Internet Art and Culture Class ASSIGNMENT

Posted by Nicholas Makoto on Friday, 3 November 2017

But more technically, North-East-West.

I was co-broadcasting with Su-Hwee who hails from the West.

With the aim of exploring the different lives of the everyday person, we set out an order of business, starting at the toppest floor with a long corridor.

For those unfamiliar, in HDB blocks, some levels are connected with a long corridor linking the houses along the entire block on that side. This is due to the old lift format, which only stopped at certain floors, say 1 – 5 – 9. Hence these floors are connected with long corridors.

The plan was as follows

  • Top floor stroll end-to-end
  • Down to the next long corridor (5th Floor)
  • Do another sweep of the floor end-to-end
  • Down to the ground level
  • Make way to the nearest hawker center
  • Have a look around and make our coordinated purchases

and Honestly, the visuals were more strikingly similar than I expected

From the get go, the corridors created this odd symmetry whilst being asymmetrical which I thought was an interesting visual. Interestingly enough I heard that some HDBs estates had a departure from the Brutalist form, which could account for the differences that we see in the frame.

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Even our decent down the block was very interesting, though a bit more choreographed in that I was trying to match her speed and angles as I descended. Which did lead to a great visual comparison of the two blocks in their stairwells.

On the way to the hawker center, the first “bump” we ran into was that she seemed to be reaching the hawker center faster.

Subsequent road bumps were me ordering drinks and it arriving faster than her’s and in delaying mine, she ended up getting her drink faster.

Similarly, her stalls of choice were close that day, which led to me doing an impromptu lap of the hawker space.

But these are all parts of the livestreaming experience I’d say, the reality of it all.

Chance visual parallels

It reminded me of Pamela Z’s performance, which I did enjoy, along with your camera perspective, I assume both sides were rather adaptive be it in their own performance or in response to the other person.

Perhaps in retrospect, one thing I’d have done differently would be to focus on the world around me as opposed to worrying about the camera. Much like being on stage, I find my mind not focused on whats present in front of me, but on what I’m doing and a lot of being in my own head analysing and responding to what I’m showing. That being said, I find there to be a gain in what is framed. Especially in that the camera operator dictates what the audience can and cannot see, I do feel the responsibility to give a good look in a comprehensive manner for viewers to better make sense of the ideas that we’re trying to get across to them.

Overall I’d say we did a good job and the visual comparisons were quite amazing and really built upon what I had done previously with Bao and the visuals we both created then.

By sheer coincidence, the people that we had in front of us at the drink stall were wearing the good ol’ Red-Blue color combo