Friday, February 24, 2012

Hall of Dead Piece

Here is how I presented "Hall of Dead" video.
I hung the same dress I was wearing in the video, in the foam core structure. Then I projected the video on the dress hanging inside the structure. I wanted people to not only pay attention to the video, but also the structure itself. By making the video project behind the dress, it hides the projector and it also gives the video three- dimensionality. 


I defined cinematic space as capturing a movement over a period of time. 
I wanted to use video for this project because I felt like it does well capturing things in the moment. Well, not exactly capturing, but more like seizing or stealing a moment in time. You're not exactly asking the subject if it's okay if you steal a moment of their time for your artistic intentions. You take control and take the shot. With video, you're able to control what people see. 
In suicide, the person is seizing their own moment. I wanted to create the same feeling through my video. I was stealing a moment that I created-- and just for a second-- have someone feel my loss, my pain, and my friend's complete and utter loneliness and sadness. (Although, I don't think I'll ever be able to fabricate that.) With video, I was seizing time-- a mere 20 seconds-- to show the viewer loss, and hopefully reflect onto their lives, and remember of all the loss they've gone through, and remember them. 
With my friend's passing, I wanted to remember her, to say goodbye, to wish her well in the life that she chose for herself; the afterlife. My concept, Hall of Dead, allows me to create a space where she could go visit me, or rather, I can go there and transcend life and death itself to say hello. I wanted to create a space where the living and the dead could meet-- even if that is a split-second. 
About my video:
My friend killed herself through sleeping pills and a bathtub full of water. From my understanding, it takes about 20 seconds after losing breath to suffer from brain starvation (no oxygen to the brain) and die. I used 6 people because there's a saying that when you kill yourself, you effect at least 6 people around you. I also wanted the 6 people to be as close to mourning as possible, so with all of them wearing all black with hoods, it has a connotation of a funeral service. I'm wearing all white because I wanted to be ghost-like as possible. By picking white silk, I wanted to create a look that I am a spirit that the wind goes through. I didn't want to have a forceful commanding presence in the video. I wanted to have a powerful, strong but delicate presence in the video, to represent how fragile life can really be. I wanted the video to reflect transcending life and death itself to reach out to her to say goodbye.
If I was going to do this project again, I would pick different material. I wanted the structure to be light and fragile, but as a classmate megan said, it's still foam core. People can make the connection that it's foam core, a cheap material. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Hall Of Dead Video

when you were born you cried, and the world rejoiced, live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

Special thanks to Lindsey Chapman, Regina Cohn, Corrine Wenborg, Maggie Haight, Cyrra Robinson, Maya Rodriguez and Griffin Boyd.  
Oh and to my parents. 

yay art school!


Well, here's my concept, folding out like crazy.
The layout

concept Sketches

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concept Sketches

Here's my little house!

The side view

8 feet of foamcore. (Imagine bringing that down from Denny Way!)

I'm suprised how little foamcore I used. I wanted to keep things consistent and not have little seam marks, but I guess I just need to think things through. 

The dress
How I pictured it as well. I wanted it to be similar to a Waterfall. Waterfalls are used usually in monuments, symbolizing the passing of life. 


One thing I'd work on? Measuring...again. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bob Campbell, the fantastic.

We had a lecture today on what is cinematic space, led by Bob Campbell. He explained to us what is cinematic space. He gave a full insight on what is cinematic space, and the study of film.
One of the things I took away from his lecture was that film/cinematic space is moving poetry without words. It's like reciting a poem, but express only through movement.
I also took away understanding film more. He broke down the rule of thirds and showed consciously or unconsciously what shows the character's feeling (or how the director wants you to feel). And, this all depends on where you hold the camera! If you have the eyes around the the upper line in the rule of thirds, it means the character feels a positive feeling, and if the eyes are around the lower line of the rule of thirds, it means that the character feels a negative feeling.

How cool.

Eyes Of The Skin

Location: The Henry.
Objective: What is cinematic space?
My view: I'm standing at the top of The Henry, watching dancers interlock with each other in unison color red; and as I descend down the stairs, there's two women dancing on the stairs next to the wall. They have either a blue light on their wrist or ankle, and trace the floor with their bodies. As the performance starts, 7 dancers with chairs go onto the "stage". They dance with each other and with the chairs. The dancers try to pull off the peeling wall, and the piece ends with all the dancers on the floor.
How did the artist play with cinematic space?
The way the artist plays with cinematic space is through projection, but from three different sources.
First projection: Dancers
The dancers are the first projection, because it also the most emotional. The dancers project a certain feeling, whether the emotion is euphoric or agnostic. First you see the dancers, helping one another almost nursing the fallen others back to health. Then, you see the dancers fighting with one another. This creates the feeling of the piece, and the motion of cinematic space.
Second Projection: The Projector!
Obviously. The artist used the projector to project a video behind (or projected on the wall, but well concealed) the dancers, which tried to tear down it. 
Third Projection: More Lights!
By having one kind of light on one side, it created another "screen" to watch, which was the dancers shadows. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


A close friend recently committed suicide, so I'm doing this for her.

My idea for the cinematic space is a first in a series called "Hall of Dead." I am going to have a video projecting onto this make-shift house that's 8 feet tall and 6 feet deep. The video consists of me standing in the middle, no hair at all holding a little version of the make shift house. There's going to be 6 people walking on both sides (3 people on either side) dressed in all black with hoods singing,
When you were born you cried
And the world rejoiced
Live your life so that when you die
The world cries and you rejoice.
For that last stanza, I lift my head and join in on the singing. 

Some cinematic ideas!


I was inspired by Davy and Kristen McGuire on their piece called, "The Ice Book". (Here's their beautiful piece right here : I really liked this piece because it was so simple, but so intricate and well thought out. To put simply, it took my breath away.

(and for some reason I'm attracted to lack of color/minimal color/muted palettes, so that's probably why I really liked "The Ice Book.")

This lead me wanting to do some projection work for my project.

I looked at the work of Jenny Holzer, who projects words onto buildings. This is an example of cinematic space because she's transforming what the "gallery" wall is. She's taking an existing structure and making it her own.

Then, I fell in love with the idea of "Light Graffiti".

I think this is an example of cinematic space because naturally, you can't see the speed of light. But by bending the camera's abilities, you're able to see the light transform a bridge into an awesome monster like thing, or a piece of writing that has washed away with the sands of time.


Then I ventured off of "light graffiti" and thought of doing some perspective scenes.

What I really like about this piece is the perspective change. Also, it's narrative without being too obvious, which is something that I would like to do for my project.  Because you're forced to look into a paper tube, it's changing how you view things, hence cinematic space.

Tilt shift photography is the ultimate play on cinematic space. By digitally editing the photo, it alters the perspective to show miniatures! How cute. :3

Pinhole Photography
Pinhole Photography (I think) is the most time-capturing and the best example of cinematic space. Because you have to keep the shutter open in order to catch the moment. This is also an example of cinematic space because I think one of the key elements of cinematic space is movement, and pinhole photography captures  movement in this ghost-like manner.