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weeks 4 to 6
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After finalising my decision to focus on Subconscious Biases, I delved into researching artists who had explored similar themes. In addition, I gathered more primary research and conducted my own experiments to test our course leader's subconscious judgments and biases towards our class and other tutors. One experiment I conducted was inspired by Gillian Wearing's artwork titled "Signs that say what you want them to Say and Not Signs that say what someone else wants you to Say (1992-1993)." I recreated this piece and asked Pav to match people's answers to a specific question. Filming Pav's assumptions added a fascinating element to the experiment and deepened my connection with the chosen concept.

 

While studying artists who had addressed disabilities, political statements, feminism, and racism, I learned valuable lessons about conveying messages within the artwork that may not explicitly explain everything to the audience. Although their works weren't directly focused on my concept, the research I conducted into these artists enriched my understanding of storytelling and messaging.

Importantly, I drew inspiration from disabled writers, designers, and comedians. Rosie Jones, in particular, resonated with me due to her comedy, which reflects my own coping mechanisms in life. Humour has become my survival strategy, and Rosie Jones' ability to navigate between comfort and discomfort while fighting for fairness and equality greatly inspires me. Through her comedy, she strives to educate her audience about the experiences of inclusivity.

During my artistic research and concept development, a tutor introduced me to the Harvard Implicit Test. Intrigued, I decided to take the test myself and became instantly engaged with its mysterious nature. I expanded my primary research by inviting some of my peers to take the test while ensuring anonymity for their answers. This stage of the project led me to shift from designing a physical test for the audience to a more stripped-back exploration of subconscious biases and the triggers that activate them.

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