MEDA102

Water. Food. Love

Based on the audio piece created by Charna—Suburban Night—I decided to focus on the concept of suburbia but not in the way that we see it. As humans, we go about our busy lifestyle taking little notice to the destruction we are causing to the landscape—both in chaos (cars) and physical destruction (rubbish).

I chose to use a dog as the perspective that we see the world in within my moving still image portrait. Using this perspective, we are able to see how, we as humans, are impacting the world in which he lives in. He can not take a stroll down the road and listen to the birds in the background without getting distracted by cars or curious to see what is on the other side of the fence, or scared of crossing the road—these are all man-mad structures. All a dog needs is water. food. love–his water bowl, food and can scraps  and love replaced by destruction.

I drew inspiration for these images from Photographer Wendy Devent who strapped camera’s to her dog’s neck to allow the audience to see the dog’s perspective of the world.

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For the rhythm of the piece I decided to use quick changing photos with very sharp cuts to demonstrate confusion and the fast pace world in which we live in. This concept was derived from the American Horror Story opening credits.

However, I chose to use moments of visual silence as the scenes flash to black to convey movement to another part of the dogs journey. In these moments, I used dog sound effects like panting, running, barking and the jingling of his collar–an idea stemming from the movie Fight Club.

 

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MEDA101

Simultaneous confusion

Imagine, being totally lost within the havoc of the world around you, noises everywhere, things changing, but there is only one constant; you. This is the exact thought I had whilst listening to Hayden’s piece ‘Evening’. Listening to the piece, I recognised deep and sharp undertones of the manipulated dog bark contrasted with the lighter, and chaotic noise of commotion. Within my images, I portrayed this by composing darker, in focus snapshots to convey the ‘constant’ dark undertones–which too are darker in nature. I then contrasted this with a mini series of lighter, somewhat blurrier images which portray the lighter, confusing overtones within the soundscape.

The use of repetition of the same locale with different perspectives and manipulations of light was inspired by Olivia Jeczmek and Bildinstitutet’s photo series Symbiots. This series uses three locations repeated within a series of six photographs to look at the design of a locale. With this composition and conceptual idea in mind, I re-invented patterns within my own work to encapsulate the repetitious nature of the soundscape–thus emulating the notion of confusion and constant.

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Disturbance–MEDA101/Area 14

Disturbance is a piece which depicts not only a locality within Fairy Meadow but also the other forces within it. I documented the way that people constantly bypass this area and simply drive through the suburbs preoccupied by their phone, cars or by their busy day. This therefore masks the stationary landscape of this area and morphs it with the fast pace of the cars, the people and the nearby school. Although, continuing with this concept of disturbance, I wanted to portray this specific area awaiting a storm. This then turns the stationary into movement and brings life to things once thought as dormant or not possessing great sound value. Therefore, my piece exposes the sound potential of this locality within an unconventional change of weather.

Focusing on noise, my inspiration for this piece was Gail Priest and her exploration of the cyclical nature of noise. Priest’s collaboration with Kate Carr in blue I green, specifically track 5 ‘transmissions‘ where she repeats the same sound–which introduced the piece–at the end of the piece. This provides a rounded effect and I decided to use this as inspiration within my piece to show that nature and interactions within it go full circle, thus bringing back perspective. I have included many sounds such as a school bell, cars, shopping trolleys, trees, buckets, lawn mowers, cracking bark and gates to create an eerie setting which pushes the audience to feel slightly uncomfortable and on edge. Thus, I am demonstrating an alternate view on my chosen locality.