S. Park (aka sparky) toiling away at everything and nothing for a bleak final outcome for Unit 14 of BA Graphic Design at CSM

Exploring the visual culture of WWII, in comparison to the visual culture of modern warfare.
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New weapons system

Dissertation,, Inspiration

“…which a supply of images would become the equivalent of an ammunition supply, the 1914-18 war compounded a new ‘weapons system’ out of combat vehicle and camera” Paul Virilio

Confuzzlement

Dissertation,, Progress

From the very beginning I wanted to go back to my dissertation and re-touch on topics that I’d discussed or began exploring, but due to the fact that my dissertation was incredibly abstract, conceptual and basically code to those who hasn’t read Paul Virilio, I’m finding it hard.

My main interests lie in the Second World War, around D-Day of 1944 and General Patton, but that seems too specific in topic. Then again I need to narrow things down eventually…

If I did stay true to the topics of my dissertation, I might want to look at the relationship between men & machines, in terms of visual perception in war. Right now I have no idea where the visual starting point for this should be, but I want to explore how the space and time between adversaries increase, while decreasing at the same time through the development of  ’seeing’ through weapons and machinery.

I’ll start by looking at the history and chronological development of ‘seeing’ machines over the major wars, and determine what kind of relationship it has to soldiers, pilots and civilians in war.

I FLY = I SEE

Dissertation

I’m going back to my dissertation. Yeah, after 6 or so months of constant moaning that its a difficult topic, I’m not seizing this opportunity to start on a clean slate, I’m going back to scrub at the old one. If this was a shovel I believe I’m digging my own grave.

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To-Do List
  • Do mock-up of Jacket and figure out max ribbon panel count
  • Figure out number of categories & order ribbons!
  • Obtain statistics for the categories
  • Visit Imperial War Museum
  • Visit National Army Museum
  • Visit the 'Decode' Exhibition at V&A
  • Explore visual culture of War - information graphics?