Plans, artist research and reflections with regards to all my work produced in my second year of university.
H F Gardner Artwork
I would like to create an installation that recreate multiple experiences of the beach on a sensory level. For this I would like to play on the idea of the phenomenology of still paintings, which I drew upon in first term with my slow motion pieces. I've taken many lists of features of the beach which are most prominent to me in order to break this whole experience up and re assemble it in a way that suits the installation space. Also, these features change every time we visit the beach which means that I can place layers of these features together to create an account of my research.
-Textures/Marks in the sand
-Sounds of seagulls and the wind
-The views from the dancers body - ie. being upside down facing the horizon
-Interactions between lines created and the body of the dancer
-Colours of the costumes against the sand in different lights
-Proximity of dancers to the skyline/horizon
I would like to draw upon the idea that the dancer is the most mobile thing on the beach, and how when you contemplate on the beach time moves very slowly. Through projection and video editting I would like to present these contrasts in our perception of time and space from these two different viewpoints. I initially thought that this would be good to be projected onto canvases to actually present 'paintings' with slow-motion projections on them, however I feel like this would be more effective if I projected one video onto a large space.
To accompany this, I would like to play a soundscape through speakers of the aural experience of the beach. This also plays with the idea that dancers' perception of time is quicker than that of the person in the contemplative state. And so the sound scape is very slow moving at some points - i reduced the speed of sound of seagulls and the natural 'hums' and 'buzzes' that occurred around it to create a relaxing affect.