Alison Lucy's Blog

Bill Viola
January 26, 2011, 15:50
Filed under: Reflections of Projections, Research/Inspiration

I was suggested to look at the work of Bill Viola by one of my dissertation tutors when we were discussing my growing interest in the experience of different mediums and trying to translate a certain feeling through a video. This has lead me to research further into Viola’s fascinating work which involves videotapes, architectural video installations and sound environments.

I admire the video below for many reasons. Firstly this piece completely transforms your perception of the medium’s ability to ‘edit’, the way in which you are ‘carried’ by the video is an unusual experience. You watch and wait before the figure finally jumps into the pool and when you least expect it the figure is frozen mid-air. The reflecting pool itself holds a meditative quality that distracts you as the figure above slowly disappears. It’s a thought-provoking piece that explores a few ideas I am very interested in – the experience of a real-life space, reflections and manipulation of time.

James Turrell
January 20, 2011, 16:50
Filed under: Research/Inspiration

Californian artist James Turrell’s work emerges from the relationship between light and space. Again there’s a simplicity in the execution of his final works that seem to completely ‘belong’ in the space they occupy. I found his projection work after I got into repeated projections (see Reflections of Projections post) and I admire how his abstract shapes sit perfectly within the architecture to compete the composition.

Francisco infante-Arana & Nonna Gorunova
January 20, 2011, 16:28
Filed under: Mirrored, Research/Inspiration

I am continually compelled by the work of Russian artists Francisco Infante-Arana & Nonna Gorunova. I find their photography work of mirrors shot in various landscapes beautiful both in terms of composition and poetic experience. I also feel that the work is accessible to creatives from all disciplines and cultures- the simplicity is extremely refreshing.

Reflections of Projections
January 13, 2011, 19:01
Filed under: Reflections of Projections

I feel much happier with this edit of the video. The group feedback was very helpful and it mostly confirmed my uncertainty about certain parts of the film. This version has a more linear progression that slowly reveals more to the viewer as the narrative progresses forward. I would like to consider the possibility of putting the video itself into context further with the addition of some typography perhaps.

Reflections of Projections- First Edit
January 13, 2011, 15:24
Filed under: Reflections of Projections

Over the Christmas break I’ve been considering how best to bring my projections together as a final documentation of my project. It was hard because I wanted to make sure that it was still interesting in its own right, and also to take it that stage further. My initial idea to have them displayed sequentially on Macs at university was an interesting starting point, and the different camera perspectives meant that during the editing process I could pace the narrative of the video. For my initial edit I wanted to start more abstract and reveal more as the video progressed. I am unsure of the side-to-side shot of the Mac as it perhaps reveals too much too soon and isn’t consistent in regards to the feel of the rest of the video. I am looking forward to getting some feedback at my next group critique.