Archive for the 'Influences' Category

12
Mar
10

Things don’t go to plan.

UPDATE…

 

I am trying to keep my blog upto date, letting people know about what I am doing. The trouble about whats going on at the moment which you will already know if you have been following this blog is that I am a student, a mother, an expectant mother and a wife. Wither every role I just mentioned comes certain responsabilities.

Things have not been going well recently family wise, I have only really just started to recover from being in hospital my husband was ill straight after I came out, he was layed up in bed for 3-4 days and now my daugter is ill.

My little girl is under a year and since Christmas when she was 6 months old she has been on and off ill, now its to the point that she is more ill than well, she has lost weight and its just getting worse and worse.

This might sound awful but my current experince inspires me more to do this project as beofre you have children you think it will be easy, you focus on the ohhh and ahhhs having a baby/family, its all very exciting but you forget there are difficult times, stress runs high when a child is ill or there is a problem with your family.

Development of  the Project

 

Having time with my family has made me think about my project more. Orginally I proposed on image with a sound recording to occompany it and it would be on a website. After starting to plan out what kind of shots I want but also thinking about the type of affect I want to project to have I have decided that to get a message across there needs to be a series of images. A series will allow the audience to get a deeper feel of the story, also I feel that a movement of the images in series in possibly some kind of movie would help build up a story quicker in the minds of the viewers. I have been inspired by some of the youtupbe tribute pieces that are put online, I blogged about them previously during the research module before Christmas.

These are the kind of things that inspired me:

this is a tribute to a girl who has passed away, its very emotional, not only to her family anf friends but to anyone who watches it. The motion of th images, writing and sound creates this ambiance.

This is an example of what I don’t want to create, You can hardly read the writting and the music distracts you from reading it. Its overly emotional which puts power to the message but it made me want to forget the message also.

This has simlar elements to what I am thinking along the lines of but its missing the story and linked element to drive the pictures forward.

One thing I have learnt from research is that if you are going to use emotion as a part of your project you need to get the balance just right. There are many tributes online, many of them are of children who has been lost early or did not make it into this life, and they are heart wrenching but they are important to the people who are involved in them, they are a way of expressing their grief. My project needs to focus on the individual subjects but without making it to emotionally off putting.

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04
Feb
10

Photographers and Studio’s

Getting started

 

So I’ve started thinking about what kind of shots I want and what I want to get accross in my work. I started to think about looking at presentation and how to get photographic subjects.

What I have also been thinking about an exploring are studios in the local area, that I cuodl possibly hire out. I have also been contacting local photographers who could give me some advice/ideas on the project. One photographer who I have known of for a couple of years is Jodie Cooling. She has a studio based in a rural location in North Oxfordshire, bordering Warwickshire.  I ahve had the pleasure of seeing Jodie in action and sitting for her aswell. She is very passionate about what she does and talented as she is able to work well with people of all ages and animals, particuarly horses. I have recently sent her an e-mail as I am aware she does hire out her studio and would be someone who could give excellent advice as to composition and formatt of my work.

Check out her website for yourself:

http://www.jodiecoolingphotography.co.uk/about_us.html

02
Feb
10

After thoughts….

Moving Forward

 

Research and development of the final project – what I am currently planning.

You will notice that my blog has been a little empty recently. An explination for this is life, its not always easy to fit everything in and write about it too. If it occurs to you that I might have been resting my feet infront of the television watching Celebrity Big Brother you would be very very wrong.

For start I hate Big Brother Celebrity special or not! The second is with a family and one member under 1 year, a job and travel time to University you do not get much time to put you feet up needed or not. I can give you a long list of recent events but this post is dedicated to moving forward and this is exactly what I intend on doing.

Recently we presented our work and research for the moduel 310MC which allowed us to research and develope creating artefacts along the way to towards our final project. I had been researching and working towards 3 different ideas and presented all three of them during the presentation.

During this presentation I was asked to tell the audience which project I was keenest to work on and I said STAMP.

STAMP

Gallery Exhibition with accompanying web gallery

Moving image, Photography and web-based element.

 

A series of photographic portraits that focus on unusual or usually unseen marks on the bodies of people, scars, moles, facial & bodily mutations/mutilations. I would like to have these viewed as separate images but would also like to have a representation of every section of the body and make a collage  including some moving image in this collage.

The idea behind this is that things that happen in our lives often leave marks on our bodies some which we can not hide and other which we can. Our bodies are visual roadmaps of events in our lives, changes we go through or put ourselves through. Programmes on television such as embracing bodies talk about issues and subject our current social oder makes us believe we should not discuss in public and this is the same for the visual content of the world. But why should we be ashamed of the difference/history our body can show.

The reason I am so interested in doing this particular project is that a lot of the time in life we as a society/ culture look on the negative side a lot, especially when it comes to personal apperance. We often do not appreciate the differences in ourselves and each other. We also do not appreciate what our bodies do for us. When I was expecting my second child I could not stand the smell of bio-oil or coco butter and hate the texture of creams and lotions so I have ended up with stretch marks on my stomach and upper legs. For a while after she was born I hated them but now having my second child I realise they are a lasting reminder of the beautiful child my body has given myself and my husband. Things happen in life, a lot of which we can not control sometimes these are life saving/life changing like oppertaions and others are proof of life like c-section scars and some are reminders of past evens like victims of land mines or amputations.

 

Research

 

My inspirations for this project are varied but some of the research you can look back on in my blog is by photographers such as Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Elinor Carucci and David Hillard.

Moving forwards with the development of this project I am going to visit a couple of different galleries in London including an the James Hyman Gallery where Carucci is currently showing her newist body of work called Intimacy. She is showing untill the 20th of February. I also plan to visit the National Portraite Gallery.

When at the different galleries I am going to be looking at a few different aspects:

The Art work/photography: What do I think about it, what does it say or speak about?

The Presentation: How is the work presented, does it draw attention to itself in some way, does the positioning of the work matter?

The Layout: How does the exhibition or collection of work flow, are there stories to be told patterns to be recognised, is it in a timeline?

The Promotion: How has the exhibit, collection been advertised and promoted, what is drawring the people in?

One thing I have been encourage to do if to see if I can meet up with Carucci to ask her about how she works, what her inspirations are and generally meet someone who has inspired my work. I am assuming she is in london as her collection is but I understand that this might not be the case but I am going to try contacting her anyway, I’ve got nothing to lose.

As soon as I have been to london which should be before the 20th of February I can start to think about how I would liek to place my work, I am hoping that this will allow me to have a more focused approach to the particular shots I want to get.

 

Practical Work

 

One thing that has recently struck me is how am I going to get models for the shoot, I decided to ask someone with a bit of experience so I phoned a photographer called Jane Wood. Jane has a wealth of experience at both creating amazing photgraphs and organisational skills as she ran a studio for over two years. I asked her and she helped me think about the different option I have:

Put an ad out – The good thing about this is that it would reach a lot of people, the bad thing being that people might be put off by the idea of being a model who shows off there wobbly, scared hidden bits. I woudl need to research this and find out costs, the right words and audience. I also could think about offering to pay people for there time, but I would need to sort out if this is hourly paid or a one off sumb?

Ask your friends and family – The good things with this option is that friends and family are more likely to be willing to help you out, but the bad side is you limit the pool from which you choose your subjects, but this does not have to be my only option.

Contact local groups/charities – This could mean I could get a range of people and some more than other might be interested in working with me, I coud also dedicate any funds raised at the event to the local charity I get in contact with. The good thing about this opption is that I coudl target specific groups like cancer patients, or war survivers or something along thoes lines.

 

I have also been thinking a lot about composition and format for the project. I ahev a cannon 450D, should I use this digital way of shooting photography, I am keen to look at working with a macro lens, getting close to the subject and shooting from a different perspective to achieve a different view from what would be automoatically expected. I need to find otu how much I can enlarge with this method of shooting? I want these pieces to be big, blown out of perportion to the human body, abstract from the orrginal subject, so should I then shoot this differently. I despiratly need some guidance re this, is large format better? If so what kind of camera do I need etc?

 

 

What I am sure of so far is the following:

 

The images are going to all be parts/sections of the human body. I want some of the images to be abstracts, I want the audience to have to think about what part fo the body it is because the perspective of it is so different and set apart from the usual way in which we would view it. I also want some of the images to be reflective of the emotional aspect of this project the idea of being different so I do not want to remove it from the audiences perception or recognition of the idea of love, sorrow etc depending on the focus of the image.

One particular shot I have in mind is of a person scrunched into a bath tub without water with an odviouse injury or deformity showing, depicting someones fragility towards the situation. For some reason I invisage a man, possibly because I always see my bath tub and the automatic person who comes to mind is my husband and the idea that with a women this seams very dramatic and I want it not to be as dramatic but more a view of an intimate moment of pure feeling.

22
Jan
10

Project Presentation

PRESENTATION

 

The end of 310MC

 

For the third year I feel that my work should show myself as a person, it should be a statement towards who and what I am about, especially as the majority of the work I intend to produce will be photographically based. The last two years have helped me look to different mediums and explore my creative mind.

I would like to present three ideas which I have been thinking and researching towards. I have also started to experiment in these different areas as well.

 

 

Project ideas:

 

 

Perceptions – Life and Death

 

Gallery Exhibition with accompanying book and web gallery.

 photography and sound

Often the way things are presented to the audience affects the interpretation of the artefact they are trying to understand or get meaning from. As an example, children in most cases will view a piece fo work differently than an adult.

This piece of work would be a convergence of photographic work and sound, presented in a gallery space.

Life and death would be a sequance of images that represent the subject of life and death from a personal intimate perspective, every image would have a back story behind it that would be able to be read by the viewer in a specially designed booklet that would go with the exhibition.

I want to show the simple yet subtle connection between the visual and emotional but would also like to add a obscure perspective on to the body of work as a whole by using sound. The sound part fo this project would be the varying perspective of children to adults, I want to talk to children and find out there ideas on life and death on subjects surrounding that areas that the written adult recorded versions and images depict. The recordings of these children would be played in the gallery space and as the audience view the images like audio tours that the audience would need to wear, cutting them off from the reality of the surrounding outside world and others. 

The hope and outcome would be that the viewer gets to experience the different perspective of the situations both through their personal visual interpretations, the booklets background write up and the audio they can listen to. 

 

 

STAMP

Gallery Exhibition with accompanying web gallery

Moving image, Photography and web-based element.

 

A series of photographic portraits that focus on unusual or usually unseen marks on the bodies of people, scars, moles, facial & bodily mutations/mutilations. I would like to have these viewed as separate images but would also like to have a representation of every section of the body and make a collage  including some moving image in this collage.

The idea behind this is that things that happen in our lives often leave marks on our bodies some which we can not hide and other which we can. Our bodies are visual roadmaps of events in our lives, changes we go through or put ourselves through. Programmes on television such as embracing bodies talk about issues and subject our current social oder makes us believe we should not discuss in public and this is the same for the visual content of the world. But why should we be ashamed of the difference/history our body can show.

 

 

MOVE IT

Gallery Exhibition with an accompaniment of a website

Moving image, Photography and web-based element.

 

A series of moving images and still images showing movement relating to transport photography and Painting with light.

Basically I have been very taken with research into both Transport photography such as car shots and traffic trails. I have experiementd with making moving images and photographic work in this area already.

 

I would be creating a number of staged shots involving capturing movement of subjects in either dusk or twilight moving with light emitting objects and showing patterns of travel.

An example of my train of thought would be a shot involving people making movement around and over a car and separate car parts in different locations illuminating the car with glow in the dark spray paint. This would be both filmed and static images would be take in both cases with a slow shutter speed capturing the falling motions of the people and the paint.

The video result and moving images would then be displayed with the parts fo the car that would fit in the gallery as an art exhibition as a whole.

I want to create/try something different as a lot of transport photography has been done already, this is something different.

 

 

RESEARCH & INSPIRATION

 

The research I have been doing for all three projects has been ongoing since the start of this term. Each artefact we have created has allowed me to continue whilst expanding my research. For Perceptions – Life and Death & Stamp  my research started with looking into perspective researching Cubism and David Hockney, Hockney has a very different perspective on landscapes than other artists, he has changed mediums in order to develope and show his view of the world. Every medium he has worked with still helps inspire his work today although he no longer uses some mediums as actual modes of working anymore. The thing I like about Hockney’s work is that he makes us view the landscape in a different way bringing our attention towards different aspects.

Inspiration for both of these projects also comes from photographers such as Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Elinor Carucci and David Hillard. There work mostly  relates directly to people, they are drawn to situations that others may move away from often seeking out the outcasts subjects and situations. This idea of looking at the world has really inspired me. In earlier practical work I spent time focusing on the delicacies of drips and their falling motions and beauty trying to see them from a different view point. 

Each photographer listed above has a different style and motivation, Hillard for example displays his panoramic’s in panels focusing on real life situations but those which are staged.

 Carucci focus has been mainly surrounding her family where she has had a all access option to show off parts of life/family life that others would shy away from. Her recent body of work Intimacy which is currently showing in London till the 20th of February.

http://www.jameshymangallery.com/pages/exhibition/1037.html 

The way in which Diane Arbus works and her choice of subject has also inspired my current way of thinking, why do we run from the unusual and obscure? A modern day example of the changing style of life is the campaigns for breast feeding in the uk, people are actively having to campaign to get people feeling comfortable with seeing a woman feeding her children in public, society has made things such as feeding your baby taboo.

 

Nan Goldin is an excellent example of a photographic study of an enviroment and the different  sides of sexuality, her pictures are not fluffy feel good, posed pictures of the sexual relationship but the actual real life image, its revealing, interesting and highly inspiring. I don’t like looking at some of the more explicit work or the images of violence but then I have to tell myself thats about how I was brought up to look away and ignore or shut out the disturbing.

I currently feel that I have been doing so much research that I am yet to start fully exploring this in my own way through my own practical work. This is the next step for these two projects, getting out there getting subjects into a studio or getting lighting/equipment to them to try to get the shots.

For Move it I have already started working practically and have been doing  a lot of research into the moving image and commercial side of transport and car photography and video art (as you can see on the blog).

 

 

 I have also been researching photographers who specialise in twilight/night photography Such as David Baldwin who has had his work used for promotion by bands like The Kooks. I have also been drawn to online galleries such as Hours of Darkness which is by a group of Photographers from New York who produce amazing/inspiring photography at night.

 Both of these lines of research made me want to experiment and try this and I was out there having a go both for photography and moving image. But it also made me realise how much this has already been covered. I started looking into Transport photography aswell, specifically traffic trails but again this has been done. After doing some research on video art I became interested in what we could achieve with eluminesants and did some basic research into movement photographic work, specifically I looked at Jonathan Shows techniques in movement. His unique captured images on Ballet and Baskett ball inspired my thoughts on capturing image whilst making art.

Where I currently am

 

I have booked a Gallery for the Degree Show week, week beginning 24th May 2010. It is called the Glass House and as the name suggests it is a space where the public can see right into the gallery from the outside. I have been researching and working towards all three projects simultaneously so that I have back up plans if the project I finally decided to go with fails, has problems or I am advised not to go down that route when we get some feedback.

I have been approaching different individuals for the project currently named STAMP and have been researching studios in my local area which I can hire out. I have also been approaching freelance photographers for assistance with equipment and experience due to lack of guidance in the photographic area at University.

I have access to car parts and scrap cars through my husband as he is a mechanic and we can get supplies in this area easily. I have been investigating locations for shots as I would like to accompany the car part shots with shots of movement patterns of individuals on bridges with traffic trails behind them and have been investigating the price of glow in the dark materials. I have also been experimenting as commented before with slower shutter speeds with DV Cams and my Cannon camera.

I have not yet started any practical work towards Perceptions – Life and Death as I have been researching mainly the perspective side of things and thinking about doing something different with these subjects as again they have been covered time and time again. I have contact details of local schools/children groups  in my area which I will be contacting to discuss interviewing children. Specifically for this project I am also going to contact the local Catherine House hospice to try and get them involved and any funds I raise from it and the other two projects would go towards their charity.

I have decided to take the Advantage course Event Management this year as I would like to make the Exhibition (which ever I finally choose) a success, inviting people from the industry to view my work. I would like to make it an event in itself with promotion and a wider audience than just those connected to the university.

 

07
Dec
09

Follow the Passion – Working towards final project

Run Forest Run!!!


 

I am not going to be running anywhere but the quote illustrates my current thinking and where I am going to be going next. In the moving Forest Gump, the character Forest Gump gets to see, do and be part of amazing things by following his passions, (even thought he himself does not see this), Running, playing Ping Pong and following Jenni the girl of his dreams, basically if you have not see Forest Gump go see it and you will see what I mean.

Basically what I am saying is I enjoyed the spectacle project which involved taking images of fair rides at night, with a slow shutter speed. I have been obsessed with the amazing images I achieved and really enjoyed doing. When doing other research through out my blog posts you should have been able to see a theme of looking at low light work, the recent stop motion animation research I have done started with looking at people dancing with glow sticks attached to them.

I have decided that I want to keep going down this route, keep thinking about low-level even night work with photography and camera work. I am not sure where exactly its going to take me but I am willing to give it a try.

Just looking for ten minutes I have found the following photographers and resources around this theme:

A YouTube Video to illustrate the kind of photography that I am currently inspired by:


 

Not all the images shown in the slide show are what I am talking about but at the beginning there are a fair few that I really like. From playing around with this type of photography I just want to say it takes a lot of time and effort, waiting and planning to actually get the shot you want, its been done but more can always be done in this field.


 

Something I really like and have found is this idea of light trails. The following YouTube video shows this brilliantly.


 

Another way of using this kind of idea, light trails and just glow projects is shown in the following YouTube video, called Spider Walk:

I thought that it was brilliant really different, a way of using the technology in a different way. It also shows a thought into a different genre with this kind of work, people associate spiders with horror and to the dark, which is something I had not previously thought about, possibly I should look at varying the genre of the work I am creating to give a different kind of atmosphere to the pieces I create???


 

Just incase anyone taking a look at this thinks, whats going on how did she he do that, here is a basic tutorial and then basically elaborate from there!!


 

I have also been looking at Photographic online Galleries to see what kind of work they have:

http://www.nightfolio.co.uk/night_photography_brighton.html

This gallery is limited in work but fascinating, his focus on landscapes at night or a dusk is amazing, really inspiring. I just get this sence of calm viewing them. I really want to try out some of the work he has done, not stealing his ideas but gaining influence from them and using the theme to create work I have a growing passion for.

The following Gallery has more images but they take quite a while to load, they vary from the car light images I want to look into and the structures and landscapes at night. Most of the images of structures seem to have their own sources of lighting, like a cathedral would have night spot lights.

http://www.hoursofdarkness.com/Night%201/Night%20Gallery%201.htm

One image I really like can be viewed at the following link:

http://www.hoursofdarkness.com/Night%201/Jay6.htm


 

I am really excited to get started and have started taking some images with long exposures at night but am going to do some experimenting with camera work. I have hired out a PDX camera from the media loan shop and am going to try driving round my home town tonight first capturing cars and capturing lights around the car and see where I get with that.

WATCH THIS SPACE!!

29
Nov
09

UPDATE….Expanding on idea for Memory

THOUGHTS FOR THE MEMORY PROJECT

I have been thinking about the Memory project and the obstruction of doing something we have not done before and I have decided upon two things:

1) I am going to use a video camera and create a moving image

2) I want to show or demonstrate a completely different way of looking at a subject.

One thing that I have recently been striving to do is to do is use the camera to see the world from my point of view. From the simple act of trying to just get the camera to reproduce what my eye sees but I have not been successful. I have been talking to a photographer and she has been telling me that a camera can never reproduce what the eye sees.

So I have been trying to do the opposite and use the camera to see what the eye misses, there are hundred of example of this from wildlife photography, sports photography etc, etc. I am also going to try this technique out with a video camera to create moving images along the same line of thinking. I mentioned in a previous blog post that the piece is going to be inspired by how my daughter views christmas, she is 7 months old so I popped some basic research on the bottom of the post about the development of sight in babies. After thinking about how to shoot like this I also started thinking about myself and her future experiences of Christmas. I am short-sighted and as a result always feel I have a slightly different view of the world as a result. I have to choose to put on my glasses to view the world the way others do. The way I view the world without my glasses is similar to when a normal person looks at a person, landscape or light and squints. An artist who I think had  glimpse of this due to cataracts is Monet, I was lucky enough to see his collection for myself in london when I was in secondary school and have been inspired by his master pieces time and time again. One that I particularly like is from his collection made later in life during which he was slowly falling to blindness. My eye sight has got worse as I have gotten older and now it is at the worst it has ever been, if it was not for the brilliant invention of slim line lenses I would be forced to wear very thick lenses so when I look at Monet’s work especially his later years I enjoy someones view of the haze of my vision f the world.

Taking this wonderful inspiration when I started this bog I made a few personal goals the following two I want to focus on for this project:

  • I want to combine mediums, I want to produce  piece of work that combines two or more things like light and sound or photography and moving image or sound moving image and photography etc.

 

  • I want to do something that challenges me whilst enjoying the work I am doing.

I think that by using moving image I fulfill the obstruction set for the assignment but I also start toward achieving my personal aims as the whole point for me attending university is so that I broaden my skills and confidence so that when I progress into the working world I am not afraid to take on bigger and better opportunities or tasks.

I am unsure of how this will turn out but I am excited to try it out and to expand on a lacking area of skill, camera work and using editing software.

BUT ENOUGH TALK MORE ACTION I HAVE ALREADY STARTED SHOOTING AND NOW I JUST NEED TO TAKE ACTION.

21
Oct
09

UPDATE… Lesbians, Tears and Thought

DID I GET YOUR ATTENTION??

The scariest thing about that statement is it did, mine anyways. Just to give you some line of reference to me I grew up i a multicultural school in more ways than one! One of my oldest friends is homosexual, a lesbian to be exact she has been since she was about 14, about the second year of high school. We have been friends since about the time she first started to come out and I have seen her with her fair share of girlfriends, all shapes, sizes and personalities. Yet even thought I have seen this world before it still shocks me (when I feel deep down it shouldn’t) when I see a lesbian couple in a cafeteria kissing.

My mind wonders if I saw too men kissing would it strike me as much? In my mind I should not have such a shocked reaction to this kind of sight as I have become accustom to it , but even in my language when I am typing this I know I find it a spectacle in itself. I am left wondering am I trained to think this way by my upbringing, by the culture I live in or is it because of the stigmatisms and stereotypes I have absorbed from the media I have consumed over the last 24 year? In my opinion it is hard to re-write stereotypes in our minds so new ground breaking shows take time to make an impact on what we have already been indoctrinated with.

The following article by Ammonia Pine 4 Me on the website, everything2.com discusses representations of gays and lesbian characters in popular television, discussing

‘for the number of shows that have homosexual characters, how many of them actually deal with homosexual relationships?’ and how the entertainment industry is an industry; not a business of raising social consciousness, but a business of raising quarterly earnings for shareholders, quoted by Charles Fleming (http://www.charlesfleming.com/),

Charles Fleming  teaches entertainment reporting at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism.  This article was written in  2001 and does not take into  account major changes such as Broke Back Mountain and the L word but still its got a point, for years the public has been subject to a conservative version of that particular culture leaving us venerable to surprise when we encounter reality. Perhaps why in the article it states that ‘that the media is doing nothing more than reflecting a conservative version of what the audience is telling them it likes.’ is because it is true, we still demand a certain amount of escapism from reality as I have previously blogged I actively search out escapism themed pieces of media finding it easier to digest. But would our acceptance of this culture be an issue if the media did not exert such power of what it feels we are ready for as audiences?? Take a look at the article for yourself and see if you still agree with the overall stereotypes it can be found at: http://everything2.com/title/Gay+and+Lesbian+Stereotypes+in+the+Media.

My above thoughts on this matter lead me to think about my work on spectacle, what do I want my work to reflect, in the same way that I changed my mind several time on what artefact would best show my point of view at the beginning of this blog I have changed my mind on some aspects of my thoughts towards the artefact I am creating. When I saw the couple as mentioned above in the cafe I realised no one else seamed to view it with such interest, they were not tucked away in a corner or making a deliberate display and no one cared, my work should reflect that normality/ignorance can be a spectacle in itself, what the media tells us we accept could be far different from what we actually would accept. Halloween is a prime example of this, on that night I would accept myself walking past a vampire, werewolf or zombie and as nowadays people are more likely to accept a lesbian couple in a cafe.

How I came to be in the cafe in itself has helped me to re-evaluate some of my thinking towards this project, I had been reading a book I recently picked up at a train station on my way into university. I am a judge a book by its cover person, attracted by the covers. I picked up ONLY DAD by ALAN scroll down from the following bit in red if you are about to start reading it and do not want to know a massive part fo the plot.

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COULD RUIN THE BOOK FOR YOU IF YOU READ THE RED BIT!!!

The book has an unexpected plot twist the wife of the main male character in the book dies, leaving him and his 16 year old Daughter alone. I have read many fo these book s and very few start off with such a pleasantry as this book did, happy families, love, lust and sex but all within the norms of the imaginary idyllic country family life. But then this mans anchor, lover, object of his lust and his entier world dies, so suddenly its horrifcly emotional.

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ALL CLEAR NOW!!!!!

Well I was totally sucked in by the book and distraught, bawling my eyes out on a public train, only when I reach the lecture (late due to train line failures) did I listen to Will Barton discussing spectacle and that it relies heavily on emotion. This did not dawn on me untill nicely tucked up with a diet coke and pizza in a cafe however as my exhausted brain (from the crying) had led me there. I shortly realised this whole book was designed to attack the reader emotionally and not intellectually, perhaps this is why I like it, read the following blog post I was able to agree with some of the fundamental attitudes and arguments that stem from the comments towards late David Foster Wallace’s novel Novel Infinite Jest compared to Guy DeBord work Society of a Spectacle. http://infinitedetox.wordpress.com/2009/08/18/the-society-of-the-spectacle/

  

This blog post excellently bats DeBour against Wallace’s more modern takes on spectacle(but you don’t need me to tell you, check it out), for example it discuss DeBour as:

‘His main shtick was that, as he says in the very first line of the book, “life is presented as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has receded into a representation.” In other words, life is no longer something that we live, but something that we watch, primarily via the medium of TV and other forms of entertainment……….One of DeBord’s problems with a society that plops its fat collective ass in front of the Tube to live life, as opposed to say, actually going out and living life, is that it engenders an insidious passivity. The spectacle demands “passive acceptance;”…………essentially a Marxist whose Marxism was shot through with thick ropey veins of Pynchonian paranoia. DeBord blamed the current state of societal affairs solely on the machinations of the capitalist system and, importantly, those who control it. Or as he put it, “the activities of the world’s owners.” DeBord is interested in power and those who wield it, and he is convinced that powerful are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the rest of us.’

He describes one of Wallis’s fundamental differences in argument against this line of argument as:

‘Wallace’s key insight with regard to DeBordian spectacles is the way that individuals are willingly complicit in their own enslavement. We like having the DeBordian wool pulled over our eyes because its soft and fuzzy and it makes us feel good……as Wallace sees it, is tightly wound around the concepts of freedom and happiness — or, the freedom to pursue happiness at whatever cost. One of the major projects of Infinite Jest, I think, is to show how close we as a society are to taking the pursuits of freedom and happiness to their logically absurd endpoint of mindless masturbatory P-terminal enslavement. DeBord doesn’t seem to want to acknowledge that nobody would be vegging out in front of the TV if it wasn’t hugely compelling to begin with.’

Both these argument gave fuel to what I was already starting to mull around in my head that what I take part in, the vegging out in front of passive consumption television or literature is something I accept into because it makes me happy. As I previously touched upon I can find reality hard to digest so passive intake suites me down to the ground. Why should I have to be intellectually challenged when all I want to do is wind down when I switch on the television or pick up a fiction novel.

I would like my artifact to reflect this way of thinking about the passive intake of society that it is a chosen path. There are millions of things we do not intellectually engage in all around us? People are one of them, we do not analyse every individual we pass in the street, or do we?

So getting to what this blog is actually about and not all the reference I am, making to explain my thought process I am now going to lay down my idea for a stop motion animation involving a pumpkin for the artefact we are supposed to present for spectacle.

  

 

THE IDEA

 

Imagine a pumpkin coming alive, it then seams to blend into normal life as if it is not some kind of monstrosity. The idea behind this is derived from other research, see my previous posts and also  the above discussions. Why should this pumpkin man be a spectacle in the world, would he could he not be automatically accepted. One point of the STOPMOTION animation would be about a sean where the pumpkin is walking through a street on seemingly slow motion or the rest of the world in a faster speed to depict an ignorance of society to him being a spectacle.

 

 

ACTION PLAN 

 
Step 1. Story board, get what I exactly want this piece to look like. (for example I am thinking about one of the shots looking at an ignorance to the spectacle by depicting a  fast forwarding of the enviroment around the pumpkin man??) 
 
Step 2. Shoot it, step by step 
 
Step 3. Photoshop time, get the shots ready for inserting into flash and get all the effects sorted as I do not think I can get one of my friends to actually put on a pumpkin so that might have to be Photoshoped on! 
 
Step 4. Get it into FLASH 
 
Step 5. Get sound sorted out. I ant the sound to work well with the animation so might need to think about this in step 1 also.



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