Reflection

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.

 

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Week 12 & 13

For the last two weeks I finalised my project. Looking at it now I am happy at the overall progress I have made this semester in developing this work. Last week I set a goal to look at developing my sound clips further to enhance my overall message for this piece. After reviewing all my clips I noticed that many of these responses are overall filled with doubt. With this I looked at developing a compilation of sound clips that further highlight these aspects of confusion for audiences, as well as creating a sense of chaos through the implementation of questioning responses. With this idea in mind, 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. Creating this environment for audiences, I also looked at incorporating a timer sound in the background of this piece, as the speed intensifies to accompany these layered responses.  With this audio creating a chaotic ambience this looks 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.

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I have also finalised my artist statement and have started to write my speech for the upcoming presentation.

Artist Statement:

FEARS OF THE FUTURE

By David Gusevski

Fears of the Future explores the responses collected from students when asked

“What are your plans after graduation?”

Fear is defined as the substantial factor within graduating from university, fear is defined as ‘a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid’.

Illustrating these vast initial reactions, this photographic screen work looks to give audiences new insights on individuals experiences, endeavors and stories. Accompanied by a heavy sound piece, this work highlights the diverse emotions of students, showcasing their thoughts and ideas on the future. Displaying a large scale of responses, this piece reveals a sense of chaos through intense layering and sound techniques, creating an unsettling and confusing feeling for audiences.

With differentiation of each frame, radical shifts are created in value or hue, maintaining a sense erratic inconsistency for this piece. Emphasizing the effects of these clips, this escalation of speed and sound showcases the prevalence of this fear the further we dive into our degrees, as the implementation of this approach is to give further insight into experiences, reflecting the pattern student’s thoughts.

Week 11: How We Organise Ourselves

For this week as we are starting to draw near to the end of the semester, I wanted to do as much testing and experimentation with facilities offered here as I am aiming to have finalised my work by next week.  This lesson I spent focusing on the sound aspect of my work and how I can develop this further. Sampling phrases and words collected from these interviews, my vision for this sound piece is to showcase these responses to highlight how each differ from one another. Piecing clips from each interview I intend to use this to accompany these photographs, acting to support and produce more engagement with this piece. Editing these sound clips I look to break up each response to also give this piece a factor of mystery. Although each photograph is accompanied with the quote from that student, through compiling and mixing each response throughout these clips I intend to create a sense of confusion, making audiences match the sound piece and quotes to discover which students said particular answer.

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After running an initial test run I found that although my photographs and sound clips were effective, some sound pieces collected were louder than others as well as some having a high amount of background noise. Through previous iteration the expression that headphones act to my piece is crucial in maintaining an intimate experience for audiences when viewing my work. However, that does leave me with little room for errors for these sound piece as I looked to ensure each clip is configured so I am able to clearly deliver the message of the piece across. Using audacity, I successfully removed any background noises that were effecting a smooth sound clip. I also ran another test run to ensure this issue was resolved.  Looking at developing my installation I also went out and spoke to Glenn about headphones and the placement of a hook for my work as I feel this will ensure my vision comes across to audiences. For the next upcoming weeks I want to focus on developing my sound clips further. Although the reaction and quote photography is very effective on its own, there is something about these sound clips that I feel really improve this work as a whole.

Week 10: Development

For this week, I wanted to focus on experimenting and testing diverse layouts for my project. Along with this my main goal for this lesson was receive feedback on my idea and installation.  Finding time to speak to Jo was important for me this lesson as I really needed guidance on areas of improvement for my piece. She suggested that I look at displaying each student separately rather than 2 per shot as you begin to struggle with focusing on one individual’s response. As she was busy, this was the only opportunity I received throughout this week to speak to Jo or Matt so I looked at ensuring I take on the feedback I was given, and start to curate some designs.

Gathering the small amount of clips I had I began to design a test on imovie so I was able to see which layout would look to be most engaging as well as represent the idea and message of the project the best.

Displaying these examples I tested my fellow peers on which opinion they connected most with. This definitely helped to ease my stress as they were able to provide me with first hand advice on what the best option was for me to take. With this testing, as well as Jo’s advice, I decided to feature each student’s response singley as this had the most positive response with my audience. Through this testing my main goal was  to ensure that I maintain a level of engagement as well as connectivity towards my audience as these projects that people enjoy to view the most. With this testing for the upcoming weeks I look to continue curate more interviews with students and gain more numbers.  Throughout this process I am struggling with ensuring the same gender ratio for these interviews as at the moment. I have a lot more men interviewed than women. Ensuring that this project gains the best possible understanding of a young individual’s thoughts on this topic, I am determined to gather a wide range of responses, maintaining all individuals are able to connect with this work.  

Week 8: Development and Discussion

For this week I looked at further developing my major project. Looking to leave myself with enough time for testing and planning. My major project will look to capture students initial expression and reactions when asked to discuss their plans for the future. Entitled ‘Fears of the Future’, this project acts an insight into individuals experiences, thoughts and feelings, looking to contrasting each response and how they differ. 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.  Personally I’ve never been good with change. I’m a naturally anxious person who tends to overthink everything. I also like to make a big deal out of goodbyes. So in addition to the whole graduation for me and a lot of students this feels especially scary. Don’t get me wrong—I can’t say that these were the best 3-4 years of my life but I am happy for the experiences and people I’ve met. Although I’m fortunate to have an internship lined up and a summer filled with plans, I can’t say that I don’t sense anxiety when thinking about what’s to come. However, whilst undertaking this project I was surprised to see how many students had the same feeling on the future and this aspects of feeling lost or anxious. For this project I am looking at interviewing 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 work, Fears of the Future looks at social strategies and artist elements to create an engaging piece. This work will showcase my abilities as well as highlight my existing portfolio. With the installation of my piece I’m looking to display my work through a projection 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 will also lead to engagement for audiences as the context of this work is easily understood and follow along with.

Here are some examples of work that i’ve curated over this last weeks and what I hope to expand on:

 

Week 6: Iterative Practice and Critical Reflection

For this week we looked at this Jonas Mekas interview passage thinking about the relationship between a ‘personal’ form of filmmaking and the ‘professional’ cinema of Hollywood. Mekas is a poet/ filmmaker best known for his diaristic films that documented much of the New York Underground and his Anthology Archive.

The passage reads:

“A good professional is a good craftsman who knows how to build a house exactly like his father used to build it; or make a wheel, or bake good bread, or make good wine, cheese or anything else. I admire crafts people, they are true professionals. But I hate experimenters who destroy our bread and our dwelling places and wine and yoghurt and everything they touch because they want to improve on what has been tested by hundred of generations. But, of course, what I say here about professionals has nothing to do with art. Artists are never professional craftsmen because gods have propelled them and possessed them in order to expand human possibilities, of what they now call human potential… And no past lessons, no professionalism will save them: they have to invent new technologies and new forms in order to record new sensibilities and now emerging content and help to form that content. The crafts people, the professionals, the more they remain faithful to the past, the more useful they are to humanity.”

When I look at this passage i think the distinction that Mekas makes is trying to test the boundaries and how they are seen to be more faithful to the future. He also looks at how craft works within set boundaries, more faithful to the past. Although he seems to have negative feeling towards the art, When I think of own interests and enthusiasms, this lies somewhere in between. It’s a mix of craft and art. There are certain limitations on photography, and how to use it as a tool, which brings it into a craft element. However, my creativity allows it to be art. There are aspects of craft that inspire me. I like the idea of their being a structure. However, it doesn’t particularly motivate me, but I understand and appreciate its importance. His works defiantly made me start thinking and brainstorming ideas for my project and how I can to incorporate similar practices.

We also handed in our proposals and I’m happy with the outcome.

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