Sunday, 29 April 2012

Ok, so download of last week's activities...

Monday - started to clear space to allow for more clear thinking. 
A definite day of allowing chance circumstances to navigate. Not much studio work partaken but a great day to chat amongst fellow students and offer mutual support.
Had a chat with ST (tutor). Showed him the video on the laptop and discussed the pipe and the possibility of sound being used within it - a play on irony. He seemed very taken with the whole idea and felt the work was very interesting. This gave me a huge lift. He suggested bringing an actual washing machine into the space as part of the installation...

Tuesday...Brought in a tv monitor to test the video in this format as supposed to projection. Works far better. The clarity of the screen works stunningly with the imaging of the crystal clear sea. Also there is a black screen surround which is definitely enhancing the image. The monitor is standing against the 3 remaining black walls of the crate, so again this is helping. Experimented further with sound using the replaced piezo speaker that I soldered up that morning at home. This sounded so much better in the pipe. AK (tutor) came to have a look around. His feeling was the film was perhaps slowed down too much. He also came up with lots of alternative suggestions...I explained that all his suggestions had been previously tested and this was now where the work stood. He suggested I check out Gabriel Orozco and his lint work. This was great to look at but a little too late in coming! He also suggested bringing an actual washing machine into the space...! I didn't demonstrate the pipe. Felt a little subdued after AK's meeting!

                                          Video on TV monitor in dark space.

Wednesday...went sand crazy! Before going into Uni I 'mocked up' some ironical postcards - using the images of the doors on the beach and text. I felt these would be quite quirky along with the irony, (I'll put the images up on the blog). I also experimented further with sound. Listening to Big Yellow Taxi in the car by Joni Mitchell. Felt the lyrics were appropriate so downloaded and tried this in the pipe, along with Louis Armstrong's, Wonderful World. ST had suggested lift/hotel type music so I played Percy Faith and Theme from a Summer Place. All sounded very cheesy but apt. Then poured sand around and a few inchs inside also to seat the pipe. I then took the postcards and placed them randomly sticking out from the sand...the idea perhaps being that as people approach the pipe they than take a postcard away with to do with as they wish...keeping the work OPEN. 

Irony postcards with sand and pipe with sound.

Then I tested out the washing machine doors in a more sculptural form along with nylon thread and sand.

I was then visited by AL (tutor)... a great week for tutor input! She was very taken with the video footage, but hated the sound (this interfered with her fantasy of the work). She REALLY hated the postcards! We had a good laugh about it and no offence taken! Really good to have her positive feed back on the video work! She suggested videoing from the inside of the working washing machine!!...I said the household insurance wouldn't cover! Suggested alternative method of displaying the not on the plinth. Felt relifted again!

Thursday Worked at home in the morning. Became inspired by a YR2's sound piece (PC) and hence took to getting back to working on a sound piece as I had been before Easter. A build up of washing machines on various stages of their cycle, orchestrated together, that finally build to a 3sec silence then a climatic roar of the sea (downloaded) to end with.  I visualised people entering a restricted space (The Crate?) to experience the sound work. This was then downloaded to CD. It is unlikely to be used but I always like to have a back up. Once I returned to the studio I started looking into creating a new new website is currently being constructed through ISendYouThis. Oh yes, purchased a new waterproof cheap as poss, with a view to videoing the washing in situ! Shall discuss this further with DR.

Friday Home day working on websites and new Twitter site. Travelled up to Plymouth via train to attend Debbie's Preview evening and Yr1 Exhibition, while travelling I was able to consider display of the video, which is likely to be the piece exhibited. Had a coffee in Waterstones which allowed me to consider things further.

Notes written Friday pm...

3 possibilities

  • most probable to use video and take this further. Consider use of an already set up Webcam, Seaton Beach has one so I can have the doors on the beach during the run of the show as a related but separate piece of work.
  • Consider rebuilding of Crate - the darkness creates a dramatic backdrop to the work - could reduce the work down to the Crate with simply the monitor inside.
  • Monitor could be lying on the floor in a prone position (as though washed ashore). A false floor fitted so as to hide the wires away. This needs testing ASAP.
Need to now remove everything from the Crate space so as to test monitor on the floor.

                                         Also the book has arrived back from

Sunday Looking forward to returning to the studio to test out ideas. Thinking of projecting onto a puddle of water also. 

A response from the 2 shows seen on Friday - Less is definitely more. Listened to my sound composition again with my husband and my daughter. I am a person who values sight over sound and I question this amongst other when in a mixed medium exhibition. When I visited an exhibition in Berlin earlier this year with a Sound piece (name TBC) I was confronted with a space that had only this one piece of work. I am increasingly aware of the difficulties of Sound work being exhibited among other non-sound works. This is quite a deciding factor to my decision on the sound piece. It will be demonstrated within my assessment but unlikely to be used for the show.

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