The final touches have been done.
First, I made my own plinth and uncoated it and then painted it black:
after painting black, I noticed that some glue hand’t been sanded on the top, so I re-sanded it and painted it:
Once I had that down pat, it was time to work out how to loop the video. After multiple attempts, I gave in and purchased an app, Infinite Player, which is specifically designed to loop videos on tablets. The other bonus is that the app locks the iPad, so that no-one can use the touch button and navigate away from the video:
After stress testing the video by playing it for 48 hours straight, I am happy to say that I am really pleased with the results. Using high quality speakers, the sound is robust and controllable. The only downside is that someone could easily turn the volume down.
For open studio, I will use headphones rather than the speakers so as to not clash with other works sound components.
Lastly, I decided to spray paint the hands white, to contrast with the black plinth:
I also dremeled the obvious imperfections of the hands. They still have little blobs here and there, but as most of the hands are covered by the iPad and frame, I was happy to let them be.
It was always my intention to make a video of the installation and hand that it as my final. However, after doing multiple tests, I realised that this wasn’t the best way to do the work justice, and a physical setup for marking would be better. The angle of the iPad meant that, unless I had a steady cam rig, you couldn’t film it in a satisfactory way.
I won’t lie, it’s been tough juggling work (where I’m on a major deadline, being head of a project with Southern Cross) and university. However, the challenge and time constraints has been a good one for me, where I’d normally obsess over my projects and still wouldn’t be happy with my final submission. This time, I’ve had a much more open mind, and in some ways this has enhanced my creativity as my focus remained broad, relieving me of my usual tunnel vision.
I will still film Gestures for my portfolio, but instead of one continuous take, it will an edit of multiple takes and angles.
I’m really interested to see what grade will eventuate from my new way of working – whether my project resonates or flops. I have had multiple people view the work to test the response, and it has been overwhelmingly positive, the general consensus being that, while it’s very abstract and hard to tell what is going on, the play of flickering colours and scenes is mesmerising.
Hopefully my lecturer thinks the same!
As I mentioned in a previous post, I had filmed extra footage, but the results were very similar (a lot of my time is spent with my dogs) and didn’t add any dimension to the project, thus I didn’t bother to upload it to YouTube to include in my post. The film sits at approximately 15 minutes, and I am very fond of the soundtrack I created using kitchen utensils with a bit of added magic through Audacity.
I hope it makes people a little uneasy yet mesmerised. The soundtrack can get a bit much after 48 hours of playing (as I discovered through my stress test… and through my partner demanding I turn it off).
Some things I will do once it is setup in studio is:
- Glue the hands to the plinth to make sure they cannot be stolen/broken/moved by an audience
- Secure the frame for the same reasons
- Add a glass plate for open studio to prevent people directly touching the iPad
- Add a descriptor plaque saying “Amanda Brown, Gestures, 2017, Mixed Media”, as if it was in an art gallery.
Other than that, I’d like to say “that’s all folks!”.