MADA 2 – Experiment 1

19 03 2008


Mosh and I have developed the work into 2 interlocked video feedback loops. Two cameras will be pointed at each other’s screens creating feedback and anything that comes in between the camera and the screen becomes a part of the work.

This is where the idea of having the viewer as subject comes in. Here is a video of our first installation:

This basically illustrates how the installation is going to work. Looking at the test, I realized that the angle of the camera and the zoom plays a big role in its effect on the image. We experimented with both fast and slow movement, and the effect is like ripples going into the abstract.

During this test, we also found that using two different techniques on either side of the screen is going to work. We tried using the most basic set up of having one screen in color and the other in black and white and what we found was that the screen in color produces a colored figure with a black and white background. Here are screen shots from the video found above.


IMAC 1 (top) IMAC 2 (below)

We also tested the set-up with an MA Printmaker, Preeti Sood. Here are some of the screen shots of her experience.

After the experiment she suggested for us to put change the techniques every five minutes or so, to give viewers a broad range of experiences.

What I found particularly interesting was how she preferred when the screens were different. Like when one was black and white, and one was in color. She also liked the technique wherein one was abstract (with a distortion filter) and when the other was ‘normal.’ The screenshots are below:


IMAC 1 (top) IMAC2 (bottom)

Another particularly interesting reaction from Preeti was the fact that she found it disconcerting that she could not see her own image upon looking at the screen from certain distances. This echoes the painting of Magritte, Reproduction Prohibited, when the man looks at himself and sees his back. This idea of consciousness is what we aim to convey.


Drawing Experiments

9 02 2008


Drawing Experiment 1

With this piece, Mosh and I just started drawing on a single piece of paper. We didn’t make up any rules, and we just did the whole thing pretty silently. To be honest, it was quite fun to just let my mind keep quiet for a bit. The great thing was that after, we both talked about it…and we noticed how we were both looking at what the other was doing, trying to sort of flow with the other’s technique so to speak. Mosh did the broad strokes and I started with the thin lines. He then started to do the lines as well, though in his own way. I on the other hand, started to shade the large lines and the curves to create depth. Interesting process.


Drawing Experiment 2

With this experiment, Mosh and I started drawing lines on two intersecting pieces of paper. We then started to move the paper around as we continues, creating intersecting lines. Then, we pulled the papers apart and started to draw dots where the same colors intersected. Mine is the one on the left, with the red dots. His is on the right, with the blue dots. We just thought this would be an interesting break from all the arguing;). Strangely enough, it helped. We realized we really are quite different and the best way to create this collaboration is through bringing these out on the same page so to speak. We don’t have to arrive at a unanimous decision.

1W13-3 Experiment # 4: Collaborative Exchange of Work 2

5 12 2007

Using the color study I made, we created the 2nd Collaborative experiment. Upon doing the first experiment, we found that it is best to focus on one idea per movement, and this idea could have two interpretations. For example, the idea of interference could be interpreted in his way or mine. This way, instead of jumping from one idea to another, we can go deeper into the essence of one until it transforms/evolves the work into something else.

1W13-2 Experiment # 3: Individual Study of Color Movement

4 12 2007

With the first experiment, I realized that one of the weaknesses of my work was that I didn’t go into the capabilities of color and its movement in the creation of meaning. Color became a happenstance thing, and not an element of communication. This is something I wanted to improve upon through this experiment.

I wanted to capture subtle color changes with the work, and to use a very simple idea, such as a hand, in the communication of an idea. Here, two hands begin to play, and then merge, and then one disappears. This is in relation to the idea about relationships in the collaborative work.

1W13-1 Experiment # 2: Individual Study of Sound and Black and White

3 12 2007

Through this experiment, I explored the idea of disruption in lieu of my collision collaboration with Moshe Ladanga. With it, I also began experimenting with sound; forming meaning through the combination of seemingly disparate things.

For the image, I learned that it is best to find a strong simple idea, and then to delve into the different elements (combining several techniques like photography, animation and final cut). But the trick is really keeping it simple. At first, I got quite lost knowing that I could do so many things with it, but then I realized that if I just choose one evocative image and then dive into that, I get to explore. Here, I was able to find the transformation of black on white (black image, white background) to the opposite (white image, black background). I found it during the process of transforming the different elements in the work. I am quite happy with the results, especially because I didn’t know how the film was going to end. Sometimes, this is better because you find new ways of expressing yourself. Like some ‘aha’ moment. I think I have that problem of going into a film knowing its end (my background in filmmaking). This process is teaching me the opposite…start with a good beginning (strong, simple, specific) then dive in as deep as you can.

Regarding the sound, much of my inspiration came from the Sound Workshop we had with Matthais Kispert last week. He stressed how instrinsic the connection is between sound and image. He mentioned that he has experimented with starting with sound then adding image and vice versa. According to him, when the image leads, one has greater freedom in forming meaning. He suggested using natural sound, and playing with it…connecting the image with something different in order to form something greater. This is what I did with this experiment.

Aside from putting music (which is a first for me) through manipulating some apple loops, I experimented with train and machine sounds to evoke the disruption I explored in the image.

1W10-1 Experiment # 1: Collaborative Exchange of Work 1

12 11 2007

Mosh and I decided to make our first experiment into our MADA presentation. Realized that I work in layers. Several cycles take place. The first edit, I lay down my video. The second time I view it, I push the video. I allow the idea that I initially had to come out further, imprinting it into the image. And the third time, I begin to see how to further develop the idea. How to make things longer and simpler through elongation of pacing. It’s also where I see how the idea will grow…the development stage.

I have been experimenting with compositing and how using different layers with different keys creates the shifting almost transforming image that I want.

Another part of the experiment was the sound. Had ideas to further connect disparate sound to the image to bring meaning. Like the ideas of Eisenstein on combining a different object’s sound with the image to create new meaning. When sound and image coincide perfectly (like how we did it frame by frame) is something we should explore more. Mosh had the idea of putting the electricity sound on the video. I had the idea of matching it with the combination/collision between the two frames.

Interesting stuff. More experiments to be done. Still have to figure out how to speak more…

Another realization was that the ideas come as chunks, either from him or from me. Here, we began to create using the new process. He edits his side of the frame with pieces and elements of mine and the same with me. We took turns at the editing table, almost like jamming with a friend. It’s a tedious process, but it helps in putting the idea down, especially when you get an image in your head and its the most frustrating thing to put it into words.

The action-reflection works. You put the idea (create it) then you begin to understand what you’re doing, saying, feeling. The idea becomes clear. Like the disruption idea that I did with mosh’s video on my face. The thought in my mind is that I have to create more. So that I get this shit out of me. Sometimes I feel like my head will explode (an ugly sight). Must put it down and stop trying to get all intellectual with it, because sometimes, I don’t logically understand it, but it makes sense. I’ve got to stop thinking…do first…think later.

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