20/11/14

Today I went in to collect my work that I had left so tutors could look at an decide what area people would specialise in and it was exciting to find out what I was going to specialise in. I noted that i  was allowed to do Fine Art specialism, there seemed to be a fair amount of people choosing to specialise in fine art and lots of new faces that I hadn't seen before. We were reminded and told to look on moodle at the brief, which I have already done briefly  but I will refer back to it and continue to think of ideas. I wrote down notes in my book of thought that I had related to the project brief title 'Witness'. I searched on Google 'Witness' to see what would come up, it said that witness is a human rights organisation that uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violence. This was interesting to see that the word was being used and related to violence. I thought of things that reminded me of witness like witness protection which is an enforcement the police can use for peoples benefit if they are in danger, also a saying which is witness the fitness, which can be a jest and a confident, proud, humorous remark. 

I looked in the dictionary to see what the word was stated as, the result came up:

Witness

verb (used with object)

1.
to see, hear, or know by personal presence and perception:
to witness an accident.
2.
to be present at (an occurrence) as a formal witness, spectator,bystander, etc.:
She witnessed our wedding.
3.
to bear witness to; testify to; give or afford evidence of.
4.
to attest by one's signature:
He witnessed her will.

verb (used without object)

5.
to bear witness; testify; give or afford evidence.

noun

6.
an individual who, being present, personally sees or perceives athing; a beholder, spectator, or eyewitness.
7.
a person or thing that affords evidence.
8.
a person who gives testimony, as in a court of law.
9.
a person who signs a document attesting the genuineness of itsexecution.
10.
testimony or evidence:
to bear witness to her suffering.
11.
(initial capital lettera member of the Jehovah's Witnesses.
 
Results came up to do with witnessing an incident, an event like a wedding,to do with suffering, evidence, avoiding giving evidence and even Jehovah Witnesses, which involves speaking and spreading information. I thought these outcomes were very interesting to see the diversity of what the word could mean and how many options that came up. I also thought of surveillance, like TV, Celebrity Big Brother, everyone likes to watch what other people are doing all the time and weirdly find it very entertaining, also films and programmes can be live streamed, like the news, your watching something before you as it is happening, also I thought of one incident which had a lot of controversy about it was #freeeducation, which was a protest that was channeled live on youtube and the internet when it was happening, which I actually watched on the day live, it was a protest about university and the costs of it. There were several humorous placards that people carried with them such as 'I can't even afford paint' and 'our placard is as shit as this government' I drew pictures from this event in my sketchbook. The event actually turned a bit violent and people became angry, there was a lot of police following the protestors and at one stage the police were at the front actually leading it which the protesters weren't happy about. A few outside of shops got wrecked with paint, and I saw people start to attack the outside of the Starbucks shop. There were people in there having a coffee when several people started smashing the windows with poles or instruments used as weapons, the people inside became scared and moved away from the window, the window was smashed and had paint on it, and the police then came over very angrily and moved in front of it to protect the shop. I saw a few times people got arrested which made people more unhappy, and lots of people trespassed over a grassy area which the police then cornered off and tried to stop people from getting onto it. This was weird to watch as I was watching at home sitting down on a comfy sofa, whilst lots of other people, outside for a long time must have got cold and tired of all the shouting, weird to watch as it was streaming live. 

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