Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I may not have gone where I intended to go,
but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
-  Douglas Adams


Saturday, November 19, 2011

An Altered Shopping Walk

Shopping is such a leisurely activity that has subtle rules for walking.  You try to avoid all people, slow down in you think you will run into someone and walk in the flow of traffic.

This Friday night to Saturday morning, the "normal" or "expected" walking experience of shopping was shifted.  Clothing company H&M was doing a collaboration with major fashion house Versace.  The combining of the two companies created one line that gave you the look of high couture with a much smaller price tag.  This event was worth waiting hours and line for, and so we did.

The shopping experience started with an act of non-walking: waiting in line.  The waiting eventually lead to two major walks.  The first was an escorted and orderly walk into the mall to be section into shopping groups.  The second was the unusual free for all walk caused by this once in a life time opportunity.  

From 12:30am Saturday morning, until 5:30am we waited in line outside the mall with hundreds of other eager shoppers.  The closer to the front of the line ensured your chance to shop in time given slots for womens wear, while mens wear was first come first serve, but allowed into the store in the order you lined up.*



(We were 76th & 77th in line)

At 5:30am they escorted us inside Yorkdale mall to wait until 8am when the store doors opened.



After waiting two and a half more hours in line, we were allowed inside the store.  Each persons wrist band was checked and they were allowed in the store in the ordered in which they arrived to wait in line.  The men's wear line sold out in under three minutes.**

The simple act of shopping and the society trained way in which we walk while doing so was completely altered by a new set of rules and a frenzy of panicked shoppers.


* We were only there for men's wear as my friend Dillon took me to the Jimmy Choo sale 2 years ago, I needed to pay him back and accompany him to this event.  
** We got exactly what we came for.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"PROTECT IP ACT breaks the internet"


An interesting video on a current issue affecting the state of the Internet, which could affect sites like Blogger. Worth taking a look at.

final final piece







I eventually edited the entire video to include the "breaks" in between each walk.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Final Piece

Walk Until The Music Tells You


From the critique on Tuesday there are a few aspects of the piece I would like to further play with.
I would like to see, and plan on editing the video to include "stops" or "breaks" in between each walk so the viewer is aware of what is taking place, and has a few seconds to take into consideration what they are viewing.  I am also debating on the need to put in the time of each walk.  The reasoning I didn't go ahead and do it originally was I liked the surprise the length of each "series".  I also assumed the viewer would get a general idea of how long the walks were based on the number of videos.  On the other hand I feel like the viewer would like the immediacy of the information and perhaps have a better understanding of the piece if the time was included up front.  Overall, I am fairly happy with the overall look of the piece.

EDIT:
I tried adding the time information and break in between the walks.  Just to see how it looked I added it before the first two walks.  I think I much prefer this way as it satisfies the issues brought up in class.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Images from Class Work

"Walk Home"(First Assignment)
Followed a man and a woman home (separate)




Pacific Mall Assignments
1) Collection of Counterfits

2) Against the plan.  (Final text piece)
3)  Asking store attendants to take pictures of Nicole and I.

Final Piece - Walk Until The Music Tells You (Stills from Video)



Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ai Weiwei



"With nothing to do, Ai paced back and forth in his cell, covering some 600 miles and losing almost 30 pounds during his 81 days of confinement."

Article about artist Ai Weiwei's detention.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Facebook Walkers

Through my Facebook status, I have invited people to take a picture of their walks and send them to me.  I thought it be interesting to see, through other walkers eyes, what they notice and choose to share.  Here are some of the photographs I have been virtually given so far.

Followers