Weekly Summary – 9.3.15 – 15.3.15
by Beauchamp Art
The week began with a trip up to UEA for a day of talks organised by their Feminist Society, with some of the NUA FemSoc, which proved interesting. Although they seemed to share a hint of the same problem of getting people directly involved with such activities, its clear that their student body, even adjusted for scale, is clearly considerably more politically active. Another indication of this being the abundance of posters and materials, and further evidence of student engagement which has been expunged from NUA in the name of reducing ‘clutter’.
As everything that I produce involves cluttering; building up layers into a confusing mess, whether that be in reprocessing photos, film, or sound; writing, composing, or drawing; and even in cooking, there is always a frantic medley of elements competing for focus; in an “Attention Economy” [Lanham, 2006: xii]: egalitarian-autistic seeing all as of equal importance, the prioritising is necessary, but also impossible; chaos wins at the end of every day as one falls into sleep, that “standing affront to capitalism” which “represents one of the last remaining zones of dissidence, of anti-productivity and even of solidarity” [Poole, 2013].
Following this line of thought, I have been editing the EchoReflex film as a 4 panel sequence, giving the viewer the illusion of choice to decide what to look at, as Henry Ford said “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.” Like consumer, like debater, and as Chomsky notes: “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” Indeed, and from these videos, the audience has a range of video stills they can now examine, as long as they are multiple versions of the same film.
After working on the video; I created a EchoReFilm GIF, using 4 panels within the image. However here I was following a more Minimalist (music) compositional approach, using multiples frame rates within the single GIF (as a ration, 1:1, 2:1, 4:1, 8:1) so the images features the same pictures playing at different speeds, forming a visual harmony; a chord of frame frequencies (essentially using the principal of decreasing octaves, dividing the length in two multiple times then playing them together).
Viewers can choose to see anything, as long as its garish and green.
On the note of that hue, the Green Society had another meeting this week, and we were setting out plans for the refreshers fair, potential campaign actions, and organising the visit from Vivian Westwood and Green MPs to do a talk. Similarly, the Dialogues talks were fairly interesting; though the debate between two of the speakers after the lectures was probably the most stimulating part.
The Degree Show meeting was also useful, though as I have my own room, then I have less to consider regarding how my work relates to others’, the only real concern is to make sure that the sound is not too loud on the video. However, as my planned piece keeps changing, one of the recent alterations was to not use such a musical piece to accompany the video, and have something more relevant and directly correlating with to the video. Also, as its a small room, and I plan on having a fairly thick black curtain, I should not need to have the volume too loud, as this may be counter conducive to the accessibility of the piece, to be engaged with b the audience for more than a few seconds. As I will have a captive audience, a few individuals trickling in one by one, my work will function differently to those in the thoroughfares. Nevertheless, a bit of bleeding sound will hopefully intrigue audience members, and lure them over to the installation.
And on bleeding, I decided to make some basic protest posters, such as this one against the taxation on female sanitary products.
- Lanham, Richard A. (2006) The Economics of Attention. Hardback. University of Chicago Press Ltd. London.
- Poole, Steven (2013) Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep by Jonathan Crary: Sleep is a standing affront to capitalism. New Statesman [Online] – http://www.newstatesman.com/business/2013/07/late-capitalism-and-ends-sleep-jonathan-crary-sleep-standing-affront-capitalism – Accessed 26.11.14