I have finished sorting out my references for my essay at last! Took me the better part of a day to reorganize my spreadsheet and even then I still managed to find new references, which I was really pleased about as one of them was a really good one on McCurry’s Afghan girl and certainly gave me a few good ideas. I have also created a preliminary mind map to compare Migrant Mother to Afghan girl and will keep updating this as I go through my readings.
My X-rite i1 Display Pro was delivered on Monday so I spent a fair amount of time watching a few videos on how to calibrate the Benq 2700 PT monitor. I followed the instructions based on a video I had watched last week. Such a huge learning curve from my previous calibration software which was a basic plug and play model! I followed the instructions and set the RGB primaries to Panel Native (apparently this gives the best colour space available), white point to D65, luminance to 80, gamma to 2.2 and black point to relative. I selected a 16 bit LUT profile type and calibrated using the large patch size. After the calibration was completed I performed a Validation check. The achieved white point was 6474K which is slightly lower than D65 (I think), but this was the same as the factory setting according to the calibration report I received with the monitor. The average Delta E setting was 0.51 (passed) and the maximum Delta E setting was 1.01 (passed), which I gather is good, although I don’t have a clue what these things are or mean! The only colour over 1.0 was #7 on the grey scale index. The monitor is considerably darker than what is was out of the box and I’ll see how it goes when I process to print. There has been an update to the Palette Master Element software, in which video presenter Art Suwansang suggested a luminance of 100. So I’ll allow myself some time to get used to a darker monitor before changing the luminance. Meantime its back to the essay …
I seem to be spending an inordinately long time reading an article. I think its possibly because I am checking out the cross references as I go to see if they can be of use to me and so now my list of references is growing as well. Will I be able to read through everything I’m collecting? Probably not. But they are such good references which might come in handy further down the line. I’ve spent two days so far on one article, but as it seems to be a foundation article, it might be worth the time.
I still haven’t heard back from the museum about getting permission to shoot in the old residential school – its been a week now. I’ll give them to the end of the week and then I’ll follow up with them. At least the weather is improving now and the snow is beginning to melt so traveling won’t be so onerous.
I think I’ve figured out why its so slow going reading through these journal articles. I’m having to look up so many words to double check their meaning in the context they are being written. So ambiguous! I really wish academic language was more straight forward. I also seem to have picked up a bit of an eyestrain this week so reading off the monitor is rather painful at the moment. I’ve also been suffering from tendonitis at the base of my thumb so today I bit the bullet and purchased a new ergonomic mouse – the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic. It orientates the hand into a slightly upright position and rotates it outwards slightly so that the pressure is relieved off the wrist area. So far so good. I’ll see how my hand feels in a few days or so. Back to the research …
I spent some time rewatching Ellie Mackin Roberts’ YouTube video on research planning and realised that I haven’t really been digitizing my hand written notes. Not a serious train crash I supposed, but like Ellie says there is no Control + F in a hand written notebook, so I have started to digitize my notes that I will be using for my essay which I will in all likelihood probably use somewhere down the line again in Level 3. So not time wasted really as I’m getting a bit of a refresher on the notes while I’m typing them up and finding some new connections that will apply to my essay.
Did a quick write up on Ossian Ward’s Ways of Looking | How to experience Contemporary Art. What a great book – highly recommend it! I have also started to have a quick read through Behind Closed Doors for research for my A5. It contains some of the history from the Secwepemc perspective, which is something I need, but mainly it is accounts of people who attended the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The book is broken down into four sections: Coping, Resistance, Survival, and Healing. I’ve read a few accounts from the Coping section, which I think may be the less horrific tales, but nevertheless are extremely sad. I will be able to get good quotes from this book and probably some shooting ideas.
I came across a video on how to write a research paper in a weekend quite by accident. Like that is going to happen for me! Nevertheless, I was curious so I watched it. It was presented by a chemistry professor and is a little dry in presentation, but the advice that he gave was very valid as most of it would apply to the arts as well. A lot of it is common sense – but a lot of it was a bit of a aha moment for me.
So taking his advice, I have now created an outline for my essay! Does that feel good or what! One step closer … What I found rather interesting is that he advises to just start writing, not to worry about grammar, citations, punctuation etc. for the first draft – basically free writing and getting thoughts down on paper. Once this is done, one can then put on the critical thinking hat and start honing the essay. His reasoning is that why bother correcting/perfecting writing that might get cut from the essay, so save that step for much later down the line. Makes so much sense!
How to Write a Paper in a Weekend (By Prof. Pete Carr) (2016) Directed by Surviving and Thriving in Higher Education. At: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY7sVKJPTMA (Accessed 26/01/2020).
Research Planning in a Bullet Journal (2016) Directed by Mackin Roberts, E. At: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHL9t9e-hjQ (Accessed 24/01/2020).
To Do List
- Start writing A4 essay – outline DONE.
- Visit Secwepemc Museum & Kamloops Museum/Archive. Info on residential schools, dates of operation, potential interviewees
- Write up on Jerry Ueslmann
- Write up on Jack Latham (Sugar Paper Theories and Parliament of Owls) (for A5 so I still have some time)
- Start A5 research. I have a lot of reading to do for this:
- Behind Closed Doors | Stories from the Kamloops Indian Residential School edited by Agnes Jack
- The Kamloops Residential School: Indigenous Perspectives and Revising Canada‟s History (Thesis by Jenna K. Foster)
- They Came for the Children | Canada, Aboriginal Peoples and Residential Schools [Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada]
- What We Have Learned | Principles of Truth and Reconciliation [Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada]
- Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future | Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
- … and a few journal articles
- Rest of World hangout – 23 February, 2020
- Documentary hangout – 27 February, 2020