Unit G: Narrative:Section Review, Wednesday 16th Oct, 1pm Unit Space

Marvila Location:Section, Adam West, Unit G 2018-19

Dear Unit G,

I hope you are all well, and making good progress towards tomorrow’s Narrative:Section Review starting at 1pm sharp in the unit space; please see the attached review list, also posted on the unitgblog.

The plan is EVERYBODY in the first group pins up at 12:30 in the unit space ready to start at 1pm, we will take a brief tea-break halfway through so EVERYBODY in the second group can pin up and the review can continue.

Each of you will have 3mins to present your Narrative:Section project, followed by 10mins discussion (max), which should mean we finish by around 6-6:30pm, and can then retire for a unit drink at The Britannia in Headington to celebrate your hard work, and briefly introduce the first task for the Way:Station project, and issue the project brief.   We will again need a (ruthless) timekeeper to help everyone keep on track…

As you all know we are not expecting to see finished and final drawings tomorrow, (so please don’t panic!), but we are hoping to see a section through the Oxford site, a section through the Trondheim site, and some experiments with the composition and graphic techniques of how these drawings could come together as a single final hybrid image that communicates your reading of the two sites.  We are also keen to see evidence of the research you have done to develop your drawings and understanding of the two sites.

If you plan to use the big screen tomorrow, please upload your work to the screen before 1pm (no matter when your review is) and check everything is working properly.  Please don’t try connecting your laptop as this invariably takes time and goes wrong.

In addition to the verbal feedback, you will need someone to take notes for you, and to complete and return a “Reflection Sheet” by the end of the day, so we can see what you made of the feedback.

EVERYONE should be in the Review all afternoon, from 12noon to fold tables, remove unnecessary chairs, and clear the rubbish; and then to see and learn from each other’s work, to contribute to the discussion, take notes, and support each other throughout the afternoon.

Please don’t turn up just before your presentation and then slink off, as this misses much of the point of the review.

And lastly, DO NOT do an “all-nighter” tonight: you need to be fresh, alert and coherent for the review, to get the most out of the day.

Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow; Good Luck!

Kind Regards

Toby (Mike and Justin)

Unit G

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Unit G: Narrative:Section Tutorials, Monday 14th Oct, 10am unit space

Venice Di-Section, Tom Yudin, Unit G 2013

Dear Unit G,

I hope you are all well, and have made good progress on your Narrative:Section projects ahead of tomorrow’s tutorials, and the project Review on Wednesday afternoon.

Tomorrow we will have small group tutorials in your “Distant Section” groups, starting at 10am in the unit space, for around an hour per group; please see the attached tutorial list.

The focus of tomorrows tutorials will be to see what you have done so far, looking at your Oxford and Trondheim (Hastings) sections, and to see and discuss your ideas for how these two sections might be combined within a single composite section drawing.  I am also keen to see your graphic technique experiments and explorations, and research, so please make sure you bring EVERYTHING with you tomorrow.

Remember a tutorial day is a day to work on your design work (Narrative:Section), with a brief interruption for your tutorial.  So tomorrow it would be good to see the unit space full and people working (all day), and will also mean everybody will be on time for their tutorial, and the groups seen at the end of the day will have made more progress than those seen in the morning!

Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Kind Regards

Toby (Mike and Justin)

Unit G

Unit G: Narrative:Section Tutorials, Thursday 10th Oct, 10am Unit Space

Cirka Teater, Nyhavna, Trondheim

Dear Unit G,

I hope you are all well, and making good progress on your Narrative:Section research and drawing of the Trondheim (and Hastings) site.

Tomorrow Mike and I will be teaching together, seeing each of you in your new “Distant Site” section groups.  Initially we will quickly see the people who had not declared/decided their section cuts on Monday, so we can allocate them to the correct group, before talking to each of the new section groups for around an hour, starting at 10am in the unit space; please see the attached tutorial list.

And then at lunchtime we will have the discussion about the text the “Restitutions of the truth in pointing” by Jaques Derrida we previously mentioned; so if you have not read the text yet, please do so tonight, so you are able to join the conversation tomorrow.  We will also be briefly discussing what happens next for the Narrative:Section project, in preparation for the Review of the project on Wednesday afternoon next week…

For tomorrows tutorials, please bring EVERYTHING you have done so far for the Narrative:Section project, both for the Oxford and Trondheim (Hastings) sites, as we are keen to see your latest research and drawing(s) of Trondheim AND to see how this work relates to your Oxford research and drawing(s).  Printing stuff out and pinning it up will definitely make it easier to see where you have got to so far!

Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Kind Regards

Toby (Mike and Justin)

Unit G

Unit G: Distant Site (Trondheim and Hastings) Introduction + Narrative Section Tutorials, Monday 7th Oct, 10am, Unit Space

Trondheim and the Aurora

Dear Unit G,

I hope you are all well, and making good progress with your Oxford Narrative:Section research and drawing.

Tomorrow we will start the day at 10am in the unit space, with a brief introduction to the “Distant Site” in Trondheim (and Hastings), that will form the second part of the Narrative:Section, and start the work of getting to know a new place and deciding on the second “cut” for your Narrative:Section; please see that attached Tutorial list with the running order for the day.

After the introduction there will be an intensive hour-and-half for you to do some initial research about the site, and gather and print-out as much information as you can.

Then at 12 we will have a whole group session to discuss and review the initial information you have discovered, and for you to confirm the section you plan to cut for the 2nd part of the Narrative:Section.

Once you have decided the cut of your section, we will reorganise you within new “Section Groups”, and in the afternoon, see you for a brief 30min group design tutorials in your revised “Section Groups”, starting at 2pm.

For the afternoon group tutorials you will need to pin-up the current work in-progress for the Oxford component of the Narrative:Section, as well as all the research you have managed to gather (so far) about the “Distant Site”.

Please come ready to be busy: to dive into the library, to trawl the internet, to sketch, draw, take notes, and print out your findings; so you can start to build a mental picture of somewhere new.

Look forward to seeing you all in the morning.

Kind Regards

Toby (Mike and Justin)

Unit G

Unit G: Narrative:Section tutorials-on-the-wall, Thursday 3rd October, 10am, Unit Space

Venice and Oxford “Di-Section”, Theo Roseland, Unit G 2013

Dear Unit G,

I hope you are all well, and making good progress.

Tomorrow, we will have tutorials on-the-wall in your “Section-Groups” looking at your work in-progress sections, cutting through the Hythe Bridge site in Oxford, starting at 10am in the unit space; please see the attached tutorial list also posted on the unitgblog.

As we discussed on site on Monday, for tomorrow’s tutorial we are hoping to see and discuss three areas of work:

  1. Your groups survey data of the site and contribution to the whole unit’s understanding of the Hythe Bridge site
  2. The “setting-out” drawings of your Sections and (group) plans, where you have been trying to process and make sense of your survey information
  3. Your (growing) collection of research information supporting your personal reading of the site and the “Narrative” that is going to drive your drawing, and how this might be linked to the Sou:Venir ideas

By the way, a group “tutorial-on-the-wall” is simply a normal group tutorial, where you pin-up the latest version of your sections/plans instead of putting them on the tutorial table.  It is NOT a presentation, nor a crit: just a tutorial where we use the wall to make it easier to see where you have got to…so no panic-ing please!

And at lunchtime, we will have a VERY brief update conversation on the field trip, and a reminder that you all need to attempt to read the text “Restitutions of the truth in pointing (pointure)” starting on page 255 of “The Truth In Painting” by Jaques Derrida (please see the attached pdf, also on the unitgblog), which explores the context of painting “Old Shoes with Laces” by Vincent Van Gogh.

Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Kind Regards

Toby (Mike and Justin)

Unit G

Unit G: On-site Tutorials, Monday 30th September, 10am, Hythe Bridge, Oxford

Upper Fisher Row, Oxford

Dear Unit G,

I hope you are all well and have made good progress over the weekend putting to bed the excellent work we saw at Thursday’s review of the Sou:Venir project.


As discussed, tomorrow we will have our first tutorials for the Narrative:Section project, on-site at Hythe Bridge, on Hythe Bridge Street in Oxford, seeing everybody for a whole unit discussion about choosing sections and the activities for the day, starting at 10am; please see the attached tutorial list and the Narrative:Section project brief just in case you need another copy…which are also posted on the unit G blog.


Tomorrow will also be the first day that Justin, our technology tutor, will be joining us, and Justin and I will be teaching as a double-act tomorrow discussing design and technology together to help develop your thinking about how to approach the Narrative:Section, and the site issues to consider.


After the initial whole unit discussion at 10am, the first task will be individually look closely at the site, and choose the sections you think would be most interesting/revealing of the site, and to make a careful sketch of the section.


Then at 12:00noon we will gather together again as a whole unit, to discuss the sketch sections and organise “Section Groups” of probably 4-5 people who are working in the same area, and can help each other gathering survey data.


Then in the afternoon, Justin and I will see each “Section Group” for around 20-30mins to discuss: the critical conditions of the area you have chosen to work, the sections each of you are planning to cut, and how to organise gathering the site information and survey data.


And in the meantime, while you are waiting for Justin and I to see your “Section Group” you should be meeting in your groups to discuss how you are going to tackle gathering survey information, and to immediately start making your surveys.


From the above program of the days activity, it should be obvious you will need to bring sketchbooks, paper, drawing equipment, tape-measure (longest possible), laser-measure (if you have one), camera, spirit-level (if you have one), plumb-line (if you have one); a ball of string is also a very useful survey tool…


Sadly the weather is not going to be kind, so you also need to be prepared to work outside even if it is raining…


Look forward to seeing you all at 10am on site.


Kind Regards
Toby (Mike and Justin)

Unit G

Unit G: First Tutorials, Monday 23rd Sept, 10am Unit Space

Lace-making movement mapping, Vauxhall, London, Grace Shepherd, Unit G 2018-19

Dear Unit G,

I hope you are all well, and have had a good weekend’s work on your Sou:Venir project.

Tomorrow we have our first day of design tutorials, seeing each of you in small groups of 3-4 starting at 10am in the unit space; please see the attached tutorial list.

In addition, as we discussed on Thursday, at lunchtime we will talk about portfolio formats, with some good examples to hand, and also the key text “The Ship Argo” by Roland Barthes, which is published in the book “Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes”, please see page 46 of the attached pdf copy.

Sadly the map discussion at the Weston Library tomorrow that we mentioned and had hoped to attend is sold out.

For the design tutorial please bring in the originals of EVERYTHING that you have done so far on the project, preferably printing out any images/drawings so we don’t have to look at things on screen/phone or camera…and allowing you to draw/sketch and adjust the images; and bringing in any models and physical experiments.  Please also don’t forget to bring in your original souvenir.

Within each group there will be around 10mins per person to discuss what you have done so far, and what you plan to do by Thursday, and you are all encouraged to join in and contribute to the discussion of each other’s work.
In addition please remember we also asked each of you to pin up a final section or a final plan from your main project last year, plus your favorite image/drawing/model from your portfolio last year.

Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Kind Regards

Toby (Mike and Justin)

Unit G