September 21, 2009

This project has evolved as a response to my interest in exploring the link between our movements (for the purpose of the MA, specifically non body language movements) and our identities.

My research has come to be  focused  around the link between identity and movement, of embodiment and disembodiment, the materialized, de materialized and the philosophies of Descartes and Merleau-Ponty.


Throughout unit one I have focused on constructing a methodology in order to explore these ideas.

Videoing movement, slowing footage down, lifting stills allowed me to make slide shows and short video animations which explore movements

and to ask questions about appropriate ways of filming these movements. E.g. what areas of the body to film, whether or not to include the face, question the role of background and environment?


I have been using the following programmes

Credo: for animation from video footage of the body.

Korsakow: to experiment with a non linear format.

 Isadora:  to create a piece where video and physical interaction may take place in real time.


Through out August 2009  I attempted to provide a more systematic and structured context for presenting these movements and have done his by attempting to add an empirical element by wearing a pedometer to record the number of steps I take daily and keep a video diary of myself walking for a short period each day.

Steps august 09 video still 9


“But in reality the body is changing form at every moment; or rather there is no form, since form is immovable and reality is movement. What is real is the continual change of form: form is only a snapshot view of a transition.”
                                                             —Henri Bergson, Creative Evolution 


‘The surface is where the self meets what is other than self.’  Leder, D. ‘The Absent Body.’ The University of Chicago Press 1990 (page 11)


The meeting point between our bodies and the surfaces they encounter will be the starting point to explore the link between identity and movement .

In order to continue this I aim to:

1. Develop core project and methodologies employed to a more specific view point.

2.  Create  better definition of key words e.g.: identity/surface/environment/embodiment.

3. Book motion tracking facilities at Newcastle University.

4. continue to produce paper based pieces alongside digital pieces.

5. Produce prototype for final piece.

August 16, 2009


isadora screen grab


 This past weeks work has been chaotic and spread out over too many areas. I am still working by making wide sweeping loops over subjects rather than focusing and pursuing directed goals and need to address this. 


I spent some more time this week with the Isadora soft wear. There are some areas I can’t seem to get to function and am checking through to see if this is down to using the demo version so all the functions may not be enabled or if I do not understand the required process.


Also tried out the newer version of Korsakow this week, but got stuck as it was conflicting with the Credo soft wear, which seems to have dropped some of its files when installed and placed folders in random areas on the computers memory and now isn’t accessing them properly.


I am aiming to use the older version of Korsakow for the project using the pedometer and daily film clips. It has been quite hard to film each day and to wear the pedometer. There have been a couple of days where for one reason or another I haven’t managed to get some video. I am trying to work out how to include these days where I am left with an amount of steps taken but no film. I have a couple of weeks left of filming left as I set the time frame of August for the project. I hope to start editing the clips and resizing them for Korsakow next week. Hoping this process will help start to develop a visual style that Andy recommended I start to create during the online chat I had with him.


Photoshop is behaving erratically, taking a long time to find files and shutting down unexpectedly in the middle of a process. Think there may either be a virus on the computer, or that the mother board is going as I am having trouble shutting the computer down and a having to resort to pulling the plug on it. This failing to shut down has been my experience with my previous computer when on its failing.


I went back to look at the different video file types to see if I can figure a way of working round the loss of quality when saving video clips. Was trying out different video file types on Microsoft slide share as a possible work round to Korsakow. Found that it has to be windows media or it won’t play… so the camcorder’s file type will work for any project based on Microsoft slide share. Initially I was able to save video files from the camcorder as movie files… but not any more. Going through these work arounds this week is confirming that the computer isn’t doing too well.


There is the apple to work on but again this means a new learning curve and it has a lot of preinstalled soft wear so unless I remove some of those programmes I won’t have room to put on things like Photoshop or Credo.


This brings about that I need to clear the decks some what to prepare for September and try to resolve these conflicting issues and sharpen my basic understanding of the appropriate technologies to go forward to complete the MA.


Did manage to get to the DLI and got to see Sumit Sarkar’s – Ananta 



Have been reading Drew Leder’s ‘The Absent Body.’ (University of Chicago Press Cicago and London. 1990)



He states:


‘…my body is indicated as the orientational center in relation to which every thing else takes its place.’


(Chapter 1  p.22)


Also started to print the autumn issue of Mail Art One. The printer is jamming.


Over all it’s felt quite a frustrating week progress wise, but the trade off hopefully will be a more disciplined methodology and out look and well worth the effort. Hope to outline the timetable Andy requested next week when I have a better idea of the way forward with the different areas and issues that are cropping up.

August 7, 2009

This week I have been trying to research further in support of the essay. I have found some useful links to movement and cognition but am getting in to a muddle as there seem so many threads to gentle put in.



 Thankfully, during my weekly read through of the weblogs, I came across Kevin’s entry titled ‘The Masked Musicians’


It was really great to read this break down around context. Thanks Kevin for putting it so clearly.



Have been exploring Troika Ranch’s ‘Isodora’ download.

troika screen grab

Looks like it might be a very useful tool if I can get the resources together to use this system. I am not sure though about using a system that still contains bugs as I know I don’t have the skills to easily find work arounds and have learnt that I often over reach myself and need to reign myself in.


It would be fantastic to find something similar that would allow this sort of real time application.




 There is a new version of Korsakow which I hope to get to grips with over the next couple of weeks with some further help from my sister.


Really like Korsakow. Like how flexible it is because of its non narrative structure.



Coincidentally, I was contacted by a student at USC about the previous version of Korsakow who is having some of the same issues I experienced.


I would like to some how make the final piece combing Korsakow and an Isodora like application to create a real time and interactive projected piece. But like I said that is a tall order.


Also had time to pop in to Emptyshop to see work by Sumit Sarkar who is also showing at the DLI. I want to get along there with in the next couple of days.