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week13: Continuum…

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This week we kind of began in a place that for the first time in the semester we thought we had something decent to work with. Perhaps the split of the group had something to do with this, which is what we utilised from the week before.

The dual projector idea last week was scrapped. Based on feedback we needed to work on something absent or like a eerie feel of loss, so the idea of a room in the middle of an event that someone had basically had to get up and leave was the strongest. First thing was first however, we had to get rid of the typewriter on the LED screen. It was something we kind of found a way to showcase throughout all of the iterations because we thought it was a strong point or something that was positively commented on, when infact it was the only object that when we changed and ultimately got rid of this week, made us breathe a fresh air sigh. Once this was removed the idea of a lonely homely feel was instantly felt.

David and Sonny continued on their video editing that was going to be showcased at some point throughout the installation on a tv screen somewhere in the room, while the remainder of us cleaned up the space and rearranged some furniture we’d been given access to try and give a sense of habitation at some given point. Chloe had a stroke of genius with a whirling type paper set up that basically started from the ground and wound into the roof and spread wide as it lifted. I found a white door that could be used to really emphasise the idea of stepping into a room and that someone has left in a hurry, and being white, gave us some inspiration as to keep the room the same. We then rigged a light with a singular beam of light using barn doors on the light, down the end of the door to give an illusion that the door is ever so slightly left open with background light seeping through.

The feedback from this week was the most encouraging we’ve received and “most conceptual” we’ve presented. It’s starting to feel more like a story being unfolded into a space which is a really exciting prospect with our overall theme of reconfiguring time and space through storytelling. We tossed up some ideas of this stemming from the pages to the actual room itself. We decided that we were’t going to project onto the white out room as it was simply too hard to perfect and not effective at all if done wrong. For next week, we really wanted to knuckle down that link between the paper the space and the tv screens.

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MEDA 101 “Authority”

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The notion of Authority could encompass the way we are told to act, or be in a particular way, and the force behind the demands. It can also venture into control and how the power of something or someone can prove to affect the boundaries we set ourselves. The idea is to explore the non-physical and less concentrated power of time or urgency, as authoritative. Slow paced, and by taking a step away and realising the calmness of time as a soothing commodity, clashing with the irony that is 1 minute of your time you won’t get back is practical evidence of the piece. Rhythmic and heavy lengths of sound address perhaps the subtle control of the passing of time. How often has lateness or recording encapsulated your attention? Is this really so different to physical force or barriers? Mesmerising and deep thought is how I’m expecting the responder to  react to this piece, as if in philosophical trance of writing.