24
Nov
09

Video Art….Is This My Cup of Tea?

Thinking about Memory!

(Research and thoughts on memory project and reflect on discussion with semiar leader)

Between a rock and a hard place

I have a video camera and I have a Cannon D450, can you guess which I prefer.

The Cannon, it’s not that I don’t like the video camera I just feel more secure/comfortable with the Cannon. But I have recently been encouraged to branch out into video art, the recent pictures posted on this blog (the pictures shot of drips) I quote “are beautifully lit but I want to see them moving” this quote comes from my seminar leader Jonathan Lee, who works with both photography, video and performance art. I explained my views on video art which are that I feel moving image tells you too much, you become a passive viewer where as with static images you can let your mind explode with possible interpretations.

Part of my reluctance to play with moving image is that I don’t feel I have enough experience with the technology and the editing software. In my first year we were shown how to work it but I was always in groups where other took over the editing process. In my second year I focused on photography and the new technology side of the learning route. I am really happy with all my past choices as I learned a lot and really improved my photography skills and how I think about the media industry.

Taking all the previous comments from both myself and Jonathan Lee into consideration I think I need to at very least explore video art. The following art examples are what I have found online trying to get some inspiration.

Since the current artifact I am working on is MEMORY I have also posted the following, it is a trailer for a book I had read to me by my husband when I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter Sophie, I was very uncomfortable with her because she was breach and reading this book really helped me through because it made me think of others and not just myself. This trailer made me think about how we discuss and reveal our memories for example, I can tell someone about something I have experiences but how deeply they understand, how deeply they feel I can not be sure but does that matter?

Thinking about this I decided to type memory directly into Youtube and see if I could find any video art with memory in mind. I found the following piece, I forgot that stop motion animation could be part of video art. I love the following post, especially where they mention at the end that this piece was made with no budget.

One thing that struck me when I was looking through YouTube is how many people use it as a tribute site for people they have lost, adults, children and even babies who has passed during birth and from SIDs. It is a real hart retching thing to watch, I can’t even imagine what it would be like to experience. I decided to put one of the tributes one hear to illustrates this.

Whilst researching video art I got interested in Stop Motion animation again and found the four following art films that are totally stop motion animation, they are all amazing so creative, it’s really inspiring. The fact that they are totally different is amazing as well it gives youre imagination a kick-start, you can do anything! You can create within any genre. The last video is based on a nightmare/dream a friend of theres had.

I have tried stop motion animation before but I feel more inspired this time. I am not sure that the two weeks we have been given is enough time for me but I am inspired to try and give it ago. I am going to try and brainstorm some ideas and get some thoughts going on it. I have previously made a stop motion animation and I really enjoyed doing it, but lately I don’t feel confident and this is something I need to work on.

I just found this when looking up something completely different and I could not, not suggest you watch it as it is amazingly creative but so so so simple!!! It’s a stop motion animation.

The thing I found interesting about the above video is that it is so simple, people, t-shirts and frame by frame movement. Its got a sort liner story line but it’s also very surreal. It’s short to the point but would have taken time and planning to pull off to the level in which it has been made.  When making it someone knew exactly what they wanted to do and just did it. The following is the write-up on YouTube about it:

http://www.notsonoisy.com/gameover
TETRIS played by real human-beings sitting in an auditorium: TETRIS is the 4th video performance of the GAME OVER Project, directed by the Swiss artist Guillaume REYMOND (NOTsoNOISY creative agency). This stop-motion video was shot and played for “LES URBAINES” festival http://www.urbaines.ch at the Palais de Rumine (Lausanne, Switzerland) on November 24th 2007.
You can find more information and also SPACE INVADERS, PONG and POLE POSITION on our website http://www.notsonoisy.com/gameover

Taking the idea of games and making them with real people is really interesting and fun and unique.

I have decided that I should try at leats to experiment with different ways of expressing my ideas, photography is something I really enjoy doing but the obstruction is to do something different, something that possibly takes us out of our comfort zone.

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