Unit 7 Project Proposal
“Be Real With Me.”
Progress and Achievement
Since I have started the foundation course at CSM, I can’t fathom how much I have truly learnt. Whether it was through tutors or peers, I learnt something new almost every day. My weaknesses have become more apparent to me, but my skills have flourished, and my strengths are in my mind with clarity. My work in photography, editorial layout and moving image has been the most successful, and so I’d like to undertake a project that includes all of these practices in some way. 
Fashion has always been an indulgence of mine, what with magazines being ever-present in my household. I’ve never been a designer of clothes, but my appreciation and keen eye have lead me to Fashion Communication in which I am able to do exactly as the name suggests: communicate fashion to a public audience. Photography and videography have been highlighted as my strongest skills, and I’d like to deepen my understanding of both in hopes of one day being a part of a creative and communicative team for a magazine or website, such as i-D or ShowStudio. 
Project Proposal Aims and Realisation
In Part One, I completed a day project entitled ‘Photobooth’ in which I interviewed a fellow classmate, and then created an image of them based on their answers. This concept has stuck with me throughout my time at CSM, and having enjoyed the Street Style project, it encouraged me to consider the title ‘Interact’ as the direction in which I’d like to take this project.
The concept for the performance piece ‘The Artist is Present’ by Marina Abramovic greatly moved me. In the piece, Abramovic sat and invited public viewers to sit in front of her and simply stare at her, unmoving and silent. This made me ask myself the question, how much do we rely on sight to connect with one another? When we interact, how much does looking at someone’s face affect the way in which we communicate? Nowadays, we are obsessed with social media, particularly instant messaging platforms, in which you rarely see the face of the person you’re directly talking to. However, we claim we know these people well, even though half of the time we’re not actually seeing their physical responses to us.
I’d like to experiment with this idea by conducting interviews with people I consider interesting in my life, recording the session audibly and visually. With the final photographs and/or videos, I’d like to play with obscuring/blocking out the face for the final visual outcome. The effect created will lend itself to my research into how much we base our opinions on aesthetics in a world where visual language is prominent. 
To evaluate, I shall write on my workflow daily, which will include self-reflective questions that address my decisions and choices. I will organise peer evaluation to take place every week, identifying questions I’m struggling with and asking for written constructive comments. Also, throughout my project, I will always refer back to my aims and realisation to make sure my project pathway is strong and true. 
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