I have spent the day making a mock-up of an exhibition space. As I have been looking into how people react to situations I thought it would be interesting to make the audience become part of the film. In our day to day lives people often remark to me how they love to ‘people watch’. This is effectively observing people’s mannerisms and interactions as they go about there day to day lives. I noticed that my film was almost an extension of people watching and that perhaps if it was live it would become more interesting. The thought to sit the people within the film on the white blocks was to make them seem as though they were on a plinth in the film. They themselves had become the piece of art. By making the people in the gallery also sit on these plinths it mirrored the film. When participants would go into the next room it would allow them to watch the audience just as how they had watched the film except for this time the audience did not know they where being watched. This would inevitably change how they sat, when no one is looking we slouch more and our mannerisms change. I noticed this when I filmed myself for the film. because I had watched previous people in the experiment I knew what looked interesting. My film therefor looked more forced and calculated, like I was trying to impress the camera almost. This made me think that the others that took part in this exercise must have thought about the camera (admittedly to a less extent) aswell. This point of this gallery space was to observe people completely naturally. I think this is an interesting concept that ties in well with surveillance that could be expanded.
When thinking about displaying the work I really wanted the audience to beomce the installation. I have always been fasincated about minipulating peoples emotions when they are in certain spaces. This seemed like an opertunity to throw people off and see how other people react in certain situations.
I have previously discussed my idea to create a cube out of the headshots from my film and to have the projections suspended from a gallery space. This idea was in response to my dissertation research. The image below shows a fashion show for Hussein Chalyan produced by Alexandre de Betak that depicts a home fire displayed on 4 flat screens in a white box. This show had a minimal budget so it could perhaps be something that I could of achieved. I love how it looks as though the fire is floating. A floating open fire with models walking around it in billowing capes that could easily catch on fire- awkward? Having tested this idea in premiere pro I did not think it was strong enough to take forward.
I went and tested out the VR technology and was completely amazed. Although the technology was amazing I kept thinking about how funny you look when the VR headset is on you, particularly when you are playing an interactive game. The entire experience is completely disorientating but I wanted to look into whether you could have a live feedback loop of yourself outside of the VR inside of the VR. It would allow you to still be in a virtual space yet you would be able to see yourself (looking relatively awkward and funny) within the VR.
My dissertation is looking at a fashion producer called Alexander de Betak. It fascinated me how he manipulates a space for a short amount of time and how between him and the designer he can alter and change people’s moods. I am looking into the future of the fashion show and how it could veer towards VR. The concept of a virtual space is intriguing and something i have not looked into before.
I walked around town and recorded all the places that I was being watched without my consent. Turns out that nearly every shop I went into there was a CCTV live footage loop of the customers. What was interesting was that when I went to take photographs of the CCTV without asking them shop owners, a lot of them got incredibly angry which I thought was such a contradiction. They are allowed to film me but I am not allowed to take a photograph of myself through their TV?
Who else watches me?
Do we change the way we behave when we know someone is watching?
What do we do when no one is looking?