Category: My Work
Genre: Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller
Team: Nicholas Makoto, Andrew, Jordan, Hsin Wei
John is a recluse. He spends his days in his room entertaining himself with his electronic devices in the dark. Being only interested in things that don’t require social interaction, he gets annoyed with people, even at his roommate who is one of the only people who actually shows care and concern towards him.
One night, as John sits down at a curb to drink, he is approached by a mysterious man who claims to have a solution to his greatest annoyance. The mysterious man presents John with a device that makes people turn away at a click. Seeing that the device is effective, John uses the device often to get the personal space that he wants.
John is walking back to his room one night and his roommate approaches him along the road. They get into an argument and John uses the device to chase his roommate away. His roommate turns and crosses road, oblivious to a car approaching. John reaches out to pull him back, but it is too late. As he kneels tugging at the lifeless hand of his roommate’s corpse, the mysterious man appears behind them, smiling to himself.
Over the past assignments, i realised that i never rly played around with presentation very much. So i thought i should definitely give it a thought about how i should arrange my visuals. I came up with two arrangement ideas and choosing one of the two was quite a thought because it would totally affect the look of my work. I decided to stay with the arrangement which i call Analytical arrangement where i feel makes the work more exposed in terms of personal expression which is going to be a challenge and i am honestly slightly skeptical about it because i dont feel completely comfortable talking about myself to people.
I also decided to leave behind my math tendencies for a bit. After thinking about the equations that i came up with i thought im not entirely a math person so i didnt think i should express myself entirely out of equations. its rly too much math even for me although i do love math hahah…
So instead, i decided to do something that i felt was something that was more comfortable. I decided to use symbols to express my ideas. Here, the eye representing the realistic part of me and my heart representing the idealistic part of me. And these two are forever wrestling in me.
I am using the colours violet and red, tending more to the play of analogous harmony and contrast to show the wrestling of these two sides of me. For now i am playing around with mediums. In these pieces i am practicing the combining of the symbols of the eye and heart to show how i try to have these entities come together to work.
I am currently quite stuck on how to move forward so i decided i should at least play around a bit to get myself moving and i hope something will click and i’ll know better what to do. (idk if other assignments are clogging my creative mind but i hope that won’t be an excuse).
I am also playing with natural light in one of my equations. I believe in the values of nature and i believe that these values will help me move forward towards the ideal where the real and ideal coexist. What will nature light up for me? idk. Currently i confess that my progress seems to be in broken pieces imo. But I am truly grateful that Joy was able to make the assignment extension and i hope this extension really helps me work for a better result for this final assignment. I definitely need this time to further reflect so that i feel good about what im doing for this assignment. But for now, this is what i have!
Before the class activity, I had an idea of how I wanted to take the equations on ego,
Ideal + Real = Me
Ideal – Comfortzone = Better Me
Ideal x Order = Ideal Me
Balance + Exposure = Me in 5 years
With the contribution of the class, its seems to me that this project should be on values and qualities that are clearest and most significant to me. My struggles of the values of the ideal and realistic seem to show in the way I think critically about things in life. From the practice I realize that my idea of the ideal and real are split in two, making up who I am (ideal + real). I also see that I am missing Order to be ideal and better.
Then, upon deeper reflection, I realized that Order is present both in the Ideal and in the Real. What the matter really is, is in balancing both Orders in life. From this reflection in class, I deduced that the Ideal Me should be [Ideal x Real], which is in contrast of [Ideal + Real]. The difference is that one sees two entities as separates while the other sees them as a whole. It is as how 1 + 1 = 2 and how 1 x 1 = 1, the latter being the holistic ideal.
Ideal + Real = Me
Ideal x Real = the Ideal Me
Then, I looked at the second equation that made up the Better Me. I realized that what I would want to actually aim for is the Ideal Me. Therefore, I equated the Better Me with the Ideal Me as I had the desire to find out what I can do to be as holistic as I can be.
(Ideal + Real) – ? = Ideal x Real
So here’s a bit of math…
Letting A be the Ideal and B be the Real, and letting X be the unknown,
(A+B) – X = AB
So what is X?
X = (A+B) – AB
This is the formula of the problem that stands in-between the current Me and the Ideal Me.
Fitting it into the equation of the Better Me,
As the Better Me is Equated to the Ideal Me, Better Me = AB
(A+B) – [(A+B)-AB] = AB
I asked myself if this made sense. It does mathematically, but conceptually?
Then I realized that this equation of the Better Me, talks about the struggle to be better.
As X = [(Me) – The Ideal Me], it tells me that I must put aside the mentality and the the Ideal (A) and the Real (B) are separate and that the Idealistic and the Realistic cannot go together, that they cannot be balanced and coexist. In order to achieve such an ideal, I must be extremely disciplined and ordered to will myself to unite both entities to be a better person.
As for the last equation, I am still thinking about it. While we jotted down what we want of ourselves in 5 years’ time, that itself is an ideal and it cannot be real until it happens in 5 years’ time. Therefore the equation itself, I am basing it on the Ideal Me, because that is what I dream to be.
AB x time/age/exposure = Me is 5 years
So to summarise what I have so far, Letting the Ideal be A and the Real be B,
A + B = Me
A x B = Ideal Me
(A + B) – [(A+B) – AB] = Better Me
AB + Exposure/Time/Age = Me in 5 years
Most of the information I’m sharing here would be mostly from Richard Keye’s videos on colour theory on youtube. You can go take a look although they are pretty long…but they’re super insightful and it’s pretty cool finding that there is a different way of seeing colour.
Monochrome Harmony is basically a composition of only one hue. Keyes talked about how a hue can be defined as all the colors in a straight line from the center of the color wheel to the the rim of the wheel. This diagram shows examples of the choice of colours in monochrome harmony, each row of a different hue.
Analogous Harmony consists of colours from more than a single hue, but there has to be a condition that the hues are neighbors on the color wheel.
Complimentary harmony, on the left, as you can see is the harmony of colours that are totally opposite of each other in the colour wheel.
Split Complementary Harmony is related to complementary harmony. The difference is in that the complements are split, probably the reason for the name “split complementary”. So like in the diagram on the right, instead of red being complimented by green, red is complemented by green-blue and green-yellow.
I think it can be quite confusing to differentiate split complementary from complementary for me because I sometimes confuse hue with value.
This is a picture of a bowl of wanton mee that i had this morning.
I am guessing that this is more of a complementary harmony than a split harmony because I cannot spot green-blue with green-yellow in it. It is also mostly warm than cool.
However, I realise that if I took the veg away, it would definitely be a warm analogous harmony. But with the green veg in there, it does compliment the red.
Therefore, I would say that the effect of a complementary harmony seems to take most effect here. Although analogous harmony is also working in there, complementary is most outstanding. I might be wrong so don’t take my word for it haha just wanted to share my attempt to apply colour harmony in everyday life. ;D
Another harmony that wasn’t mentioned in our brief was the Triadic harmony. I find this one really interesting. The harmony is created by the composition of colours that are unrelated, as seen in the diagram: The colours of red, yellow and blue form an equal triangle in the sphere. Likewise with these other colour diagrams forming equal triangles in the colour sphere.
An example of Triadic harmony that I had in mind was the painting of The Fighting Temeraire by J. M. W. Turner.
Really love that how when Triadic harmony is used successfully, it can produce such a glorious effect. Of course in the context of this painting the message isn’t a positive one, but the effect of the colours here really leaves such a strong impression on me. Keyes mentioned in the lecture notes that Triadic harmonies are usually used to make an idea digestible. So I wonder if i can use such a harmony in the idea for my final assignment , where i want to address the ideal and realistic parts of me. I will update the draft idea of my assignment on OSS in the second part of my research.
Sorry for the late update. Wasn’t sure if there was a deadline for this since the dingbats were online already so i wasn’t sure what this post on OSS was exactly for. But after reading everyones posts, i decided I’ll share a little extra about my project here given the opportunity!
Introducing the lamb and Mary.
I changed quite a number of my dingbats from where I initially started. However I somehow couldn’t bring myself to change the first two dingbats of the lamb’s bleating head and the dancing Mary. I found myself somehow attached to the annoying head image because it was so stupid and ridiculous and I couldn’t get it out of my head anymore. And I liked how the image of Mary dancing gave a kind of expression of Mary wandering somewhere into her world of adventure. The kind of chemistry that these two dingbats formed gave colour to my ideas of the compositions that followed as you’ll see how Mary is wandering off somewhere and the lamb follows (except of course for the last composition).
I definitely had a lot of fun doing this assignment. Not sure if you guys noticed, but there were small little details in the first composition. Had small little impulses in putting the statues in places for fun like putting the Merlion in the castle…
…or putting this Jesus statue dingbat beside Mary because Jesus wants to hug Mary, and now thinking about it…Mary was Jesus’s mother. so. yeap. Also how i put those Easter Island head statues peeping over the Singapore CBD buildings. Or how JunYuan’s dingbat of Michelangelo’s David statue is checking Mary out. And I liked how it was entirely okay that i could do all these kinds of impulses for this assignment since it was on ridiculousness. Fun nonsense.
Overall, I enjoyed the process of getting these dingbats because it was so light and funny. It was as if I was illustrating to myself the travel into different places, or into space and time and then into Mary’s appetite.
When I will give myself enough allowance to do such a nonsensical, fun work again, I will definitely do it without thinking thrice. 😀
Jek Wan is a seventeen-year-old Singaporean teenager who is unsatisfied in life. His usual routine of going to school and coming home has always been mundane to him. He does well in school, but is always feeling a lack of purpose in his life. He talks to his friend one day after school and his friend doesn’t understand what Jek is unsatisfied about seeing that he’s doing well in school tests. Jek expresses that he doesn’t feel that he belongs anywhere. And he wishes that he could feel a belonging to something. While talking to his friend, his mother sends him a WhatsApp text and asks where he is and what time he would be home. But he doesn’t reply. His mother sends him another long text saying that she talked to the church pastor because she feels the family breaking up. But Jek replies that the family isn’t breaking. He tells his friend that he thinks his mother is expecting too much of having a perfect family and that it really doesn’t help his lack of feeling belonged to something, that she is pulling him in too much. He leaves his friend to make his way home to avoid having a scene with his mother.
However, on the way home, he senses something. He doesn’t know what it is, but the feeling draws him away from the route home. He finds himself drawn to the park near his place. He enters the entrance to the park and he realizes that there is a new path built into the walkway. He finds a man standing at the side of the pathway, dressed in a queer fashion. Jek doesn’t realize he’s starring at the man until the man turns to look at him and greets him and asks if there’s something wrong. Jek, suddenly realizing how rude he was for starring and he apologizes, but the man says its okay because he was expecting to see him. Jek doesn’t understand what that meant but the man tells Jek that the reason why Jek was drawn to this particular place was because Jek was meant to meet this him. The man introduces himself as Boon, the guardian of the bridge.
Jek is in disbelief but Boon explains himself. Boon slowly tells him that he was destined to cross this bridge into another dimension and that Boon is the guardian of this bridge between worlds. Jek asks why is it that it is his and no one else’s destiny. Boon simply says that it is not him who decides these things and the reason is unknown to him. Dismissing the question, Boon manages to read that Jek is unsatisfied with his life and tells him that the reason for that is because his purpose is aligned with having the permit to cross. Convinced, curious and being pulled by the desire of finding his destiny, Jek crosses the bridge with Boon.
They enter a place that looks very much like Jek’s world yet something sets it apart from the world that Jek knows. They walk around and Boon tells Jek how he’s familiar with this dimension and it gives him memories. Boon tells Jek about this world, that the people here live much longer lives compared to humans. He refers to them as Alves and says that somehow, the length of life affects the contentment of a being; the older a being is expected to live, the more acceptance they have to the things that happen in their lives. He mentions that the Alves have a life expectancy of three hundred and forty years, and its given them a lot of capability to invent things; mostly potions and elixirs that will and direct feelings to make life more acceptable which can be dangerous sometimes.
Jek doesn’t understand why Boon is giving him this access across the bridge and asks if there’s something that he’s supposed to do. Boon tells Jek that there is nothing he needs to do. All he has to do is to do what he would, that the access is his, and whatever he does will be kept in balance. Jek still doesn’t understand but doesn’t question anymore as the wonder of the new world occupies his thought.
After some time, Boon tells Jek that he has to stay there to do an errand and that Jek may cross back to his world alone. But he tells Jek that to cross to other dimensions, Boon has to be there to permit it or else the bridge wouldn’t be open. Boon also says that he may only cross the bridge alone, that no one else may follow. Jek understands this and leaves remembering that his mother would probably be waiting for him at home.
Jek is back in is world. He looks back at the bridge and the bridge is gone. He can’t believe that all that happened and he wondered if he imagined it all. He looks at the time and sees that only thirty minutes had passed since he got onto the bridge which is weird because he must’ve spent at least three hours in the other world. This just makes it more difficult to believe what happened. Jek goes home and his mother asks him where he was. Jek tells her he was with his friend, chilling under a flat.
He continues his usual weekday routine the next morning although he can’t focus as his mind doesn’t stop wandering off to yesterday evening, remembering how magical the experience was for him. He decides that he needs to go back to the bridge immediately after school. After school, he finds Boon sitting at the same spot. Boon greets Jek and is pleased to see that he craves to cross the bridge. But Boon tells Jek that he has another errand to attend to soon and will not be back when Jek comes back to his world. Jek crosses the bridge to the same dimension. He feels ready to explore. Jek moves around the place, noticing that the activity here is very much human. One of the difference that he notices is how the Alves here seem more contented in the things that they do. Jek doesn’t really stand out in the crowd as the Alves look human, apart from their unusual fashion. He passes a place he recognizes to be an outdoor bar or club in a human context. He realizes these potion-like bottles that they drink from and he sees how they seem content with their drink. Jek accidentally bumps into an Alve and the Alve asks him to watch his way. Jek realizes that he can understand the Alve and wonders if they speak the same language, or if this is just some enchantment of the bridge he crosses. He follows the Alve because he doesn’t really know where to go. The Alve leads him to a potions shop.
Jek takes a look around the potions shop and is surprised that he can understand their labels: Joy, Peace, Grace, Happiness, Hope, Comfort, Love… many different kinds of labelled potions that fill the shop, including some other weird apparatuses. He looks at the particular potion of Happiness because the vial which it is contained in looks much more ornate in design as compared to the rest. He loves the look of the potion and feels a strong urge to take it. He imagines how it would satisfy him in his own world. Or it would satisfy his mother or anyone else for that matter. He puts it in his bag and briskly walks out of the shop. However, the shopkeeper realizes that his potion is missing just a moment later and recognizes Jek who was in his shop and sends for someone to go after him.
Jek walks briskly, turns his head and realizes someone is following him and he starts to run in the direction of the bridge. Jek panics, dashes to the bridge, crosses it, hoping he has lost the Alve. The Alve manages to follow Jek across the bridge. Jek sees this and calls for the Alve to stop. But that’s too late…the Alve dies as he steps into Jek’s world. Jek is shocked as he looks at the corpse of a young Alve about Jek’s age but probably much older in human years. The bridge disappears along with the corpse after awhile. He looks around hoping that Boon is around somewhere but he’s not. He is traumatized. He then remembers the potion which he stole and drinks it hoping it would ease the trauma. He finds that he can suddenly come into acceptance of what happened, but Jek is no longer the way he was.
Jek continues living his life in his world. He knows what happened couldn’t have been some imagination. He’s not traumatized by it anymore and he is unusually alright. Yet he knows something is wrong and he finds that the vial hasn’t helped him to feel belonged to a place. But he knows what he wants. He goes back to the bridge. Hoping that he would find Boon. Boon finds him instead.
Jek asks for advice on what to do. He can’t live life knowing that there are things bigger than his world. It’s a reality he wishes himself to be in. Boon gives him a choice to choose to live a life of a guardian where he can live long with the aid of elixirs and herbs and potions. Jek takes little hesitation before agreeing that he should join Boon in the duty of keeping order between dimensions.
Back at Jek’s home, it is evening and Jek’s mother senses that something is wrong. She turns to Jek’s sister and asks “where is Jek?”
There is a lot of content on this piece by Hannah Hoch but in my opinion, it is basically a representation or even an expression/statement of political issues. I think the impact of this work to me is how she has arranged her photos into a montage; the content that each photo represents is not simply put together at random, but each photo reacts to another in the way she wants it to.
Kleine Sonne (Little Sun), 1969
I find this one interesting because it plays wish what I recognize forms to be. Its an image of a sun that has been changed because of additional facial features. It changes what I know the images to be.
This collage makes my eyes move around the space. I think the queer placement of the images make me think what the composition is about.
Seeing how this image affects the way I look at it, I realize how interesting it can be to put “separate” images together. They don’t have to directly interact with each other in a single image. Just by placing them side by side or up and down or in whatever way, my mind chooses to make the connection between the images. Its an effect I’d definitely consider for my own rhyme composition for the second 2D assignment.
Rotative Demisphère (Optiques de précision) (Rotary Demisphere [Precision Optics]), 1924
Both of these pieces are done by one of the founders of Dadaism, Marcel Duchamp.
I personally do not like Dadaism, at least when it first started off. It might be too avant-garde for me in the way the messages make almost no sense to public and in the way that its definitely not comfortable visually or conceptually. I do understand that this form of “anti-art” art arrived due to the first world war so many political and social issues would arrive from that and messages can be quite aggressive. The whole chaos in the early stages of dadaism is too formless for me to take on as a basis of my art.
But I would still take something away from Dadaism. One thing that intrigued me was the use of ready-mades as how Marcel Duchamp has; how ready-mades are used to create a function to an art piece to convey a message. For example, Duchamp’s Fountain. The message may not have been stated but the take away from historians and viewers is that his message was one that insulted the concept of art in that current time, that art is something you piss on.
If I could use an image in my second assignment that holds a meaning that connects with my story, it may be visually out of place but it could hold a stronger meaning or message that punches through.
I hope you can read the song from the image!!
The song is from the book, The Lord of The Rings The Two Towers
It is about the story of the Ents and the Entwives. In the movie, it is mentioned by Treebeard (if you don’t know who that is its the Ent of the above image) that the Ents simply “lost them” meaning the Ents simply lost the Entwives. In the book it is explained that once, long ago, the Ents and Entwives were together. However, they preferred to live in different areas of nature: the Ents preferred the woods of the mountains and the Entwives preferred the gardens away from the mountains.
In the first age of Middle Earth, Sauron burned and destroyed the land of which the Entwives dwelled at. Upon crossing the land of Anduin to visit the Entwives, the Ents found a desert in place of the gardens and the Entwives were lost. So they searched for them for many years. The searching of the Ents inspired the Elves to write a song that was translated into common tongue.
Just had to give the rough content of the story so that everyone can appreciate it better. Hope people would enjoy reading this song.
Anyway apart from sharing the Rhyme, I wish to be able to capture or reproduce that sense of wonder and fascination from the song in this project. I am more inclined on having a more story telling composition with more content but I am still open to more abstract representations on my take of this rhyme. But whatever it is, it would have to have the tragedy and romance of the story, and/or the fascination and wonder of the story telling.
TASK ONE: ME
Hello everyone! This is me. For my first task i did a story-like sequence of photos containing visuals and symbols that represent my idealistic values in disagreement with the realities that are part and parcel of society.
In my first photo I am completely bare-bodied facing the sea. This represents my surrender to nature. Surrender in a spiritual sense that has become a physical exposure in the image. Yet I am facing the sea, which gives a sense of connection to nature and at the same time, distance to the viewer.
Here in the second image of task one, I am carrying a bag of plants. Literally, carrying nature on my back while in the midst of people moving to and fro, following signboards and directions. The plants on my back symbolically represent the belief of nature ideals i try to hold on to while being a part of society in its busyness (busyness represented by signboards and directions and people).
In the last shot of the first task, I leave the plants on the beach as I walk away into a distance. This represents my need to leave my own ideal values behind at times. Leaving nature where nature is and walking away from it into reality. This image is also captured in the ending afternoon where the sun also acts as a symbol of nature.
TASK TWO: MY OBJECT
In my second task, i wanted to choose an object that i frequently interact with. My piano is a personal object that i can easily interact with at a deeper emotional kind of level.
In the first shot of this task, i wanted to introduce the piano as the object. I took the inside of the piano because i wanted to show the softness and nakedness of the piano contained in its hard exterior. Here you can see that multiple piano keys have been played causing these few hammers to move forward. I hoped that the awareness of the moving mechanisms inside the piano would further enhance the value of intimacy when one plays on it. Being aware of how the sound travels in the piano connects you better with the instrument. It is like the passing of energy into the object. (Another similar example could be driving a manual car as compared to an auto car)
In the second image, I did not want to interact with the piano in a conventional way. I wanted to make the interaction almost surrealistic to show how interaction with the object brings me out of reality. The bright background brought out in the hope of creating a dreamlike space in which the image is set. I was trying to pose my hand in a way where it looks like a person is walking on the keys, hence the image did not capture my wrist to make it look less like a hand and more like a person, further adding to the surrealistic intention as its not usual.
Contrasting to the second image, my third image of the second task was shot capturing the movement of my arms. I wanted to show that while I may be gentle with my piano, I may also be more aggressive in expression. That my piano may take my more aggressive rants.
TASK THREE: MY WORLD
For the third task, Haji Lane was a personal place of mine. The things in this place that intrigue me may be its culture, or people, or its activities, or its lights. However, what brings me back again and again is the night here, which seems to drown me in its atmosphere.
The first shot, very much like the first two tasks, is the intro. The introduction to the night in Haji area. In the first picture you see the mosque which many people associate as a landmark of Haji area. The picture sets as an introduction to the night as the sun is no longer visible at dusk. The alley lies below the mosque in welcome of those who wish to go in.
In this image, I took a shot of an intricate looking lamp, followed by other lamps along the sides of the passageway, leading the crowd into the night of Haji. The light itself is intricate full of patterns that represent the culture influence there that intrigues me. The colour of the image, like the first shot, is quite saturated in blue. I wanted the colours to be more saturated as I wanted to express that drowning atmosphere there.
In the third shot, a man is simply placing a drink on the table of a customer. The image again is saturated with heavy lights giving the effect of a drowning atmosphere. The image captures a simple thing happening. But at this instance of time, I am at my table looking across and time seems to stand still like how this photograph stays still; in my mind at that instant the tray of drinks is suspended in the air; the people seem to come to a stand still as the atmosphere of the night there is weighted on me. It was a moment i wanted to capture on camera and I hope the shot has given some of that effect here.
Aside from the assignment, this place holds many great memories for me. The people are different here somehow. We could talk into the night and pass the night over drinks and smoke. Also, there is a culture here that I like which sadly, will end. Its one of those places you’d one day only remember and never again experience.