June/July 2018 | Springfield, OH
While I led the students at the Summer Design Studio to use the large paper pieces I’ve been using lately, I did not work with their installation, but just built my own separate piece after the studio was finished. Â Studio graduate and assistant teacher Mustafa Haleem also built his own piece. Â Again, Hatch New Media’s Hort Club at Hatch Artists Studios let us take over some of their space during July’s First Friday event. Â
This piece is driven entirely by a single project in VDMX, and is mapped onto the paper pieces using MadMapper. Â It isÂ powered by one Macbook Pro and uses one projector. Â I didÂ not includeÂ an embeddedÂ soundscape this time,Â but the project is ‘listening’ to all ambient audio via a microphone,Â and in this case makes changes in brightness, shape and filter intensity based on volume level and frequency distribution.Â Â By the time it was dark enough to see much, the event was officially over and most people were gone, so I filmed this documentÂ mostlyÂ with music playing, and that is what the piece is responding to.Â
I spent just a week working on this piece. Â I tried to formalize my process a bit (pretty much what I’m preaching to students) and do a better job of documenting that (see below). Â I started with some basic ideas – things I’d been thinking of, things that were bothering me, things that were inspiring or interesting me. Â Then I chose a few concepts from that batch and came up with a way I thought those interacted. Â I ended up thinking about two kinds of ‘drift’: Â a downward, collapsing feeling and an upwelling, floating positive feeling. Â I felt those were part of a cycle. Â Then I tried to physicalize those. Â I had become interested in using the vertical gesture of these large pieces of paper.Â
For content, I tried to create two collections, one for each ‘side’ of the cycle. Â Most of the upward stuff is natural and soft both in composition and motion, and the downward pieces tend to be more hard-dedged, artificial and jagged in shape and motion. Â Though there is quite a bit of overlap.