This week we started discussing our major projects for this semester. We were split up into groups, based on what main idea we wanted to discuss; the category i chose was reconfiguring space time: storytelling through sounds, image and interaction. This topic looks at:
- Reconfiguring space time through sound, image and interaction to tell stories has been the domain of cinema.
- How can we re-configure space time to create layered experiences or narratives in other ways?
- How do we create new space time through the use of sound and image?
- How do we open up story-telling as an activity by configuring human senses through the media of sound and image?
- What kind of stories can be told? What kind of stories should be told?
The group that i was split up into has me, Chelsea, Sonny, Sam and David (later Chloe). we dicided to recreate Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s The Dark Pool (1995). The work is like a curiosity cabinet, filled with things, linking to an historical murder and when you walk past certain things different sounds started to play.
We started by discussing what we each thought of the piece, adding different ideas (Sam liked the idea to make the piece as immersive as possible, likening it to a realistic VR experience) and how we think we could pull a similar piece off with the 2 hour time constraint. We landed on the idea of picking a theme and basing it all off that. The idea fell flat before Jo came over and told us the discuss our proposed ideas for the first assignment. Everyones ideas were interesting and intriguing, and from there we found a great medium of all of our ideas put together as well as incorporating Cardiff and Miller’s piece.
We settled on the idea of loss, with different sound grabs from tv shows, movies etc that dealt with loss, hanging up rings (things that are easily lost) the sound grabs we had were from 13 Reasons Why (dealing with the suicide and loss of a loved one) the theme to Lost (dealing with the loss of a great deal of people) and Golum from Lord of the Rings talking about losing the ring (again, loss)
the execution was poor, as we didnt have enough rings to skillfully showcase the idea we wanted to show, but the main idea was there, which i think could be seen.
The way we can move past this and work from our ideas is to make sure that the finish product is good enough to push the point of the original work across, but its original enough that our work isnt just copying exactly what the original artwork intended. I think we got incredibly lucky with our group, we all work well together, enjoying each others ideas and aiding each other with out ideas. I feel that we will have a really great group assignment at the end of the semester.