or the use of a 3d printer even – I will definitely look into these options anyhow.

Finally, Laila I agree it may be better to keep the numbers out of it and leave the pieces abstract – I think Jon has given me this same advice before. I think if I do include them at all it may be in the animated side of things – perhaps showing how the number has evolved from the the basic shape to the organic piece. Thanks for your comments about it being dynamic and fun – I really want these aspects to come across also.


Interim review – Course group feedback


I just took a quick look at all the links to your work, and it seems that our work is closely linked. I own 8 original Ernst Haeckel prints, and like you he has also been a big influence on me, plus many of your designs look like mandalas. I liked the work which you showed before that had a strong notan. These really caught my eye. I also like your 2 multiple mandalas, but the bottom one looks flat due to the single colour overlay.
I need more time to look at your work, but I hope this helps for now.


The app ur using for counting up smiles is very interesting, it creates lovely results, I admire the idea that it kind of freezes a moment in time specially while documenting special dates such as the lovely walk… I LOVE your (Key) abstract drawings, specially the more detailed and coloured ones, sort of 3D figures, it would be interesting if used to demonstrate and represent certain data in terms of complexity and colour tones. I support the idea of adding a key to show what each piece in the spirals represent. as for Hackle’s natural forms they are definitely very inspiring and relevant to ur work. trying to evolve ur mundane designs and forms into organic beings like “butterflies” is what I would be impatiently looking forward to see.
Lovely work Chika!! very different and new or me…


Your work has really taken great leaps forward and it looks that it’s becoming really focussed at just the right time!

The new work is really beautiful – the number motifs are great and really draw the work away from traditional info-graphics and give it a personal identity. I love the vibrancy of them too, that gives them an almost carnival look. Thought maybe using the laser cutter at Camberwell might be an option if you wanted to make this work physical? It’s also quite an exciting time in your life, you have a lot of data growing inside you could be visualised by these motifs!

Really good work, can’t wait to see where it heads next!

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Number insect

I really like the way the motifs I’ve created can take on so many forms – Line drawing, painting, potentially sculpture, generative forsm in processing, block prints etc.
These are all the outlines of the motifs layered over each other.
I like the organic insect type form it creates.

My next step is to really immerse myself in some Processing tutorials. I want to learn more about how I can use the programme to manipulate my forms and creating flowing visuals. I want to know enough about the programme to allow me to freely experiment and see where it takes me.


Ernst Haeckel

I’ve had many ideas for my work through the course so far but the main thing concept remains – beauty from the mundane.
I’ve been experimenting with the shapes of numbers in order to create something ornate and beautiful out of them.
I don’t claim to have created anything nearly as beautiful as Haeckel’s work but I’m reminded of living things by my current number formations. The circular patterns in my latest experiments remind me of insect specimens or some organic forms.

I want to elaborate on this idea even further. I want to create an elaborate ‘key’ which coudl be an artwork in itself – it could almost appear to be a scientific diagram and that pinpoints where in my elaborate forms the mundane number forms lie or how they have ‘evolved’ to and grown as butterflies into more elborate organic beings.

I love the following examples of Haeckel’s work:

Cyrtoidea – Ernst Haeckel with Clathrocanium reginae [top row, second left] and Cyrtoidea Pterocanium trilobum [middle row, far right]
The last example has an amazing story behind it. This quote from the blog I found it on:

René Binet’s Esquisses Décoratives contains a sequence of architectural designs based on the biological and morphological illustrations found in Ernst Haeckel’s well-known ‘Art Forms in Nature’.
Binet viewed the Clathrocanium reginae as the most beautiful and a perfect representation of the richness and logic of the Radiolaria family’ In doing so Binet becomes a solid precursor to current trends in parametric architectural design dealing with the explicit rendering of natural forms and structures.

My little pocket Haeckel book I’ve had for years and years :)


Walking week

Each spiral in this piece represents a number – the number of miles I walked this week.
The size of the spiral indicates the scale of the number.
6miles was the most I walked compared to no miles – 0! on one of the days when I was at home all day (The Moves app would not capture movement just in and about the house).
I’d like to do this on an even bigger scale and perhaps show a whole month of walking and include the ‘Key’ which indicates what each piece in each spiral represents.