Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Man in the Plaid Shirt.

On one of my walks today for my final piece, I was confronted by a man about what I was doing.  Since my project requires me to have my iPod in, I did, so when the man followed me I didn't hear him until he eventually tapped me on the shoulder.

I had just previously walked by his house, that was under construction, and he was asking me why I was taking pictures of his house.  I explained that I wasn't and told him that I was doing an art project as part of the university.  The man and I ended up having a rather lengthy conversation.

He told me how the neighborhood has been complaining about his construction and someone has been sneaking around taking pictures of his house, and he doesn't know why.  He explained he was suspicious of me.  I explained if I was sneaking around taking pictures I wouldn't be wearing a bright red jacket.  After we laughed and he further explained the construction on his house and the problems he was encountering, he asked what exactly I was doing.

I explained our class to him, and the piece I was working on.  He told me he thought all art "had to be in a frame."  We jokingly discussed our different views on art until the point where he asked to see my video of his house.  I explained it was just me walking by and showed him.  He thought too much of the house was in the frame, and I suspect didn't really believe my background story, so I deleted it for him, at his request.

Sadly, the video is gone as I wanted to respect his request, but the talk we had about art and his house problems was truly unique and funny.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Carrie Bradshaw On the Single Girls Walk

"The fact is, sometimes it's really hard to walk in a single woman's shoes.
That's why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun."

Friday, October 21, 2011

Final Project - Inital Thoughts

Walk Until The Music Tells You To Stop

Tomorrow, I plan to go out for my first walk.  I have been thinking a lot about how I want the piece to be composed as to be both understanding and appealing in the final video.  I am really interested and inspired by Lee Walton's short videos, and easy composition.  From a few of his videos is where I have started my thoughts.

The other day I took 2 test shots of how I thought I wanted the videos to appear.  After testing them I think I have came up with the following decisions:
-  have a short video for every new song I listen to.  This will set up a new location and in a sense give the viewer a sense of walk duration
-  When the song finally tells me to stop, i will stop within the frame.  I don't think I will contunie walking like I did in my test shots.

At this point I am still unsure if this will work, but I will try it out tomorrow and take it from there.

I like the first videos composition more, however, I feel like a more straight on angle and wider view would like nicer.  I don't think its necessary to take the ipod out, nor is it to keep walking.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Some more Lee Walton

Lee Walton, along with Jon Rubin and the Bear Creek Marching band are creating a unique walking piece that incorporate music, walking, and the idea of a unity being separated.  The 90 piece marching band will be separated, each given unique routes, and they will walk alone, playing Twisted Sister’s "We’re Not Going To Take It".

The piece isn't taking place until October 29th, in Denver.  It will be exciting to see the results of this !

Lee Walton- Making Changes.

Lee Walton's piece, "Making Changes, NYC", reminds me a lot of our slight disturbances at the Pacific Mall.

In Walton's piece it is interesting to think how his changes affect people, if it does at all.  The short, but numerous clips leave you wondering if people will notice?  How their walking may be affected? and if any disturbances come from it.

The short clips, framing and distance set up are successful for the work, and I would perhaps consider using a similar set up for my final piece. (Walking until your told to stop by the music)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011