MICRO-PROJECT 3: TOGETHER SPLIT

This work was created using the Instagram private group chat feature in which we incorporated the use of the human body, hands and fingers as subjects of the work. The objective of our work would be to experiment with proximity, scale and connectedness of each frame as the subjects go through the frames one by one.

In Scene 1, we have the subject walking in full human body form, walking towards the right in the first quadrant and when he enters the second quadrant, he turns into fingers. When he drops to the third quadrant, he then transforms back to the full human body form and as he walks towards the last quadrant on the left, he then transform back into fingers.

In Scene 2, we have the subject being flicked by a giant finger in quadrant 1 and is flung across quadrant 2 where he then falls into quadrant 3 and gets pulled by another hand in quadrant 4.

In Scene 3, the team wanted to end the work with a light-hearted game of rock, paper, scissors in which after every round, those eliminated would exit the call and the last one would be the master screen thus ending the group chat.

THE OUTCOME

The outcome of each scene didn’t stray too far off of what we had initially planned for although there we several lags in each quadrant, the objectives were still met and we were still able to showcase scale and connectedness with each scene.

We took a very long time setting up the screens before we could even try out our scenes due to connection problems and just where our locations were at as well. When one person has unstable connection, it tremendously affected the rest as weren’t able to communicate.

As it was our first time using the group chat feature on Instagram, it was rather difficult navigating the screens thus, it made us take a longer time to understand where each screen is at, on the master screen – which is the person who started the call. This is also the difficult part as on our own personal screens, our quadrants are all placed differently so navigating our directions were rather difficult as well.

In addition, as we use the same subject for one of the scenes, it is immensely challenging to time the perfect sequence from each quadrant and our subject would have to run to the next location almost immediately in order to make it to the following quadrant where they would have to reappear.

Although it was challenging, it allows us to be adaptive digital users as we were only given 60 minutes to plan and shoot everything. As social media platforms and other digital platforms continue to advance, coming out with more intricate features, as users, it is definitely a must-have trait for us to be ever-ready in learning and exploring the new features in order to make the best out of that platform.

Out of all the 3 Micro-Projects,

Which project did you feel you had the most creative control? Why?

I felt that the project with the most creative control would be Micro-Project 1: Creating The Third Space. This is because firstly, the project allows the creator to have full control of the artistic outcome in which the artist is able to conceptualize and create the work to his or her liking and there is no input from anyone else before he or she posts it onto Instagram with the hashtag.

The only thing that was binding everyone in this project would only be the hashtag, in this case to identify the posts of the people who had created the works. Apart from that, what I chose to shoot, edit and post were all in my control thus, making me feel that Project 1 gave me the most control.

Which project had the most unpredictable outcome? Why?

Project 2: Crowd-Sourced Art had the most unpredictable outcome as it allowed the audience of the work to have a huge amount of control in the decisions that we, the artist had to follow. The process of the work allowed for people to choose either one of the two options presented to them. As the creators, we were never too sure which option would end up the majority so each time we allowed the audience to choose, the results were unpredictable.

Which project best illustrates the concepts of DIWO & OpenSource? Why?

In my opinion, Project 1: Creating The Third Space, best illustrates the concepts of DIWO and Open-Source. This is because the idea of the hashtag itself allows for creators to collaborate on the same platform and interact with each other as they view each others’ work. The hashtag on Instagram also allows for the public to openly contribute to the community and comment on the posts. This means that people who don’t follow each other would be able to view and comment on each other’s work thus creating new connections and enabling more collaborations to happen.

As compared to Project 2: Crowd-Sourced Art, it only allows for people who follow the artists on their platform to be able to interact and participate in the making of the work. Thus, it doesn’t really make it open-source as there are more control as to who is allowed to see and contribute to the artists’ work as compared to Project 1 in which, it is completely open to whoever that have an Instagram account.

MICRO-PROJECT 2: CROWD-SOURCED ART

The content of the work would be a short Instagram video series of 15-second video clips of ADM tour fun time guides exploring interesting spots in ADM. The creators would be Bai, Naz and Naddy along with powerful decision makers – Naddy’s Instagram followers.

This work takes place on Naddy’s Instagram story in which was made public for anyone to place their votes. The team decided to go with a strict two option poll instead of an open-ended question or multiple options as we were only given very little time, we needed answers FAST.

With the time that we have, we managed to do three polls:

  1. Should we get into the iconic ADM pond barefooted or head to the rooftop and scream “I draw naked people”?
  • We had to wait about 10 minutes in order to have a sufficient number of voters before we start to film at the hotspots.

Pond received 79% of the votes while rooftop received 21%.

  1. Should Naddy do a plank on the ADM sign or Should Bai climb up the black grid structure to the top?
  • At this point of time, my audience were already read to vote within the 5 minutes after I posted out this poll. This shows that they are really interested in wanting to be part of this work.

ADM Sign received 48% of the votes while the structure received 52%.

  1. Should we do a High School Musical scene in the lecture hall or basement lockers?
  • This was the final poll and we realized how we managed to get more people to vote and view within a short period of time as compared to the previous posts. Through this poll, we also managed to get a private message from one of my followers requesting for a particular song to be played in which we heeded to.

Lecture Hall received 47% of the votes while lockers received 53%.

This work actively seeks the audience’s interaction with the poll as they will be determining what the guides would have to do or go to next. The “Reply to Story” feature has also been turned on so that the audience are able to give more suggestions to the team should the polling not have something that they’d like to see.

This crowd-sourced project is different from ones created by a single artist or creator as it allows for active audience participation even though they are just silent viewers behind the screens of their mobile phones. This allows for the audience to have a sense of collaborative ownership as they are contributing their votes to determine what the next move would be which is something that a single creator work would not have.

MICRO-PROJECT 1: CREATING THE THIRD SPACE

I chose this space to photograph as I thought that it is a very ironic space. Ironic how elevators would typically move automatically once a floor is being chosen yet this particular elevator needed constant manual pushing of the buttons in order to even move a single inch. Ironic how elevators usually look cold and metallic, yet this particular elevator is made of plastic and looks very warm.

The words collaborative, ever-changing, varying would describe this alternative virtual space that we have created. This is because the hashtag is something that just about anyone with a public Instagram account can contribute to. It is ever changing as with each batch of people that embark on this activity, new photos would emerge from the hashtag page and go on top of those who came before them. Lastly, it is varying as it is contributed by different people with different perspective, not one photo can be the same.

It is rather easy for this alternative virtual space to change should the collaborators decide to delete or change the name of the hashtag. In addition, photos could disappear if collaborators decide to delete or archive their photos. Switching one’s account to private can also cause the photos to disappear from the hashtag page.

This project relates to the DIWO and DIY concepts as it allows for an artistic collaboration among us as we are able to have conversations with one another by posting and replying to comments. This ongoing conversation then creates an enriching system in this particular virtual space where like-minded individuals are able to put up their work and interact with others that are binded by the same space – the hashtag.