Personal success as a interdisciplinary learner:
I was successful in thinking as an interdisciplinary learner throughout the unit. I have a comprehensive apprehension of aspects discussed inside and outside class. For this unit the main subjects that I integrated were english and art. I further developed the central idea of my poem, helping me create connections and develop a even greater understanding of the poems purpose and meaning. With a greater connections to the poem I was able to use the central idea and establish it into an artistic idea and intention. My success in integrating these subjects allowed the art piece to contain many connections and artistic decisions specifically addressing aspects discussed in previous classes. Additionally, my further depth of thinking allowed me to develop new questions about my work and its purpose, all of which help cement my understanding. Benefits of the IDU with specific examples:
This interdisciplinary unit allowed me to critically think, further developing my ideas from english into art. I was able to make connections of my poetic decisions and artistic decisions reflected through all the artistic aspects included in my art piece. Additionally, the central idea of my poem was easily integrated into the artistic decision and subject matter of my piece, which was expressing the tension and conflict between the city and nature.
Limitations of the IDU with specific examples:
The limitations of this unit were that despite my development in connections and understanding, it was all based on my own critical thinking process. The was limit to the structure provided between the subjects meaning certain aspects that may have been critical previously could have been lost or left out. An example of this was the background of my poem which was an essential aspect in english, however it was not necessary in the art piece therefore I was unable to transfer it.
Through my paragraphs I provided multiple aspects and examples in relation to the interdisciplinary learning focus. The examples were specific and detailed and my general overview not only focused on art but also the other subjects I included. The entire reflection is also completely focused on my perspective and is truthful.
Our artistic intention is about how Hong kong is divided and conflicted in both nature/cultural heritage and our modern/city mindset.
What is/are your source(s) of inspiration?
We were inspired by the poem “Losing Ground” and different HK aspects such as it’s narrow roads and busy city life, as well as its passion for maintaining history in the hopes to evolve.
What art discipline(s) do you intend to use? Why?
Visual Arts, because this form of art best represents our artistic intention.
What will your final art piece look like? (Show it with a sketch)
In reference to our plan for our artwork, visually it is a battlefield, which represents and exaggerates how the city is divided, involving conflict of artistic elements and the principles of design. The 3 dimensional aspect of it is a chess board, where one side is nature, the other is modern and city. The “city” is consuming the nature side of the board, relating to the poem, “until the last square inch is won”. This line is clearly represented by the board being in the shape of a wave. By replacing the chess pieces with objects deriving from the city and objects representing each side it implies a metaphor of a conflicted city. Furthermore, the colour of the city side are neutral colours, while the colour of the nature side is vibrant. While having the neutral colours dripping onto the nature side, the symbolic meaning is to represent the city polluting and contaminating nature. The king of the nature suit is cornered and the king is in the state of a checkmate, visually, all the city chess pieces are surrounding it.
How will your create your final art piece? What materials do you need?
How and where are you going to display it? LLAC lobby?
We will display the actual sculpture in the LLAC Lobby. To support the idea of a chess board, the sculpture itself will be displayed on a table.
How will you assess your art piece? What are the successful criteria?
We will assess our art piece on 2 major aspects: the actual art technique and quality, and the message of the symbolic meaning. Ideally, the final product should look almost identical to our sketches and the audience should understand our artistic intention easily from seeing our artwork.
Identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the performance in some detail.
Uses criterion C to evaluate the performance and explain their decisions.
demonstrates and applies skills and techniques.
demonstrates and applies strategies and movement concepts.
identifies and applies information to perform effectively.
I demonstrate a range of parkour skills and techniques in accordance with the requirements of the task most of the time.
I have shown creativity with my choice of movements and route.
I demonstrate a reasonably coherent sequence which has use of space, time, level, force and flow.
I have performed most of the sequence with precision and energy
demonstrates and appliesarange of skills and techniques
demonstrates and appliesarange of strategies and movement concepts.
outlines and applies information to perform effectively.
I demonstrate a wide range of parkour skills and techniques in accordance with the requirements of the task.
I have shown unique creativity with my choice of movements and route.
I demonstrate a coherent sequence which has good use of space, time, level, force and flow.
I have performed the entire sequence with precision and energy
List what you think is being performed well and explain why. (use of space, levels, force, flow, control, landing, timing). Our parkour routine showcases parkour skills and techniques with good control and precision, which attributed is evident through our jumps, with a variety incorporating another person. We utilised space well as our performance is a more natural way of running, in which we went in 3 seperate directions then coming together at several apparatuses.
What do I need to improve?
List what you think needs to improve and explain why. Try to be as detailed as you can. Our parkour routine applies the basic concept of flow, space, time, level, force, but from review, we have concluded that it in certain areas there is lack in unification, as well as creativity and variety, with the three of us often having to run long stretches between apparatuses. For example, in the video, majority of our skills were executed by jumping, creating a performance with only the one level, and leading up to our skills were dull jogs. Furthermore, many of our skills were similar, lacking variety and unique actions. Additionally, our
Part 3: My Plan for Improving
What do I want to improve? What is my goal?
❏ I have designed and explained a well thought out plan to improve my Parkour performance.
Choose specific areas you would like to improve. These could be flow, fluidity, control, complexity of movements, body shape/tension, landings, jumps, route, . What is going to make it look better? What do you want to be able achieve at the end of the unit?
We want to improve the fluidity and have a variety of movements when running or transitioning to different apparatuses. Various intense and slow types of moving would suffice. Through inputting different movements, it allows for better aesthetics and levels. Plus, another area to improve is the route, we need to involve the apparatus with 2 blocks more as it should be a more central piece to our performance. In addition, to fully achieve a well designed parkour performance levels need to be more thought out. Furthermore, there was an issue with the timing of our performance, where Conrad’s skills took a significantly longer time as a result of their difficulty, so our group skill was delayed and the flow was disrupted.
How am I going to work on improvement?
Describe what you will do to work on the areas you have identified.
We are going to improve our fluidity through practice as we are confident that over time we will be able to perfect most of our skills. Additionally, we will incorporate a greater variety of movements such as the kong or the bunny hop. Finally, we will add more rolls or crawls to achieve a greater expression of levels.To resolve the issue of our timing, we will increased the amount of skills performed by Jethro and Aaron to prolong their performance while speeding up Conrad’s skills.
Part 4: How effective was my plan to improve?
❏ I have explained the effectiveness of my plan through identifying areas of improvement based on the difference between my initial and final performance.
Identify the areas that you think you have improved in. Did your plan work? Why or why not? If you were to do it again would you change anything? Explain. Our plan for improvement was focused on syncing our timing and flow as well as providing a greater variety to our transitions to eliminate walking and running. Additionally, a greater variety in intensities and levels when working with the apparatuses. The plan was mostly effective. My timing was synchronized with Aaron allowing our butterfly kick to be performed seamlessly. Primarily there was a greater variety in my movements for example the additional cartwheel, the Wushu kick up and the hops and flips over the beam. However this increase in variety was only evident when working on the apparatuses and not in the transitions between them, therefore most of the time when moving across the performance stage I was still running. In our improved plan I actually had planned to incorporate a plank crawl as it would improve our levels as well as variety in transitions, however it was too slow and therefor messed with the entire flow of our performance. Furthermore, the kick up would have been more effective and appropriate had I been transitioning from a skill performed at a low level to standing level.For further improvement I would incorporate more movements that added more variety to my transitions. I would also add another group skill because it would better show the understanding between the group and thus the coordination, understanding and flow.
How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?
On this service trip I grew in embracing and accepting. I learned the way of life and common commodities in different places will differ, and even though we may not agree with them we have to accept it to then respect culture. Often we think through a very closed mindset, however embracing other peoples situation and perspective can allow us to better understand and even accept.
How have you developed international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding? How could your international-mindedness be developed more next time you engage in service?
I communicated and engaged with the locals, taking interest in their lives and culture. Through taking interest I gained a greater understanding as well as appreciation of their culture. I know accept and at times even embrace their ways.
In this unit we have learned about a wide variety of concepts all associated with matter and their properties. We leaned about physical and chemical properties, changes, and separation techniques.
But what makes all this knowledge important to humans. Well globalisation and Sustainability. Learning about all this is great as it allows us to perceive the world in an entirely new way. To gain a deeper understanding of our world to then better improve it. For example we are using simple student level chemistry separation techniques to solve world issues such as oil spills. We are using this knowledge to come up with newer more efficient, more effective and more sustainable methods to save our world.
I wanted to create a mashup, by only using songs recorded on my saxophone. I wanted to do this as I often see recordings of people playing a certain song with a backing track and I believe it makes the song a lot more powerful and emotional. I wanted to incorporate that, however I believe by mashing up a few songs it could add to that emotion almost like telling a story. Starting off with the exposition, gradually making it to the climax and then deposition for a satisfactory ending. In addition, to build that emotion and power the songs I have selected ( Hello by Adele, See You Again by Wiz Khalifa and Titanium by David Guetta and Sia) all have a slightly sad or alone and independent feel to them.
These two saxophone covers with backings were a huge inspiration to my song. They showed me how playing something so simple can end up being so powerful and emotional. This is what gave me the idea to select Hello, See You Again and Titanium based on their theme and piano backings.
In this video I feel the transitions between songs was seamless and that was my original goal. However I was unable to do so and this video provided me with a more unique solution. They used rewinding sound effects to transition, almost like a restart. This is what I tried to do with the time warp sounds in my composition.
This source gave me the idea to provide more diversity. Whether it was to play two recordings on top of each other, or switch in and out between the piano backing and saxophone recording. I especially like how he starts of with no saxophone and lets them blend as the song further progresses.
A type of transition between songs indicating the change of songs to the audience, but also making sure nothing feels out of place.
A comfortable scale of intensity, like telling a story starting off with the exposition, gradually making it to the climax and then deposition for a satisfactory ending.
I believe this is important as a big factor behind my mashup is power and emotion, and the way the audience is exposed to it will reflect whether I have been successful in incorporating that.
Time is 4 minutes.
Volume is equal throughout. As I am creating a mashup making each part equal in volume will impact how it flows. Whether it flows smoothly plays a role in how powerful my piece is.
Instruments sound similar throughout the pieces. Similar to the volume this is important in ensuring that my mashup flows smoothly. As I am playing all the saxophone parts just aligned with the backing tracks, this won’t be a huge problem. But at minimum I am not going from an extremely dominant saxophone solo to a slow dull piano backing.
Backing track is identifiable but not overwhelming. The backing track is to help my piece not feel as one sided, adding another source of emotion, as well as a refreshment to the ears, however it is only there to provide that help and should not interfere with my saxophone.
Division of themes amongst songs. This could help provide some diversity to my song. But also give it more structure, making the entire piece more complete and well rounded.
Connections between songs are seamless. By making the connections seamless it will add to the overall flow which affects the emotion and power. It is important that it flows smoothly otherwise the build up and emotion will feel like it did not meet the expected height.
Overlapping two recordings of the saxophone. Two melodies that harmonise, following the same beat, but provide more diversity. It can provide that with a faster rhythm or play in a higher or lower pitch.
Response to Final Product:
After completing this project and looking back at the process, it was unique and a lot more open but certainly an enjoyable process. When we first started, the freedom provided was overwhelming, I was unable to settle for one idea. But looking at the complete product, I feel that this process taken was very meaningful, packed with challenges and yet I feel satisfied with the path I have selected.
There are definitely things I would change, at times I may have not met the expectation I set for myself or the outcome just was not as brilliant as I hoped for. A key example is the method at which I transitioned between songs. At the beginning of this project I stated that a big factor in my song was to create power and emotion, and that making the mashup smooth was key in doing so. However due to great difference in keys and the beats per minute in each song it was a challenge to create something that would not sound odd. So instead of forcing through with creating a semi fitting transition I created a more abstract way to tackle this problem. I decided to use sound effects to indicate the transition. Despite this sounding odd, it still follows my design requirements, indicating the change to the audience, while still maintaining the emotion and power. This works because the sound effects are not overwhelming and there are sufficient pauses between them that create a build up adding to the power.
On the contrary there are parts that meet my design criteria competently. When planning my final piece I selected parts of the songs that would work well together, each with different intensity which allows the composition to feel like a story with gradual build in intensity. I also selected specific parts of the backing track to match with my recordings, providing the saxophone with the spotlight but also providing the diversity required.
Through this process I heave learned a wide variety of skills. The most important skill was learning how to plan out project such as this one, which can be useful for the end of the year project. Specific to this project, I learned to set a desired purpose which was power and emotion. Then analysing songs and selecting specific parts to create a mashup that flowed smoothly. Finally, putting everything together, tweaking every slight detail to make sure I follow the design criteria. For example adding pauses or fade outs.
Today we had to match a black markers ink to a ready made sample. We were provided with four black markers and when first looked at all the paint was the same. However by using chromatography which is a physical method of separating mixtures we could see the different colours included in each markers black ink. This is all possible due to the physical properties of matter, in this case solubility. We know there is a solute (mobile phase) and a solvent (ink). With the use of diffusion the two components are separated allowing us to see the true construction of the ink. Different inks would spread different distances and have different colours and shades.
What new concepts did you learn in the unit? In which pieces of work / activities did you see this learning the most?
Within the unit I had to greatly expand my understanding to develop the concepts required. The greatest concepts I developed were using surface area and volume effectively. In final question, trying to create a shape with the most surface area with a fixed volume there were many ways I could have gone deeper with the concepts of using surface area and volume effectively. Such as picking the shape that benefited my results the most, or how thin the aluminium could have gone (atom level), but this then involved how many sides of one atom are touching other atoms. Another concept I learned was how to calculate volume and surface area. There were many little edges and corners and to calculate them I divided the ca into smaller pieces so that I could use simple equations to calculate them.
Listen or watch your peer’s final recording submission. After listening, read their artistic intention and thought process behind their work. How does what you thought align with theirs? *
I think Jethro’s artistic intention matches very well with his final piece. It was just as he had described taking us through how he interpreted a day in a slaves life. The tone of the music had intensified and became more cheerful over time working perfectly with his interpretation. However the relation of the family of instruments to the slaves did not really seem necessary or effective.
What interesting, different, or exciting elements did they use that you would be incorporate into yours next time round? *
I really like how Jethro had planned out a story to tell before composing. He took me through an entire journey pacing it perfectly. I am sure this planning had a significant effect on how he developed and improved the composition over time, as it provided him with a goal. This is definitely something that is extremely smart and that I could incorporate into my work.