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Abstract Gender Installation
May 13, 2011, 09:16
Filed under: Abstract Gender

I’ve wanted to set up these animations as a final installation for a while now, and finally everything fell into place yesterday (with a few technical difficulties along the way) and I was able to utilise the university’s four ‘swivel’ screens which had the perfect dimensions for my animations. They were all connected to one computer so the four computers acted as one big screen which made things quite confusing navigating the videos across them but it was also a very exciting process.

The installation was  silent one (apart from the natural hum of the machines) and yet I felt that in documenting the installation I should try and capture the feeling that the physical space created. I therefore edited together a thirty second video to a 30 second David Bowie track called ‘Space’. The sound seemed to aptly describe the futuristic nature of the sequential installation and also make the video more compelling. I am really pleased with the end result, and feel like it is a ‘natural’ endpoint for this project.

Candice Breitz
May 12, 2011, 09:28
Filed under: Abstract Gender, Research/Inspiration

South African artist Candice Brietz was an artist that one of my tutors introduced me to when we were discussing ideas for setting up a final installation piece for my final Abstract Gender outcome. I found her work really interesting and dynamic. Her website shows you a large range of her video work which includes many sequential installation pieces. One of my favourite works is her ‘Jack Nicholson’ feature comprised of seven screens in total, made up of clips of the actors many characters. An extremely clever dialogue is created that seems to speak of the human condition extremely well with the conversation asking more questions than giving answers. A really clever work. I found a youtube video documenting the work below but you can see the piece in full on her website.

Abstract Male Sequential Art
September 24, 2010, 19:41
Filed under: Abstract Gender

Second Male Narrative Photoshoot
September 22, 2010, 13:47
Filed under: Abstract Gender

I was more considered with the face-paint designs on this second male photo-shoot so I felt more confident with what movements and expressions would work well.

Abstract Female Sequential Art
September 20, 2010, 17:29
Filed under: Abstract Gender

I feel that the flow of these sequences in a linear presentation is more successful. The more abstract sequences I think can be better understood when you compare them to the sequences with more obvious facial features above and below also. I scanned black paper for the background instead of pure black to compliment the collage feel of them. However I feel that I need to take more male photos in order to create a better comparative set of images.

Abstract Photographic Collage
September 13, 2010, 17:54
Filed under: Abstract Gender

After editing the photographs down to the ones with the best sense of movement I started to experiment on Photoshop with various means of cutting out parts of the image to create a sort of collage. I was really pleased with the effect of the cutout ‘masks’ on a black background as the shading and details of the faces were isolated and heightened. Something wasn’t quite right with the arrangement of the images at this point though and I had trouble knowing how to ‘divide-up’ the images.

Female Narrative Photoshoot
September 6, 2010, 16:09
Filed under: Abstract Gender

I was more pleased with the results of the female photoshoot as I had finalised the facepaint designs that worked with and therefore heightened the power of the individual female expressions. The movement between individual photographic moments were also more successful.