Dear Data - inspiration for musical notation

I was planning to create some musical notation for musicians to improvise. The idea being they record their own anxieties/feelings about music and their musical identity, record it using a formulated notation system. 

Every week for a year, designers Giorgia Lupi and Stephanie Posavec sent each other postcards charting something in their lives, for laughter to travel to phone addiction. They use beautiful illustrated infographics that could all become musical notation i would love to try and achive something along these lines and i think i should do it with myself to start!

 

 

Field Research Workshop : Old Naval College Greenwich.

Last week I worked in a group of 3 attempting to undertake research in the old naval college Greenwhich. We started by going and carrying out seperate research. Mine was aimed at finding out how people record their time at the place. Mainly looking at tourists recording their time there and how their representation of their day and them selves may differ from the reality of their experiences. 

Tuur fed back saying that the research methods we were using were not interesting and insightful he wanted us to immerse ourselves in more interesting and original ways. So we decided to try and engage with the public by getting them to become actors in a false fictional narrative we had created around the space. We then wanted this to be shared on social media and for the people involved to be tagged specifically on instagram. 

The scenes we created where in a classic story line you can acess them on the instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/whichgreenscreenfilms/

Scene 1 : Danger Arriving

Scene 2 : Baddie Chase

Scene 3 : Goodies Shoot Back

We asked the actors we used for their instagrams and if they gave it we tagged them. The interesting aspect for me was how people would become exited by the fact it would be on Instagram and some were all exited to provide their details. 

Another area of interest was the way that this process could have provided an escape for the precarity of life in society. The scenes are a set area for people to let go and forget about their real life and be someone new. Also they may have thought about the space in a different way...

The green screen objects and suit become ambiguous tools for engagement with the public. I feel their are ways i can use the green screen suit in more direct ways in my project. It can jyst become a tool of engagement. It would also be cool to do some live green screening of peoples anxieties onto the screen then interact with me... might take a bit of technology i cant do though but i wont let that put me off.  

 

Physical Anxiety Box - LadyBeard Mind Launch

The LadyBeard team created a walk in box designed for people to stick up their anxieties inside. It is a very simple idea but having people inside it sparked light hearted conversations about anxiety that wouldn't be had in other contexts. 

I would like to create an anxiety box of a similar description but with two stages. Firstly the collection of anxieties in the normal manner, then a stage after that for people to attempt to imagine solutions for the anxieties or ways for people to feel better. Fantasy ideas anything goes!

I would need to make a movable box to put in a good location. library foyer probably. 

Act 1 Presentation and feedback

FEEDBACK FROM ACT 1 PRESENTATION

Go down the gigs and busking route and see where that takes you..

Place research is basically Psycho Geography, you don't learn a lot about mental health or anxiety..

Posters are good, use them to possibly get engagement or visualise outcomes of busking interactions.

 Use music as an act of design…

what is the process of songwriting that you can do to link to peoples anxieties!

How do people want people.. Objects to direct peoples ideas… the way people interact with things affects how i sing and play music

Script to turn into song people can point out different emphasis points

Sing covers of peoples favourite song and add their own lyrics

Slide 1    One of the things i was looking at was ‘what and where are the positive aspects of mental illness did an Interview with mark, as i want to have a series of testimonies to guide my designing..in detail testimony about his struggles with anxiety and depression, very honest!  Positive things in mental health , connections made, learned more about himself, how to dig deep, empathy for other people in the same predicament.  spiritual! didn't get to discuss anxiety visualisation but will in future. a great subject to keep involved with my project because of his experience and willingness to talk openly. CRIT : in future will give him something to interact with to bring him into the project more directly.       Slide 2   looking at ways of visualising mental health issues (now specifically anxiety) and making them tangible and addressable separate from ones self. starting at a personal scale leading to society scale. inspiration from the Anxiety Box Paul Ford. Compassion through virtual reality. avatars of the voices people hear in their head. First attempt was to graphically visualise my anxieties and have them staring back at me throughout the day. was slightly effective as it made them look ridiculous and not real. good for people to look at their issues from afar. Putting them in the context and seeing the bigger picture…  CRIT: posters were too external want to try attaching things to me to represent my anxiety. Wear them on my sleeve       Slide 3    Cultural Probe With Anna   Take photos in good and bad places with figure record sound and write down feelings. Aiming to experiment with emotion visualisation. I created a cultural probe in an attempt to externalise some emotions in a soft way, Called it ‘Place Research’ To make it less explicate that i was looking at emotion and mental health..Anna liked that it made her actually think about how she feels more, felt connected to ‘figure’ They make the process of reflection more enjoyable and novelty..      Slide 4   Cultural probe v2   I put the probe into a box, mood cards to fill for each place, also coloured circles to photograph figure with. Haven’t has a chance to chat to Fanny yet. Colours add another visual element and really force you to think about how you feel. mood scale to give quantifiable data to possibly work with..Gives little snapshots of your mood and feeling at one time, can look back and really remember how i felt.  Plan to collate all the photos and data and try and visually map it in some way..   CRIT: Obvious discussion point is that you can feel different in places at different times.. Plan to focus more on  anxiety situations  than places..I think it could be difficult but interesting to try and capture situations in this way. wanna get out into the real world with it.   Slide 5   Making anxiety into a tangible entity that can be addressed and considered by the person who is experiencing it and other people in society. Looking at anxieties that are shared by a larger group, finding testimonies and stories that cross over using them to drive design.Looking to move the project into a bigger scale looking at the  institute for precarious consciousness  . Society is to blame for our anxieties. i want to look at expressing the public secret of anxiety. EXPOSE THE PUBLIC SECRET IN PUBLIC  I plan to do a public intervention to collect anxieties… a white board infront of my busking pitch for people to write down their anxieties.. Then i can write a song using the words that have been written! Also maybe using Sofar Session to get people to share their anxieties 

Slide 1

One of the things i was looking at was ‘what and where are the positive aspects of mental illness did an Interview with mark, as i want to have a series of testimonies to guide my designing..in detail testimony about his struggles with anxiety and depression, very honest! Positive things in mental health, connections made, learned more about himself, how to dig deep, empathy for other people in the same predicament.  spiritual! didn't get to discuss anxiety visualisation but will in future. a great subject to keep involved with my project because of his experience and willingness to talk openly. CRIT : in future will give him something to interact with to bring him into the project more directly. 

 

Slide 2

looking at ways of visualising mental health issues (now specifically anxiety) and making them tangible and addressable separate from ones self. starting at a personal scale leading to society scale. inspiration from the Anxiety Box Paul Ford. Compassion through virtual reality. avatars of the voices people hear in their head. First attempt was to graphically visualise my anxieties and have them staring back at me throughout the day. was slightly effective as it made them look ridiculous and not real. good for people to look at their issues from afar. Putting them in the context and seeing the bigger picture… CRIT: posters were too external want to try attaching things to me to represent my anxiety. Wear them on my sleeve

 

Slide 3

Cultural Probe With Anna

Take photos in good and bad places with figure record sound and write down feelings. Aiming to experiment with emotion visualisation. I created a cultural probe in an attempt to externalise some emotions in a soft way, Called it ‘Place Research’ To make it less explicate that i was looking at emotion and mental health..Anna liked that it made her actually think about how she feels more, felt connected to ‘figure’ They make the process of reflection more enjoyable and novelty..

 

Slide 4

Cultural probe v2

I put the probe into a box, mood cards to fill for each place, also coloured circles to photograph figure with. Haven’t has a chance to chat to Fanny yet. Colours add another visual element and really force you to think about how you feel. mood scale to give quantifiable data to possibly work with..Gives little snapshots of your mood and feeling at one time, can look back and really remember how i felt. Plan to collate all the photos and data and try and visually map it in some way..

CRIT: Obvious discussion point is that you can feel different in places at different times.. Plan to focus more on anxiety situations than places..I think it could be difficult but interesting to try and capture situations in this way. wanna get out into the real world with it.

Slide 5

Making anxiety into a tangible entity that can be addressed and considered by the person who is experiencing it and other people in society. Looking at anxieties that are shared by a larger group, finding testimonies and stories that cross over using them to drive design.Looking to move the project into a bigger scale looking at the institute for precarious consciousness . Society is to blame for our anxieties. i want to look at expressing the public secret of anxiety. EXPOSE THE PUBLIC SECRET IN PUBLIC

I plan to do a public intervention to collect anxieties… a white board infront of my busking pitch for people to write down their anxieties.. Then i can write a song using the words that have been written! Also maybe using Sofar Session to get people to share their anxieties 

Cultural Probe V2

I revised the cultural probe to make it more detailed and hopefully more engaging for the user. I created a box for the probe to live in. I provided coloured circles to photograph the man on to make you think about the colour of your feelings. 

Chaise Lounge - Gaffa Workshop

We were tasked with making an object that relates to our project out of cardboard and Gaffa Tape alone. I decided to make a Chaise Lounge (Frued therapy chair) so i could experiment with placing it in different contexts that might not be used to be open to mental health issues. 

The first place i placed was in the studio. I will do more soon. 

Cultural Probe - Anna

I gave my old house mate Anna a small figure to photograph and collect data about places that make here feel good and bad. 

Place research instructions

You can interpret these instructions in your own way, nothing is incorrect!

The figure i have given you is supposed to represent YOU

1.Take your figure with you wherever you go. Take a picture of it in places you feel Bad (Anxious/unhappy/depressed) and places you feel and good (Happy/safe/loved).

2. on your phone record the sound of these places. 

3. Write down a short description of what you are thinking of when you are in this place? 

4. If you can, describe the colour and shape of the feeling you have in each place.

Fill in these details in the sheets provided, don't worry you don't have to fill it up, just as much as you want!

and hold on to the photos and sound recordings until I retrieve them from you.

Place 1: GOOD Living room staring out the window at the lights (in the dark) 

feeling content and happy and lucky to live in london, safe high up looking over. Listening to music in the dark.

Shape and Colour: Warm, Dark, Safe, Orange, Yellow, Round, Whole.

Place 3 : Good - on stage sound checkI feel my most comfortable here. Confident. 

 

Place 4 - The Thames Good, Reminds me of home being by the sea, relaxed Calm.

Shape colour: Bright / Glowing

Place 6: GOOD Any pub with friends

Loved happy warm. 

Night bus- BAD

Trapped, Confined, Anxious, Sick

Shape Colour  - Dizzy, Hazy, Hot White. 

 

 

 

 

Cultural Probe

I would like to create a cultural probe to explore the positive aspects of mental health and different ways of visualising mental health. This could be on a personal level, (how does your illness look, colour, shape etc) or on a larger scale (how does mental health look to you in this situation, e.g. An accountancy firm).

Cultural probes (or design probes) is a technique used to inspire ideas in a design process. It serves as a means of gathering inspirational data about people's lives, values and thoughts. The probes are small packages that can include any sort of artifact (like a map, postcard, camera or diary) along with evocative tasks, which are given to participants to allow them to record specific events, feelings or interactions. The aim is to elicit inspirational responses from people, in order to understand their culture, thoughts and values better, and thus stimulate designer's imaginations

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_probe

Below are some ideas for making a cultural probe.

Mental Health questionnaire

 I created a short questionnaire asking about positive aspects of mental health and attitudes towards it in different work areas. 

I wrote out the answers of the questionnaire and highlighted potentially interesting areas to move forward in BLUE. 

Areas of interest that have come out of this are: 

1. Looking at where in the media mental health is talked about when and why. 

2. Positive outcomes of mental health, recovered addict finds easy to think of short cuts and innovative methods etc: What are other positive outcomes of having mental health issues? 

3. Empathy, what can i create to make people feel empathised in the same way as music may do. Inspired by horoscopes. 

 

Love Your Anxiety

A talk by Adrea Fella Talked about being compassionate with your worries and looking at it with an enzyme of kind attention. It really helped my feel better about my anxiety which in turn made my anxiety subside.

I illustrated a picture of this happening. 

Be compassionate towards your anxiety and your anxiety will subside. 

Same Inside EP

This is the artwork for my debut EP 'Same Inside'. The songs are all on the subject of my mothers suicide, the title track being 'Same Inside' which is me expressing how I feel very similar to my mother and that in a way we were the same inside. The album artwork shows me and her spliced together to represent our similarities. 

I would like to talk to people about their mental health issues and get to a deep level of where and issue may lie and write a song with people and create artwork and all the things that go along with releasing music.

This may lead to me becoming a councillor in a way so i will have to be weary about who i talk to and how they respond. I must be sensitive! 

writing producing and completing this EP led to a feeling of catharsis and i would like to see if i can facilitate this feeling in other people suffering from similar things.

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