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

https://refikanadol.com/works/quantummemories/ 

https://refikanadol.com/works/infinity-room/

Tony Oursler

https://tonyoursler.com/the-dark-side-rome

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.