Last night I took part in a DI&C hangout with three other students who are doing this course. We tend to meet online roughly monthly to discuss current work and general areas with which we need another opinion. (By the way, it is open to all DI&C students, and if you haven’t attended a Hangout before, they are both relatively easy to join, albeit I find I need to use the Chrome browser as Edge doesn’t work with it, and a good way of thrashing out some of the detail in your current work. I highly recommend them.)
These are some of the notes I took regarding people’s thoughts on where I am going with my experiments for A4, and comments are based on the ongoing series of images in this post, which constitutes my long list of ideas.
These were the suggestions that the other members of the group made, in bullet format. It quite quickly became apparent that the mirrors and the cut images were where we all found the most to discuss. As we talked I became aware that the mirror cube concept was the one I am really enjoying and that I
ought to follow that line of enquiry for now. Below, in bullet format, are some of the considerations discussed.
- three themes – ambiguity, contrast and surrealism
- try the mirror cube in the city, especially at night
- try different lighting effects
- add in photographs of people as collage, either inside the mirror cube or outside
- look at adding mirrored cut-outs into the landscape. I was thinking about mirrored silhouettes of objects for this, and will try it out today.
- does it all need to happen inside the mirror cube, or could the surroundings be incorporated too.
- potentially collage over the images (another thing to try as well).
Photographers whose work was suggested for ideas were Guillaume Amat, Daniel Kukla and I subsequently also recalled Ville Kansensen and Murray Fredericks. However, all of these use the mirror in the landscape and are quite minimalist in approach, whereas my current project looks as if it is going the psychedelic dream way. It was also suggested I try making some short video pieces in the style of Helen Sears (and I may do this in the style of Plato’s Cave)
I’m also thinking about titles that might explain what I am doing, and have so far come up with these options, which I will add to as the process continues. These titles help me pin down what I am trying to say.
- Identity, interrupted
- We are all electrons
So, today is going to involve more cutting and experiments with bits of mirror tile in various situations.