Process Lab / Rehearsal Rooms – Day Five

I left it a few days before writing up our final day in the project space, to let the dust settle (and the talcum powder – sort of an inside joke but one of the previous artists, Shelby Hanna, had recreated a dust storm with a lot of talcum powder and fans – really wish I’d seen it in person). We tried to tie the loose ends together and present the video works alongside the pictures that had been created in their construction and also worked on a final piece that Sharon drew on the wall while I projected data over it. We took a couple of runs at this one and though it was almost an after thought, as Peter had playfully told us to draw on the walls, it was probably the best still image to come out of the process. Working with the eraser on the charcoal and with the scrape marks of previous attempts Sharon was able to create an image which was both representative of the data I had projected and at same time transcendent of it, bringing a lot of herself to it. This was what I had hoped we’d get out of the project at the beginning.

In the afternoon we opened for a couple of hours and got some good feedback, we had a lot to think about where we might take things next. The final piece that used both lines and negative space is something I’d like to work back into my data visualisation and quite how we might animate that is an open question.


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Process Lab / Rehearsal Rooms – Day Four

Today we finished the stop motion work and did a few more experiments with the contraption, which we weren’t really happy with but were useful in as far as they showed us what we preferred about the earlier ones; sometimes you have to take a wrong turn to realise you were already on the right track. We’re having an opening to the public tomorrow three till six (ish) so if you’re about pop in.



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Process Lab / Rehearsal Rooms – Day Two

Today we got stuck into a longer stop motion animation, finding an attractive looking loop in the original data set and drawing it out. Sharon looped through a couple of cycles of one part of the accelerometer log before moving to another interesting looking shape in the set, we’ll come back to this and finish it tomorrow.


While the batteries recharged on the DSLR camera we did two more experiments with the camera mounted charcoal contraption, this time drawing over the projection. These were quite extreme.




A couple of things came up in conversation about where to take things next, looking at a way of getting perspective back into both my visualisation and  the drawing, doing a stop motion with both the projection and the drawing in shot and expanding the contraption with more bamboo. Watching Sharon work with the charcoal another thing I’d like to try and work into my code is some kind of charcoal dust particle effect.


Here are some more pictures of the day’s work.


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