Moving Image Project (Establishing Place)

For the final MEDA101 assignment, we had the task to create a still image film, utilising audio pieces from the first assessment task and our own photography. After listening to a large variety of sound pieces, I decided to pick this one. This soundscape had a very evil vibe to it, sounding very dangerous and mysterious, which was something I tried to develop in my photography.

The photographs used in the film either have a hint of danger or mysteriousness, also utilising shade and darkness throughout the photographs to create this sense of mystery. I also tried and mess around with the camera, playing with different setting and angles. These photos are then placed in time with the soundscape at various instances. I also focused on the gaps in between the photos, as I felt that it built onto this idea of mystique.

I believe that the photos and audio work well in creating a mysterious and dangerous tone to the piece. They work well in creating a sense of place without revealing too much of the place the photos were taken.

The execution of the concept in the final piece was good, but I felt could be better with maybe taking the photos at a different time of day and using more shots with a darker shade to create more of a mysterious tone.

Week 8 Excursion Worksheet

This week, MEDA101 embarked on an excursion to the Carriageworks exhibition in Eveleigh. The class were given the task to explore the exhibition and complete a worksheet, which would be later uploaded on our blogs.

Below are the worksheet questions and answers, discussing the work of Yuta Nakamura and her piece, Atlas of Japanese Ostracon (Kitaama Igano, Minamiawaji-sji, Hyogo).

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Name of the Artwork: Atlas of Japanese Ostracon (Kitaama Igano, Minamiawaji-sji, Hyogo)

Artist: Yuta Nakamura

Year of Production: 2014

 

1. Describe the works: what are the components that make up the exhibit (e.g. still photographs, video stills, screen works, sound etc.)

 

Yuta Nakamura’s Atlas of Japanese Ostracon are a series of framed postcards along with fragments of pottery placed around the postcard.

 

2. How are these elements displayed? (e.g. projected, framed and mounted on wall, LCD screens in a particular configuration etc.)

The works are framed and mounted on a wall, all in a series.

 

3. What do these individual components convey?

 

Each of the individual components represent a piece of 20th century Japanese culture.

4. Describe the relationship between the components. For example, do the images work as single images, as a series, or as a sequence? How do multiple still images relate to the video/ moving image works?

The pictures all work as a series to demonstrate early 20th century Japanese culture. The images all represent the particular spot where the pottery could be found in Japan.

 

5. If the work includes objects, what are these and how are they displayed? How do they relate to images?

The work involves fragments of pottery, which are used in relationship to the postcards, that depict the area where these pieces of pottery could be found.

 

6. Without consulting the didactic panel, describe the intention and the subject of the work.

The intentions of this work was to demonstrate early Japanese culture and using the pieces of pottery and the postcards together in unison to demonstrate the relationship of a particular area of Japan.

 

7. What does the work mean to you? Explain which elements influence your interpretation.

To me, these works are used in a manner to represent history, in particular Japanese history. The monochrome postcards and the shards of pottery further extenuate that historical feel to the piece, and could be easily used in a museum.

 

8. These works all perform some kind of mapping, what does the work you have chosen to analyse map? What medium does it use to map?

The piece maps pottery and postcards throughout Japan, and utilises objects and photographs to map this history.

Assessment 2: Still Image Project (Spatial Portrait)

After listening to a variety of soundscapes, I decided on a soundscape that took place in Area 27, which featured sounds from Guest Park and the surrounding streets. The audio piece created a sense of calmness, with sounds being very symmetrical and repetitive.Taking inspiration from Rinko Kawauchi and her work Utatane, I decided to focus on symmetry within the photos. Utilising a variety of angles, I was able to create symmetry in an area that seems very basic and plain to the public eye. Colour was another central theme that was important to my concept of this assessment, along with the symmetry (especially images 6 & 7), created a focal point and added character to the photos.

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Assessment 1: Sound Project (Audio Snap-shot)

Sound has a purpose. A purpose to enhance the visualisation of what the mind is seeing, enriching the body with a variety of senses when interacting with nature. That is the approach I took to this assignment. Inspired by noise musicians such as Merzbow and Lou Reed (in particular his Metal Machine Music album), I focused on all noises that would have a purpose, not only to me, but to my conceptual piece. The different recordings I had acquired after a few visits to my location (Area 15), may have just been everyday noises and sounds, such as cars driving past or the faint noise of a lawnmower in the distance. However, when these recordings were edited through sound effects, it expressed my different ideas, such as the way sound travels through the air or how one sound can be altered in a way to be represented as something else. When these ideas came to a fruition, it had demonstrated my motive for this assignment, to give sound a purpose.