Communication Phase|Presentation: Day 12 (Week 4)

Today was the day. Set my alarm for an earlier wake, to get to uni a good half hour before the workshop opens. Our plan was to spray paint our model in two tones grey and white to create not only a better finish but also a greater impact on visual communication. To spray paint was Levi and I’s part whilst Matt polishes up the presentation and laser cut some tiny people to go with our model. I have to say being around the paint fumes for an hour and a half in a concealed booth is rather too long an exposure.

The plan was put to action prior to the 10:30 AM start of presentations. Today, luck was on our side as we had been assigned to go last which gave us time to recollect our thoughts after a busy morning.

I am glad that we did not let ourselves down and that our hard work have paid off. We are all very happy with the outcome of the whole project. The presentation today went particularly well. We had planned out who was going to say what a day before, so the nerves weren’t acting up as bad as they would usually. I was lucky enough to be grouped with strong public speakers and that had given me the strength to step up and deliver a speech that was at their level.

I feel that we have conveyed all of our ideas thoroughly and well; our physical model doing a tremendous job painting a scenario for the audience. The questions that were imposed on us thereafter were fun to engage with and gave us amusement as some were what we expected was going to be asked. One was about the safety of wheelchair users as  they interact with our ”undulating blanket of concrete blocks”. The safety perimeters around our concept was actually well thought out, mind you. The wheelchair users can interact with the installation from above. Though the experience is different as it is more heavily reliant on the visual impact of the undulation, it is still counted as interaction with the water. The aim after all is to keep the tourists and the general public alike from their magazines and give them a shoreline that was once there, to interact with (ie. gaze at and play on)

After the presentation, we had all decided  to take the afternoon off from the project and come back to it with a fresh outlook tomorrow. Before we parted our ways though, we did discuss a few improvements we needed to take care of before the final hand in. We had decided to add Quay Street in for reference, to the model, add trees where they belong, add more people in (possibly in wheelchairs; with bikes; dogs and push trolleys) to paint a better scenario. We needed the model to speak our idea on its own. A key on the right hand corner was also one of things we had considered to put in.

The portfolio is more or less up to date, with just a few tidbits that need to go in and we should be done.

At the conclusion of this project, I am quite sad that sooner now than later our group has to go our separate ways again. It has truly been an amazing journey, bringing out in me some qualities I never thought I possessed. I have worked in groups before and had led them, as I do quite a bit for our church youth groups, so I knew from the start that constant communication with all of the team members was essential. Breaking down all the formal barriers was what did it however. Now we are all relaxed around each other and can more or less call each other buds. Well, I personally think so, if neither of my teammates agree.  At the start of the project, I felt like we were tittering around a huge gap between us, avoiding it for the fear it might explode at our faces. The formal barrier that once existed was good to some extent as our work rate was higher then, as compared to what it got to in the later days. However, it was less enjoyable then.

What was another good thing personally, was I had gained a little more experience and knowledge at the workshop having been taken under Levi’s wing who is obviously more experienced and more confident with the machines and tools there than I. So that was a plus.

We all had different skills to offer and different approaches to one thing, this showed specially on the developmental process of our project. After one or two days of working individually on concepts we sat down to reflect on our progress. Matt and I exercised a more focused thinking and came up with very similar variations developing on from our main conceptual roots, whilst Levi saw things with a wider set of lens and introduced a wide range of variety. Finding compromise between us proved to be the most difficult task we had to encounter. The compromise was built upon defining what exactly we meant by interaction with the water. To me, interaction with the water, meant to physically be close to it; by the water; actual physical contact and that meant most of the concepts I had done were by sea level. I did try to diverge  by looking at concepts from above and under sea level but it just did not feel right.

I had a lot to do with keeping our group organised and keeping to the dates we had set ourselves to work towards. I had done this by creating to-do lists for each person after every workshop sessions and posting it up on our boards. Everyone made an effort to pull their weight, as we all made a point on the very first or second day of this project that the portfolio needs to be absolutely up to date every week to avoid the mad rush at the end. That’s exactly what we have done.

I find it interesting, that when there is two other people to collaborate with on one project, it is easier to convince yourself to finish whatever you have been set to do at each respective time constraint. Of course there had been times that these time constraints weren’t met, by all three of us, but it was a-okay. It was really no big, just as long as we keep working towards it all to still avoid a stressful last stretch.

Overall, there is absolutely nothing I can complain about, or wish for. I look forward to more collaborative projects in the future, with other people, though I am so sure formal barriers will need to be broken down again within a new group. I hope to work with my current group mates again, as they were an absolute laugh to work with.

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