Now we shall see if we can plug the gaps, needless to say, group enthusiasm is at an all time low. My faith is a whopping zero on the scale (it would be in negative numbers if I felt a faith scale needed them). I go tomorrow, not to work with a group, not to share in camaraderie, not even to learn. I go, to win.
Project 2 was a good chance for me to “cut loose” in terms of the pressure of producing a certain variety of conceptual work. I took the time to experiment with new technologies and different view points. It also turned into a yet another fine rendition of people’s irrational fear of cameras based purely on looks rather than usage.
Go Pro Shenanigans
The GoPro series of cameras have been out for some time but, until recently I hadn’t considered them for use in my practice. Their cost on top of their specialization did make them particularly lucrative purchases in my budget. It was fortuitous then that the media lab purchased 2 units with full kits this quarter. I acquired one of these units for the weekend and used it in a few underwater shots in local water sources as well as using it to survey the town. I did the latter primarily because of the lens for the GoPro. Being akin to a fisheye lens and with a propensity to over saturate the image played into my concept well.
What I found was a very mixed bag in terms of results. The underwater portion was spectacular. Nothing technical went wrong, the image was wonderful, I couldn’t ask for too much better given what I was working with. The town survey was where everything was terrible. People were nervous and looking all over the place with this tiny little thing just in my hand, not even mounted in some ridiculous place.The camera overheated, the battery dumped the charge, and the Micro SD card was consequently fried, after 30 mins of intermittent usage. Needless to say, this was less than satisfying.
The Doorway to Fish Eyes
With over 50% of the planned footage being a complete and utter waste, I decided to try another project instead. This was based off of a DIY project to turn peephole kits for front doors into makeshift fisheye lenses. These were attached to my Cellphone camera for a “mechanical” perspective on the world. Not only did the ad-hoc lens work better than the GoPro, but people didn’t even pay attention to the camera. It was obvious and looked as strange as possible an no one so much as batted an eyelash.
Concept And Critique: Video Log
I apologize for the de-sync with sound and will be looking to record with a standard camera and Mic from now on
Politcal remix is a subject that I have developed a serious distaste for during my education. In a program that spends most of its time being deathly serious or deathly banal that is place in the backdrop of a society that is inundated with shock tactics and “brutal truth”, where nerves are just shocked again and again until they are dead, ambivalent or apathetic to the world… It is safe to say that I have had my fill. This readily extends to most contemporary art in a way but, that is a rant for another day,
Doing political remix for me is like being told to take an SAT test, I’d almost rather take the 0 than do it. Thankfully this is a group project and the drive of my group partner Jasmine is what made this project happen in the long run. Left to my own devices, I just would have dithered away and produced something very half-heartedly but, in this format I was able to dismiss a lot of my issues and just focus on the technical.
The project that necessitated this film required us to change our filming strategies in some way. As I was under the impression that the project required a focus on the subject of alterity, I became rapidly frustrated on being asked to not be cinematographer, which I am not, and re-invent a strategy that was to be judged on works were I was a collaborator or barely scrabbling to eke out a film. In the eleventh hour, I was struck by inspiration after witnessing a student mashup video concerning plastic surgery. I asked myself if I could express my feelings on plastic surgery and a social system that pressured women in particular into taking these drastic measures for “visual perfection”. The end product was a very rough film that is lacking in sound but and finish but, began to push me out of my usual video routine.