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Reflections of Projections – (Typographic Edit)
May 14, 2011, 13:23
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After careful consideration of what type to add to this final video to put it into proper context above is the final execution. I am really pleased with how the title initial text fades in and out of with the video but feel that I could perhaps further alter the end credits displaying my name…I also edited the video itself down further. The more I show it to people the more I realise it could be still shorter!


Bill Viola
January 26, 2011, 15:50
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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.

Reflections of Projections
January 13, 2011, 19:01
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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
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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.

Projections of Projections
December 9, 2010, 12:36
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PROJECTION 1- My initial decision to project the architectural space video of Bristol Planetarium into another architectural space was to give it more of an ephemeral quality that ‘mirrored’ its new environment also. I only recorded the projection initially as a way of documenting my work. I soon realized that the space I had projected the video onto allowed passers-by to interact with my projection and almost become part of the work. I wondered what would happen if I re-projected my video into the same space.

PROJECTION 2- The second projection allowed some interesting moments to occur. Due to the occasions where people would walk past on the stairs and faded figures of past walkers-by would also appear in the projection. I realized that through the editing process of the video I could manipulate how often these moments occurred.

PROJECTION 3- I am looking forward to projecting this video as I feel that the layers are becoming richer and therefore the video is hopefully becoming more interesting. I realise that the initial Bristol Planetarium video is becoming less significant but I don’t think it matters. It’s like you can see echoes of my thought process and methods in past projections. I’m waiting to see how far I can go with this particular series of projections before the past layers fade entirely…will the image become darker and busier? I’m excited to let the process determine the outcome.

PROJECTION 4- The repetitive nature of my process and the amount of time I therefore observed the passers-by became a key part of what my work started to represent. I saw the same people walking by day in, day out and I feel that it then began to say something quite interesting about the university experience. I enjoyed the low-tech nature of the projections as that seemed to only further the ephemeral quality of the work, the previous projections becoming past reflections of our university life.

PROJECTION 5- At this stage I feel you can really begin to appreciate the building up of the layers, the initial projection video isn’t visible anymore and the more closely you observe the layers the more you begin to discover. I feel that this idea could go in so many different ways. I could re-project in different locations so that there is variations between the layers, I could try and make the projection itself occupy the space a bit more. I feel that I want to see this process through to the final projection though, and perhaps I can revisit certain themes in later projects.

PROJECTION 6- I’m so pleased with my footage from my final projection. I love how previous layers flicker in the background, and we have a variety of speeds and sounds due to the editing process. This whole period I have manipulated the sound exactly the same as I have the video which has created a somewhat eerie constant hissing sound. The sped up/slowed down voices I also think work well as they seem to reflect the noisy buzz of university.

My next step is to consider how I want to display my projections. Is there a way of capturing them all at once? To create a sort of comparison?

The Experience of Space – Manipulated Reality
October 28, 2010, 20:37
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There was something about my second ‘Architectural Space Observation’ (see previous posts) that worked and was something that I felt could be taken further. I enjoyed the way that the environment was distorted once reflected in the mirrors and how the people disappeared into the ‘gap’ between them. I thought about how I could perhaps revisit the environment and ‘choreograph’ a situation to take advantage of this interaction.

However the more I thought about it the more I that this might be quite difficult. Particularly with the unpredictable weather. How could I manipulate the environment without another trip to Bristol? The answer was Aftereffects. This is a program that I didn’t feel particularly confident in using so a re-cap was needed before I took the plunge. I think it worked out okay as I could manipulate the environment in sections and then play around with the speed. I’m pleased with the initial result as and would like to think about how I could progress with this further. Perhaps the addition of some typography.

Time Lapse- Experience 2
October 28, 2010, 10:24
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During a trip to Bristol I came across a wonderful location for my next time lapse piece. The @Bristol Planetarium is a large architectural Mirror Ball which I framed close-up with my video camera, again for about one hour. What was wonderful with the results of this is exactly how the mirrors interacted with the people in the reflected environment.

You will notice that as the people reflected in the mirror pass from one section into the other, there is a gap in which they disappear for a period of time. In observing this disappearance your experience of the environment is completely transformed. The place and the people begin to hold a somewhat ephemeral quality. I am tempted to see how these scenes work when projected onto other architectural spaces…