The Finale !

•August 29, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Within the White Walls

A film created with the absence of color and the presence of light, stripping the ideals and notions of details and color from our life. Living within the white walls of our vision and our minds. Deplete the known and replace it with its primary meaning a combination of video and still images that become a  compilatation of monochrome compositions, allowing for the images to take on multi layered facets through the shadows of light.

The story is yours to define

Curation

•August 29, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Blog Curation:

 

 

1.Present, in the final exhibition, a resolved body of creative practice that has evidenced the systematic enhancement of your knowledge and understanding:

 

The end justifies the means, as they say, therefore the result of two years of research presents itself in the form of a short video called “within the white walls”. The awakening of my process had presented itself clearly after at the end of unit 1. Before this I dabbled in and out of ideas and not having a disciplined a single idea to elaborate on, thus my blog was a collage of just things that I found interesting. A collection of random ideas some that developed and some that just stayed were they where put

 

The research paper open up new ideas and venues that would allow myself to develop later a structured train of thought and work towards a single idea with sub ideas attached to it.

https://id09.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/unit-1-research-paper/.

At this point I began to post on my blog images from various artist that reflected ,my thoughts and ideas of the exploration of light, Architects like Calatrava who could master the marriage between architectural forms and light were of the likes of my research and visual understanding how important this technology was, how it had gone beyond the light bulb to structures alone

 

https://id09.wordpress.com/2009/10/07/collecting-documentingthoughts/1847746347_717896d294/

 

 

ÞDuring the collection of images from others I began to produce my own images that reflected the research I had been influenced by, thus images that had light present that occupied space or, how light was being a secret contender in a space, at this stage things were still shaping themselves, but it had become more clear that I was moving towards a direction that would be elaborated along the way

 

https://id09.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/light-documenting/_mg_8355web/

https://id09.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/light-documenting/_mg_3313/

 

The final creation of “within the white walls” saw the displacement of all concrete levels of detail remove themselves from the moving and still image, this was as a result of all the research and collecting of images that had marvelous amounts of detail and colour for instance the work of  Kusama.

https://id09.wordpress.com/2009/10/07/collecting-documentingthoughts/kusama/

 

The collecting and researching work that involved vivid colours and details that really entertained my eye, would lead to me creating the exact opposite. I strived to still have the dynamics of an image that would speak and wanted to be spoken to without the layer of colour. The displacement of colour and the monochrome images would allow also for the light to create a game of shadows.

 

https://id09.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/living-within-the-white-walls/_mg_0440/

 

 

 

2. Analyze and reflect coherently upon your own practice and its context in both written and verbal forms:

 

An extension of me, a continuation of what was already present but never developed, this is what I would say when reflecting upon my work. The MADA has allowed me to find new ways to express and create, new venues of practice without fear of failure or criticism of the professional world

https://id09.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/reflective-journal/

-Creative thinking and development in an environment that generates ideas as well as embraces them.

The final project is a piece of work that has combined the ideals of interaction in a non-traditional way, perceptive interaction not physical interaction. Adding your own story to the skeleton of the existing one, giving it a life of your liking

 

https://id09.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/mask/?preview=true&preview_id=643&preview_nonce=65da710648

 

 

3. Summarize your overall progress and formulate a constructive plan for continuing Personal and Professional Development:

 

Personal development

 

Self-discipline. The hardest thing to do, this for me developed in unit 2, in unit 1 I had a difficult time adjusting to recording on my blog, was really just treading water and not having concrete ideas or direction. The research paper developed my ideas and gave way to more concrete ideas.

 

Literal meaning.   My development in the ability to give literal ideas and explanations of what the work was actually trying to say. Once I was able to speak in an coherent manner about my work. Once I could explain the work I began to be able to develop the work in a forward direction. Clarity was the key role of development.

 

https://id09.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/pecha-kucha-presentation/

 

 

Aesthetic development.  The MADA has developed my work in many ways, the ideas through the chats/tutorials and the chance to research other practioners and adapt their ideas to my own work. Having the opportunity to explore and be given the opportunity to develop/ change ideas has resulted in a methodology of learning for me to create images that sustain an even more individual quality than before.

 

https://id09.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/light-documenting/_mg_6454web/

https://id09.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/all-white/_mg_0033/

https://id09.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/light-documenting/_mg_8355web/

 

 

Professional Development

 

– At this point without shame I am unemployed and rely solely on my freelance opportunities. The near future holds a solo exhibition, that will have relevance to the images developed within the MA. The exhibition will serve to stand  to try to entertain an audience here in Cyprus with little experience and understandingof  photography as an art form . with that said in an soft tone , I will strive to move the exhibition to other parts of Europe and maybe back to Canada.

Reflective Journal

•August 28, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Looking back……

Within the White Walls

A film created with the absence of color and the presence of light, stripping the ideals and notions of details and color from our life. Living within the white walls of our vision and our minds. Deplete the known and replace it with its primary meaning a combination of video and still images that become a  compilatation of monochrome compositions, allowing for the images to take on multi layered facets through the shadows of light.

The story is yours to define

I must start by saying that it’s a little comical revisiting your blog from the beginning, in the sense of reading what you once aspired to do and what you have actually done. At the same time for me it has been a challenging experience, which was what I had hoped for when I applied for the MA.  It’s been nonetheless a beautiful two years full of new experiences and new ideas that have come together and many different ways to create the “living within the white walls” exhibition piece.

September of 2009 marked the beginning of my time at Camberwell, and at that point with Andrew Stiff, a new experience for me studying on-line and not in a classroom, not knowing who my classmates were neither my professor. This was odd at the beginning, but the awkward feeling so gave way to the enchanting personalities through the on-line chats,  , within no time we became friends without borders you could say. At that point I was really keen to produce a project that would be interactive, little did I have the understanding of that word till I read Relational Aesthetics, by Nicolas Bourriaud, did I learn about the intricate levels of interaction along with the types.  Images posted at that time were full of vivid colours , electronic vomit as I called the lights of Time Square New York and the magnificent installations of Dan Flavin and James Turrell. As the months went by I even dabbled into the idea of sound playing a role in my undefined “interactive” project and I watched an interview of John Cage, read two books “No such thing as Silence, John Cage’s 4’33” by, Kyle Gann and Background Noise, Perspectives on Sound Art by Brandon La Belle, the sound brewed for a while but I eventually arrived to the decision of my final project to not have any sound at all. Any sound added I felt would not allow you to truly define what you saw as your own interpretation, the sound element would only direct your thoughts into a direction that would be imposed by me, and that I did not want.  The beginning of 2010 brought on new ideas and concepts, when the Abstract was due and I used a very small video to get across my thoughts, this began a whole new way of seeing for me and video was a new option for final output. I had no previous experience with video and being a photographer I was a little hesitant about video being a medium to which I would channel my thoughts and creation.  With the completion of Unit 1 came the more concrete ideas and   I really began to feel focused, defined in what I was really interested in, but still there was loose ideas floating around that really did not make any sense as a whole at the time. The papers and presentations within this Masters course were what made me focus and find my way through to the end. The beginning of 2011, I was given the opportunity to art/fashion direct a music video and this is were I really decided that I would use video as my final output, I put aside my photographic biases and embraced the way video could capture continues motions of light that a still image could not.  By March 2011 I began to deplete color from the work and allow that to be what would be perceptively the interactive tool of the project, without realizing sometimes what you don’t see is what makes u see… this still held true for my reasoning of no sound either. The end result is a video of all the elements and stages of a project that started so long ago, the transitions and confusion that you entail until you reach the end are not comporimisable and are truly needed to be able to produce a substantial piece of work. A piece that has been a part of you for two years.  The MA really pushed me to become very self directed, organized and disciplined to record outcomes and thoughts.  The jumble of ideas I had became uniformed and molded by the help of my classmates and the highly experienced and supportive likes of Andrew Stiff and Jonathan Kearney.

Within the White Walls is a new me or maybe another me or an extension that is only relevant because of the years of professional and academic experience. It is  an addition to my visual world that has moved from static prints to a very subtle step forward into the moving image, which in the end I have come to terms with, it’s a good thing!  I have found the research that has been done has enlightened my photographic style by adding an element of more perceptive meaning to the images I produce, I am striving for my images to tell a story to those who look at them.

From here the future is of course unknown, but what I can say is that I have gained an experience that is unique in all ways.

White suit

•August 10, 2011 • Leave a Comment

This is one of the final video footage shot for the final project….

The Show Poster

•August 9, 2011 • Leave a Comment

mask

•July 13, 2011 • Leave a Comment
  1. unwanted
  2. untitled
  3. defaced
  4. unaware

all white with minimal information to maximize your imagination

The mask worn by Silvio Rusmigo, the white mask takes on a personality when it attaches itself to a human figure , Silvio also adapts his feelings to the mask as well.

Flashing Lights

•July 9, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Went to an open air concert the other night and of course with MA on the brain at all times, as I was dancing and having a great time , the lights turned all magically white and reached out into the sky to show their presence , luckily i could capture it on video from my phone.