Installation: Find Jane

Hello Everyone!

This is Project #FindJane.

First of all, I have put together a short video of our Installation which documented processes and feedbacks from our dearest classmates and lecturer!

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Some background information about this project: 

Find Jane is an installation that uses various mediums such as sound, video projection and physical space to allow the viewer to trace the footsteps of Jane as she falls victim to a stalker.

Uncovering the mystery of Jane’s call for help and eventual disappearance, the viewer will be exposed to her experiences through a third character – The detective. Using various social media platforms and manipulating sound and space, it proves to show our over-reliance on the Internet holds many dangers for those around people who confuse the virtual world and reality. Our mixed media installation targets young teenagers, especially those between the age of 13 and 18, and warns them about the dangers of the Internet and social world.

 

The exterior of our installation: 

We made use of mainly garbage bags & raffia strings to corner up a little area for our set-up. As the room belongs to a stalker, we envisioned it to look nothing less than creepy. With the use of garbage bags, we blocked out almost 90% of the surrounding lights, giving the atmosphere an extra boost of eeriness.

Some bits and pieces of the detailing:

In the interior of the room, the only source of light comes from a dimly-lit table lamp. The light which reflects against the wall would then reveal the stalker’s underlying fetish. We ensure that the photos on the wall were sufficient enough to appear like he was indeed crazy over Jane. This might just be the highlight of our installation as it would be the first thing viewers notice as they walk through the flap of garbage bags.

Cake with a candle on top. A representation of his “big day” (birthday). It is the very first indication which hints the purpose of his capture.

A birthday card he wrote to himself to establish his oddish personality – alongside with a camera to reinforce his photo-taking habits.

A calendar marked with his birthday – Hints his excitement to “meet” Jane, for every day nearing his birthday is a day closer to seeing Jane again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stalker’s attempt to print out Jane’s weekly timetable – it only showed how overly obsessed he was. He kept track of her movements, constantly. All of the hearts indicated the time period where he would get the chance to see her as she passed by the security guard house.

 

His retrenchment letter alongside a Security ID Card. Established his current financial and emotional state – at lost and desperate. It also helps viewers to link back to how they met, which is through his daytime job as a security at her secondary school.

 Newspaper scattered all over the floor, specifically news on Jobstraits. Some jobs were either circled or crossed out. It provides insights that he is desperately on a lookout for a new job.

Notes against his window that speaks about his misses and longingness. All these details are inserted with the intention to hammer on the idea of his psychotic delusions.

On Carousell: The stalker’s attempt at cheating Jane to meet him.

Ambience Noise:

This was recorded in an extremely echoey setting so as to reinforce the idea of being kidnapped in a god forsaken place. The soundtrack was looped to enhance the audience’s experience as they immerse themselves in the “stalker scene” setting.

 

Additional information on Character Profiling:

Purpose of this installation:

What is an installation without an objective, right? At the end of the day, the main message we wish to send out to the young masses of teenagers out is the danger of social media and how we should practice safe usage of the internet at all times. Everday, we are airing so much of our personal details online – regardless if its photographs or private information. However, beyond just our own circle of friends, we would never know who else is viewing our profile.

Our set is inspired by: 

‘Perfect Blue’, Directed by Satoshi Kon

and ‘Stalker’s Room’ by Eleanor Bull ( http://cargocollective.com/eleanorbull/Stalker-Room )

We adapted its sense of chaos and desperateness and incorporated it into our installation.

 

Overall, we are really happy to be given a chance to work on an actual installation as it is our very first ever experience!

 

Project EGO: Outcome

Hi! Welcome to my final project of the sem – EGO.

For the upcoming panels, the chosen medium is Illustrative Digital-Collage, and the theme is Pop Art, with the improvisation of Painterly Technique that I employed in my design. In my opinion, I prefer processed images in comparison to realistic images as they lacked a touch of customisation. 

Inspired by the famous Andy Warhol pop art culture, I decided to reference his work and work out a concept that bears similar feel as to his art style.

 

To kickstart everything, let’s bring on the 4 equations!

PANEL 1: Analogous

This group of colors is soothing to the eyes and pleasing to look at! They sit side by side on the color wheel.

Rationale: In this scenario, it illustrates my love for chilli and how I absolutely cannot do without it in my daily meals. I am not even exaggerating. I would put a few spoonful of chilli padi into my soup, all the time okay. Since there is this pop art concept going on, all of the selected images will have to look like it comes straight out from an illustration/comic book so it ties in together seamlessly. Color plays a huge part in this as well. Instead of the typical loud colors that illustrators generally employ, I decided to go for muted tones – the dusty effect.

PANEL 2: Tetrad — a combination of four colors

A scheme that includes one primary and two complementary colors

Rationale: Fast Food restaurants are usually my go-to place when I am unsure of what to have for dinner. Mainly because its quick, convenient and it opens for 24 hours (Macs). This sequence represents my enthusiasm and love for burgers, especially when I am on an empty stomach. Similarly, the colors are all muted and the layers are texturized.

PANEL 3: Complimentary Colors

Opposite colors on the color wheel.

Rationale: Being the only child at home, I often find myself shut away in my room. At times, when I feel like I needed a listening ear, or at the very least, any form of comfort, I seek nature. Nature is my remedy, it takes away my trouble as I immerse the environment – so carefree and light. Most important, time slows down. Any form of urgency, deadlines seem to melt away as I fully surrender to comfort and control to my thoughts. How I wish nature was easily accessible, like having it right in front of my doorstep. In the current era, forested areas are limited and no longer as easily accessible as it used to.

PANEL 4: Complimentary Colors

Using blue and muted orange (dull brown) to create a tranquil impression

Rationale: I am almost always on my phone, whether if its social media or what’s app. I feel like I grew so overly reliant on my phone that I constantly find the need to keep up with what’s happening online. Hence, whenever my (problematic) phone gets buggy or malfunctions, a part of me dies. Like… What am I going to do now??? How can I avoid people whom I do not wish to strike a conversation with?? (I always pretend to be busy on my phone HAHA) This explains why I created this sequence.

3 Characteristic you’d notice:

  • Muted colours
  • Canvas texture overlay
  • Constant stroke outline on each of the images

 

Building a Systematic and Consistent Pattern:

All the First panel: Very minimal elements, reduced down to a single vectored image and a color fill background. The main idea is to be straightforward as possible. The first panel will be the simplest among the 3 panels. (so as to balance everything out visually)

All the Second panel: This panel depicts scenarios/locations. It should look the most complex among the 3 panels. On top of that, a filtered illustration of myself will also appear recurringly across the equation.

All the Third panel: To balance out the visual weight for each of the equation, my last panel features yet another minimal approach so that there is ample amount of space to support the design. In this last concluding panel to the equation, I decided to inject some humour into this space. By adding an illustration of myself, it provides a more personal touch. (I feel. hehe) In the initial phase, my panels weren’t consistent. After my second consultation with Mimi, she encouraged that it is better if my panels have a uniform style across all given equations. I thought it made sense. (this is how I eventually settled with the design)

DECISION-MAKING:

Some consideration in terms of suitability of the frame. In order for a smoother flow, I checked to ensure that my design scheme is consistent throughout all the equations. As for the panels below, I actually prefer the top set better. However, in terms of keeping the theme in check, the second set works a lot better. So that it shall be!

Bettering my concept to suit the theme: initially, the consistency of my panels was not quite right. the first design also appeared to be a little cliche. One of my classmates suggested illustrating a burger as though I am wearing it. Thought that was super cool and went ahead with the execution.

How the photographs are processed: From realistic to painterly (gif)

My (very unorganized) working file:

Presentation Day! (The actual color of the artwork will be recorded on this OSS post! )

Oh and I swear Andy is my hamburger soulmate 🙂

 

 If you have come this far, I’d like to thank you for reading!!!

Will catch you soon! Ciaos.

Project EGO: Layout Development

Hello Errrabadi. It’s week 13!!

This post will feature a series of failed attempts, of wasted nights and aching neck. The very first concept I had in mind revolves around the use of geometric illustrations and bold colours against my design.

Turned out pretty bad because I found myself stuck in the development of my panels. It kinda looked like this >

The colour scheme I had in mind was: Blue Yellow Red (Primary colours).

The second attempt I had was a Vintage/Retro Pinup themed (with surrealistic aspect). I wanted an illustrative style across all of my panels and because of that, it got really hard for me to source for suitable images that fits my theme. I spent hours searching for just the right image that compliments the style of my concept, but halfway through, I found myself losing the momentum. So I decided to put this on the KIV-list!

Monochromatic

Triadic

(…Still contemplating…)

These are my panels so far. As you can tell, I am not satisfied with what I have so far. Hence I went on to do more research and I came across a reallllyyy interesting idea but the execution was seemingly difficult. I shall document it down anyway. The theme for this fully revolves around the use of Pantone Strips to create elements.

Like so: (that’s a hamburger btw)

The colour schemes are analogous & monochromatic.

Since the Ego project focuses on colours, I thought this would be an interesting take. However, as I progressed on, the elements that are possible for creation appears to be really limited. For example, the Pantone strips are very geometric in shape. This means that the element that I want to re-create should be in angular shape as well otherwise the design wouldn’t quite compliment. As much as I adore this concept, I had to be aware of the existing limitations and the amount of time I have on hands. Furthermore, it feels like I have to restrict my creativity just to work this concept 🙁 So this is a no go either.

With that in mind, I decided to restart my canvas and plan for a more feasible concept.

This leads me to my final set of designs! The Illustrative Photo-Collage.

 

Will talk more about it in my next post – The Final Outcome. Stay tuned!!!

Ciaossss

 

Project EGO: Artist Inspiration

Hello World,

Today’s blog post will be focused on some of the Artists who have greatly inspired me in process of my findings for my panel of work. These works draw upon psychoanalysis, free-association, dreams, and the unconscious which I found to be amusing.

Contemporary Artists that do amazing Surrealistic Works which I found to be interesting –                Christian Schloe

    

 I enjoy her take on the surrealistic aspect of her artwork, and how an ordinary looking portrait can instantaneously look “zeng-ed” after the addition of elements.

For the eventual output, I hope to be able to re-create images that carry the essence of contemporary art, like so:

John Stezaker

He is one whose work challenged the predominance of Pop art, similar to the concept I had in mind, I wanted to do a photo collage that features elements from the Vintage Pop culture.

Gel Jamlang

Her drawings can illustrate psychedelic albums and surreal stories and what caught my eyes about her style is the use of watercolour textured renderings for her works. It is really so apt! I love it.

Now, we’ll move on to execution 🙂

Ciaos!