Overall this year so far has taught me a lot more about myself and where I am heading within this world through my illustrations and interests. One of the themes that have always interested me most is humour, and just like most other people I am constantly drawn to the sensation humour has to offer within this world and have always loved to share a laugh with others inorder to enjoy life whilst not taking it too ‘seriously’. For me life should be enjoyed and lived to its full potential, and by constantly learning and playing around with your discoveries we are able to do just that. After all what fun is there without an element of humour?
With special thanks to my constellation tutor Theo for teaching me a lot more about humour and its theories, I had decided to design my disseration around humour while also sheding light on why it may become offensive in order to discover both ends of the arguement and the power humour can have on things such as illustration. I think that it is always important to understand all aspects of a theme before use, and often we become too arrogent towards an idea that we can leave others feeling insulted or upset as a side effect. A lot like humour, we are all born with it and understand what it is but yet we never really think too much into the types of humour and where our jokes would leave other people. Examples such as Charlie Hebdo are all too fimilar of the consiquence miss use of humour and lack of understanding can have on a joke. We often aim our jokes at a subject we care less about, one that we dont have a deep connection with in order to provoke laughter out of a similar mindset.
What my essay has descovered is not how to become funny, but how humour plays an important role within every society and how we love the idea of getting people to laugh to feel united with them. People who don’t laugh are either those who have been targeted or don’t agree with the joke because they are either confused or not on the same wave length as the joker. People such as Henri Bergson have taught me how humour can be a aggressive act and that we tend to not laugh at jokes if we are not part of the social group. For instance on a train overhearing a funny conversation, we won’t laugh much unless we are part of that very group and that humour often targets differences. Books such as Laughter and Humour have expanded further what Theo had already taught about humour theories, and that we tend to only laugh when there is no danger present. Incongruity humour theory, the one that for me makes the most sense teaches us how our brain are adapted to reconise normal chain of events that we are used too, but once something different effects these events we go through two stages, one being to go on the deffensive if it senses danger or the other to laugh when we knotice there is no danger, evidence that gets backed up by a research book I had picked up on a whim by Tony Chapman and Hugh.
Not only that but I had descovered through research how cultures affect our norms in life, what one culture see’s as normal and right, another abnormal and wrong, and often clash in beliefs can affect influence how a joke gets taken by the viewer. A joke is personal opinion and no one can simply come up with ‘the best joke ever’.
Another thing I had learnt from writing this essay is that we tend to hold our mental state over the punchline of a joke, if we feel that a joke is anyway aimed at us and as stated above, our beliefs we go into defensive mode and often lash out. No one likes to be mocked, but if they understand that it is done in a jokey way they seem to instantly get less offended unless the joke really hit a nerve. It is as if we can get away with a lot more by the term ‘joke’ and humour is the understanding into what a joke actually is.
Not only that but my essay had looked into the importance humour has on this world and how creators and illustrators use humour to disguise offence. What the dissertation had also concluded is that there is an ever growing amount of people who have come to see the importance humour can have to impact a viewers opinion and often use humour as a way to twist reality in order to get their own personal veiw across or hightlight to the extreme a flaw one may have. Humour had leaked its way into polital art and people have been using it for not only just entertainment purposes but in acts of protest. Going off what was said earlier by how humour unites us, the artist is able to see and hear the vewiers subconqious opinion which they love. Laughter invites others, it is contagious. And while we are still only at the start of understanding what it is, we are coming to learn of its importance.
How all these findings help me is not to suddenly become a great comedian who knows most things about humour but rather to understand a little more about the people I may have to work with in future. Not all my work will be so clean and straight foward, sometimes we need to add a little humour inside our illustrations just like most people, but in doing so I want to learn from the mistakes of others while also seeing other other illustrators had used humour and why. This dissertation doesn’t complete my request in finding everything about humour as it simply isn’t fully understood yet and not only that but I havent spent years of my life researching the brain and humour. It is only the starting point of understanding humour and also understanding more about me.
This year I have been exploring an area of interest of mine which is humour within art. From my studies in understanding humour with Theo I had started to understand the basic structures as to why something maybe funny and why not through a variety of theories. Theo’s lessons tort me that humour cannot be forced on the spot and that it is often seen as a social factor of life that has little actually understood about it, however people still try to use it in order to either impress or mock another person in our everyday lives. Because of this I have planned an essay that looks further into what I have already learnt and why some artists may feel the need to incorporate humour within their own work. I suspect that it may have something to do with Henri Bergson’s theory of humour being a social thing, which is why people jump at the chance to impress their audience with the use of it and in my view it can also be used to hide offense. Why do people tend to not get offended if something is considered a joke? and where is the actual line as to what really aggravates the other into responding negatively like with the Charlie Habdo magazine when they pushed the boundaries a little too far. Because of the nature of humans and the power illustrative images can have on the opinion of another, I feel that it is very important to understand where the moral line is in terms of joking around especially when working with people that we as illustrators are expected to do.
From what I found humour has a cruel side to it. Not only is it usually used to impress people but it all comes at a target’s expense. And as people think that humour can only occur when we relate to other people this usually means that its targeting another person for whatever reason. Even if you laugh at a dog it is thought that the psychological connection is you unknowingly linking it to a human and it is pretty hard to find something funny that isn’t. To test this theory we were even asked to find either a lifeless object or a sound that we found funny (for no reason) and to then ask why we found it funny. Turns out we did manage to find a funny donkey making weird sounds with his tongue so the theory as to humour only relating to humans can be challenged and incorrect. Not only that but theo did also mention that rats too can laugh and in his words ‘have been pissing themselves for years’ while scientists thought that it was only humans who had such a emotion. Either way as mentioned before what I learned is that there are millions of theories on humour and little evidence as to what it actually is in plain and why it exists in the first place, which is why I feel that I need to at least try to understand it and even how I can use it within my illustrations which is the main reason why I have chosen to write about it in my dissertation for the end of my third year.
While studying Sonic Arts I have learned a lot about how to see the world which is important as a illustrator. I have never really thought about ways to illustrate things such as sound or even how to experience sound itself but while studying Sonic Arts I think that it has widened my view and understanding of the world.
I have never really heard of Sonic arts before I had joined the course, and as a music lover I thought that it would be great to take a look into this subject and maybe learn a few things for my outside interests as well as illustration. But it tort me more than what I thought I was going to learn and even brought back some songs which I loved to listen to in the past. I am new to recording but now feel that I have a much more clear understanding into what to look out for sound wise and even how to add a atmosphere through sound for a better effect that I could use in my own future illustrations if I really wanted to add another element in a exhibition or something. I have learned about how sound and images can compliment each other and even to make sure that I pay a lot more attention to whats around me. A lot like my found objects project in my own subject, the outside world has a lot on offer which can really inspire and add to your work if you are ever in need of it.
From studying this sonic arts I would say that my most favorite part was actually going out to look for sounds. I think that even though my microphone on the phone did not pick up as much of the sound as what I would have liked, it managed to collect a variety of sounds that I hope to create into a piece that represents silence as asked.
To me silence is the absence of creature activity, whenever I think of silence I either think of being trapped inside of box with a lack of air, or I think of a explosion like noise which then fades off into nothing but the wind. I would like to try and recreate something similar to this and in my own time have collected a variety of sounds from both woodland areas, to city stapes which I hope to try and capture what I want to achieve. Silence is pretty hard to recreate but yet can be anything when you think of it as silence does not really exist. Although I have not yet created this sound piece, I feel confident enough to be able to pull off a decent result provided I remember most of what I have learned from lessons. From using the YouTube videos and my sonic art tutors advice I would like to aim at creating a piece to be proud of as a first attempt and hopefully learn how I can include this into my illustrations in future.
Christain Sun Kim I personally found the most interesting sound artist that I have learned about so far. I have decided to look into her the most as she has really opened my eyes on how I see the world and my illustrations in a way. Born deaf Christain feels as though she has never really owned sound itself, and she illustrates through her work what its like to experience a soundless world and how to find sound in other ways.
It is fascinating to think that you can find a artist who has never heard anything at all, who would be able to show people who can hear other ways of experiencing sound and she had really opened my eyes and I find her fascinating to watch.
Christain Sun Kim mainly focuses on the physical forms of sound, and she does this by places paint on canvases and then playing a variety of notes so it sends shock waves up which in the end illustrates sound its self. She talks a lot about the *feeling of sound* rather then hearing it, and as a illustrator it is important to communicate your world and ideas across as well as others. I think that she manages to do this in her work which is why I am going to focus my essay on her.
A classic tune from Moby called Procelain that I have found from YouTube which is a perfect example of a artist using the cut and paste technique who is also inspired by the Sonic art movement in my view.
I am not sure why we looked into this guy again, but as he is in my notes I think that I will add him up onto my blog too because of him being cool and kick ass on the guitar 😛
I thought I would upload the full track because I like it. Again same thing as before and you can see once more how this sort of thing can influence people like The Prodigy and even myself as I also love to create music in my own time and this has inspired me to start looking outside of the box which in return I might be able to use in my future illustrations if I get good enough at it.