Proposal Structure/Subtitles ROUGH DRAFT

Working Title:

A flicker of life: The fusing of old technology that has now become new technology.. The simple marriage of light and sound and how its uniformity can transform the ordinary into something extraordinary..

Aims & Objectives

The aims of the project are to heighten the visual dynamics and impact that light and sound combined have on a social level of interaction on various age groups. The action, the reaction and the interaction of the participant. How the space they are confined to has been transformed by a historical invention of light and the modernization of digital sound. As sound changes or light changes through different variable whether through colour and our volume dynamics, how does this change the action, the reaction and the interaction?  The objective is to have variety of ages and individuals who either have or have not any former exposure to such technologies that can take an artistic form and actually be categorized as Art.

Objectives:

  1. to elevate the interaction with spaces that are transformed by the use of variables such as light and sound
  2. To create self awareness of the viewer of the simple psychological effects that light and sound can have
  3. To obtain greater appreciation of  old and simple technologies as Art form
  4. To create social interaction in an alternative venue and promote personal development in understanding social interaction
  5. Affecting the sensory levels of our minds, allowing the mind to turn off and wake up in another space, mind travel

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Context:

As the context of this work is a combination of both light and sound primarily apart from the materials that will be used to construct the final outcome of the project, both key components of the project have a large contempary definition in the means of relational aspects to other work that has been produced. Taken anywhere from the technology of a light bulb, to synthesizing music on a computer. Works of such artist as Armin Van Buuren , Deep Dish and The Chemical Brothers acquire successful partnerships of electronically produced music with the added element of the human voice and creating successful pieces of music that allow the mind to wander. Industrial lighting designer such as Achille Castiglioni’s is one of my references in the means of contemporary influences, his piece “Taraxacum” designed when he was 70 is a reference to a glowing Atom Bomb in your living room.  Castiglioni was a man who was inspired by everyday and ordinary materials that he could transform and create his legendary pieces that are always a delightful visual feast.

The combining of both light and music in essence are just a very simple marriage between two historical technologies of analogue history that have taken the route of advancement and technological prestige to another level.

Critical Theory:

In conjunction with outside viewers and onlookers can I ctrique the success of the progress of this project, If the reactions are not those of what I intend or just as suitable reactions that may have not been considered by me then therefore there has not been adequate amounts of research in order to define an outcome, therefore further research will be undertaken after the preliminary sample projects are reviewed.

When combining old with new technologies we have a direct result of combining technologies that have  historical and evolutional qualities, and at the same time also taking into account that I am combining technologies that are now in the stages of very high tech and revolutionary digital mediums. New was once old and this is something that can not be ignored but understood and appreciated.

Old technologies are discoveries made in historic time, technologies that have through time lasted and evolved as time has passed by, these technologies are not only old but are embedded with the richness and value of timeless uniqueness, this is what  I rather call the prototype. The technology of light and sound have evolved into becoming state of the art technologies through time and through work and research of many engineers  that have worked intensly with these two mediums.  The project combines the latest discovery of producing music through electronic means and using analogue methods of light to project a sensory trip.  The project aims to heighten sensory response within an audience to appeal to different ages and new age listeners of electronical music to experience the music through its journey with and through light.  The combining of both digital and analogue technologies is meant to result into a poetic sensation and a detachment of the present and send the mind and eye on a short trip.

Position of Objectivity

How does this happen, how do I interest and how do I know if the audiences that pass through the installation are touched in anyway by the project. Does even a small bit of the project interest them or is just passed by and not even noticed.. Through the experiments I hope to be able to gather enough information through different audiences what heightens the senses in individuals, what makes there foot tap when they hear a beat, what types of colours and light forms keeps them staring longer, what makes them leave this world behind for a bit and travel even for a minute somewhere else, somewhere where all they see is light that transform in there eyes as there ears allow there thoughts to subside.

Parallel Theory:

In conclusion, we all relate to what we see, some of us more aware than others what lays between the lines and behind the scenes and some of us relate on social levels, become part of something extraordinary without even understanding that we are. We are all the show on the stage and the audience everyday, we look and we are being looked at whether we know it or not. Sometimes we notice more and sometimes less, and sometimes we are so far removed from where are feet are walking, and that is what is extraordinary.

Works by practioners such as Jim Cambell, Spencer Finch , Jennifer Steinkamp and Mathias Gmachl , I believe will be very influential to my project in the use of light and colour and the moving object and for some part the musical reference in the work by Gmachl . The sound part has yet still to be discovered on how it will be combined and influence the outcome. The music will develop in parallel context with the lighting component. At the moment electronic practioners such as the Chemical Brothers, Deep Dish, Armin Van Burren and Paul Van Dyke are all examples of electronically enhanced music that I believe can have a sensory influence on many, as their music combines the human voice to the digitally mastered sound, I believe the analogue addition of the human voice soften the hardness of electronic music and can carry you further into a poetic trance. Even if the sound does not appeal to some it’s almost impossible to ignore the audibility of the spoke or sung word.  There is also the use of only electronics and the higher pitches to mimic the audibility of the human voice as a constant beat with artist such as Alice Dee.Jay.  On the rise as well is the combination of harder sounds of Hip Hop lyrics (Kid Cudi) combined with a free structure electronic influence, will consider this music as well when formulating experiments to conclude on the most responsive of music types and combinations. Different types of electronic music samples will be considered and co-related into the experiments that will be produced to gather response and reactions.

Methodology

Many small projects will be created in both the sound and light components of the project. I will use different audiences to present to and record there reactions.  I have also started a scrapbook where I will collect bits and pieces of interest and produce photographic images that are reflections of the light component of the project.  Surveying and interviewing various people that are relative to the light and or music industry , as well as individuals that have just a consumer relation to light and or music. I will also be enrolling in tutorial sessions to learn how to use a software that will allow me to be able to create my own electronic music … Recording instruments at the moment to be used are video, photography, voice recording, a written and visual diary..

Outcomes:

Very undefined I would to create a space where it will consist of the installation of sound and light, as both these variables can only be confine into a space for concentration purposes. I want the audience to become part of the space and be able to walk around and be able to feel like they can touch or be touched by the installation.

Its still very loose in thought and in structure and only consist of the ingredients of light and sound, the final outcome as for now is not in any shape or form it’s literally a foggy dream.

Work Plan:

  1. Ongoing: Research:  collections of photographic images and video and sound clips. Reading and sound tutorials
  2. Testing Period: creating and testing experiments for visual and audio feedback
  3. Refine testing, As a result to previous testing results
  4. Final drawings of installation piece, collection and editing materials to be used
  5. Final Stage. Refining, building, installing, and test runs to home country audiences before its final presentation in London

Bibliography

Books: (current but will expand)

Relational Aesthetics, Nicolas Bourriard

Haunted Weather , David Toop

Background Noise : Perspective on Sound Art , Brandon La Belle

Magazines:

Modern Painters: ART|ARCHITECTURE|DESIGN|PERFORMANCE|FILM

Music:

Variety of Electronic Musicians and electronic sounds, (undefined at present)

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~ by id09 on October 12, 2009.

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