My concept for my project has completely changed. Inspired by another paper I am taking, my idea is based around the concept of gestures, and how we use our hands to communicate, as much as our speech.
“Gestures are often considered to be valid evidence of the embodiment of language and cognition. Since people use their bodies (i.e., gestures) to express knowledge, it is argued, the knowledge itself must be deeply tied to the body.”
Hostetter, A.B., Alibali, M.A. Visible embodiment: Gestures as simulated action. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 2008, 15 (3), 495-514
Seth Giddings explored how we use our body to communicate through his video Gestures:
My concept is to give our hands eyes, and to record the world as we talk with our hands.
The outcome that I am hoping for is one that is slightly uneasy, as the hands move in abstract ways capturing left and right p.o.v and the sound of the moment it captures. With careful editing of both the video and soundtrack, I believe I can create a mesmerising video of the language of movement.
I have order two very cheap keyring “nanny cams” to prototype my idea:
If the concept proves to be successful, I may purchase two better quality compact cameras, such as the polaroid cube.
I am really excited by this concept. I felt uninspired by my original set of ideas as they were all issues I have explored in the past. I realised I wanted to make something more creative, more beautiful that expressed the abstract rather than an opinion or comment on society; basically I wanted to observe rather than state.
For the final submission, I plan to have a video that shows a split view of the left and right hand, in the style of this video by Your Truly:
Another inspiration is installation Sip My Ocean (1996) by Pipilotti Rist:
And Ever is Overall by the same artist:
I find these installations/videos really pull at my emotions. The first video has similar elements to my concept, such as a having the video seemingly split in two (theirs done by having it projected on two walls), and the feeling of almost a nauseating motion.
Another example that I love is The Pleasure Of by Vituc:
I love how this video highlights sounds found in the everyday by isolating and amplifying them. This is certainly a direction I can go in with the audio for my video.
Some questions I need to explore are:
- What position on the hands will the cameras be most effective? Eg, palms of hands, back of hands, facing outwards or to the sides etc
- What quality do I need the video to be recorded in? Given that spending a minimum on the project is preferable, can a lower quality (and much cheaper) camera actually add to the project look, feel and sound?
- What ways can I increase the affect the project has on viewers?
- What situations do I film, or do I do a “day in the life”?
- Would the imagery be enhanced by inserts or flashes of other imagery, whether it be environmental, situational or emotional – or will this be “spelling it out” too much?
- How do I combined the sounds of left and right hand? Or do I just use one hand and manipulate it?
- Is velcro gloves the best way to mount the cameras?
- How do I present the work? Currently considering installing the work at colab, using two walls, two projectors, and speakers, and film the work for hand-in
A timeline I am loosely working to is:
- Week 3: receive low quality cameras and do test footage, refine method and idea, and attain equipment needed
- Week 4 & 5: Film footage
- Week 5-8: Edit and manipulate film and audio
- Week 9: Install video and film the installation
- Week 10: Edit the installation video
- Week 11: Hand-In