Friday, 31 January 2014

Photograph developments

I took 120 pictures and edited them down to 22 black-and-white photographs. Now I have to pick three to install for my grading.

I wanted to do a film but didn't know what I wanted to do, but I had an idea around photography. I took these thinking it might help me with my video. It did not help, but they became a better idea and developed into these photos here.

I don't know which one is first or which way they will be facing.

These would be put on A0 XL glass-like material and placed either free-standing or hanging on the wall.

These pictures are what developed from my diary and when I picture these emotions that are actually happening to me, I imagine them happening to someone else in my family. The character in the photos is one of my family members (my niece).

I have other photos I might put up but these are the photos that my group tutorial said would work together better. From the meeting I got some more ideas to improve the idea such as sound, music or having writing of either my emotions from the diary or maybe parts of a poem or book that I have read.

Thursday, 6 June 2013


A lot of my inspiration came from the Matt's gallery, where i saw Susan Hiller and Mike Nelson. I took inspiration from Susan Hiller's use of colour and Mike Nelson's use of metaphor . From my foundation course I have learnt a lot of techniques that have been put into use when making my final piece. In part I was influenced by my antimatter project where i had made a video of my installation and this time I wanted to create an environment for my video to be played.

I had planned about twenty ideas and borrowed from all of them to create my final design. For example, one idea involved rotating heads this became the spinning of the character in the film, or my idea to have a Barbie in a perfect house this became the amateurish tree house.

The creation went well but it took more time then i thought it would. Getting the video done took a week but the construction of the installation took four weeks, i had to sketch the design out, paint and cut out the walls to attach to the frame.

When i showed my piece to my class mates i found some of their views of it were rooted in reality, they looked for a door where there shouldn't be a door. I felt that i was successful as the majority understood the metaphor.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

I Cried, My Mum Screamed and He Ran

I Cried, My Mum Screamed and He Ran

A video installation piece that demonstration a sinister effect to the view as you see a teen girl that is playing and falling and also walking on the wall, when the video is playing inside the house you feel like you're a peeping tom. But this is how children have been put in this protective area and you will never know if it is safe enough for your children. By watching someone else’s childhood the viewer has a negative feeling from this video and installation piece. The name of the project is based on one of my childhood memories of my brother teaching me how to ride a bike and me falling off as he lets go of the bike then me falling and “I cried, my mum screams and he ran” because he knows he is in trouble.

My blog research artist’s I have used within my choice of design. The artists inspired me with the installation more than the video but when making the video I was inspired by 80’s horror film and this helped with how I was going to edit my film. The films I was inspired by where Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday 13th, Halloween and from this I pick up on the keys thing that I want to use in my video. From this I like the ideas of using iconic colours from 80’s horror example red, black and green as well the standard of a key character presented in horror films of the time period. Other artist inspired me in different parts of the project for example; the artist Richard Wood was important for how I chose to paint the outer walls. Gregor Schneider and Jessye McDowell were other artists I looked at but not in much detail.

The development of many of my ideas at the begining of the project help show the key factors that I wanted my ideas to have within them. These included the element of 80’s horror and how the themes of the 80’s horror genre can relate to real life as they include isolation and victimisation. As well the process of analysing horror movie by character, editing and key factors that most or all horror films use. These are the typical teen girl that has been stereotyped to be either a dumb blond or a sexualize woman that is the main character. Also a lot more scenes are given to that person and more on focus her body shape. The main key factors in horror films are colours, stereotypes, sexuality, society, and some comparison to reality. These define the outcome of my video and parts of the installation.

I am happy with the outcome of this project as seeing the piece grow from just cardboard and wood to a building was successful as this is my idea coming into reality. I also feel my research into my video was successful, as I can understand what I needed to edit into my video and why my video was edited and placed in the installation. The understanding of the media and the research I had done was particularly successful as it is what formatted my final piece and without my research it would be more difficult to have a clear perspective.

Spend more time on the math of the installation and time to see the video and installation together before showing it. I wish I had more time to choose how I wanted it to be displayed and what parts I wanted or needed for the installation for example; how many windows, what kind of windows, should I paint the roof and legs, what colours should I use and where would it be placed?. Although I looked at that I also had problems such as where to place the projector and laptop, how would I get inside to turn everything on and there was also a heating problem where it would get too hot in the building so when installing the window I put an opening and closing mechanism as well as leaving the bottom open to get in and out.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Gregor Schneider

Gregor Schneider
A link to one of his videos are below:
Gregor Schneider Installing 
A link to his website is below:
Gregor Schneider Website

Some image from this artist below

His work is very inspiring when building my project as he work with building rooms with rooms and that kind of what i have done, but i will relate his work and the other artist that i have looked at back to my work in my evaluation. 

I like the beach piece of his work because it relates more to my work a this is like every other beach but your cage in like an animal as this will relate to how i want my piece to be viewed.  

 some other work i have just found so the horror side that i was researching into with my project below:

The uses of limited colour and darkness create a negative feeling.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Making The Tree House

Making The Tree House
I made the treehouse from wood, cardboard and paper. the frame on the house is made out of wood and the connecting walls are made out of cardboard. I painted the cardboard a pastil green with a wooden effect done in ink.

I had some help with the frame but I struggled with cutting the cardboard. Measuring was complicated because I couldn't find a long metal ruler and had to use a fabric tape measure, the cardboard was too thick to cut with scissors so I had to use a craft knife to cut through layer by layer. If I did this again I would use a hacksaw.  After that, nailing the panels in place was easy.

I put a board in the bottom of the house for the projector to stand on, this made the box much darker inside and got me thinking. when it is darker inside the box the projection is much clearer, I had plan to put in one large window but this effected the darkness of the room. To fix this I will put peepholes to restrict the light going in.


  • I cried, My mum screamed and he ran
  • The noise in the attic 
  • Menace
  • Come little Child

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Richard Wood and Jessye McDowell- In Reflection To My Work

Installation artist
I have been looking at the artist Richard Wood as I have found many similarities between his work and mine. I am using bright and pastil like colours on the walls of the structure as well having this cartoon-like building in a everyday environment.

Richard Wood- Picture 1

Richard wood uses cartoonish wood patterns in public areas, he is a English artist and his work seems enhanced by the humour of the english. His work is installed in grim surroundings by painting brightly coloured wood or by painting directly onto the walls.  In this way he decorates interiors and buildings to create a more amusing atmosphere.

Richard Wood- Picture 2

My work in relation to Richard Woods
My work uses similar patterns to give a child-like atmosphere but also a sense of unease. The colour palette of my video matches as well using the pastil green and white within the video to create this childhood innocence but also mirror the horror films of the 80's.

Pictures of my video

Pictures of Installation

Video artist 
Jessye McDowell work is interesting and i can see some relation of editing style but not narrative.

Jessye McDowell- Video 1
Jessye McDowell- Video 2

Thursdays update

Thursdays update

I have started to build the final piece and chosen the video that will be going with it, this is the development i have gotten with the build so far.

So far today i have built the frame and put two of the walls but but have problem with how will the video be viewed from inside the treehouse.

Bank holiday
Book work and Planing
cutting the wood and building

How it has been cut is shown to you by the picture above on the left and how it is put together is on the right.

This is what i did on the wednesday- cutting and putting the main bits together to work out the display and how it would work.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Update on final major project

One of the problems that i am having with this project is the sound for the video and i think one of these video could have the right sound but i might have to edited the video a bit. If you have any input for this video about the sound it would help thank you.

These are the two video i worked on with the music tonight.

Robot Rock

Dub step Violin
The Dub step violin soundtrack i think is but for the video but i am not sure.

I will still work on the sound and research more into this bank holiday weekend but i think this is the sound for the video.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Frustrations and Updates

As i am getting to the end of my project  i feel like i am not creating as much as i would like. firstly the sound that i would use for the video needs to be developed more and i need to research more songs that  would suit the footage. Also i want to be making my house for the final piece but there is so little space to work for the rest of the week but not enough room to work in class.

Once this has been dealt with my project will be finished

Getting on with my work- (Updates)
As my other final piece is now finished and i might work on another video but on a different subject or side as i did with this one.
This is the second video. ( I might change the music but it is finished)

This is a second piece that is repeating life and re-doing whats already happened.
These are the actresses/actor used in the video:
Stacey 35- used in the second video and is the main actress in that video.
Paige 18- used in the background on the main video as a creepy person watching alone the side line. As well i directed and edited the video.
Mark 31- used in the second video as a background person picking up the main character in the second video.
Kira 14- used in the main video as the main character.

This is a second piece that is repeating life and re-doing whats already happened.

Main Project- Video Installation 
Tittle it might be (Grow-up) or (beyond childhood) or (The Time We Have)
This is how children can be very sensitive and very different growing up. This is how they fight for happiness and their time of the planet. also the understand of the world that they will grow up in. As i took the 80's horror theme of colour and a dream like footage to be used in this childhood style video that shows that being a child is hard too. In the understanding to be yourself.

Latest on main video (3)

Latest on the Installation of the main piece