Tutorial 3

Resume of the tutorial with Jonathan
Date May 22.
Topics: How is my practice going and a little about the research paper

Status right now:
I’m still making dream images. After mid-point review, I started a dream-diary: quick ink drawings. I like the freshness, but I’m not sure about the purpose. Maybe the purpose is just doing it and get a good feeling.

I’m waiting for a second Processing output test from my colleague Stig. I made a new catalogue of elements and some adjustments, one week ago. In the meantime, I tried to animate one of the dream images, but get bored before even finished. There could be three reasons for that:
1. Working too slow in After Effect and on another level than I used to, years ago.
2. My idea for movement is too boring and obvious I’m too much in control.
3. I need another layer/element in the moving part.

We talked about sound, scale, space and multiple monitors/screens as new elements to the investigate. I feel it is the way to go right now; jump into a new field and not complicating things which are working fine (the images).
The installation Ouroboros I saw at Click Festival, inspired me – sound, several screens, space, etc. Sound is powerful I have to do a deeper research. I could also start working with my text experiments; a voice could be part of a soundscape.
I reflect on avoiding being too much in control in the creating moment, sometimes I better like the first fresh and rough sketches than the final solution.

We talked about an exhibition by William Kentridge I saw a few weeks ago, and my first impressions; playfulness, control – out of control, drawing as a part of the entire expression and not as an art object.
WK’s style/language has a feeling of random and chaos in contradiction to Michal Craig-Martin who seems to be much more in control. At last tutorial, Jonathan recommended me to read about Michael Craig-Martin, because he had been working the most of his career with a kind of catalogue from where he made sculptures, paintings, wall drawings, etc. I heard him in an interview, and it surprised me to hear him say: I don’t have a plan, I never have a plan I do what is coming next. Because looking at his work, you don’t get that feeling.
We talked a little about the Research Paper and in the light of that two artists and my MA project, the issue of control/lack of control could be a subject for my research paper.

Dream image project: Status v.1

Inspired by Wilhelm Freddie and other surrealists, I decided to work with internal images which occurred in dreams or unconsciously situations (half dreaming). My idea was to be as honest as possible to what I saw. I didn’t write down the action of the dream (story) or made any interpretation; I tried to visualize a sight I had during the dream just like a snapshot.
I wanted to experience how it affected my working process and my outcome.

It was crucial that I could remember my dreams and keep them in my memory; doodles and quick notes helped to capture sight, story, and mood. Sometimes I only got the mood I couldn’t remember any images.
Another important factor was the amount of sleep; less sleep – fewer dreams, long sleep more clear dreams.
I was conscious of being subconscious; if I lost a dream in my mind, I tried to bring me back to the mood and tension during the day in attempts to get the dream and image back.

My visualizations methods were quick. I experimented with coal, glue, and aquarelle. Coincidence is part of the work with this technique. First I made very rough sketches and then 1-3 painting of the same motive, then I loaded it into my computer. Some of the images I worked on in Photoshop. I wanted the images to work and stand alone.

Despite quick technique and sleeping every night, it took me longer than expected to make ten dream images, because I lost my dreams, I woke up too early.
I enjoyed making the pictures; visualize a sight from a dream, pick up something unknown from my subconscious.

What’s next:
Can I work with the ten dream images as they are now or should I develop them further in a different direction? It is a question I have to think about.
I want to continue working with dreams. Make more rough drawings, and add movement and sound. The style does not have to be the same as my ten aquarelles.
I will study artist who has used dreams as a theme.


Playing around:
Trying technique; cinema, Animate (Flash replacement), Audition
Eisenstein, Surrealism, Lev Manowitch, (research book which one)

What I want to produce as tests:
1. The interactive climacteric dance: My Body Change.
Little-naked women dancing a kind of loop dance, when clicking on her she stops, and an event will take place. The event takes 5-7 seconds, and she starts dancing the same dance again. There will be 4-5 events, and they will randomly take place while clicking on the little lady.
An event has to do white the climacteric phase; hot flush, menstrual stop, headache, etc
The dance symbolizes: Lief going on
Style: Hand drawing animation
Sound: Beet loop and real sound
Techniques: After effects and Animate
Challenge: No skills in interaction

2. Continue making sound test sequences combined whit cinema.