Documentation of the skirt making so far…
My POV finals clearly look quite inconsistent in terms of style but I guess the idea of playing with different perspectives of Buddhism is there…(I hope). While I initially wanted to follow and build on the cut-&-paste style from the previous project, I realised the style would not fit the concept for my POVs so I dropped it (for now heh). Tackling the topic of religion, a sensitive topic, calls for a more “de-personalised” style. In the sense, I wanted to remove the feeling of a personal style which might affect the way my works would be perceived. AKA if I did it in a cut & paste manner, it might unintentionally seem like I’m being very aggressive with my subject matter (and the thing is I kind of am but not with Buddhism but with some Buddhists) By going for a more general “advertising” (maybe?) style, I hope to be able to tone down the look a bit so that people can look at it in a more rational manner and I kinda wanted it to be somewhat subtle (like advertisements) even though the messages are pretty much the very opposite of subtle.
After looking through Prof Galina’s book on textures and fabrics, I got inspired and did a sketch of my costume. I really like the look of burnt plastic meshed together so I decided to incorporate that element in my costume design.
I intend to explore the feeling of contracting and expanding through the manipulation of digital space and costume textiles. Through the use of sound and video distortion, the feeling of contracting and expanding can be further amplified and appear to swallow the performer, giving an off-screen presence to technology. Through this piece, I hope to investigate how video technology can create a powerful presence even in the absence of a physical body and how this presence can interact with the performer in a predatory-prey relationship.
All material found in this video is approved for your viewing pleasure. A study of animal behaviour and Singaporean TV shows made for an informed audience.
Special thanks to Shanelle for helping me film me fingering oranges and to Hsin Wei and Andrew for their horny judgements 🙂