Throughout this semester I have successfully developed the screen work ‘Fears of the Future’. Capturing students expression and reactions when asked to discuss their plans for the future. This project acts an insight into individuals experiences, thoughts and feelings, looking at response when contrast against each other. I was inspired to create this project throughout my own life as this question was one I am asked a lot being in my final years of study. Whilst undertaking this project I was surprised to see how many students had the same feeling on the future and aspects of feeling lost or anxious. For this project interviewed over 30 students to capture a broad audience as well as a wide range of thoughts on this feared question. Looking at the conceptual framework of this piece, Fears of the Future looks at social strategies and artist elements to create an engaging piece. With the installation of this piece I displayed my work through a single screen with headphones. For this piece I have ideas of creating a museum atmosphere for these images, almost acting as an attraction for audiences to look and discover more about these individuals and their stories. This has lead to further interaction for audiences as the context of this work is easily understood and follow along with.
Looking to showcase students experiences, these opinions enlighten and connect audiences through patterns and responses of fears. Whilst conducting this project I looked to research this topic in detail, attempting to gage an understanding of how this fear can affect young people. With research showcasing the frequency of depression rates after graduation from areas of confusion, fear and anxiety, these topics highlight the of prevalence of this issue for many young individuals. Throughout my planning process, utilizing these articles helped to provide an insight into techniques I could implement to reflect these themes. I found developing a sound piece to accompany this photography was the best option as developing a compilation of these clips looked to further highlight these aspects of confusion for audiences, as well as creating a sense of chaos through the implementation of questioning responses. Inspired by Edvard Grieg piece, In the Hall of the Mountain King from “Peer Gynt” I had an idea of playing with sound levels and speeds to further highlight these clips. After testing different options for creating a chaotic environment, I found through layering each clip progressively throughout the piece definitely helped to achieve this. Incorporating a timer sound and playing around the speed reflected a chaotic ambience to reinforce these responses as well as the fear that comes with life after graduation. Paired with the simplicity of these photographs, it promotes a sense of displacement for these sound clips, reinforcing this fear and confusion many have with the future. When looking at this work overall, with the new additions to these sound clips, I feel that creating an atmosphere for this work has improved its overall engagement as well as helped to ensure audiences are able to understand it’s message.
For most young individuals the fear of what’s to come is something that is constantly on our minds. As these years are filled with social events, piles of assignments and daily stresses, this piece I have created looks to break the stigma of students suffering alone. Yes, some have it worse than others, but as a young person myself, this work created acts as a support guide, presenting stories and themes to connect and mold these fears into a positive outcome. Although currently research has showcased a high rate of young individuals having negative connotations towards the future, Fears Of The Future looks to showcase the message of connectedness and unity for young people, as well as illustrating the themes of stress and chaos that are prevalent with this fear. Promoting stories and experiences, the platforms have established longevity, as we provide content that relates and targets young people and their issues.
During the course of this project, it was easy to identify the success and limitations regarding our project and social platforms. Reinforcing its positive attributes, utilising the sound clips gathered from the interviews I conducted looked to benefit my overall work as I was able to display a vast amount of answers as well as construct a piece that reflects the concept and themes of fear. However I did suffer some limitations throughout as I regularly had to update my templates throughout editing as they were distorting my photography as well as many of my sound clips needing a lot attention due to high amounts of background noise and uneven leveling.
In conclusion, through research and testing, Undertaking this project has shown me through establishing guidelines and targets throughout research, editing and collection of data, this will therefore ensure the best quality work as well as a deeper understanding towards your audience and overall topic.