blog update week 6

Week 6:

I have created a basic prototype video of my narrative voice over some digitally manipulated images. In my video, I read an assortment of quotes from Dr. Leroy Little Bear, Niklas Luhmann, Laboria Cuboniks, Rainer Maria Rilke, Richard Teleky, Leslie Feinberg, Jack Halberstam, Navajo Nation President Peterson Zah, Queen, Jordy Rosenberg, and some of my own words. This prototype is used as a way for me to gain some direction in how I want to set up my projection mapping, what images I should use in the projected visuals, what images I can edit in, what sort of movements for the images I can use, and what story I want to narrate. In my final video, I will not be reading other people’s quotes, instead, it will be my own words synthesized by their influence.

basic prototype narration and video: 

look at max/msp 8 syphoning into touchdesigner where I am using kantan
edits for the prototype video made in final cut pro

Video: At this time, there aren’t any videos I have that capture interaction–my physical presence affecting the visuals through the zig sim sensor with my phone. I can include some videos showing the interaction next blog update. 

Contexts:  (start 0:38)

Miwa Matreyek: 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.  (start at 1:07) 

Refik Anadol: 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: 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/objects that I can interact with and that will show projected videos.

Krzysztof Wodiczko: I am inspired by Krzysztof Wodiczko’s (b. 1943 in Warsaw, Poland) many projected videos on facades of buildings, monuments, and sculptures. I am interested in the social context of his videos in relation to what they are being projected on. For example, the picture I have shown above has profound social meaning because of the colonialist images portraying a handcuffed fruit picker holding a basket of fruit and serving it to the large white hands holding a fork and knife ready to eat the prepared fruit. But the intensity is real and present with these colonialist images being projected onto The San Diego Museum of Man building (1915-16)which looks like a cathedral or a fancy church. This projection occurred in 1988. 

Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski: “and the earth sighed” (2016) is by Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski– Australian artists who make media art installations “situated at the juncture of cinema, information visualisation and sublime landscape.”I am intrigued by how they vertically projection map onto the floor that can then be interacted with differently then with it being projected horizontally onto a wall. This is something I might want to explore.

My narration for the video with focus on these questions: I am?; What am I?; Where am I?; Is there we?; I am a human?; What is human?; What if I don’t fit the ‘nature’ of human? I don’t intend for my video to come up with any answers, I only hope it inspires others to consider their lived experience a little more. 


Week 1: think of project

Week 2: 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?

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

Week 4: take pics/video of denver downtown, start editing photos and footage, synthesize sounds

Week 5: : setup projection mapping, record scenes, synthesize sounds, record narrative

Week 6: projection mapping, record scenes, record sounds, synthesize sounds, record narrative

Week 7: projection mapping, record scenes, record sounds, edit scenes into video, record sounds, synthesize sounds

Week 8: edit audio for video, share next prototype which will demo my full frame projection, send out an invite?

Week 9: any final edits for video, final edits for sound, send out an invite?

Week 10: share video on vimeo, and on website