Making the ordinary extraordinary | Group Project | 2 – 3rd February

We have finally been given a project following the theme ‘Making the ordinary extraordinary’, which will be a group project taking place over the next 3 weeks. There are three sub-themes; hidden city, power & technology and migration. We have to choose one of these themes to base our work on, I went for hidden city as I thought it had the most potential for creative ideas.

Everyone was split into large groups depending on what theme we wanted to do. In those groups we talked about what angle each of us hoped to approach the project from. My idea was to look at Cardiff’s infrastructure, potentially the layout of the power grids and sewage lines, and then see if it was possible to see the similarities they had to an actual map of the city. To find the other members of the group we chose people who had similar ideas to ourselves, which surprisingly wasn’t too hard to do. There are five of us in the group, it includes myself, Rhys Buge, Mitchell Scott, Amy Dunstall and Geraint Jones.

We got together as a group Monday afternoon and most of Tuesday to brainstorm and come up with ideas, as the goal for the end of Tuesday was to come up with a proposal explaining the message we are trying to put across with our work. After putting all of our ideas together we came up with what we think is a good angle on the project. The basic concept is that we want to look back and compare the history of Cardiff to the present day. This is going to include as much information as possible, including crime stats, architecture, people, fashion, population, infrastructure, maps and even how society has changed over the years. This means that we will have to gather a lot of research, and we know that this optimism could potentially be quelled by lack of information on some of the topics. We have only just started thinking of what we could make but we know that it is going to be a series of pieces of work, not just one outcome. I am looking forward to this project, and i’m sure the rest of my group are as well.

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