Overall following my feedback from Mat & Jo there are multiple things in which i can change/ fix before presenting my work at the grad show. Focusing on the window Jo made comments as to using a more vintage window frame therefore adding something vintage to the space view giving it an earthly feel. Mat suggested i show the earth in the video. I feel if i added the earth it would take away the whole aesthetic of my work. Both Mat & Jo suggested i move my artist statement from the centre of the wall between the screens to the right side of the smaller screen, i placed it there purposely for the audience to walk in and engage with the work on either side of them however after they removed my statement to a different position i had to agree it was a lot better presented than how i originally had it. The feedback was half good half negative i can only turn the feedback into a positive way to improve and make my work perfect for grad show!
Final Presentation set- up (14.11.17)
In the early stages of this semester when we first started experimenting and coming up with concepts in order to execute to start our major work; I was scared and lost. Every Meda work we had created so far was only small to this work this was our final setup. I was nervous because I knew this was our showcasing work we had to apply ourselves completely for this major. At the start I was experimenting with film and playing around with the idea of recreating a scene from one of my favourite movie openers. However, despite this I moved on to focus more on the topic (Future). At this point of the major I was optimistic for the future creating a colourful utopia-like setting with the use of colours & taking the viewer into a better place than where we are. The complete direction for my work changed after I became oddly fascinated with the news of Donald Trump pulling America out of the Paris Climate Deal. This reminded me of Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary for National geographic which raises the concern of global warming which is something in which I take seriously and strongly believe. This lead me to somehow blending the idea of global warming with the ideas I was already exploring. Changing direction in that I was previously exploring an optimistic future whereas with global warming I was exploring quite the opposite. Despite the fact I completely changed It made me more confident as i thought now with the underlying problem of global warming I felt as if my work had actual purpose. Especially because it was something I actually cared about. I next played around with some transitions this lead me to space. When I think of the future I always think about space but why? I thought about this it’s definitely is partially a result of the copious amounts of 80’s futuristic movies I watch. Every movie about the future growing up always had the same idea we would all be in space travelling between different planets. I loved this idea but found this as a perfect way to implement my idea of global warming. Creating a space with no earth. But why no earth? There is no earth anymore in this world in which I have created, and this is a result of global warming. One of my first test for this idea was a yellowish coloured planet in order to represent a dry-dead earth however I changed this after I animated a planet made up of mini particles. Using the particles, I wanted to present the idea of a broken planet as it was not a solid. Overall my initial idea and first setup for the assessment was a success. From the start I wanted to create an interactive screen work and I feel with my first proper set up I achieved that. In comparison to all the work I’ve made throughout the last 3 years in Meda this was definitely the one I worked hardest on and was proudest of. I can honestly say that for the first time as most of my previous assignments had been left last minute or rushed. Now as ecstatic as I am here over the work the final execution wasn’t quite as successful as I’d hoped. For the 5ish so weeks of setting up & testing our works I kept the same two projectors and screens & 2 speakers set up in the centre right side wall. I experimented using this space and was successful in all my test and final test in this space. As exam week approached and it was time for us to properly set up our works everything started to go downhill for me. Firstly, we were re-assigned new spaces which I was okay with however my new space was in the far corner of the room. As I was using two screens – two projectors my first and biggest problem was because of the small space I was assigned I was unable to make the two projectors the same size. As the projector could only be so far from the wall without getting in the way of the second projector because of the close distance it was impossible to project the same scale as the further back screen which had the projector a few metres behind the work. After a full day of figuring out how to make it work it basically came down to impossible I was no matter what not going to be able to make these two screens the same size thus taking away the complete idea and concept of my work by creating an interactive space, it would just be stupid and wouldn’t work as the audience wouldn’t be able to properly engage or take it seriously looking at one-star pass from a proper size screen to a way smaller scaled screen. To compromise for this, I was forced to re-think and basically re-design my entire major just a few days before it’s due date despite the fact it had been working perfectly in my previous tests in the old space. After ripping my hair out and stressing I didn’t want to ruin the theme of global warming or the planet animation in which had taken weeks for me to make so I kept the original video on the big screen and to compromise with the little screen a created a different view of the content on the big screen. With this new view I gave it through the scope of a window. With the window view I was inspired by those old alien movies like ET & Alien it reminded me of the kid in ET who looks out his window to space. I was creating this view however a view of space from space. Implementing this is the kids new home on a spaceship as the motherland on earth was destroyed and made unliveable as a result of global warming. This different view also sticks to my original idea of an interactive work as the audience can switch views and feel as if they’re actually in space. This was my first problem solved. The second problem I faced was that despite the fact I booked two speakers for some reason all the speakers were booked out. I was going to bring my own speakers in but thought as an alternative to make the work silent. Silence is a technique used by Martin Scorsese in his movies in order to create a more dramatic undertone I thought this was a perfect alternative to my installation as global warming is a tense and real subject. This was initially a problem however turned out to be a good thing as I like the silence more than the ambient sound I originally had. Overall I was not completely happy with my final presentation as it wasn’t my initial plan, however I am proud of myself overcoming obstacles literally just days before the due date. I am proud with my assignment as a whole. There is no one to blame for how everything turned out with my space, my peers need room as well. In future I would improve my work by setting up in a different space or not trying to be so big and grand and make something more simple and easy not so overwhelming. I would like to thank Matt & Jo I am not an easy student to put up with! The last three years of Media Arts has been a lot of fun. Not proud of all but from first semester first year to now I am definitely prouder of myself and my work ethic and this is a result of Matt & Jo’s teaching and strict watching over me. Also thanks to my legendary peers for who have been nothing but supportive.
Following the allocation of everyones spaces i started to face multiple problems with my work. The first problem was that as a result of smaller space in the corner i was not able to make the two opposing projectors the same size this forced me to have to change my whole project in order to fit the space.
As my initial idea was to create a work in which the audience could engage with the two large opposing screens i had to rethink what i was going to do as the projector on the wall couldn’t be scaled any larger because of it’s distance in placement without getting in the way of the the hanging screen. My alternative was to create a different view of what was displayed on the big screen that way the audience can still feel as they are engaging with the work. This is where i came up with the idea to add it as a view from a window. Now what makes the window special is it’s a normal window like one you would see on earth. However it is here in space creating a whole new view to the initial bigger screen.
The window view was partially inspired by the famous Spielberg E.T. moon scene except rather than an earth view I’m giving a space view of no earth. No earth as a result of global warming. The audience is essentially watching all the broken planets pass by from their new home. The second problem in which i faced was that there were no available speakers however i settled for no sound which ended up working better with the overall meaning of my work – in my opinion.
Special Thanks to Dan & Glenn for helping me set up and experiment with everything!!!
Today was our last day to set up & test our projects. I set up the two screens with the sound and tested the video’s everything worked smoothly & I am happy with the result. Classmates including Jasmine Ryan & Chelsea Lowry complimented my work as well which was good to receive positive feedback.
Today we continued setting up our projects. Following up on the 3d space i had created i made some altercations in order to add to my aesthetic regarding global warming. Using after effects i re-created the planet from the previous weeks video however made it up of particles rather than a solid.
This is to display a broken planet. To reference global warming i have made a blue planet to represent water & a yellow planet to represent the sun. Initially for the set up i will have the same setup i do now with two opposing screens. With the use of the particles passing through one screen onto the other I am creating an immersive experience for the audience putting them into space where earth is no more. Questioning earth’s whereabouts I am using space to make people question where the earth has gone why are we in space all coming back to global warming. Merging the two coloured planets in which i created i was able to create one planet in which was made up of the sun & water. With the Ambient sound in which i created still playing to help set the atmosphere. So far after a set up test i am really happy with how this work is panning out.
Following this first screen the other screen will contain the same space used in this first screen putting the audience directly in the centre objects will flow from one screen to the other as if the audience is actually in space. Creating the ultimate 3d immersive space.
Today I set up two projectors opposing each other. I am now trying to create an interactive space interpreting the use of colour I previously experimented with the door. My previous animations & test were playing with transitions and the concept of an optimistic future using the door to take us out of the norm and into another world. This week i’ve taken us completely out of our world and put us into space Using particular in after effects i was able to create a 3D environment and alter the direction to make it feel as if you are been drawn into the the screen. The earth in the video is darker and sandy with no water it looks almost dry i wanted to create a dead planet as a result of global warming. Implementing the concepts of global warming i was playing around with in previous weeks. With an ambient beat i produced myself i’ve created an out of world experience for the audience. So far both projectors are screening the same video just in opposite order. From here i want to create a 3d like video so when one thing passes on one projector it goes onto the other. Another idea i want to experiment with is making the particles of the projector 3d – stand in the middle of the two projectors as if they’re real stars. Also come up with an idea to make the two screens talk to eachother.