The Sound of Memory: New research shows you remember the things you hear’

This article discusses whether the hippocampus part of the brain knows about other things we experience rather than just place. He describes an experiment on rats by carried out by Dmitrly Aronov and Rhino Nevers to determine if sound creates memory. This  article suggests an exciting development in understanding complex questions regarding neurons and conections to memories of episodes in your life sparked by taste, colour and sound.

Mark D Humphries Ph. D(2017)’The Sound of Memory: New research shows you remember the things you hear'[online][accessed December 2017]

The invention of paper

A brief essay of the beginnings of paper, how it was necessary. Development of a more refined production process through the middle ages. The attempts at  cost-cutting during later periods to our current status for recycling today.

Lityuga, M.A. The invention of paper [online] / M.A. Lityuga ; EL Adviser A.M. Diadechko // To Live in a Safer World : materials of the eighth scientific practical student`s student`s, postgraduate’s and teacher’s of LSNC of the foreign languages department, Sumy, March, 28, 2014 / Відп. за вип. Г.І. Литвиненко. – Sumy : Sumy State University, 2014. – С. 151. A history of paper[accessed December 2017]

Sumi-e: The tradition of East Asian Brush Painting

A brief essay on the themes of Japanese ink painting and the meaning of symbols in the paintings and calligraphic writings. This article also offers a brief history of the ‘Four Treasures’and the differences between Chinese and Japanese ink paintings.

The Sumi-e Society of America, Inc.  Written by Jaranson C. “The Tradition of East Asian Brush Painting”. [online] 2017
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Chinese Ink sticks and Ink stones

A brief essay on the chinese culture of ink painting and the tools used, named as the ‘four treasures’. Use of ink sticks and inkstones, the ingredients and making of inksticks traditionally and the differences between East Asian ink painting and western art.

Runckel & Associates, Inc. (2007) Chinese Ink sticks and Ink stones[online]


Ai Wei Wei – Chinese Conceptual Artist

Coming from a background of a family in exile in his homeland in China. Ai Wei Wei was hugely influenced by his father who was a poetic artist and the uncertain situation of his family due to political pressures. When his family were released from exile he moved to Beijing to study animation and became one of the first members of an artists political activists group called The Stars. He moved to New York to study and became a hugely influential artist in the west, but he remains a controversial artist in China where he remained under close surveillance for a decade before he was forced to exile to Berlin in 2010.

Ai Weiwei Artist Overview and Analysis”. [online].
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Arthur Dove – American Painter

Arthur Doves works of music and sound are interesting to me, because he was a hearing artist exploring sound visually. He studied pre-law at Cornell but changed to Graphic illustration and then worked as a freelance illustrator after moving to New York City. Jazz was the hot new sound in the 1920s and he strove for a period, to connect his paintings with sound. His most successful painting is considered Me & the Moon, named after a favourite song on the radio when he tracked the moon in the sky for two months while every day painting while listening to the radio as he waited for his wife to return home from nursing her infirm mother. He was not considered a great American talent but his paintings of jazz music and fog horn sounds are a great inspiration for studies in the expression of sound in art.

Arthur Dove Artist Overview and Analysis[online].
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Spectral Soundscapes: Exploring Spaces of Remembrance through Sound

This article discusses the effect of sound on memory and how abandoned places carry the memory of sound. He addresses John Drevers study and lectures on “Topophonophilia: the rapport, or affective bond between place, space, sentiment and sound (2007)”.  He discusses the “melancholic archive” of Sebalds poetry in describing abandoned places. Jacob Kirkegaard’s ‘four rooms’ sound instalments record the empty gathering places of the exclusion zone of Chernobyl, included with the piece is a recording of the abandoned gymnasium. This is a lengthy extremely interesting essay about the exploration of producing art pieces to include sound memory as has been achieved at the World Trade Centre Memorial.

“Spectral Soundscapes: Exploring Spaces of Rememberance through sound”. [online]. 2017
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Oliver Jeffers on Art, the Universe and Everything

This article is primarily introducing Oliver Jeffers new work, a book called Here we are: Notes for living on planet earth. How a simple tour of their apartment with his two day old son gave birth to the two year project that has now been published.  He describes why he makes decisions on work he choses to make and how he has achieved a balance between fine art projects and children’s books. Oliver Jeffers offers advice on finding your creative voice and and maintaining the love for the creative process.

Williams E. (2017) Creative Review, Analysis[online] OliverJeffers on Art, the Universe and Everything[accessed November 2017]

Sunday Sketching: Christoph Niemann

This book contains a wealth of sketches, travel and event reportage and editorial work under the title Sunday Sketching. The book gives insight into how the artists thinks of his work and his process by use of annotations on the sketches throughout the book. It’s full of tips on career and how he deals with his creative insecurities.

Niemann C. (2016) Abrams, New York ISBN 978-1-4197-2268-4

Art talk with sound artist Christine Sun Kim

Though she is deaf, Christine Sun Kim is an artist who works with sound. From a young age she knew she would work in the visual arts. She says although she cannot hear anything, that does not mean she is not aware of the effects of sound in her world and around her, like the need to close a door quietly. The language she chooses to communicate with is American Sign Language which she believes is like music. She makes an interesting comment on what she has learned about sound, how she realised she needed to cleanse her mind of all previous perceptions of the medium of sound, an exercise that has taken her years.

Beete P. (March 2017) Art talk with sound artist Christine Sun Kim [online] [accessed November 2017]

Illustration: A Theoretical & Contextual Perspective

This section offers a rundown of the platforms Editorial illustration is required for currently, and the many uses for different styles be is for fashion, food or comic element. It’s a huge market but the best illustration for editorial should be thought provoking, causing questions to be asked and of course complimentary to the journalistic piece it accompanies. Political cartoons have a long established place in print, especially newspapers and a er effective without words if the caricaturist has honed their craft well. The use of symbolism and humour are the marks of a good cartoon, but also timely reactions to current events. Questions asked and covered on pg 136-137 regarding the competencies of artists replicating the work of a journalist in certain situations, discussing the facts that reportage illustrators deployed to zones where camera may not be welcome brings forward good argument that the illustrator must be exactly that and can be.

Male A. (2014) reprint Fairchild Books, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc pg 118 – 137 An Overview of Editorial Illustration, Politics and Current affairs & Illustrator as Journalist and Commentator ISBN978-2-940373-51-2

Illustration Forum 2014 Witness: A focus on Reportage and Documentary Illustration

This paper opens with a detailed history of illustrators who broke ground on the genre of reportage illustration. Gary Embury discusses the changes artists need to make to stay on top of the game for the new era of reportage illustration. Suggesting that illustrators gain inspiration from photojournalists and documentary film makers by using ‘Meta Image’ or meta tagging to gain a broader audience reach. A selection of illustrators respected in their field write on their thoughts of the current state of play for reportage drawing and what the future might hold. All being said it seems the genre has still a strong beating heart.

Braund S. (2014) MA Illustration: Authorial Practice [online] Illustration Forum 2014 – Witness [accessed November 2017]

Mind Mapping: Scientific research and studies

The key points I focused on in the report was the evidence from a creative standpoint. Releasing the full capability of left-brain thinking. The success of mind mapping is the radial thinking rather than linear thinking such as creating lists. Working outward from a central point is a process closer to how the brain operates and as a result triggers a more effective way of making associations and ideas.

Anokhin P.K. (1973). ‘The forming of natural and artificial intelligence’. Impact of Science in Society, Vol. XXIII 3.[online] The Evidence Supporting Mind Mapping [accessed November 2017]

My Experience as an Artist Vis-à-vis Deaf Art

In this article Ann Silver describes her journey as a deaf artist in the development of the establishment of deaf art as a recognised genre. Born in a small town where American Sign Language was forbidden, she communicated with people using pictures. When she was 13 years old she found enlightenment in her first exposer to deaf art. She attended Gallaudet University in Washington DC and majored in advertising. On graduating Ann Silver worked for Harper and Row publishers in New York illustrating an ASL dictionary. Her time in the city gave her good grounding in visual arts and began really forming her identity as a deaf artist. Her work at times has been considered controversial and she has suffered backlash but she does not shy from the dissenters.  She believes if her work causes a reaction in a cultural sense, she has achieved what she has aimed for.

Silver, Ann. “My Experience as an Artist Vis-à-vis Deaf Art.” Visual Anthropology Review 15.2 (Fall 1999): 37-46.[online]  [accessed November 2017]