Documentation Presentation

This is the presentation of my project documentation, and with these pieces I made an extra effort with the layout. I’ve never done much with layout, so I’m actually quite proud of these. The layout suits my style and I discovered that a new book I received, ‘Altered Curiosities’, uses a very similar layout style.



Sketchbook Gallery

The Psycho-geographical Library

In this workshop we worked with the concept of letting your mind lead you in any direction it chooses. In the context of the library, the aim was to just wander in the library, making note of whatever literature we wanted. There was no topical focus, we could put down any book we wanted. Many of us stuck in our realms of practice and our interests, which is expected as the exercise was about exploring whatever we wanted to. It was an interesting exercise to then try to link everyones’ choices together in a large branched collection. There were, surprisingly, links between almost all of the choices. This was an excellent exercise into exploring/discovering zones of interest outside of strict perimeters.


Methods of Working

A mind map of the methods I will use in the creation and research of my proposal. It also highlights my intentions for the whole project and the challenges I may encounter. I intend on isolating, what I am calling, the ‘main concepts of The Uncanny’. This will be a list of concepts and characteristics that are identifiable as being markers of ‘The Uncanny’. I will also be making sculptural development pieces that are physical representations of each of these characteristics.

Methods of Working Mind map

Preliminary Reading List

This is the reading list that I have established so far. Many of them will be read next term as developmental research, but I am, or have already, read some of them already. I’ll be creating annotated bibliographies of each one with a description of the content and a review to highlight the application of the content to my own research. The list uses the APA 6 referencing system.

  • Wells, P (1998). Understanding Animation. London: Routledge Ltd.
  • Knowles, J (2007). Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Research: Perspectives, Methodologies, Examples, and Issues. United States: SAGE Publications.
  • Gray, C and Malins, J (2004). Visualising Research: A guide to the Research Process in Art and Design. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
  • Freud, S and McLintock (2003). The Uncanny. London: Penguin.
  • Appignanesi, R (1979). Freud for Beginners. New York: Pantheon.
  • Freud, S (1991). The Essentials of Psychoanalysis. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
  • Klingsohr-Leroy, C (2004). Surrealism. London: Taschen.
  • Laplanche, J and Pontalis, J (1973). The Language of Psychoanalysis. Great Britain: Karnac Books.
  • Sterba, R and Hoffer, P. The First Dictionary of Psychoanalysis: A Gift for Sigmund Freud’s 80th Birthday. Great Britain: Karnac Books.
  • Rahimi, S. (2013). The ego, the ocular, and the uncanny: Why are metaphors of vision central in accounts of the uncanny?The International Journal of Psychoanalysis,94(3), 453-476. doi:10.1111/j.1745-8315.2012.00660.x
  • Svankmajer, J (2011). Kabinett des Jan Svankmajer. Czech Republic: Distributed Art Pub Inc.
  • Buchan, S (2011). The Quay Brothers: Into a Metaphysical Playroom. London: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Richardson, M (2006). Surrealism and Cinema. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Hamilton, J (2015). The ‘Uncanny Valley’ and spectating animated objects. doi:10.1080/13528165.2015.1026731
  • Royle, N (2003). The Uncanny. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Kelley, M (2004). The Uncanny. London; Koln: Walther Kolnig.
  • Breuer, J and Freud, S (2009). Studies on Hysteria (reprint). New York: Basic Books.
  • Lacan, J (2014). Anxiety: The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book X (reprint). Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Jentsch, E (1906). On the Psychology of the Uncanny. doi:10.1080/09697259708571910


Map of Concepts and Interests

This diagram maps all of the interests and concepts I have surrounding my practice and research topic. It helped me to lay out all of my ideas and create links between the concepts effectively. My plan is to through each topic/concept/idea and do a small review of it’s application to my work and how I’ll use it in my research.

Concept mind map

Personal Development Planning

The PDP form that I filled out at the beginning of term is coming along nicely. I’ve created a schedule and task list to help me improve on each point. Most of them are practice based because I felt like this was a criteria that I needed to improve on the most. My research skills have served me well throughout Uni, and I don’t have difficulty reading or retaining information, so I’m not concerned with the research part of my project. The thing that I am concerned about is being able to effectively apply my research into physical formats. I love creating, but I often feel as though I fall short of my own expectations, and of the standard that I should be creating at. But, that’s why I’ve made the schedule, and it’s why I’m making a point to step outside of my comfort zones this year and experiment much more. I’ve yet to delve heavily into the ‘making’ side of my personal development, but that is on it’s way!

I certainly feel like this is a realistic plan for me, and I can achieve great improvements in the time I’ve assigned myself.


Pinterest as a Research Tool

I use Pinterest as a research tool for conceptual images almost exclusively now. I find that there is so much more content available than on regular search engines like Google. Pinterest allows me to sort all of the inspirational material that I find into ‘Boards’, so that each set, section and topic is in it’s place and easily accessible. There’s also a lot more original content uploaded to Pinterest, so I’m likely to find more related, modern art and also discover those hidden gems that I wouldn’t find on a search engine that relies on ‘hits’ or popularity. I’m leaving a link to my Pinterest profile in the ‘Spaces’ section at the top of the page, so you can explore all of the beautiful, inspirational material that I have found, and hopefully start your own journey!