Subject 3: Setting up the show

Setting up the degree show went surprisingly easy. I had some

initial worries about presenting my work, however I had an image in my head of how I wanted it to look. The three problems I worked most feverishly on were:

  1. What to use to display the television on?
  2. How to hide all the wires and make it look seamless?
  3. How to keep the sense of watching this in the same way I learnt about sexuality (a tv in my brothers room)?

I initially thought about using a plinth, however I thought it would take away from that home feel, and it wouldn’t help to hide any  wires. A tv stand proved too low and too wide. I decided on using a bookshelf, which was what my brothers tv was on. I could then place the DVD player and the extension cord in the shelves to hide all the wires. To keep the wires off the floor and to keep the space safe I used electric conduit.

i couldn’t be happier with how it looks. The height of the piece is perfect to look at. The reflective nature of the screen makes the viewer able to see themselves in the screen, which is what my work is about, representation of women in film. I love the way the floor looks so messy in comparison to the wall. All the attention is on the screen. I’m incredibly happy with how it has turned out.


Subject 3: DVD in Context

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Here is what the DVD looks like in the studio.


Subject 3: Oral Presentation.

Context

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    Film Experimentation and Avant-Garde Film
    Deciding on film experimentation. Ending up on avant-garde film.
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    Women’s Cinema
    How the book ‘Women’s Cinema: The contested Screen’ by Alison Butler has influenced the way I choose to shoot my work as a female video artist
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    David Lynch – Smoke and Nudes
    Initial inspiration into the style of work I wanted to create

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    Bill Brandt’s Nudes as Landscape
    Using the body as a landscape

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    Tate – Desire Unbound
    Artists who use the body as a basis of their work, encorporating elements of sexuality; voyeurism and portraiture.

 

Documentation

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    Test Shots
    First shots of filming in avant-garde style
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    Shadow Test
    First attempt at using shadow and light
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    Photographs
    Photographs used to layer and edit in video

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    Outline for Finished Video
    Final video pre-tv edit
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    Storyboard Video on TV
    Storyboard video in context of exhibiting

Subject 3: her

<her> Video as Female Terrain was an group exhibition of video artists who use women and the female form as the inspiration and basis of their work.

An exhibition with 22 female artists and three male artists could perhaps appear feminist if one looks at the list of participating artists. I would prefer for it not to be called into question and accepted as much. The theme of <hers> is not women’s art but rather the artistic confrontation with women and with their representation in the media. By using the save image technology as the mass media, female artists confirm the dominating role – Excerpt from <hers>

Here are some of the pieces and artists which stood out to me in the exhibition:

Pia Greschner – Oriental Gravity.

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Oriental Gravity is a video installation by Greschner that focuses on a young woman with the accompanying text
SUPERNATURAL I FEEL LIGHT … 24 HOURS SUN … AND BLACK BEACHES … I’M A VIRGIN SACRIFICED TO A VOLCANO … WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY … I’M THE WARMEST GIRL IN THE WORLD … PEOPLE TELL ME I’M ROMANTIC ONLY WITH NATURE … I GUESS I MUST HAVE MISSED IT … EXCUSE ME … BUT I’M THE WARMEST GIRL IN THE WORLD
This ties into the way in which I have been looking at the female form in terms of landscape and nature. The hazy, almost surreal look of the piece creates a dreamlike atmosphere.

 

Diane Nerwen – Under the Skin Game

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http://www.dianenerwen.com/under-the-skin-game/view/10

Nerwen has described her work as using ‘fragmentation, appropriation and digital manipulation are used as strategies of resistance and as ways to subvert the power of images and ideologies portrayed by dominant media culture’. This is shown in Under the Skin Games through fragmented images that create a distorted narrative. The use of black and white highlights the absurdity of the images and the abstraction of the narrative.

 

Chloe Piene – You’re Gonna be my Woman
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http://www.chloepiene.com/videoclip3.html

Chloe Piene is interested in extreme forms of power and survival. In You’re Gonna Be My Woman a bestial woman is cornered but not defeated by the video camera which takes the role of a surveillance camera, representing power which the woman furiously challenges with her behaviour. She will not accept the camera’s or viewers’ power over her, and her instincts drive her to intimidate, a direct and basic form of using power. The woman lashes out at her inferior.

 

 

http://hers.steirischerbst.at/


Subject 3: Textured Landscapes

After looking at the work of Ansel Adams I wanted to look further into artists who use high contract images of nature to show texture and planes of spaces within their work.

Sebastião Salgado

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Marco Giacomelli

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Jerry Uelsmann

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Subject 3: Written on the Body

‘Written on the Body’ is a book by writer Jennifer Winterson. The book describes relationships through passion and metaphor. IMG_3983.JPG

Winterson’s writing style chooses to show the body as a living organism, describing it less through emotion but more through physical attributes.

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I especially enjoy the use of nature metaphors as that is something I’m trying to visually represent my body as in my art work.


Subject 3: Kenneth Anger

Earlier this week I picked up one of the most breath-taking books I’ve ever read. Kenneth Anger by Alice L. Hutchinson is a book which looks at the complete works of the artist Kenneth Anger.

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Due to this I found a lot of his work that I wasn’t aware of in the past. I did not know that Anger had worked in a similar style to the way in which I work, with high-contrast images of people and the body, as I mostly associate Anger with his brightly coloured films.

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I love the use of shadow and energy to tell a visual story within these film stills, as well as the interesting use of visual cues such as abstract angles and shadows.