INSTRUCTIONS!  

This page shows a summary of work and research towards completing this semester’s FAM 5 module.  To see examples of the film work and performances referred to please go to the relevant pages within this website ie FILM     PERFORMANCE.

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PERFORMANCES: 

1).  “Promise”  in rehearsal – working with two other artists I am devising this 1 hour long performance while in rehearsal, to include multi media eg film, and immersive theatre.

 

2).  “Oh My Gosh! (Alternative Disco)” and soundtrack, Pallant House Gallery in October 2019.  The soundtrack comprises of a track called “Oh My Gosh” and is interspersed with voice overs of global good news and bad news.  Similar to my performance in November 2018, this lets the news wash over us and we continue our daily lives.  Steven Pinker, the psychologist writes that this may be as a result of our “village” brains being unable to cope with global parameters.

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FILM WORK:

1).   The Daughters” + installation + sound – my ongoing work, a sample of which will be exhibited in the MA show in January 2020.  The film will be projected onto an embroidered table cloth within an installation in the Dark Space, with sound coming from two sources: behind the viewers, and from under the table/in a basket within the installation.  The table, with an old table cloth on and three old chairs for the audience to sit on, will have a large hardback book on it, from which I am hoping a further soundtrack will be sourced, to include menopause information and advice by Dr. Kellogg from Victorian times, plus a few words of my own, and some Kierkegaard thrown in too.  The table will also have old postcards for the audience to rifle through.  Various versions have been made including a black and white version – the result of this has made me decide to experiment with a film with intermittent black and white, and then colour.

 

2).  “Physiotherapy/Shame– three versions, experimenting with creating a film to accompany a voice memo I recorded after an experience with a physiotherapist.  I lost my voice, and observed a variety of thoughts and emotions (editing on hold until “The  Daughters” is complete).

 

3).  “Xtinction Rebellion”: in edit, on hold; a film about the climate change action on its first day in London and interviews with some of the activists, and the police.

 

4).  “Bognor Toilets”:  in edit, on hold; New to the area, this is a political piece about political paralysis at a more grass roots level –  the personal is political!

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THEATRE DEPARTMENT MASTERCLASSES:  Tania El Khoury – a performance artist who does not work in traditional spaces such as theatres to present her work.  She demonstrated examples of immersive work she has completed, from one to one performances where the audience remotely (from a shop window via discreet headphones) directs the performer on the street, to immersive theatre where for example each member of the audience had to dig up information with their bare hands and then lie on the earth listening to a voice over about people who had recently died in Syria.

                                                                                                  Gemma Paintin – a performer/director from performance group “Action Hero” who also takes her audience outside traditional spaces.  During the workshop we were directed to come up with over 50 ideas for future performances, including their styles, themes and venues.  This masterclass involved participants in presenting impromptu role play, voicework etc. so I was pushed out of my comfort zone; as mentioned in my personal statement, this zone is a good place to push boundaries and discover new possibilities for my work.

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Further training:

Raindance Film School (September) – learning included screen writing and directing .

IT with Dan in SIZ every two weeks; during this semester/module he has introduced me to: VR technology which, while useful    to know about, has made me decide not to use VR.

Green Screening – this is going to be useful for “The Daughters” as I want to include some backgrounds with different images in the foreground.  For example, I have stood in Oxford Street, stationary, for 10 minutes while people flooded towards, into and around me, and this footage will form my background using the green screen.  In the foreground will be an almost invisible person, seemingly struggling against the tide.

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Visiting artist: when I met Eleanor Suess I was able to ask her many questions about technical issues she used to create the films shown in the morning lecture that day.  In particular, she explained how to split the screen up into window-like frames, using photoshop and adobe premier pro, so I have been experimenting using this technique, for example in “Physiotherapy”.  I noticed how it makes me as the viewer focus more on the screen, and try to concentrate and configure the multiple images.

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Exhibitions/shows visited:

Mark Leckey at Tate Britain

Olafur  Eliasson at The Tate Modern

Antony Gormley at The Royal Academy

Graduate Show, Camberwell

The Place (Contemporary Dance – various shows)