blog update: week 3

Weekly Progress Update

Week 2 on my timeline says “think of storyline, outlining scenes, order sensors, acquire additional materials, get heavyM license, test projection mapping in apartment space, start learning touch designer, techcheck things?” I have not written out the narrative of the story, I am hoping to be inspired this weekend when I go to Taos and Gallup. I haven’t ordered sensors yet because I do not yet know exactly how they will be interacted with in my performance. I am going to test my apartment space this evening and will upload test photos to this blog after. I have discovered that touchdesigner has projection mapping tools so I am going to spend class time today doing a tutorial to see if it is what I want to use or if I still want to use heavyM (I still need to purchase a license). Last on my list was to create a list of materials I might be able to check out from edp techcheck and yes, I did that and emailed. 🙂  

I have been working on my website’s theme and so far I think it has come to a good point. Now, I am working on filling it with content and writing about that content. 

I am hoping to get some good ideas about my idea of identity that I want to portray through my visuals. I am going to share some artists that have been inspiring me for this project to my “projection” small group today and will update this blog after.:) 

Reflection on Progress

Based on what I did accomplish during week 2, I am moving some goals to week 3, “Week 3: learn touchdesigner, test projection mapping in apartment space, figure out interactivity and appropriate sensor, go to Taos and Gallup to take pics/video, think of storyline, synthesize sounds”. Overall, I think I am in a very good place for my project and have a good trajectory of work to do this week. I am feeling excited. I am taking three other courses this quarter that are helping me to create my narrative, coincidently. It is only a matter of time. I can’t wait to get a hold of the Roland JP-08 Sound Module and Keyboard Kit to start recording sounds and producing a soundscape. 

Inspiration, Ideas, Readings, Research

My work for this project is an exploration of the human condition through a personal lens.

I have been reading 

Trans* by Jack Halberstam

posthuman theory by Donna Haraway, Rosi Braidotti, Cary Wolfe, Katherine Hayles, 

feminist and trans theory by Luce Irigaray and Jack Hablerstam

Artist/Creator/Project Profiles

Artists of interest:

Miwa Matreyek

Refik Anado

Tony Oursler

Miwa Matreyek is an animator, director, designer, and performer based in Los Angeles. She has been making installations where she interacts with her projected animations since 2010. I am interested that she is using her physical self to interact with digital projections in a space she created. She is a silhouette in her videos, but I want to show my 3D self but have an extra layer of dimension because something will be projected onto me. 

Refik Anadol is a media artist and a “spatial thinker” (installation artist). He combines machine learning with immersive installation. I am interested in the immersive installation part which is done mostly with projectors. I really like how he plays with illusion and creates that infinite world feeling one experiences using VR. I want to have the space I am performing in be transformed into a hybrid space of real and virtual/interactive space that immerses me. 

Tony Oursler is an American installation artist. He projects onto objects that are sculpted, grown (trees), textiles, mundane, really anything except people. I like that he breaks up a room with space to walk around the objects. I want to include some large abstract sculptures that I can interact with and that will show projected videos. I am thinking mine will be like cloth. Ideally, I would like to create the sculpture with clay but I do not know if I have access to the ceramic studio at DU.