Plans, artist research and reflections with regards to all my work produced in my second year of university.
H F Gardner Artwork
Initially I was going to keep the installation a video and sound piece however, I thought by adding in a person I could try out my site-specific concept in a gallery situation.
Screen and silhouette
I have decided to project the SAND MORPH video onto a large screen that I have covered with light colored bed sheets. I chose to use these instead of the screen sheets order to get more silhouette as well as more flow - they are loosely attached and so catch the wind like loose sand would. I also wanted to play with the experience of how your body feels like it becomes part of the beach the more and more you move on it. In this sense, because the silhouettes distort the body and make it become a shadow on the beach I am illustrating this. The screen doesn't fully stretch down to the floor so Matt's feet are exposed which allows us to identify that he is human.
In terms of choreography, the piece is again improvisation in response to the beach - I took him to the beach a few days before for us to do some research and get some inspiration from the environment that the piece was based on. We decided that in relation to the video, showing the phenomenological experience of the beach would be the best thing - Seeing as the video displays aesthetics and marks found on the beach, Matt's job as a performer is to show the sensory experience of the beach through movement and interaction with the small pile of sand that I will be collecting.
Responding to the soundscape
We found in experimentation that quick free-flowing movements overwhelmed the slow motion calm effect of the installation and that any fast movements needed to occur on a small scale, so we decided that small movements such as shaking, little quivers worked well. I also asked him to reference rhythms from the soundscape and echo them through movement. So if there were three clicks occurring in the movement, he could do 3 shaking motions with his hand, almost like a sensory call and response situation with the music making the call and his hand gestures being the response. This links all of the elements of the piece together.
Responding to the visuals
Movements that worked the best were those that looked human through the slit at the bottom of the sheet with torso and arms forming lines or whole shapes in order to look like shadows traveling across the sand on the screen. I want to show a gradient of camouflage and transformation, starting with the human feet/body at the bottom and sand at the top. Also, I would like him to at some points come in front of the screen, almost where a narrator would stand when telling a story in a play and play with the sand, showing its real qualities to accompany the video. I asked him to make sure that he showed the weight, flow and speed of sand - almost like giving it movement analysis as we did when we were dancing and how this contrasted with the video. For example, the sand moves quickly at a free flow and is light in weight which means that when it drops it moves quickly. This contrasts with the way I have made the video move very slowly. This adds in the real life experience of sand to the aesthetic patterns found within sand.