I made some voice recordings this summer; people of different ages recited the same text. I haven’t used the recordings before now where I got the idea of voice replacement. The text/ poem is part of my experiment: From word to Image.
It is roughly made, lots to change, but for the first time, I can see a direction of working with sound, image and movement in this project.
By replacing the voice from a 12-year-old to an adult, I find that I can work with “time” in relation to storytelling – eg. an adult talking about something experienced as a child.
Finally, I step into a second level with my dream-image-random-test: I now have an app which can create an endless amount of images just by clicking spacebar.
My colleague Stig, who helped me last time setting up a code in Processing based on rules for compositions, and uses of elements from the catalogue of my, now created an app with only two functions: Next and save.
In order to respect the opportunities for randomness to appear, the app is made as simple as possible, less user control. While Stig was working on the app, he had ideas of making sliders for different purposes to control the output, but he realised that it was in contradiction to the fundamental idea of chance. Therefore he focused on simplicity in function and with few prefixed rules like; anger point at the bottom of every tree, a neck fixed on “body”, respect area around some objects.
The elements are sometimes arranged in very weird constellations like in the top of each other, in a way, I would never do.
I let the computer/app take part of the control inside an established system (the app). The amount number of images I can create, just by clicking spacebar, gives me a feeling of endless randomness. I can select and save images I find good and interesting. Then I can analyse the chosen output, making new rules based on my aesthetic, and so on.
I got an advice at the Mid-point review session: make a dream diary.
In fact, I thought I already did it; I was writing notes during the day when I was able to remember a dream. I realised that it sometimes was too late and also turned into be to controlled.
Then I change my method to draw a one-minute drawing, immediately while waking up, with ink and wood chips as a tool to make it less precise and more randomly.
Since I started the new method, I have been able to capture more images, challenge the drawing style in the light of Surrealist automatism and went more satisfied with sketching especially because of the ink.
In this period, of ink-drawn-dreams, I saw a huge exhibition at Louisiana contemporary by William Kentridge. It felt inspired of WK’s use of quick drawings technique with ink. I will make a blog post later about my visit.
Yesterday I saw an image of the danish surrealistic painter Rita Kernn-Larsen in a newspaper. RKL was active painting from the beginning of the thirties and is now showed at Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice. I noticed the objects in her paintings and saw parallels to my objects from my dreams (hands, scissors, etc.,. I will also make a blog post about her later.
New dreams have been illustrated, and I’m close to finishing elements for a second “random Processing session”. I was curious to see how the new elements worked together, therefore, I made this analog-combined composition.
Working with the image manually make me feel closer to my material, the outcome from Processing could generate a distance as well as make new, unpredicted solutions, which at the same time could be more exact.
My experience, while working manually, is that I’m starting thinking too much, the coincidence and subconscious stops, and I’m not sure if it is real randomness.