Jan. 22nd, 2009 | 10:14 pm
posted by: dianasofia in cooperunion
I was a away for a while and haven't been able to share on the community,
im so glad so many people have posted, but anyway
1. Dissection of motion and reconstruction
Two objects were chosen: an electric can opener and a battery power mini-tape recorder. These machines could no longer perform their original tasks, which were to open cans and play sound respectively. The can opener can now only spin the can and the tape recorder can only track the seconds of each turn.When their motions were observed, the can opener turned strictly counterclockwise while the tape recorder turned only clockwise in its play position. It was found that for there to be a final motion, each part had to move in an opposite or parallel direction. The two objects were then dissected and using parts of both, I reconstructed them in a drawing. Now two new machines are made from parts of the originals. This caused the motions of each gear to reverse. Their original functions are now irrelevant. They now solely exist to spin a can clockwise and to make numbers turn counterclockwise. The movement of each gear is illustrated inside the book, along with instructions on how to activate the final and simplest of all motions: turning clockwise and counterclockwise respectively.
2. Full Length Self-Portrait
2. A Full Length Self-Portrait
A force of gravitation between two or more objects on earth can be calculated according the earth’s mass and the constant of the universal theory of gravitation, this being 6.67482X10^-11. The strongest pull on any object, in this case myself, comes from the earth. When my body is instantly suspended while jumping up from the ground (15 inches in the air) the pull on the body is 619.3630114745 newtons. This becomes a representational number to the exact mass of my body in relation to the earth; this number in turn becomes the portrait.
The number is hand embroidered on the 15 inches, physically separating my body from the earth at that moment. The length of the rest of the fabric is equivalent to the length of my body.
3. External Space with an Altered Peripheral
3. The Body as an Exterior Space
A camera was set up facing west toward my back and a small television was connected to it through a VCR facing east toward my view. From the screen I could see myself through this extension of my vision, that could now reach beyond its direct field and into a new peripheral. All I could see was my body as an exterior space, as an object or container. I painted strictly from observation of my body while viewing it through the television screen. This painting is then meant to be shown next to the video component. The video shows a distorted version of this peripheral view: two frames of vision which are kept obstructed by my body and then temporarily opened to reveal what is seen on the screen.
4. A sequence of Images in Search of Beginning and End
Patterns and DVD case
VIDEOS FIRST AND SECOND PATTERN
Videos: First and Second Pattern
4. Patterns, in search of a beginning and end
A beginning and an end describe time as being linear, a state in which time can be organized into a specific order, much like still images or frames. I used projections strips from the well-known story “Little Red Riding Hood” to create two patterns in search of a linear beginning and end. For the first pattern two slides are show at a time, the one on the right keeping the sequence of start to end, the other plays end to start. Each frame corresponds to an individual sound or word therefore the sound also plays along with the pattern. Each frame periodically turns faster until the images play interlaced along with the sound. Ultimately the only recognizable images are the words “start” and “end”. After reaching its cresendo, the frames slow down and finally end at the start of the story. For the second pattern the 36 frames were divided into two categories: the START and the END. Then patterns were made in which the END intercepted the START. The pattern’s linear sequence was broken in half and placed on top of itself. In turn the pattern becomes a loop, repeating without a specific start or end, but rather in a search of these points in the line. These videos called for something tangible, therefore the pieces are based almost entirely on the projections strips that I cut and arranged to create a literal linear representation of time.
6. Redress of a Misdemeanor, Correcting Speech
(so, youtube was like "nuhuh, im not letting you upload a thirty minute video", so i can only give you some still shots. the sound kinda makes the whole piece, but you get the point)
My mother has a thick Spanish accent. It is sometimes as frustrating to her as it is to others. She considers this her small crime, her misdemeanor. Even when she does try to correct her pronunciation it becomes unnatural and she is unable to communicate clearly. Humans are born able to make any type of sound, but by the time just a couple of first words are spoken only a small percent of sounds exclusive to this first language are kept and used. From that moment on and through the person’s adolescence, the rest of these sounds become almost impossible to properly pronounce. As her daughter this has become my responsibility. She asks me to correct her and I do when I can, however most of the time she is able to communicate adequately since this is not a matter of ignorance but rather ability.
I made a site, fit for two people separated by a curtain, one being my mother. She reads in English a copy of Desiderata (something she is very familiar and comfortable with in Spanish) into a microphone connected to the headphones of the person facing her. This person is instructed to press a button every time my mother mispronounces a word. This button triggers a loud alarm into my mother’s ears and a bright light into her eyes, and will keep blaring until the error is fixed. She then becomes reliant on the other person’s judgment of what is in fact accurate pronunciation. Both people are unaware of each other’s presence behind the curtain. They are told they are interacting with a machine made for the purpose of correcting speech, only testing the machine’s function. Both participants’ reactions are controlled by their trust in the machine; the listener is ignorant of the role she plays and the results of her choices, and my mother continues to read in hope of a reaction from an accurate source that will help her correct an individual misdemeanor.
i physically sent these two etchings: