what we thought we were doing and what we did

what we thought we were doing and what we did

Posted: Feb 14 | Author: | Filed under: News & Updates | Tagged: , ,

At the Aldrich we once again improvised an installation, the paper versions falling and filling only parts of the actual install.

The major changes, many of which can also be charted in the installation shots and clips:

  1. The hanging panels, however so configured, didn’t work in the space: the room, broken up, didn’t hold any of the images well, and the panels didn’t work with the scale of the parade footage.  We abandoned them and opted instead to project the parade onto the far wall such that the side walls were hit too, distorting the image and casting a shadow of the rotator.  The parade footage now put viewers into the parade itself.  And the shadow of the diorama overlapped the parade, creating one continuous transition between forest and street.  We faded the outside edges of the parade to make the overlap cleaner.
  2. The ceiling-mounted rotator was pushed as far to the right wall as possible, thus do the images on the opposing wall grow large against the shadow of the diorama and shrink to bright jewel-like lozenges when on the one nearest.  They often cross on the near wall, one image appearing to stand still, the other moving by.  Doing this maximized the rhythmic weave of the two projectors turning against one another.  When turning, the outer-most rotator looks like it will hit the wall; it comes close, to our delight.
  3. We cut one of the video sequences on the rotator to an narration track, wanting to push audio to a parabolic speaker hanging below it, but we decided that the speakers (one over the diorama and one under the rotator) weren’t working in the space: the room was for us a whole; and forcing viewers and listeners to occupy positions under domes cut against the grain of the concept: the gallery is Sarah Bishop’s cave.  And the voice booming through the room and against the parade synch-sound and the Scott mash-up was more appropriate as a whole.
  4. The diorama began at the far end of the room and came back to the front, but instead of throwing the shadow into the corner, we spilled the image down the wall so that it merged with the left-hand parade sequence.
  5. When installing, we placed the parade view from the camera on the left side of the street on the left side, and the right on the right.  But doing so created an odd illusion of cars and the parade emerging from the sides and converging in the center.  So we flopped them: the camera on the right hand side was switched to the left for projection, and the left to the right.  The cars and the marchers then race from the center to the periphery, along the walls.
  6. The computer, which we had considered placing in the gallery, a cave within a cave, had no natural home in the gallery.  We moved it outside.