Anna displayed three burnt film images on the wall through the projector. By showing the work in this way, there is a strange but interesting contrast between old technologies and new. It was discussed how in the future, the triptych could be expanded on by involving multiple technologies in the same room, such as slide projectors, iPads and actual rolls of film. The colour qualities of these would also intrigue, as with each material, certain things would be shown slightly differently due to the technology.
Mikala Stainer’s Work
Mikala presented an audio clip of her speaking backwards played through her phone. It was discussed how it might be interesting to experiment with multiple speakers in the room so that the audience didn’t know where the sound was coming from, though she wanted to continue using a mobile phone.
Rebecca Rustigini’s Work
Rebecca displayed a smashed pot on a plinth that she revealed was the only sentimental object that she had in Worcester with her. I love the courage of smashing something so precious, and then the act of displaying it in that way on a plinth shows everyone how important it was without having to say.
Rich spoke about how he used the studio in his PhD by making work in context, and in particular, talked about the storage container he rented to store his objects.
He said how he was interested in the position of objects ‘in-between’ storage and being used, as if the object becomes inactive when in the container and is activated when taken into the studio. In storage it is like they are waiting to be assigned their roles. Prop objects are suspended between performance and reality.
The theatre is an affect rather than a place - the thing that’s produced.
Organisation by ‘fit’.
Collective memory about objects that are ‘activated’ in performance, such as when you see something and it triggers a memory for multiple people. The object becomes larger than itself as more memories are applied to it.
The ‘future-past’ is when an object is referring to the past. Objects offer a way to show a place that you no longer are, such as souvenirs.
Constructive narratives are formed between objects and the owners.
Can you be ‘just present’ without thinking about the past or the future?
For my group crit, I put the incense in the box on one side of the room, and the video projected onto the other side, showing different registers of capture. The physicality of the perspex box work compared to the video shows a contrast between the live and the past, hinting at themes of existentialism.
It was mentioned that the title and the box grounded the work, and was suggested that I experiment with light sources and different ways of showing the smoke.
By making a low frequency tone and layering it over more, I am trying to achieve the effect of making someone feel sick through sound. When played on a powerful enough speaker, the audiences bodies should start to feel this sound vibrating through them.
In the group crit, it was commented that people began to feel ill because they could feel the bass on their heart, and that they felt claustrophobic.