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Please give a brief description of the work you intend to exhibit specifying materials and size.
Untitled, HD video projection
My work has explored the relationship between our place and us as humans and animals on the earth. Currently, the work has used the component of the earth as a literal “grounding” and concentrated on land dwelling creatures.
For degree show, I am expanding this topic into looking at the earth in a celestial context. To do this I am pushing my work to investigate into humans as “living under the same sky” as the animals rather than “sharing the same earth”.
Shooting in HD (1080i), and angling the camera upward, I took a watching position in a free flying bird enclosure. In shot is the warehouse-like roof, which cuts of the birds from the sky they are idealistically associated with. A man-made obstacle fencing off nature, controlling where it exists.
Occasionally, you see the birds flitting across the footage. The sightings off them are uncommon and often obstructed by the tropical plants used to create their unnatural natural environment.
The work would be exhibited by projecting the footage onto the ceiling of the gallery space, replicating the=he angle it was filmed at and immersing the viewer by raising their eye level. The existence of the birds in the gallery space would echo the unnatural environment they were filmed in.
Artists I have researched include Dalziel and Scullion and their works scratch and raptor, both of which are animals placed in human habitats and filmed. I have also contextualised my work among issues concerning the changing natural world.
Potential secondary piece:
May produce a series of photographic still, which I am experimenting with which comments on the same relationship but these are a maybe and not a definite,
Please give a brief account of the main themes in your work and how these are contained in the final show?
Nature contained in a human environment(the birds in a zoo with the physical world outside of it) further compressed via digital imaging. By being shown in a gallery it opens it back out into a space containing nature with a natural environment outside. So its natural but still separated from the natural. Through the viewer, it is opened out fully in the viewers mind to make them think about the outside natural world
Like showing a mirror to a mirror and getting everlasting reflections. But in this case the original image flips and pushes back out; a refracted reflection. One end got nature going into man made and other end it man going into nature.
Echoing how the natural environment is being further and further reduced but can still exist through us mentally.
Monday 19th march: test projection and how to angle it onto the ceiling
Tuesday 20th march: graduate proposal meeting
Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd march – finalising how projection awill work
Monday 26th March –tutorial and self initiated proposal seinars
Tuesday 27th March - tutorial and self initiated seminars
Thursday 29th March – build plinth
Friday 30th March build plinth
Easter - work out anything glitches, technical problems etc and work on photographic stills
Monday 16th- Friday 20th April – perfect work
Monday 23rd April – exhibition preparation, Photoshoots of degree show work for catalogue
Tuesday 24th – Friday27th April – exhibition preparation
Monday 30th April – Friday 4th May – exhibition preparation and consultation week
Monday 7th -11th April Consultation and installation week. Proposal Deadline on Tuesday!!!
Monday 14th-18th May – installation week
Friday 18th May – Deadline for work installation
Wednesday 23rd – Deadline for support work
Wednesday 30th June – Asessment complete Invigilation rota meeting
Friday 15th June - Degree show opens
Wood for making plinth: £15 for 1 sheet of 8ft x 4ft 9mm MDF which will be enough is used sparingly
Padlocks and locks for plinth £3-£15
Blu ray player £19.97
Please identify any technical needs and where you expect to source any equipment.
Ill needs a projector
A blu ray player
A plinth to house the projector and blue ray player inside for security reasons. Also needs to contain a mirror set up so that the projection can be beam onto the ceiling. This will require a power supply.
Ill also need speaker to fill the space the sound recording of bird song I have to fully immerse the space and the viewer
If I can’t lend a university projector, blu ray player or speakers ill try to fund them myself.
The plinth ill design and make myself
Please identify any associated Health and Safety/Risk Assessment Issues or any special equipment you may be installing.
Projection- need signs warning people of epilepsy and neck pain from looking upwards.
Probably tape off where the plinth will stand so no one will walk into it and tape the cables down