Archive for April 7th, 2009
April 7th, 2009 Posted 5:26 PM
1.realistic: footage Mayday concert: It is a Taiwan Band , hot around the whole Asian popular music.
2.abstract: a friend’s birthday party, footage of singing karaoke. The lighting was dark, I adjust speed and contrast. So it become stylistic and unique.
The relationship between those two is that we are singing the same song actually ) but it is silent , so the same thing is singing ) .
Both of them are about events, and music. I paid attention to connect them , and
differentiate them. The colours —blue and yellow, cold and warm , are contrast. But the actions are similar.
Yes, series are important and a single Lumiere in your blog does not a series make. So the task for this week is to double up on the lumiere’s, literally.
And there must be two of them. One can be ‘realistic’ the other must be abstract. By abstract you are to think about the video image as not being ‘of’ something in the world, no representational, but first of all, and primarily, as a rectangle collection of coloured pixels that vary over time. Does that make sense? Alfred Stieglitz, a famous early photographer, thought of photography was an art rather than only a medium of reproduction of what could be seen. To explore this he undertook a series of photographic studies, over 15 years, of clouds. Why clouds? Because they are about light and shade, the very basic elements of photography. Because they are in the world, another condition of photography. But by photographing clouds he could create images that were about their own ‘photographicness’, about light and shade and the texture of exposure, rather than being looked at as ‘a person’, a ‘dog’, a ’strange event’. So this exercise is to let you film something that is ‘of the world’ and then to film something in such a way that it is abstract.