Every student on this course must maintain a rolling platform of five ideas, themes, obsessions that they are interested in. These could be influenced by people you know, a book you have read, a play, a film, a party you went to, a look someone gave you, a dream, a nightmare, philosophy, politics, transmutation – basically anything in your life. We want you to produce work about things that you are interested in rather than the current trends, if you are not true to yourself why should an audience believe in you? What is important about every idea is that you have a passion for it and will enjoy turning it into reality. Your ideas will change, disappear, explode – that’s fine. The main thing is to keep thinking, developing, producing.
Format – At various times you will have to think about the 5 ideas in terms of a format (i.e. will it make a film, tv programme, photographs, a script). The format of the ideas could change for various reasons.
Genre – You will also consider the genre of your 5 ideas (i.e. thriller, experimental, provocation, comedy, gangsta, factual) Again this will change after influences and discussion with others.
Product – Some of these 5 ideas may turn into media artefacts that are produced during your modules. Start making what you believe in now. Your themes may remain the same over the entire course but they will be developed in terms of their creative realisation, their theoretical influences and the impact that they have on audiences and society in general.
Where to keep your 5 ideas? It’s up to you where you keep your 5 ideas. This blog that you will update over the next three years would be fine. You may prefer another method (sketchbooks, artists notes and so on) but your work should be accessible on a digital format that staff and other students can access on the web.
What happens to your 5 ideas? Your 5 ideas are your brain and soul writ large. This means you are opening up to staff and students – your ideas will be challenged but will also be respected. If your ideas are careless then so will be the response. Be ready to show your idea to anybody that asks. This could be in a module, APT session or in a more informal meeting. Time now to act.