Monday, April 28, 2014

how to Karaoke

Here goes the how to video made by me

Basically I chose to do this particular performance because this allow me to incorporate audio art with visual art together.

And my face never appeared in the video except for a brief moment before I started to sing, I was looking down. And I liked it so much that I also put is at the very end. If you happen to know the song and the original music video, you'd know the singer was looking down as well at the exact moment before she sings, so that was an accidental nice touch I got.

Monday, April 21, 2014

MEET-CUTE(an late proposal for a project that is already done!)

Project 1 proposal

"Art is the state of encounter"   ----Nicholas Bourriaud

noun: encounter; plural noun: encounters

an unexpected or casual meeting with someone or something.     --- Dictionary

The expectancy in the daily routines, that was the first idea that came to my mind. Every each of us somehow always has this potential belief that tomorrow will be just like today, and that today was just like yesterday. Do not try to disagree--- because if you just think about it you will know that's true. Besides, based on my shallow knowledge of social psychology, we as human beings are at ease with this general familiarity. In fact, we will be shocked or even scared of anything new in the first place. 

But encounter is different in a way that it usually presents no threat but a nicer side of surprise. There is this term "meet-cute" that is usually addressed in the movie industry in which a future romantic couple meets for the first time in a way that is considered adorable, entertaining, or amusing.These are my thoughts about how I should approach this project.

So what I have in mind is that I am gonna be a intruder in other people's daily life, "strike" them when they least expected any surprises and then create this encounter. Now the project is done of course, and I chose to put a rose besides the pillow while people are going to bed, and the whole process is photographed in my previous post.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Untitled and Complicated

Below are the results for my documented project of this "Arena of exchange".

the process was simple: I went to the rooms of these 7 friends right before they go to bed, they were wearing what they wear to sleep and no pictures were posed, they were in their most natural pose.

I figured that there is nothing more "everyday" than sleep, we close and open our eyes, and than passage of 7/8 hours in the darkness is the time that everyone become unarmed, relaxed, no-make up, no strings attached, that is the time when everyone is really being himself. So that is why I picked this unpretentious moment in the first place.

All of them are aware of my presence and me taking photos, but not the rose. So after they all lied down and closed their eyes ready for sleep, I secretly took out the rose and put it besides them.The lightening was pretty awful in these student dorms,the original pictures are very yellow. So that is where I most put efforts in when editing.

One might ask, why rose? I think the subtext is quite obvious, seriously, have roses ever meant something else? like ever?

So the real interaction between me and them, between daily world and art, in the arena of exchange that is described by Bourriaud, is not these moments that got captured here, but the moment after I left or the next morning when they wake up and found the rose. These pictures are merely the process before the real interaction.

I do not want to start to really elaborate on this whole project and the big concept because it got kinda trite already. Being a senior who is leaving this place, school and country soon, I would say there is more sentiment than ever, and all these faces and memories are all I shall bring with me to the next chapter of life.

for the full album on flickr, click here!