Project One: Lyrical Juxtapositions:
André Breton's maxim “Beautiful as the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on an operating table” is an expression of the belief that simply placing objects in an unexpected context reinvigorates their mysterious qualities.” gathered from Jonathan Lethem’s essay “the ecstasy of influence: a plagiarism” in Harpers Magazine
For this assignment you will each develop a file of images and sounds that you will share with the class. Start with one creative concept image/subject…simple yet compelling. You can use a concept card as a prompt if you like or one of your own imagination.
You should try a variety of shooting approaches, including specific approaches that you choose from our cards, lists, (from macro to establishing shot, birds eye to dutch angle, etc.) and all camera work should show quality lighting, focus, etc.
After shooting, you all will sample from these shared files, juxtaposing images and sounds that imply a sequence of time with a beginning, middle and end about one minute long. The juxtapositions can be within each frame or layered in any way you choose. You may use about 25% of your own files, but should look at the opportunity for sharing as a way to prompt each other toward new ideas.
The assignment will be in two versions: first you will use diegetic sound, that is, the sound that came with the initial recording. Since you are using camcorders for this first project, the sound should be of sufficient quality. (if you are using DSLRs you can use separate audio recorders.) The second version will keep the same imagery, but you will change the sound to change the meaning. Again, you will share files for the sound portion of the project. The second sounds will be more intentionally found or created (foley, tonal, narrative, etc)
What does it mean to share images and sounds? How does the form you choose comment on this sharing or the content of images? (Hiding, revealing, comparing, etc)
Technical Goals: Know basics of cameras, supports, Premiere, audio recorders.
Examples: Pippolotti Rist, Leighton Pierce, Hiraki Sawa, Josh Gumiela, YiDai
Growth, passivity, conduction, tranquility, window, calculating, reflection, guarded, ruler, stamp, anvil, landslide, current, spectrum, bridge, umbrella, menu, hook, pendulum, etc.