Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Lawton Hall

I very much enjoyed Lawton's visit! A lot of his work resonated with me, for a variety of reasons. His introduction in particular was extremely relevant to what I've been thinking about recently, being: how the hell am I going to live after college? All we're required to do is make enough money to eat, supply the government, and consume. Where in this formula is the real action of living? I feel like for so many people, their job is not a part of their experience of 'life' - their real life starts after they leave their workplace. I do not in any way, shape or form want to live only outside of work. I'm hoping to eventually make money by creating film, something that I find both a worthwhile use of my time, and something that I genuinely adore to both create and consume.
ANYWAY, with this in mind, my favorite piece of Hall’s was his work with Carl – I connect with the medium and understand the use of sound on an academic level. The thing that I found most surprising about the music in the film was the almost whimsical quality of the feeling it created, despite the almost perverse act of active voyeurism through the camera’s lens. I think this film could just as easily have had a feeling of suspense or tension, and the music has a huge part to do with that.

I also wanted to talk about the first piece, because it conjured for me a lot of images that matched with my fear about the future. Usually, when we hear classical instruments in a concert hall, it’s very easy to understand the message and continuity of the piece, but for Hall’s piece, there is no continuity or harmony. The only point that created a sense of grounding is when the bass created a foundation on which each instrument was able to stand. It was a very beautiful and solid point in the piece.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

MINE


I wanted to use my phone for this project, and to try to embody the feeling of a vine, but I needed it to be a little longer for my purposes. In the Eddie Izzard clip that I show, he is talking about British Imperialism, and how just the presence of a flag and a gun makes a space into a place, and beyond that a place that is OWNED. I don't know how a person really owns a place, but it happens! It happens on the large scale and on a much smaller scale. This happens all the time, every day--if you want to grab a table for lunch, you put a marker there, and that space suddenly becomes yours, if only for a short amount of time. And then, if people continuously own that space, it is thought to be their's, like a lunch table that is generally thought of as the 'nerd table'. I wanted to try to mimic this kind of behavior, while also making something kind of funny featuring my favorite comedian.
Featuring my friend Jacob, who very kindly was my antagonist.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Dissonance


This project has a lot to do with our technological environment. I was struck one afternoon how silent and foreign our classroom was, so I decided to try to place myself within this space.
As I created the video, I found myself focusing on time as a keeper of rhythm, but what does it really have to do with the pace of life? We use this tool to measure our lives, but (at least for me in that moment) I couldn’t find any value in it. The one shot that could potentially look like a POV shot is of the clock, hopefully communicating my exasperation with the time.
In the end I wanted to create a feeling of tension. The audience, when watching the video, instinctually wants to breathe with the track, but it’s too drawn out and sporadic to be comfortable. That coupled with the displacement of myself, only anchored to the video by my possessions and blue computer screen, which again speaks to the tension I felt within this very regulated and concrete world.
Also, kind of unintentionally, I created a space within the video where my presence as “artist” was very overstated; the sound and editing draw attention to the construction of the video.

The Practice of Everyday Life focuses strongly on the mundane activities that we do every day. I wanted to focus on this space that we in the class all know, a space that is for our understanding ‘mundane’, and tried to communicate how disconnected I feel in that room.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Social Rule Breakers

For my first project, I'd like to do a social experiment.
This could also almost function as a psychology project, because what I'm most interested in is how everyone will react to my and another's behavior.
My idea is to sit down and play a card game, and that's it! Except that I want to do this in the middle of Woodman's. I'm not quite sure how to yet document this phenomenon, potentially with both photography and a short video. I want to both capture how shoppers react to it (my assumption is that they will be very curious but not actually do anything or say anything) and how my partner feels after the experiment is done. I assume that I will feel very uncomfortable and out of place, but maybe it will also be freeing in a certain way.
I'm also interested in seeing whether or not Woodman's reacts to our being there. I'm hoping to camp out for either a half an hour or a full hour. We'll just have to see!