Figurine fear

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Do you know where you are ? OR who to trust ?

This piece is an exploration of the elements of sound that can contribute to space, more specifically a space as a place of fear. Michael de Certeau argues that ‘A space exists when one takes into consideration vectors of direction, velocites, and time variables.’ He says that ‘space is a practiced place’ I wanted to work with this as my main idea in this project.

An example of a photographer that helped develop my ideas is Rosemary Liang, especially in her work ‘Bulletproof Glass’. Her linking of nature and human emotion allowed me to experiment with a similar form of media.

Before I began this project I attempted to visualize the space which I was trying to portray. After selecting Grace’s sound piece the words jungle, fear and lost stuck in my head. Especially with the repetitive question ‘do you know where we are?’.

I began to strongly focus on drawing on an emotion to reflect the feeling of the story. This was then followed by asking myself whether there was a style that linked with this emotion, whether I would need to use gamma correction to change the colour palette and lastly where and how I was going to take these still shots.

Using video as a medium allowed me to explore the simultaneous movements involved in the transitions of the set of photos. The departure of the video is both audio and visual as I believe it was the most effective method to achieve the emotion ‘fear’.

 

 

The temporal space between nature and time

Listening to Noelle’s sound piece , I had an instant attraction to continue listening. I realised that I was withdrawing from the business of my day and listening to nature (one of my most favourite past times) however, different from usual, I was listening to nature’s words.

Here are the words I wrote down whilst listening to the piece:

Busy life cut out by nature

Meditation

Living in the present

Calming

Beauty

Reaching deep tranquillity

Withdrawing from a busy lifestyle

Nature’s talking | Nature as a person | The spatial perception of nature

This led me to think about why this piece was alluring me so strongly. It is due to the fact as humans, in a small amount of time we are able to focus on a soundscape of one area and with that read a spatial perception of its natural surroundings.

When I first arrived at area 60, the dull overcast day had me believe there wasn’t much for me to see. However due to pure luck, two beautiful macaw parrots were being trained by the beach and their colours painted my photos rainbow.

Beyond the fact I’m fascinated by macaws, I realised my photos conveyed a strong presence of temporality in nature. The relationship humans have with the beauty of nature is subject to time and space. Time showing how temporal nature’s beauty can be, beautiful and present then suddenly gone and space being the measurement of its limitless existence.

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A Skater’s persistence- Meda101

It’s amazing how understanding the art of noise, music and voice will completely heighten your auditory awareness. This sound piece is a model of inner perseverance. More specifically, the perseverance of a skater attempting to complete a trick. The lengthened, bass-like sounds used to achieve the idea of internal thinking were greatly influenced by sound artist Gail Priest, especially in her work ‘Spider Dances’. Her work captures ambience and turns it into a metrically, spooky music-type sounds but continues to overlay sounds like birds to add a realistic effect. In order to present the concept of overthinking and create suspense, I used her technique with repetition of slow and low sounds with only slight alterations such as volume or pitch. Alongside this, I was inspired by the works of Pierre Henry in the way he incorporates loud or unique sounds without anticipation. Overall, throughout this piece I have married the techniques of the twenty first century works of Priest and the post World War II era of Schaeffer to create unpredictable sound art.