By changing the colours and adding a flickering effect, the lines, when projected into smoke, will create a warmer glow and act more like shafts of light coming through the side of the red shed. When projecting with pure white light, as previously, the smoke turns the light into a blue hue that isn’t perfect in replicating what I want to.
Exactitude is a thing - theater is an object and something that you experience, not just watch. Art is a form of philosophy.
Don’t be afraid to subtract - instead of throwing everything at the work, subtract and show that you’re pulling things away from it all. Consider the positioning of the work.
Build a routine of documenting - document with the same precision as you do with your work. Don’t just do it last minute as it should be integral. Don’t let the documentation be the work.
Philip Guston “You work to divest yourself of what you know. I want to make something that baffles me for some time” -Good art is usually something that is active - baffling is interesting. Don’t join all the dots for the viewer, as art is about thinking rather than design.
Fail better - The moment you let go of your work will be when it soars.
Projection of the lines in the shed. When projecting this, it transforms the entire space into something completely different to what it was previously, though there is a blue hue that I want to try and eliminate if possible. I think by changing the colours of the lines, the work should take on a warmer glow. It should also be possible to manipulate this further by adding flickering as if a tree is blocking the sun slightly, allowing light to shine through its leaves.
By tracing the slits in the shed in Photoshop, I managed to create a projection video that I could use in the shed to replicate the light coming through from the Sun. The video intentionally slides subtly left to right to create the illusion of the Sun actually coming into the shed, though this may need to be played about with more to create a better, more realistic effect.
When positioning a lamp outside when the sun wasn’t visible, beams of light came through the slits again, though the lack of control in this method meant that the beams weren’t in the position I wanted them to be and weren’t very bright.
The shafts of light were less ‘crisp’ as they are when using a projector, making the effect less impressive and adding a blurryness to it.
I filled the shed outside the studio with fake smoke, allowing the sun from outside to shine through the slits in the shed and create physical looking beams of light. This was an important moment of discovery, and allowed me to see how the temperature of the air changes the dissipation of the smoke. When first dispersed into the space, the material is too ‘cloudy’, but eventually practically disappears, leaving nothing but the light.
I recorded a storm using a stereo microphone to create the sense of actually being there when listening through headphones
This method of capturing sound is an easy way of changing an environment and space, allowing for endless variations of sound to manipulate how the viewer experiences them.
Source: SoundCloud / Jackson C
Photographs such as these can relate to ghosting. The analogue qualities of them coupled with the anonymity of the subjects create a mystique that transforms what the viewer sees. Using analogue film is something I am very interested in, and it could be worth projecting my own to see how it affects the environment.
Into the Fog - Richard Gottardo
Gottardo uses actual environmental factors for his film, taking timelapse photography of fog moving through mountains to highlight how it interacts with the landscape. This creates a sense of living in the scenery; as if invisible forces are sweeping the fog around.
Anthony McCall - “You and I, Horizontal III” (2007)
I have found another artist that uses light and smoke in a similar way to my last experiment. McCall’s work is on a larger scale than my last piece, and completely transforms the space that it is positioned in. I would like to continue exploring with different techniques and to try out new ideas that isolates my work from his more than now.