For my 1 minute video selfie, I decided to do one of those Take On Me video memes with the icon head turn at the start. The original music video by a-ha depicted two settings, one being real life and one being an sketchy, illustrated fictional setting. By applying this outline filter, I wanted to show that I like to be projected as an imaginary goofy persona online which I may not reflect upon first impression in real life.
Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11Xbc914
I compounded another meme on top of it by intentionally playing the recorder horribly.
By using memes as a theme of popular culture, I am able to portray my own sense of humour that shapes my art style through this video, in the sense that I do not really adopt a neat, stylistic style of design, but rather one that is just ever so slightly self-derogatory and relatable to other people.
Also, I filmed this video right in front of the lift of my floor, the space right outside my house which is my space of comfort but yet not in a public space. This shows how I’m not really comfortable with completely exposing my weird side publicly, but I like to slightly step out of my comfort zone and take things slowly.
P.S.: I was intending to do some sort of a dance cover but then I realised I have no dancing skills… I guess I’m still not too ready to embrace my ‘sloppy’ side on the internet………….
|| This week, we did a g̶̛̞͚̬͈̠͖̺͕͔͚̲̩̬͗͗̒̉̋͊͐̉̅̈́͝͝l̵̛͚̤͆̍̏̃̇̈́̕͝ị̶͇̰͓̘͚̤̹͒̄̈́̀̏̓̃̄̐͐̕͠ͅt̶̖̹͎̣̦̩̪̣͌̚͜ç̵̜̦̣̩̲̩̲̬͎͈͌̀͐̂̆͒̑̍̒̓͆̓̓h̵̢̢̟̬̲̼̦̬̰̰͊̊̑̍͂̽͂ project in class!! We selected a photo of ourselves from our previous Collective Body project and surrender them over to our groupmates to destroy them, essentially creating a g̶̡̛͔̬͍̼̻̞̩̳̲͚̯͔̱̟̐̏̀́̔̋̏̉̄͋̋̂̓ļ̷̙̫̭̙̠̦̖͚̞͑́͆̀̿͋̎̎͗̚ͅi̵̧̨̧̢̜̦̭̫͔̫̖̠̎̆̿͒͗̈͒̋̑͘̕͠͝͠ț̴̨͕̺̘̲̘͛́̀́͆͆̏̑́͝c̵̘̍̏́̋̂̀͗̾ḣ̷̨͓͎̦̱̯̦̲͚̅̂̈́̍ ̵̢̨̢̥̖̹̭̦̻͙͈͒̾̑̋̉̎͑̓͜m̸̛͉̱͔̤̞̱̩̠̫̍͂̈́͆̓̎͛̕͘͘̕ͅa̷͚̪͕̞̽̀̓̎͋͜s̴̛̠̙̦͇̪̯̻̠̭̞̞͑̆͛́̏͗͛͐̕͜͠t̴̨͔͇̞͇͖̦̟͇̦̭͚̥̯̓͐̋̈͋̈́̈́̚͜͠ẻ̷̞͕͖̖̖͉̄r̴̢͖͍͉̤͉͐̔̕p̸̛̱̥͇̲̗̤̼̹̝͋͛̔͆̏̀́͗́̎̊̔͐̕͜͜į̵̢̡̮̠̰͚̬̮̻̹̹́͌ḙ̵̡͙̳̥̩̠̝̓̈́͐̃̉̕͜c̶̢̛̘̦̬̜̾̾̒̍̋̐̆͠e̷͎̥̲̥̝͐̔̑̃͒̈́̎͌͌̔͋̚ 😀 This is what my friends made me into:
|| This week during class, we all got on Adobe Connect (it was my first time using this software ever), and immersed ourselves into the Third Space together.
We discussed about how the emotional bandwidth (the quality of emotional exchange between two individuals) of texting is significantly different from that of video calling or social broadcasting since we are able to view the voice and expression of the other party to fully gauge their responses, compared to simply communicating via words.
This experience was very new to me since previously we only broadcasted live together as a class but did not really attempt to make any interactions across screens (although this was attempted in the Telestroll microproject). As a class, we were present in both our local space (the first space), and the digitalised platform of Adobe Connect (the third space). Since we were all in the classroom, our remote spaces (second spaces) were all the same relative to each other. It was not possible to see everyone in the room at once in the physical world, but Adobe Connect sure made it much easier. It was also super cool to see how although we were in the same room at different positions, our minds were all in the same place.
We attempted to accomplish various collective tasks together, such as putting our fingers together with a partner beside us (not physically but onscreen), putting our faces really close to the camera and making a cross across the screen.
For these tasks to be completed successfully, it was vital that we negotiated and compromised to achieve our goal. From the simplest initial task of getting a pen out, to aligning the positions/scale of our objects/hands, every part of the job required some form of give-and-take. Even with the Onscreen Cross, if we were not involved in making the actual cross with our arm, we needed to know our job and do it, even if it meant doing absolutely nothing with our arm, lest there be an extra stroke coming out of the cross.
While we see negotiation on a smaller scale here in a onscreen microproject, these skills are definitely applicable to real life whenever we need to communicate with others and get our ideas through in order to get a job done successfully.
So Francesca and I were paired up for our first micro-project and we decided to do a “Journey to the East/West” video!
Our live performance is a juxtaposition between where we live in Singapore (and we ACTUALLY do stay at opposite sides of the country), and it serves the purpose to show that even if we are physically located at different parts of the country, our living habits and environment around us are extremely similar. Our brainchild showcases the both of us having a stroll around our neighbourhood on a boring Sunday and learning about each other’s living spaces.
The process of making this live performance was memorable, and I believe the both of us were quite taken aback by the level of difficulty this task poses. When planning for the performance, we decided to focus on the types of actions we could include that could utilise and include interactivity within the realm of the ‘Third Space’. After collating our ideas, we came up with the mini storyline that is our brainchild. Initially, we assumed that it would be fairly simple to carry out the live but it was only after various takes and practice that we were finally able to complete the performance successfully, which, rather than just a simple live broadcast, was more alike to a performance on stage and made this micro-project a very peculiar experience. Coordination between both parties had to be practised to be more refined and it took a lot of communication to include the appropriate elements and to execute them at the right timings, bringing social art to the next level.
Today in class we did social broadcasting! With our phones, we went LIVE on Facebook while we were all in different parts of ADM; during which, all of our broadcasts were collated on Facebook Live Video Wall platform. By condensing the local space of ADM and the remote space of the internet, we could gain access to the Third Space (ooh sounds trippy!) Hearing about this term made me remember what my 4D teacher mentioned in the previous semester about ‘metaphysical space’, which is a space that exists but is not visible. With the Third Space, we can easily access the visual portrayal of this metaphysical space, coupled with audience participation that would give rise to unpredictable live videos, the video wall was just a stunning piece of art! 😀