I was happy with my experimental films using pixelation and the device shape spaces, but I felt that there was more to be explored.
I want to show how the world we view through the device has become more important an environment than the physical one, how we can be distracted beyond our control (while we are switched on to it) by trivial matters or by pressure from contacts and “Friends” who demand our attention. I wasn’t keen on my experiments I made with filming while walking along, as I felt that this was putting the focus on my distraction. However, as I continued trying out adding the monoprints to the moving image, (an earlier idea I had dismissed due to it being similar to my photographs) I found that it demonstrated distractions we either suffer or welcome as we go about our day.
Also, I found I could show how personal moments are also played out in public by our own doing or by others, leaving us vulnerable.
Originally I used the pixelation to obscure the reality we were being distracted from but I felt there was more to be discovered and it became clear to me that I could make my point more lucidly, I just had to find how….
I want to show how the world we view through the device has become more important an environment than the physical one, so I pixelated the whole area except for a device shaped hole through which we can see what is happening.
So, my phones will be attached with Velcro to a piece of wood which will be attached to the wall. If I want to then I can change the order of the display of the phones and/or swap them for others. I chose to exhibit them this way as I want them to be a temporary installation, yet remain in the space and in an arranged manner of my choosing. The fact that they can be removed and held like a phone is important to me, yet it is not important to me that this happens.
The information printed onto the wooden blocks are items of news lifted directly from the physical sources of information and entertainment still available today, yet are no longer the source we rely on and indeed, doesn’t constantly update in front of our eyes.
I will need to use heavier Velcro and the adhering will need to be arranged differently.
I feel that my films are developing into more than originally intended, while I have been spending hours watching footage I have recorded in Braintree, Chelmsford and London, I have become more aware of important physical moments that we don’t notice in real life. It wouldn’t be reasonable of us to expect to notice as everyone is getting on with what concerns them and we tend to not notice other people on a day to day basis. Physical happenings such as chatting face to face, a hug goodbye, a hug hello- generally the things that we take for granted.
Of course we still chat, now though, this interaction with a friend is all too often carried out by text or publicly by social media-usually whilst carrying out other tasks so as it doesn’t hold us up or take up too much time , losing the intimacy of personal contact.
Just a thought.
I have been printing wooden phones for a while now and I’m starting to make some clear decisions about them.
* I was originally unable to decide which was most effective, wooden phones with the lino printed iPhone or without. It is now clear to me that they are effective as a series with both versions. The phones without the frame of the iphones allow for more information to be viewed, the framed versions allow for just a snippet. This makes the set as a whole more effective.
* I have decided that I don’t want the phones attached to the wall, I want them to be able to be picked up, yet it is not important to me that they are so I will have them placed in lines of four or five on unobtrusive shelves.
* I will have the wooden ipads on a plinth, there won’t be so many of these as the phones.