I went to try a little trial for the final project and tried to choose the right title to ‘hook’ the audiences. Even though, I did it in the afternoon I had a few audiences from different countries.
I realised that it was better to not put the country where you come from because some people might not scroll to where Singapore is on the map and watch us.
In addition, the name ” Makeup Transformation” was quite an effective hook i realise as people knew what to expect when they are watching it.
On the other hand, I also realised that it was good for me to respond and talk to people commenting as it made me feel like there was a connection between the audience and me. Also, audiences liked it if i were to talk more when I performed. It was a very interesting experience. I felt that some of the conversation was similar to the ones we had when we were on adobe connect. It was random and very entertaining.
Overall, I think I did enjoyed it alot. Even though it was just a small preview to what I was going to do on the actual day.
I initially wanted to not talk to the audience but after that I realised that It does not really work. So I would do that on my actual performance also and I would like it if more people commented.
My project will be a live perfomance of me transforming myself into different looks using make up. I would like to translate myself physically in the first space to the language of what can be done in the third space in virtual form. Taking for an example, the changing into a disguise in real time that is shown on Grand Theft avatar.
I’m thinking of transforming myself to look like a boy and also after that have a 10-15 minute Q and A session with whoever comments using this “identity” that I have created using make up and then transforming myself to some one else afterwards and then having the Q and A session again.
I think that performance like this plays into the portrayal of celebrity as people who tend to put a persona forward to entertain people. However with a twist as you see the process of how this “persona” is formed. The process is usually done in private and I would like to make the private process, public.
Moreover, I love that the third space allows me to explore what it means to do a live performance art from the comfort of a small space without people physically being there with me.
“The artist studio has traditionally been a finite space, defined by its physical walls, flat file cabinets, table surfaces, portfolio cases, and print racks.”- Randall Packer (2015). “Collective Narrative“.
It is great that the internet has allowed me to not limit myself to the physical world.
In addition, I would also like to explore and find out how the conversation might change depending on how I look.
“Billy Klüver regarded this phenomenon of the active participant as a liberating experience, untethered from the seat, and given mobility and choice to shape the outcome of the experience. The viewer in this sense becomes a “composer” of his or her own experience, pulling the levers (however abstract) of a work’s dynamic of interaction, which serves to heighten the experience of the in-between and its believability, breaking the now arbitrary fourth wall, to engage the viewer as an active participant.” Packer R. “Between the Real and the Virtual“,(2014) in Reportage from the Aesthetic Edge
As what Packer said I do feel that by engaging the audiences through a Q and A session, they do have the freedom and power to shape their own experience and also break the fourth wall. Thus, blurring the lines between what is real and virtual. Through this, I would like to see how people’s treatment of me as a person changes through appearances in the third space. In addition, my own reaction to my own appearances in the third space.
I think that this piece of performance art had suggested issues about power and the shift in the power from the artist to the audience and how these lines are blurred. In addition, the audience somehow also become the performer, changing result of the performance.
What particularly stuck out to me was the last guy in the video who took his time during his turn to cut off her top. I felt that it was distasteful and I was also upset about it. It also revealed the mindset of that person and it added an additional layer to the performance.
In addition, on the topic of exquisite corpse, I do agree that
“One of the best known examples would be the Surrealist game: exquisite corpse (exquisite cadaver), in which a group of artists would compose words or images collectively using pre-determined rules to construct a composited work that is the summation of each artist’s individual contribution.”- Randall Packer (2015). “Collective Narrative“.
I had the opportunity to make a video with the idea of exquisite corpse last year and it produces some very interesting results.
For this project, we asked people in NTU to help us contribute words for our story.They do not know the whole story, just the words before theirs.