Documentation

DOCUMENTATION AND EVIDENCE

Documentation Guidelines and Resources
Documenting your studio practice effectively allows you to tell us the story of your work and its process clearly and succinctly. Using images and words together is probably the most effective way of doing this. In the following section we have put together some resources to help you with this.

While many of these resources focus on producing documentation of completed artworks, it’s also important to document your process wherever possible. This can take the form of keeping a studio diary or notebook (which can be transcribed onto your blog) or taking regular snapshots of work in progress, or even recording your thoughts about what you’ve been doing on a phone or another device. All of these things will allow you (and others) to gain a better understanding of what you are doing.

It is expected you will update your Ti wordpress blog with this material on a monthly basis to show us what you have been doing and/or talk about the challenges you’ve been dealing with. Providing this kind of evidence of your process allows faculty and your fellow students to gain a much deeper understanding of your practice and your methods, which will result in a richer learning experience for you.

Writing About Your Work
Working through the exercises on the workshop link below can help you to produce clear, written descriptions of your work. There are also some useful examples of other artist’s projects:

http://www.maartenlamers.com/DOCART/

Producing Photographic Documentation and Preparing Images for the Web
If you are documenting physical objects (such as sculpture or painting) you will find the following links useful. When documenting a three-dimensional object or installation, please remember to include several images from different viewpoints if at all possible, as this will give your audience a deeper understanding of the work.

http://emergingartistguide.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/documenting-your-work.pdf

http://emptyeasel.com/2007/01/19/how-to-photograph-your-artwork-for-a-portfolio-or-the-internet/

There’s some good advice on how to resize your original images for your blog here:

http://www.mediacollege.com/graphics/01/

In all cases bear in mind that you’ll need to strike a balance between image size in pixels (i.e. the width and height of the image in pixels) and the size of the file (how big it is kilobytes or megabytes). Images that you intend us to view as full screen shouldn’t be smaller than 1024 x 768, and ideally should be bigger than that.

Websaving them in Photoshop is another way of keeping the size down, and there’s a short video tutorial on how to do that here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut_F7iGlze8

Video, Audio and Performance
If you’re looking to showcase either sound or video then we recommend that you use http://vimeo.com for video hosting and http://soundcloud.com for audio work. In both cases please always try to upload at the maximum resolution or rate allowed, as this will allow us to get the best possible sense of what you are trying to do.

Documenting live performance is a complex process because of the often transitory nature of the artwork and the necessarily problematic relationship which exists between the artwork and its documentation. These issues are discussed at some length on these two links:

http://www.crumbweb.org/getPresentation.php?presID=44&op=4

Live documentation can take the form of still images, film, video or audio footage, scores, traces, objects, remnants, or written descriptions, or any combination of the above. In relation to the documentation of live work, please remember that it should be of sufficient quality and quantity for faculty and examiners to be able to gain a clear sense of the piece. If providing this seems problematic for either practical or theoretical reasons then please discuss the relationship between the original work and its documentation with your advisor before proceeding.