Thursday, March 29, 2012
I chose to base my visual project off of Gaston Bachelard and the reading The Poetics of Space, because I wanted to construst an installation for this project in response to his theory of home. In the reading Bachelard talks about our memories and day dreams of home, how we come back to our past lives in our day dreams, that these memories are motionless times fixed in space and "dispersed images". He describes a home as a safe house, that "The house protects the dreamer", and that even the richest of homes you must find the original shell. To respond to this I chose six images from my home, these images of the things I miss while I am away, some are very literal and others more figurative, these are the things I day dream about. I chose to place them on wood because as Bachelard says, homes still have an original shell, wood.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
I want to create an installation inspired by Bachelard's the poetics of space. I want to base my stye, if possible, off an idea from last semester. Billy taught us in my experimental media class how to transfer images onto objects. I want to create an installation of common household objects that have transferred images, of what I feel is home. Photos of things that remind me of home and furthermore what I miss from home when I am at school. (pets, sister, moms artwork, piano, stuffed animal, dock, dirt roads, sunsets, moms food)
I pulled a few ideas and quotes out of the reading that I am thinking about and building off of.
- protection and safe house
- even in the richest places you must find the original shell
- home is not an experience from day to day only
- travel to the land of emotionless childhood.
I believe photography is the best medium because not only is it a clear depiction on reality and what is in front of the camera. In the reading it talks about how memories are motionless. A photo is also a still form of art, yes you can depict motion within a photo but the simplicity of ink on paper, or other ways, is motionlesss.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Marina and Ulay we're long time lovers and artists that collaborate together in many performance art pieces. They always tested their inner strengths and used natural elements to do so. They once spent months in the desert together testing their bodies and how still they could be. For this great wall piece they planned it for years, went through the process to get approval to do it and prepared for what they thought they would encounter. It began as a test of love and how lovers would. reunite. Shortly before the piece, they split. This did not halt the artwork though, they still whet through with it and just called it a different name. There are many conceptual ideas and practices within the art piece.
First of all the comparison and creation of theoretical sex neutrality. She started on the legendary male side and him on the female side to create a gender unbiased relation. His side was flatter and in more desert. Her side was in the mountains and started in the pristine tourist area.
She was cooperative and moved smoothly with her guides just like the smooth curves of her side of the wall. He did not cooperate as smoothly he wanted things his way or no way, leading to the no way side. Her path was far more rocky because she chose to walk on the wall, she wanted to take the path build not the one beside it as he did.
Her concept was not to plan but to rather go with the flow. Whatever happened happened, she even tracked backwards once. He has a map and stuck to a plan. He though about what was ahead and she didn't. This goes back to their relationship and how much was invested in the project.
Lastly their reuniting was interesting conceptually in the fact that their reactions were different even though they both walked the great wall, both started with the same idea and in the end both wrote the same poem. She cried when they met again and he commented on her shoes, two very different reactions and turned out to be two very different trips.