In our first module Positions and Practice I produced a draft presentation in Week 6 and made the mistake of keeping the structure and words largely the same for my submitted work which meant I l failed to capture a lot of the later story of my journey to Week 12. In our last module, Surfaces and Strategies I chose to undertake the Oral Presentation as my last piece of submitted work (to ensure I captured the story and the endpoint of my development on the module) using my Work in Progress Portfolio and Critical Research Journal posts to inform my presentation. Although, this made it rather last minute I do feel on balance that this approach captured my progress more effectively.
As a result of these considerations I have chosen to work on my Work in Progress Portfolio this week and in particular on putting together some words to form part of the presentation of my images. For me, having my final set of images well in advance of the submission date is helpful. However, this does not mean I am not working on my Oral Presentation rather that I do not find putting together a draft helpful at this stage.
Reflecting on my experience of the Surfaces and Strategies Oral Presentation I learned that it would be helpful to add images, videos and links into the Resource Library in iMovie as I go along. Trying to source and then load them is a time-consuming process when you are under time pressures towards the end of the module.
Actions undertaken for my Oral Presentation
- Arranged the taking of still shots of me working in the field at Loch Cill Chriosd
- Arranged the taking of video sequences of me working in the field at Loch Cill Chriosd
- Taken video shots of Loch Cill Chriosd
- Viewed a You Tube video of Albert Watson taking landscape shots on the Isle of Skye as part of the What do Artists do all Day? series https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FYJydaClRA
- Captured some quotations from Albert Watson on the particular challenges of shooting on the Isle of Skye
- Loaded still and video shots into my resource library on i-Movie
- Engaged in webinar with tutor and fellow students to hear about progress of other students’ Oral Presentations and noted advice as follows – Assume viewer doesn’t know your work, headings and title slides are helpful, give a critical appraisal of your practice, talking about your audience is very important, refer to 2/3 other practitioners, don’t read quotes and put them on the screen too and use about 25% of time to discuss the end project.
- Noted guidance from Module Leader on expectations for the Oral Presentation as follows:
- “Critically examine the motivations and objectives behind your Work in Progress Portfolio;
- Discuss work you produced in previous module(s) or even prior to your studies if it is relevant to the work you are producing now and
- Discuss the contexts and audience you have in mind for your Work in Progress Portfolio. Do you want to show in the form of a book? Or an exhibition? Or collaborate with a charity? Discuss who you want to reach and how you are planning to do this.
- Reviewed the Assignment Brief for the Oral Presentation