U2 W6

February 19, 2010

Livestream test:

Spent Tuesday setting up a piece for a Livestream broadcast and Wednesday evening did the 1st broadcast test piece via Livestream and my website.

http://www.Livestream.com/susanmortimer

There were some technical glitches with the camera due to low battery power and trying to get adequate lighting levels.

I did a repeat of  ‘walking on egg shells’ as it was a contained piece, and fitted the constraints of the space I had to work in needing to be close to the computer and could only arrange set up within the range of the USB connection of the video camera to computer.

It was a different experience knowing there would be a live audience and I felt nervous due to a different level of accountability.

This is a response emailed to me afterwards:

‘The expression ” walking on eggshells” suggests the extreme tension and fragility of a situation likening it to the physical impossibility of walking on eggshells while doing as little damage – ideally none at all – to the eggs (or to the feet).

Rather than trying not to break eggs the feet and their owner in this film seem to be interested in the actual physical effect of this action.

The physicality of the eggs – their weight, their balance in the pile and the curved, brittle, slightly uncomfortable feeling of eggshell against eggshell changes inevitably as the eggs are stepped on and the physical focus moves from that of the eggs to the sensation of the feet squashing them – extremely satisfying, go back a couple of times for eggs that have been missed the first time round – and that of slippery sticky eggy liquid squishing in-between toes and round the feet.  In the action the sense of discomfort is not, as in the expression “walking on eggshells”, of an atmosphere of tension and fragility, but is much more physical.  It is in the slightly double-edged feeling of having squishy raw egg round ones feet – pleasant and yucky at the same time;  in the small sharp shards of broken shell that might hurt or cut the soles of the feet;  and also a background noise of “afterwards” and having to clear up.

Somehow it’s like an answer to the predicament of “walking on eggshells” – rather “you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs”.  Probably this is too literal a reading of this film.  But the pace, build up of suspense and physicality of this event – even more so because it could be seen in real time as it was happening – act like a relief/release/tonic to the sense of tension of the original expression.’

There were some issues with the level of pixilation in the broadcast piece. Not sure if that’s down to a problem with bandwidth, video camera, or the type of Livestream package I am on so now need to do some more research in to Livestream. Also need to think about camera angles in relation to moving round such a limited space and expanding the set up.

Also need to engage with the rationale of the final piece but now have an idea for a follow up piece to test ideas out on.

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One Response to “U2 W6”

  1. DerbyDenizen Says:

    Watching the feet walking over the eggs made me feel slightly uncomfortable.

    I wondered why this was and came to the conclusion that to me eggs are:

    a). Food – which is something that must be respected

    and

    b). A Source of Life – which is something that must be respected

    The action of the feet as they methodically destroyed Food and crushed Life then became an even more uncomfortable viewing experience.

    It was the control that made the action particularly poignant – this was not a random act of nature, an accident, or something done in a fit of rage; it was planned and carried out very carefully – almost caressingly at times.

    To me it parallels the way humans sometimes behaves towards each other and the world they inhabit.

    Thank you for making me think with this subtle piece of work.


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