After spending the last six weeks researching my practice, and working towards trying to come up with an idea that demonstrates materialising the digital. After choosing photography as my practice, I felt like I wanted to choose a certain niche of photography, so I chose motion blur photography. This type of photography has always peaked my interests as to me it’s a smoother and more aesthetically pleasing way to capture a moment in time. So I had my practice, now I needed to do some research on where it all began, and how it as a practice and as a profession has evolved over time. With all this information, and research done for my practice I came up with an idea for my project and a second possible idea due to a slight adjustment.
In a black box room in the gallery space I will set up a digital camera sitting atop a tripod in the middle of the room facing a white wall. Next to it will be a table with a laptop and a projector facing the black wall behind the camera. As the audience member walks in front of the camera, it starts taking photos every 1-second and sends it immediately to the computer which is linked to the projector which projects it straight on the wall in front of them. By doing this every one second, it will give a slow shutter effect and hopefully make an aesthetically pleasing effect.
Now with a simple adjustment, a second possible idea arises that adds another element to the project. Projection mapping is when an image is specifically ‘placed’ or ‘mapped’ onto the features and contours of an object. Projection mapping can be achieved by projecting the image that was just taken of the audience member, back on to the audience member. Obviously the participant would have to wear protective goggles and would not be able to see the art work they are in, it will give the rest of the audience an interesting perspective of ‘live projection mapping’.
Either if of these works would be a recreation of other works such as the work being created by Urban Projections, an idea started by Multimedia experimentalist Rebecca Smith. From lo-tech pieces of string and cardboard to the latest audio-visual applications and hardware, they specialise in combining hands-on creative activities with cutting edge multimedia application, to deliver stunning mixed media experiences. This is one example of the projection work that they do. Its from a series called Future Curious. On their website, Smith talk about what inspires her to do this and she says, “Inspiration comes from the really mundane things, or from the want to make someone smile. Friends and other artists that I meet, and then collaborate with, also play a big part in my creative process. I’ll see someone’s work, and then get a spark of inspiration for how it might collaborate into a new piece.” This is why I want to create this work, I have seen the work being done at Urban projections and think I can recreate it with my own touch.
Urban Productions, 2016, date accessed 03 April, <https://www.urbanprojections.com/about>