U2 W5

February 5, 2010


Tried out more video this week.

Finding Vimeo’s restrictive with its weekly file size and up load quotas because would like to publish several video clips weekly as it helps me to think about the choice of shots and editing sequences.

So considering  going for the WordPress video upgrade over the next couple of weeks hoping this will give me  more flexibility with uploading video.

Below is a walking on egg clips:

After viewing the snow video clips I was looking at stripping back the visual information contained in a piece to make it more focused as well as including acts of stillness.

And 2 snow clips:

One is of repetitive walking, and the other based on walking on snow and ice over in sequence of  several days as the snow melts.

Digital media allows rapid fire change of output, from a live act to video, edited video sequence, photographic stills, and printed matter. It offers a lot of choices. Think this issue in some way is important for the project. This is one of my understandings of digital media that it facilitates these transitions.

Unit 2:Week 1

January 8, 2010

New printer installed, so back on track with the Glasgow edition of Mail Art.

Been trying out some experiments with a JVC digital video (mini tape) camera I got a while back on ebay. It came without discs, manual (though managed to download one after a bit of searching), or cables and I needed to get a port installed on the computer for it.

Having got these issues ironed out have been doing some experiments with the camera making use of all this snow we’ve been having.

Back in the start of the course in 2007 one of the first books I read was ‘Man’s Search For Meaning. The Classic Tribute to Hope From The Holocaust’ by Victor E. Frankl. There is a very powerful description of the Holocaust victims being made to walk through snow to their place of work frequently without shoes.

Shoes were one of the items that were often taken from those on entering the concentration camps. The survival of the holocaust internees was often linked to the condition of their feet, whether they had sores or infections and were unable to work due to this.

The piece I saw late last year in Newcastle by performance artist Alastair MacLennan involved him sitting under a pile of discarded footwear conveyed a layer of poignancy because of having read these accounts in Frankl’s book.

In ‘Snow Circuit’ I wanted to look at the idea of walking a repetitive circuit through snow bare footed. The original video clip is over 25 minuets with further video clips added each day. It becomes very difficult to walk these circuits due to the ground becoming icy and compacted or uneven. It becomes vey tiring not just from the cold underfoot but from the extra exertion required to keep balancing walking on an uneven surface.

The snow is very disorientating and blurs boundaries.

Quick note  about health and safety:

I am being very careful about frost bite, split skin, and chill blanes, waiting for the warmest part of the day to undertake walking bare foot and limiting the amount of time spent walking on the snow each day especially once it becomes compacted. Not exposing feet directly to heat sources after walking through the snow. Also being aware of  any  possible damage to skin from ongoing exposure. Being very careful about walking through snow when out video ing   ‘ Snow Field’ incase of sharp objects/ uneven surfaces hidden by snow. Carrying a mobile at all times as well as basic 1st aid equipment.

Used this video to lift stills:

And make a short slideshow:

Also working on a piece ‘Snow field’ which has a different focus and is more to do with issues between body and environment. Some further work lies ahead now with research into filming and editing techniques.

Need to read though Tuesdays chat achieve and make notes for unit 2 requirements and create a timetable.