I have used repetition a lot through my time at Kingston Foundation. I’ve looked at the behaviour surrounding repetition a few times in certain projects such as my shaping spaces project. Where we mapped out a chosen location and the wish you were here project where I did an area study. Both these times where I’ve done an area study and looked for repeating actions to design for, I enjoyed doing this research. I enjoyed doing this research as it felt very controlled and in depth and really gave the area its own character.
I have also used the visual qualities of repetition through multiple projects in my time at Kingston. A few key points where repetition was used was in the bench for the WIP show, where a repeating pattern was used to give added strength and made the bench look better. I also used it in the intimacy project where I had a double helix to be the focus of the ring. I also used repetition in the reusables project where I spent a day exploring patterns into cylinders by repeated pressing.
I believe that due to using marble during Kingston that using the masonry work shop would be a really interesting way to push this project and also raise the quality of the work, As repetition is easily achievable using CAD but with masonry there is no CAD.
Here are some of the contextual references that I could look closer at:
- Andreas Wannerstedt and their animations, looking into particular what makes them so enjoyable and comforting
- Looking into optical illusions, they seem to have a repetitive effect on people no matter who they are
- Living things acting in repetitive motions, such as ants working together or schools of fish swimming as one, even humans marching or dancing as one body
- Can’t Help Myself by Sun Yuan & Peng Yu would be a great place to dig further int o the piece to investigate, as it sums up the negative conations to do with repetition in a beautiful way where it’s painful and is never ending
- I like the idea of looking into marching, mining and sailor music, this type of music is all sung to repetitive task and is supposed to help the workers keep in pace and work faster
- I would like to look further into origami and the place of pattern within origami
- I could further look into repetition as a tool for strength within construction and building
Some of my key themes throughout my blog have been, techniques and technique testing, delicacy and intricacy, symmetry and geometric patterns, seamless joinery of different materials and stacking planes to create forms. This has all lead to an overall them of repetition through out my blog and is what I’m interested in. There are many different interesting ways I can research this theme.
Some interesting starting points that I want to look at are the human sides to repletion. Possibly looking at daily routines of a person and studying it closely or even studying my own daily routine. This will give me opportunities to then expand my research into more niche parts of people’s days. I could also research into and area and look at what repetition occurs within a certain space.
I think looking at the psychological aspect of repetition could be rather interesting, looking at habits people have bad and good. This will also lead to the question, is repetition a good thing? This may have already been attempted to be answered by someone but I could also do my own research and come up with my own theories.
I could look at natural corrosion by different elements on our world. This may lead to a new visual style I could use for my piece or lead to a problem that I need to try and fix. While looking at natural corrosion I may look into man made corrosion and see how humans’ impact their environment. For example, there’s lots of brass statues where humans have touched in a spot polishing the material and this also occurs in the main street in Dubrovnik old town where the paved rock has been polished by people walking on it.
Another point to research is repetitive systems. Looking into military training where constant drills are forced upon soldiers to make them better could be interesting along with physical military equipment that uses repetitive actions and techniques. Also looking into construction. Looking at factories or even 3D printers and how they work.
An aspect of repletion that I’m clearly drawn to is the visual side of repetition, thinking along the lines of patterns and symmetry. It would be interesting to research more into these repetitive patterns and see what uses they have in the day-to-day world. Is there a benefit to repetition?
I want to study repetition. I find I’m drawn to the visual language of repetition a lot and love designs that create a rule for themselves then follow this rule throughout the design. I also like the questions that can be raised around repetition, such as is it healthy to be repetitive? Is a repetitive society a strong one? What’s the perfect balance of repetitiveness? These questions all lead to rabbit holes of interesting information that I want to find out. There are so many possible different areas to explore when it comes to repetition that I want study.
Statue worn down by touch
Street of Dubrovnik old down that are polished from people walking over them.
Andreas Wannerstedt is a Swedish designer and motion graphic artist. I like there work as it is very clean and has a pattern to it.
Waterfall is a print made by M.C.Escher
A Shepard tone, named after Roger Shepard, is a sound consisting of a superposition of sine waves separated by octaves. When played with the bass pitch of the tone moving upward or downward, it is referred to as the Shepard scale. This creates the auditory illusion of a tone that seems to continually ascend or descend in pitch, yet which ultimately gets no higher or lower.
Chines military parade
Can’t Help Myself by Sun Yuan & Peng Yu
I like the random, uselessness of this machine, but it still has a constant job that it’s doing.
Perpentual motion machines
Common themes through out blog:
Techniques and technique testing.
Delicacy and intricacy.
Symmetry and geometric patterns.
Seamless joinery of different materials.
Stacking planes to create forms.
One single sheet of cardboard that has been twisted to form 90 degree twist in surface.