Things that got done yesterday concerning drone stuff: altered the questionnaire, started paper draft, started on the poster draft. Looking at the drone code is unnecessary at this point, and somehow, that makes looking at code about 10x more pleasant than a few weeks ago. Today, I’ll have to dedicate a good chunk of time to accurately piloting these machines since we’ll be going to the justice center tonight (around 5:30- not as late as I wanted, but hopefully, in the future we’ll get to do midnight tests).
I slept for 11 hours yesterday. I guess I feel well rested, but I’m a bit saddened to think of all the time I lost. I wanted to start reading Cloud Atlas, but that’ll be something to do this weekend.
Topic I’m currently thinking about: Personal “brands,” especially among artists. One of my art teachers has an excessive amount of patterned Converse that she wears as a way to be recognizable to curators and other people in the art world. She told me that she wore them 1) as a way to inspire confidence in herself when interacting with the uber-elite art world and 2) to distinguish herself from other artists so that the elite art world will promote her work over others.
I understand that it’s necessary to differentiate myself from other artists (it’s just the nature of Western artistic practice- contemporary art is valued through the lens of individuality and through that, freedom. I blame the Impressionists), but the concept of branding feels harmful. I think that this branding creates an exaggerated, caricature-ized image of yourself that you then have to mold yourself into, and fulfilling your branded expectation limits the ways you can grow. Artists do that a lot, though; once they find a niche, they often defined by it (think of Judd and boxes, Flavin and lights, Rothko and color-fields). I’m a bit worried that I’ve already created a sort of brand for myself through the way I present myself, especially through the way I dress. I’m also worried that any eccentricities in how I dress has become a subsitute for actual personality. I don’t reallly know how to define myself as an artist, or if I even should.