During induction week we were asked to consider spaces and how they could be modified or inhabited. This project was in two parts, a studio day spent creating, altering or inhabiting/performing in spaces. As well as a day spent in London markets exploring the possibilities, opportunities and problems of creating responses to public spaces and the urban sites of the markets.
We started just playing with the material and the space unsure the direction we would go. We found that this resulted in us creating more of an installation not interactive as a space. Initially we started to look at the precarious and balance. We suspended a chair from a hook on the wall and created a video with James appearing to get from a chair on the floor to the suspended one. Obviously this was not possible as the chair suspended was not stable enough to support a person, the video although short, is interesting, James’ actions appear random yet methodical and determined. It could possibly be developed further incorporating more obstacles or people. See the video clip below:
We decided to move away from this idea in favour of a more interactive space. Whilst experimenting made strips of silver insulation that curled slightly taking a similar form to vines. The process of cutting the strips was quite interesting in its self, again very methodical and concentrated.
We hung these vine like pieces of material on a line creating a mass that could be walked in or around.
We taped white paper to the walls and floors of the corner to unify the space by giving it a sort of continuity. In order to make the space more approachable (less like an installation) and to encourage people to enter the space we walked around on the paper on the floor creating footprints. In addition to this we added leaves to the floor creating contrast between the matt and dirty colour of the leaves and the, shiny and bright silver of the insulation. As well as the sound of the leaves crunching made the space become more of an experience, this is most evident in the videos we took.
In the second video we really wanted to take a more close up look at the “vines” the framing of the shot gives the impression the viewer is immersed in the space.
With the metallic strips almost like vines creating a rainforest type space and the leaves creating the beginnings of a forest floor, further develop could include more strips and leaves to create a more enclosed space on a larger scale.
We added a light source to see what effect it made, the shadows cast by the strips were really interesting and intricate, giving the appearance of more “vines”.
The video stills an close up shots became very interesting, what is depicted is not obvious and seems otherworldly, due to the apparent bizarre textures, light reflection and focus
We had the option to expand on the outcomes achieved on the studio day as well as the points that were raised during the contextual presentation earlier that day. The sites for the two days are very different spaces, contrasting in many ways, the bright white, inclosed, quiet and simple institutional space of the studio space vs the colourful, uncovered, external, open to the elements, bustling and more complex space of the market.
We thought that it was important to get a feel for the market and look around for any opportunities. So we spent a large amount of time walking round observing, taking photographs and videos:
We came across a empty clothes rail on the side of the road, which lent itself perfectly to hang pieces of our “space” created on the studio day (see above)
Thee hanging of the strips became a sort of performance piece we were quite anxious of being told of so we hung the strips unceremoniously and in haste, I think this made the video quite interesting, we were very conscious of people looking at us so were constantly looking around and were quite timid in our approach. I wonder what the outcome would have been like if we were bolder simply hanging the work and walking away very driven and concentrated? A possible area to look at.
It’s interesting how removing the work from the studio space to the streets of London gives it a completely different feel, in the studio the metallic strips stood out from the white walls whereas in this urban space although they do not blend in, they become more incorporated even though the appear out of place.
We noticed that people were watching us whilst putting up the work, so we thought that we could explore this idea and see how if we left the work and stood back how the public would react.
We chose a more populated area, (not so much to the side) again people were watching us put it up as they walked past. We left it up and crossed the road to observe. Lots of people looked at it, a few pointed or touched it. But the majority of people just walked straight but oblivious concentrated on getting where they were going. Could be interesting to try in other settings people in London tend to be focused on what they are doing.
As we were giving up two ladies in yellow tabard approached the work and appeared to have a discussion before removing it and putting it in the rubbish bin. Unfortunatly I only got a short clip of this at the end of this video:
The fact those ladies removed the work highlights the temporary nature of this kind of art.
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