I had my final mentor meeting with Kevin on 12/17 and we wrapped up the semester nicely. Since we were pretty much on the same page for the course of the semester, we had already covered lots of theoretical and formal territory.
- The final presentation: table (less formal) vs. pedestal (precious, untouchable).
- How natural is the interaction? How natural does it need to be, and does it matter if it is interacted with at all? How to set up an environment?
- Complications of informing the museum-goer of a piece’s interactivity; how to inform, interface design. We discussed Layar and an installation I had seen earlier in the semester where some viewers took the time to download the app and view the work, others saw the work as it was, without the interactive component.
- Ways of testing the 3D imaging using 2-slide stereoscopy, creative home rigs and glasses, making my own VR screen
- Use tracking shots, or pseudo-tracking shots, consider old school animation problems
- Consider the background vs. foreground as suggestion of movement
- Consider the offset, pixel-based offset
- What about Google Street View as a tracking system?
- The idea of adding elements after the fact and re-dimensionalizing the “program” is compelling and relevant. Should be exciting.
- Seems a solid addition to the installation group.
Rental (Requesting Backup)
Kevin viewed the current version (potentially final) of Rental… and felt it was nicely resolved, in line with the other video works. He appreciates the collage-to-the-point-of-abstraction approach and felt it handled issues that arose in the rough cut well. it’s now ready for peer review.
Theory and Writing
We talked at length about the nature of research, theory and writing, and how these considerations impact our artistic production. It seems natural for our attitude toward writing and research to evolve over time–at times occupying a space of great hybrid practice, at other times existing as paradoxes of work-research, research-work (which comes first? Do they co-exist (at times each half becoming dominant)?).
Kevin suggested I always consider writing a formal practice, making it useful for myself, including whatever way(s) it manifests in and through the work. A process of formal discovery, of zeroing in on things, can be similar in both the way artistic works are built and in the way writing is composed. Writing should remain flexible and helpful, as we are first and foremost studio artists. At some point we can give ourselves permission to be experts, even as we are curious, evolving, learning experts.
We also talked about the artist statement as a philosophical challenge–and how it forces us to confront our ideas about the work, and what the work is really doing. We got breached the nature of tweeting–and how boiling our body of work down to 140 characters is both mind-numbingly difficult and brilliantly revealing. With this in mind, I will try to create a micro artist statement. If I can lay out my work in a tweet-length instant, it would be beneficial to my understanding of the project and to my ability to communicate it to others.
In short, Kevin has been tremendously helpful this semester and I’ll keep him apprised of the project as it flows toward completion.