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Micro-Project: Costume Design

Tiffany Anne

Wednesday, Mar 09, 2016 - 11:33:50 am

@ Tiffany Rosete

My costume design is inspired by bees and bee colonies. I chose bees because I feel an affinity towards these creatures. Bees are like artists. Firstly, bees do not see colours the way humans do. They cannot see red but they view the world in ultraviolet (UV) light as shown below. This relates to how we learn to feel by Read more →

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Project Hyperessay: a free-write; an invitation

Angeline Young

Wednesday, Mar 09, 2016 - 10:08:21 am

@ Angeline Young

There are multiple outcomes for this creative research.  So far, we have navigated our creative investigation around three main themes – touch, intimacy, and embodied narratives in the 3rd space.  The objective is to explicate these three main themes through the performative components of video projections, creative movement, a live-composed soundscape, spoken text, and wearable technology.  This Read more →

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Angeline, very compelling synopsis of our challenges and goals for Touch. You expressed in well, in terms of how we must integrate the technological, cultural, and aesthetic potential of networked performance in the third space. I am interested in building on your idea of sovereignty, how we might colonize, control, manipulate and organize the space for our purposes of forming movement and contact. The student hyperessays are a treasure trove of information and ideas that we can now organize and put into action. I think the synthesize of your overall approach to movement together with their narrative aspirations will give us something very strong to build on, of course, in addition to Galina's masterful design sensibility and my approach to telematics. Onward!!

Project Hyperessay #1: Concept Statement/Narrative Overview

Feliciana Natali

Wednesday, Mar 09, 2016 - 09:02:14 am

@ Feligood

“Virtual embrace in the third space” is a concept in which two or more persons, who are in different spaces and locations, are to be placed together in a virtual, digital space. Their interaction in the digital space seems real. However, without the limitation of physical bodies and space, that interaction can be in the form of something Read more →

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Hi Feliciana, Very interesting narrative shape that has strong moral implications regarding the real and the virtual. Here is a list of ideas for discussion in class: -- the virtuality of the interaction should not be taken lightly, because it may evoke feelings in the audience; just like what Susan Kozel said, “seeing is feeling.” And I would like to let the audience see and feel “The Touch of Destruction.” -- What if a single touch could destroy you? What if, simply two hands could confine and bar you? -- Surrounded by two big hands (much bigger in scale compared to the dancer). Those hands would confine the dancer, not allowing the dancer to free himself from being on the screen -- Then when the two hands are being put together and ‘crush’ the dancer, a glitch on the screen would appear. -- What if a single touch from the tiniest person, could destroy the giant? What if, you are actually stronger than you think? -- For the second part… dancer would fight the big hands which are surrounding them. -- The story behind this idea is about the pessimistic and optimistic sides of human. Sometimes, we let what is not real (worry about the future, negative thoughts) to destroy us and our present…. Think positively and do not shrink – that is what we should do when we face a bigger enemy or rival. In the end, nothing is impossible, both in real life and virtual space.

Project Hyperessay #1: Concept Statement / Narrative Overview

Tiffany Anne

Friday, Mar 04, 2016 - 12:06:51 am

@ Tiffany Rosete

The Virtual Embrace

Performance Concept

What fascinates digital artists is the ways in which their embodied existence is redefined in cyberspace. So they use digital technology to examine the interaction between the physical and the virtual…

–Dixon, Virtual Bodies

I was very inspired by the convergence of spaces in the third dimension. I find that the virtual embrace engages a different set of Read more →

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Your narrative gives compelling structure to the relationship between the local and remote, converging, as you suggest in a safer third space retreat. Here are some excerpts for discussion: there are no physical scars in the virtual world, there is also the chance that one may be hurt psychologically. a form of escapism from reality My concept of the performance would portray a dystopia where the world is so chaotic and unlivable that people search for better living conditions in the virtual world. This causes a birth of a new civilization. The colony of a new race find and create a new life and take refuge in the third space. (Excellent!!!) In the third space, there is a new language in which people communicate.,,, It is like how the different movement of bees mean differerent things. There is a struggle between the colony in the first and second space. in the end, the audience becomes initiated into the colony and they become performers in their own right. to represent the rejection of perfect media and the empowerment of people to create their own content out of the works of others.

Micro-Project: Glitched Aberrations

Yuhao Zhang

Friday, Feb 26, 2016 - 11:30:54 am

@ Media and Performance by YUHAO ZHANG

Choose the image that I am gonna glitch. I hate to glitch it because I like the original picture very much.

Making copies.

Open the image in text file and manipulate it by adding to, deleting and substituting its code.

Glitch 1

Glitch 2

Glitch 3

Glitch 4

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Well done Yuhao! I will go over in more detail later but I wanted to commend you on getting caught up with this assignment.
Statement of meaning: I think it is interesting that you chose a European artist who chose an Eastern subject for the painting. Yuhao, you write: "I hate to glitch it because I like the original picture very much." What is the relationship between your process as a glitch art maker and the final product? How do you think your feelings (in this case, your feelings about loss of the original image) affect your process of making your art? When do you choose to let those feelings guide you in your glitch art making and when do you choose to let those go?

Research Critique: Dance Performance

Yuhao Zhang

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 - 05:53:42 pm

@ Media and Performance by YUHAO ZHANG

Eiko & Koma: My Parents

Eiko Otake and Takashi Koma Otake, generally known as Eiko & Koma, are a Japanese performance duo. Since 1972, Eiko & Koma have worked as co-artistic directors, choreographers, and performers, creating a unique theater of movement out of stillness, shape, light, sound, and time.

In post-war Japan, nature was part of the life and life was simpler Read more →

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Statements of Meaning: Yuhao, your thoughts about the kind of performances E & K create are well articulated here because you take into account the multiple elements in performance experience that entice the senses of the audiences. Good job.: "creating a unique theater of movement out of stillness, shape, light, sound, and time." Additionally you write: "The performer’s face, her hair, the soundtrack, the camera angel, the special effect, her dance in the small box trying to fight against gravity made it one of the most strangely fascinating things I have seen in a while." This demonstrates that you are able to explicate how multiple elements helped to make your viewing experience "one of the most strangely fascinating things I have seen in a while." Question for the artist: How might the observations you made above ("stillness, shape, light, sound, and time.") be integrated into your creative process as you begin to create the performance piece in your imagination? What ways can you translate images from your imagination to the dance movement and physical materials you will create for the performance? How many ways can you express "strange" through gestural movement?

Micro-Project: Dream Journal

Yuhao Zhang

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 - 08:21:37 am

@ Media and Performance by YUHAO ZHANG

Task#1

Thinking Herself Back: The body is a living archive according to Angeline Young, the artist who created and performed the piece. It told an evocative and striking story of displacement, struggle and migration. There were many Chinese elements in the performance to create the context of Chinese Civil War, for example, the Taoist rituals and her traditional Chinese Read more →

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I enjoyed both translations of your dreams and the contrast between robotic and flowing movements! Also, great song choice. I like the how you chose Daft Punk in your second dance which is more upbeat to show a bigger space.
Statements of Meaning: I love the drawing of the whirlwind. There is a lot of motion depicted there and I have a kinasethetic response to the circularity of strokes. If you are interested in using drawings as a road map for choreographing for this piece, please email me and we can discuss. Questions for the artist: Yuhao, your write: "I could feel the space and time that the performer was trying to depict" In what way did you "feel" the space and time? How would you describe "feeling" from watching a video? In response to your question for me : "What is the role of the audience in these two films?" This is a great question. In my work I am interested in implicating the audience as performers in my piece. I do this because I am experimenting with alternatives to 18th century European performances spaces (such as the normative proscenium stage). Instead, I prefer a performance space where people can move around and shift their perspectives. I consider their movement as a part of the performance because the shifting performance landscape informs my creative choices during the piece. Often, my choice to bring the audience closer into my performance allows for a greater sense of intimacy as it disrupts Western cultural expectations for how an audience should behave during a "show." Statements of meaning and questions for the artist combined: Your sketches of your dreams are intriguing because your handwritten script is as dynamic as your movement. I would encourage you to hold on to these drawings so that we can revisit them in the next choreography workshop to develop movement for the performance. How might you use these sketches as you choreograph? I have a suggestion about this. Would you like to hear it? If yes, scroll to bottom of this reply and find the * I see the drawing of the ninja gloves. What concepts relate to this idea of the ninja? What is the relationship of the ninja to the 3rd space? Lots of design inspiration here for the dance and the costume, perhaps? Let's save this for the thinking grid we will make together as we devise movement and approaches to the other elements of the performance (sound, costumes, location). I liked in the dance videos that you used music. I really enjoyed watching the stop and the flow. In the first one, I also really liked the scooter passing behind you. You might think about how environment could affect/produce a dialogue between your body in performance and the choices that you will be able to make during the performance if you implicate the environment...we can talk more about this in the next workshop. Really well done and creative. *Remake video, don't change the choreo but move across the dance space using a word or a sentence from your dream sketch as a floor map. Then when you have done that, choose a descriptive word from your dream journal (or related to the ninja concept) and integrate that idea into the movement performance. For example, you could choose "It works sometimes" and spell it across the floor with your movements and see what happens. Then if you add the concept of "deadly silent like a ninja" how would that change/affect your choreography? We can talk about this more.
Also, thank you for sending me the "Sleep no More" link. My question for you is: How does the video link you sent me capture the actual performance experience you had personally?

Micro-Project: Dream Journal

Charlene

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 - 03:43:03 am

@ Charlene

I didn’t really managed to dream much for the past week so I will be referring to some old dreams for inspiration.

Unable To Escape

This particular dream remains in my mind simply because it felt so real. I remember waking up, feeling very disoriented, in the dark with only a blue light. I tried to leave my room but for Read more →

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Statements of meaning: Char, I enjoy the red light and the sense of fragmentation in the first video produced through the angle of the camera. Your use of these angles demonstrates an understanding for the "rule of thirds" we talked about in class. The sparse use of sound in the video both creates a kind of aural framework to experience the video but also creates "space" because the viewer can experience the places in between the sounds. Good job. Question for the artist: What was your experience of making the sound as you were moving? I have a suggestion about the use of sound in performance. If you would like to hear it, scroll down to the * at the bottom of this reply. Second video Statement of meaning: The bird's eye view gives a 2-d quality to the image where your body becomes a landscape. I enjoyed the slow movement. Along with the bird's eye view, it creates almost a voyeuristic quality for the audience. Question for the artist: What informed your choice to omit your face/head/legs in this shot? What informed your choice for costume? How many ways can you animate "disoriented" in your performance (physical gesture/vocal/camera angle/use of costume)? What if you played with the edges of the screen? What if you brought something into the shot that was a different color against the table? This part of my reply is in regards to this video :https://vimeo.com/152461077?from=outro-embed. Statements of Meaning: I experienced this as a commentary on how female bodies in 3rd spaces are subjected to the viewer's gaze. Well done. Questions for the artist: Could you talk more about what inspired you to make this video? Were the bruises intentional? and if so, were they real? *What would happen if you vocalized a sound to describe how you felt in the dream? What if you created a costume that made a sound every time your moved?

Micro-Project: Dream Journal

Ong Xin Hong

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 - 02:50:08 am

@ Oxhrene

Task #1:

What I think the performances “Thinking back herself…” and “Bamboo curtain” by Angeline Young means or represents (I did not do any background research because I wanted to learn more about the work through the artist herself. Please pardon me if I have the wrong perception in my initial stages of exploration.).

https://youtu.be/uo3elrWaVAc

“Thinking back herself…”

I feel that “Thinking back herself…” is Read more →

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Task #1 Statements of Meaning and questions: Rene, you write: "I did not do any background research because I wanted to learn more about the work through the artist herself. " I agree, sometimes you can learn more with an open and undisturbed mind. You asked me: "I wonder what does the white powder represent…could it be snow? (Like the period of the Civil War happened in winter, and the vigorous movements of the foot painting in the white powder represents people running in snow?)" Yes, it does. Also my memory with my grandmother making jiaozi. You asked me: "What does the action of taking off your clothing represent? (Could it be…you are entering a warm house from outside which was cold?)" Yes, Rene, you are very perceptive. I integrate elements of ritual in my performances and clothing is something we engage with everyday. My father used to wear a robe when he would visit us. When he stopped coming home, my little brother wore the robe and we couldn't get him out of it. The jacket represents putting down burdens I don't have to carry anymore.
Task #2 Statements of meaning and questions combined: Rene, there is a lot of dialogue here with lots of emotion. How will you use this in your creative process of envisioning the piece?
Task #3 Statements of Meaning and questions: I enjoyed the simplicity and repetition in the movement. The door behind you provides a scenic framework. I really liked the sounds you created. I really love the handwriting, it is exciting because it conveys your experience of the dream...I especially like the pictures and again, the dialogue you recorded. How did you choose the backdrop for the film? How did you create the sound? What ways can you integrate dialogue into the performance? I have a suggestion. Scroll down to * to view. *What if you performed this playing with the tension in the edges of the screen? What are the ways you might use film projection in this performance? What is the relationship between costume and sound for your work?
Rene, I also loved that you asked yourself questions at the end of task. How many ways can you break the rules for the "neat ponytail" in performance?
Thanks for your suggestion! I will incorporate them in my mood board for my outfit!

Research Critique: Dance Performance

Charlene

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 - 02:08:50 am

@ Charlene

Eiko & Koma: My Parents

Being a dancer only needs a body and nothing else. I thought that would be the least materialistic way of living. – Eiko

Eiko and Koma have a unique way of dancing that combines stillness, shape, light and sound. Both were born during the post-war era of Japan and lived in simple times where technology Read more →

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Statements of meaning and questions for the artist: Charlene, you write: "The minimal, ragged cloths of earthly tones also help them blend in with the earth." I wonder how your costume might consider the environment you perform with/interact with? "Eiko and Koma’s dance moves appear to make them seem as if they are part of nature itself. " Charlene, how many ways can you use a gesture to express "nature" ? You also write: "Upon further research, I discovered that it belonged to a particular genre of dance known as Screendance (or Videodance)." Great work! Ohad Naharin is a notable artist from Israel. Then you wrote: "sound is notable as well as it features electro-orchestra music that is hard hitting and seemingly jarring at first but then forms a particularly unique style when accompanied by the dance movements." This comments demonstrate your understanding on the relationship between sound and movement. How does your awareness of these two elements relate to your creative making process for your costumes and the movement you will create?