Week 15 – Day Before Submission/Reflective Report

Week 15 – Day Before Submission/Reflective Report

Last time we were at the Innovation Campus was 2 days ago (Saturday 11th November 2017). We had spent the day today going back to the same escalator to take more photos to finalise the work. In this process it had come to our attention that our original plan was to take roughly 1000 photos. It has now easily capped this and moved toward the 1200 photo mark. This was okay because it worked more in our favour of being a balanced work. The work has maintained throughout this process to consist of everything as a  multiple of 4.

  • 4 locations
  • 4 days
  • 8 hours a day
  • 1200 photos

The 8 hours a day and 1200 photos was a coincidence but a nice one at that. It had allowed the work to flow neatly into each other and to add another aspect of depth to it.

Officeworks was a bit quicker this time as there were only 80 photos to print this morning. Walking into the Innovation Campus however we were left to this:

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Roughly 50 photos had fallen off the wall and also stuck to one another due to the double sided tape. This was an issue because it had torn some photos and also left a sticky mark on the outside of the photo. There was nothing we could do about that at this point due to the fact that submission was tomorrow and it was not morning so the photos would have been a different shade to the light ones which would have taken away from the time-lapse effect that we had gone for.

We spent another 2 hours putting these photos back on the wall and putting up the final ones that we had taken today. The bluetack idea was definitely a better option as shown in the photo that the bottom photos were still in their spot on the wall, it was the higher ones that were the issue (the ones we had begun with).

But at last the process was finished:

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The final outcome was better than we had anticipated. It is exactly what we had expected and wanted from the work. It was a deconstructed time-lapse each photo presenting a proportion of the day, a micro-time of space. We were also very happy with the decision to lay it as we did and to do the scenes in order as shown. The beach photo was a lot of water and sand there there was not much of  ‘leading line’ within the photo. This from a distance actually looks like a large scale landscape photo and the water/sand makes it look like a sky. Its almost perfect that the array of these images had almost created a large scale abstract shaded image in itself.

From an earlier blog I had stated the question I was hoping that the work brought to the audiences attention:

“Are these photos all the same etc?”

One student had come and asked questions about the work in regard to what it was about and why and how we had gone about it. The questions were almost exactly as I had written them a few weeks ago, which was brilliant.

If we were to do this project again we would definitely leave more time for experimentation for final submission and definitely make sure that we had the right amount of photos instead of going back and fourth to Officeworks in order to print. In regards to double sided tape, we think that this process would work just fine if the wall wasn’t a textured-like wallpaper as used at the innovation campus. We believe that due to this texture the tape just couldn’t hold on or hold on for long enough for that matter. It was a poor choice but one we had learned from. Although bluetack was a procedure that took a ridiculous amount of time, we believe that it was a better choice and the extra time spent using bluetack it would have just evened out with getting the photos off the floor and putting them back into their position. Speaking of which, in the process of picking the photos off the floor and placing them back on the wall, I am under the assumption we have misplaced a few photos due to lack of concentration and there are a few where the shades have mixed a little more than we wanted to. However, this is all due to the process of experimenting at the same time as presenting the major work. The method that we had put in place for placing these photos on the wall was to have a table nearby and a step ladder. Paniti would sit at the table, taping (and then bluetacking later on) each individual photo which was the handed over to me to place on the wall. At the beginning we were quite slow and the tape and bluetack was very ‘fiddly’ however it got faster and faster and was a good method to have throughout the process.

In regards to looking and helping other students research their work or give some feedback… Due to the fact that our work was placed outside the gallery, it did not give us much opportunity to discuss and converse with the other students. This meant that the works of the other students weren’t seen or spoken about either. There was a lack of interest and an awkward moment where there had not had an opportunity to grab this moment over the last couple of months. As a result of this issue, I don’t believe I could give any feedback as a whole in regards to their work because of the lack of information exchanged among one another. Although this may be seen as an issue, I think it was a good thing in a way because we knew that our work and their work was each of our own ideas. There was no opportunity to be “inspired” or to steal from each others ideas that had been exchanged. As well as this I think that it has given the works among the individuals and the groups a time to be different and to stand out from one another. For Paniti and myself especially, I don’t believe I have seen a work that is the same or remotely close to what we have presented this semester.

However, I am happy with the way that Paniti and I had worked together this semester and especially over the last 2 semesters. Last semester was a project that worked with a type of data collection between us as individuals and this semester again furthered that research and that particular topic and did more data collection among our local community. Data is an interesting thing and it is all around us. It is a time to reflect on no matter what figures you are collecting there is always a different, interesting way to present it (as shown in our last 2 submissions). We have had the opportunity to create a perspex structure, and the opportunity to photograph particular actions and happenings within our local community with an abstracted wall-based time-lapse. It’s been a lot of work this year but it has given me more opportunity to explore different types of medium and a further interest into how to go about researching a type of work or project. The words spoken by the tutors Jo and Mat as well has given an insight into a different direction behind anything and everything. They are always thinking outside the box and it is awesome to bounce off that and to take it out into the field to produce something special. I believe we have done exactly that!

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As for the artist statement, although it will be placed on the left-hand side of our work, here is a written copy just in case:

 

We call this work:

PROPORTION

Artists: Joseph Bird (5151077) & Paniti Thongsima (5087417), 2017

Media: Time-based Form

Size: 3m x 8m

 

4 days, 8 hours a day. Deconstructed time-lapse of 4 separate locations, with a total of 1200 images. Presented as black and white photographs and placed on a wall in order according to shade spectrum – this was to show the time we spent photographing from morning to afternoon/evening. An attempt to blur the lines between past, present and future by taking photos of the same nature. This shows a collection of data to certain movements and actions within our local community. Maintaining a multiple of 4, (4 days, 4 scenes, 8 hours, 1200 images) throughout the project to keep the work as balanced as possible along the wall.

 

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Week 14 – Continued

Week 14 – Continued

Since yesterday, we had come out this morning and taken more photos from the highway, we had to also get more tape as we had already gone through about 100m of double sided tape in the process of this assignment. So after the photos we went to Officeworks to get these printed and to purchase more tape.

This process was ridiculously time consuming as Officeworks photo printing process has now gone backward 100 years technologically to say the least. We had sat at Officeworks for 2 hours waiting for these photos to be verified in order for the order to be placed and picked up.

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While we were waiting for the photos to then be printed we decided to pick up some tape and head back to the innovation campus to see if the photos were still on the wall. This was a concern due to the fact that they were falling off here and there during the process of us placing them onto the wall. This is what we walked into:

Not only this, the photos has fallen onto one another and stuck themselves together during this process. And the tape had increased it strength being stuck to the glossy photo paper. This left marks and in some cases ripped the image off the photo. We placed this back onto the wall the best we could and headed back to Officeworks to pick up the photos and we had also decided by this point to just use blue tack because the tape was just not going to stick and we couldn’t risk it for the time Tuesday had rolled around.

So after this long period of time we had finally received our photos and also we had organised for ourselves to use bluetack. However this wasn’t the end of it:

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The wall looks great! However due to the fact that the last 2 rows of the escalator photos weren’t merging with anything else we had underestimated the number of photos we needed. There was still a small gap that stood between us and the work from being completed:

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This was annoying because over the course of 2 days, probably 15 hours worth of trial and error, back and fourth between Officeworks and the Innovation campus and figuring out a solid working method between Paniti and myself, we had to go out 1 more time for more photos at this escalator and then to Officeworks and back to the Innovation Campus. Since we are both busy on the Sunday this will have to be done on the Monday morning sometime in order for us to finish on time!

To be continued…

Week 14 – Journey

Week 14 – Journey

This week was a long journey for Paniti and myself. We had finally left the last week and taken down all the photos we had put up and begun placing 1000+ photos on the wall for the second time.

The first time we placed these photos on the wall we had used blue tack on all 4 corners of the photo. This process was painstakingly long and I don’t believe was a good method considering the sheer number of photos we were about to place. So there was debate between, blue tack again, pins, tape or even double sided tape. This seems like a silly debate to have but we have to think what will be our best, quickest option as well as most aesthetically pleasing to the audience.

We had run with double sided tape. So we had started from the top and worked our way across with the beach scene first. About half way through the process some of these photos were falling off – not a good sign.

We were unsure about how this would go, however we continued and just decided to add another piece of tape to the photo. This was a quick fix.

However even with the extra bit of tape, they still fell off. We were persistent in using this method as it was incredibly fast and aesthetically looked the best in our opinion.

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Eventually they had stopped falling and things were starting to look good for us. This first process had taken us a few hours with trial and error and understanding a quick ‘production-line method’ to work through.

As the beach scene was finishing up, you can notice that we have left a ‘digital-like’ scattered effect at the bottom rows of the scene. This is so we can mend both scenes together in a randomised fashion that will merge the entire wall into a solid piece of work. We found this the most effective way for the look we were going for. Not to mention it was still very Pep Ventosa inspired.

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A bit later into this process some of the photos were still dropping off here and there. We had thought as to why… “is the wall dirty/dusty?” “is the tape bad quality?” “is it how much tape we are using?” “Is it the direction of where we are placing the tape?”

A number of questions were raised. However my thought was since we were placing the tap across the top and the bottom of the photo in a landscape manner the surface area that is stopping it from falling is in the wrong direction… We should be placing the tape vertically on the right and left side of the photo because to me i thought that the contact patch of the photo was much more secure. We tried this in our next few rows of photos.

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We could clearly see that the photos were sticking for a longer period of time and things were moving forward according to plan. The process has now been going for 6 or so hours by this point. We were determined to make sure that the leading line, although not perfect, was still heading in a straight landscape manner. When placing this meany photos, it is almost certain that boredom and laziness can tend to increase another chance of that “wavy” effect we saw from last weeks trial effort.

By the end of the day we had lead ourselves into another issue (which is typical considering we didn’t have the time to experiment this large of scale). However we got to a point where we were placing the highway scene onto the wall and realised that we had not taken enough photos from the start of the day in comparison to that of the other scenes. So we started from the darker side until we got to the mending stage of the light-to-dark section.

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As you can see, if we had just continued the rest of this scene with the darker shades of highway scene, it would throw the whole project out and the aesthetic that we were going for. It was just viable that we ‘half-ass’ our efforts since we have already come this far. So in doing this, we had called it a day and we had no other choice but to go out tomorrow morning at the same time we had done last time and take more photos from the same scene. We will be back here tomorrow afternoon or earlier to continue placing the photos on the wall.

 

Week 13 – Tiring

Week 13 – Tiring

This was the week that was full of our major experimentation.

We thought that due to the large scale of this project we would need to outline the area we would be utilising. This was because as soon as you start placing photos on a wall over an extended period of time it tends to get very “wavy” and… well… the opposite of straight. So here we got a few pins, and wool to outline the specified area of our project space:

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We had a minor hiccup in this process as there were already another subjects posters placed on the wall. We thought that before we start to move anything that we double check if we can do it and if this space can be used up from now until our presentation date. We had emailed Jo about this issue and were told that this wall could not be used fully until week 14 (when first and second year students had completed their instalments). With this in mind it had slowed us down and we could not move forward with the final presentation of our work.

Though, we needed to experiment this otherwise our first experimentation would be the week before it is due and we don’t have enough time. In this process we had to put up photos and then take them down straight after. How annoying.

So this week took a back seat and we ended up with something like this:

It was clear that we were going to need to take more care with how straight these photos turn out. However, it was good to know that the light to dark idea was the best way we display these photos. There was speculation through which it is looking purely aesthetic and that this many photos has actually taken away from our original idea. However, we were positive that this is due to the rushed nature of our work as well as the wavy line effect that it had, and finally the fact that it was just the middle of the wall and not the entirety of the wall (as we had planned). But this was just not viable to place all 1000 photos on the wall just to take them down and then to redo it all over for 2 more weeks. We decided that we will just wait for middle of next week before we move forward with the final submission.

Week 12 – More Photos

Week 12 – More Photos

In the last week or so, Paniti and I had gone out and taken more photos, ALOT more photos. We moved away from the photos from last week and took 4 completely new scenarios. We had the beach, Crown Street Mall (outside), Crown Street Mall (inside/escalators) and we had the highway. These 4 areas were discussed for a while as we really wanted to show the actions in each rather than the scene themselves. For example, we have the waves, the people, the escalators and people and the cars. These photos were then printed and received (roughly 1000):

These 4 boxes were filled as shown above.

After this we discussed how we were going to lay these out in the most effective way possible. It was clear that this was going to be somewhat part of our final submission as we have committed much more into this wall-based work rather than a screen-based as previously discussed in the last few weeks. We thought that we would go by scene and potential for each scene to overlap into one another. Firstly we discussed the idea about running these images across the wall in a similar manner. As the photos were landscape, why don’t we lay them out in landscape?

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With thoughts about how far this would actually spread across the gallery space we thought about doing the 4 scenes, across but having a scene above one another – almost as if was a time frame? This would however overlap one another as seen by the layout of the beach/town drawing below.

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As we had decided this is what we were going to do, we then understood the fact that our photos did have a different shade of black and white to one another – as it was throughout the course of a day. We had to question how exactly we would lay this shade spectrum out. Show below is the though process behind each layout.

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We were showing more interest in the idea that we have each scene just go from light to dark, to the the course of a day over a long space of the wall (bottom drawing).

After this, we thought it would be in our best interest to move forward with organising each scene into the according colour/shade spectrum (light to dark) to help us be organised for next week’s experiment – placing them onto the wall.

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Paniti and I then filled out a form to show the approximate dimension and wall space that we would be utilising for the piece of work. As a project we believe that ours is the largest which means we would need the biggest amount of space – this was the one just outside the gallery door (where they normally display posters and other years work).

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Next week we will start experimenting with out outlined plan and see where this takes us.

Week 11 – First Major Experiment

Week 11 – First Major Experiment

This week Paniti and I took photos from the corner of Figtree Westfield facing the intersection within the space of a day. These photos were taken at 3 seperate times and then produced in black and white in order to blur the timestamps of each photo. The reason for this was due to the fact that every single time-lapse is produced quite similarly. They go to a particular view and run the photo/time sequence in colour and from sunrise to sunset. Everybody loves a good time-lapse. However we were trying to blur the idea of: “What is a time-lapse”. SO the idea behind these photos was to grab the audiences attention and to question

  • “Are these taken at the same time?”
  • “Are these photos all different or are they same?”
  • “What is the point of taking a the same photo at the same intersection?”

These questions would allow us to create a blurred time-lapse through our chosen areas.

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Pep Ventosa inspired we had chosen to tesselate and mosaic the photos to create a jarring effect. But to also see if it were possible to create one large image out of a number of smaller images. Here we had an array of 64 photos all overlapping one another at the same intersection over 3 different times and at a number of different ‘x’s Zoom’. As mentioned before, it was very Pep Ventosa inspired by his Reconstructed, America series. We then had this type of array shown to Mat and Jo to see their feedback on our current direction. To be honest they were quite stumped and weren’t entirely sure what to think. They had asked very similar questions to the responses I was originally looking for – which is a good sign. Jo showed an interest to the data visualisation aspect of this and the printing process:

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They had given Paniti and I more feedback in regards to laying it out a bit differently, seeing if we are able to represent this data card in a different way. We had to manipulate our original idea to further this question of data. Because this is what our assignment was leaning toward – data collection.

The photos were then stacked and slanted slightly to see what sort of effect this black and white time-lapse would create. It was an interesting effect as the side profile of these images created a type of “barcode” effect, it was almost as if it was showing a type of computer generated data-stamp. We had also discussed:

“what if we had a number of stacks of photos with these data cards placed next to them?”

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There were a lot of questions about how we need to lay this project out. There was something in this but we couldn’t quite put our finger on it. Further, we discussed if we could lay these photos almost as if we were detective. Looking for something that isn’t there? Trying to find a bunch of data collection and surveillance photos interesting. This had also lead to us laying the images out like this:

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We needed to do more prototyping and definitely more research into this. Because our main idea was still pointing toward “time-lapse inspired” and that’s really what we wanted to do. Jo had mentioned that we further this project by collecting more photos, more scenarios and see what we can come up with.

Week 10 – Research and Experimentation

Week 10 – Research and Experimentation

Tom Mclellan and his spaces in time photographs gave us an idea into time-lapse and the ability to create something new with it. We stumbled across another artist by the name of Pep Ventosa. He photographs scenes and manipulates the photo in such a way where it looks like a mosaic piece of work. This mosaic type effect utilises the the characteristics of time-lapse and the different lighting within different times of the day. From what I can tell, he goes to these places over the course of a day and takes photographs at all different times. He then completes the work by mosaic tiling each different time and image over one another to create a jarred, time-lapse. There is something so satisfying about his ability to overlay such a simple scene into a structured chaos. He has quite a few works that look very similar, but the ones that stood out to me were his Reconstructed Works, America:

I believe that if we can somehow integrate Ventosa’s work and Mclellan’s work together we could find a niche, something different that grabbed the attention of the audience as well as present the umbrella subject topic of “futures”. We will create a work that blurs the lines between past present and future. We are still deciding whether we are going to create a screen based work with similar effects or a wall based work with physical photographs like we did in week 8 and 9.

This will be thought about and continued in the next week.