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The last meeting I had with Skye we talked a lot about the role that technology and video games would play in the space. The Blindscape computer game that I mentioned in the first blog is a big part of what will make up this show. The audience members may be enrolled as players of this video game. Being reminded of this created a big shift in the way I have been thinking about the show. That said, all of the ideas that i have share so far still have a place. More that my role within the production has shifted and become better defined.
The way that the audience view this work, the way it is physically perceived, is really important. That there are physical and mental experiences that happen rather than the audience having to think them through. Physically some of those experiences can be engaged with through light, which I’ve talked about previously. Mentally it is more tricky and i have some examples here which are quite dark but I think we can take lessons from them in order to use them in a more positive manner.
Some of the examples that came to mind about the way that participants are enrolled in an experience were that of the Stanford Prison Experiment http://www.prisonexp.org/ and Marina Abramovic’s Rhythm 0. These are extreme examples but I find them interesting in terms of how we participate in any environment. Certainly in Room 328 it was important to be very mindful of how you exercised control and how you gave it up. The telling word in these examples I think is that of dehumanising. It is strange how quickly you can be disregarded and disrespected if you show signs of not being present or are unresponsive to stimulus. Showing signs of humanness is so important in terms of having control over your place in an environment. The ability to affect a positive response in others not only creates respect and builds compassion but it affirms an individual’s existence in reality.
These experiments of control and freedom, prisoner and guard I think could be very interesting exploration points for Blindscape.
As the city grows bigger, it seems that people re-evolve, lose touch with their bodies, become disembodied almost, live only through their brains. I’m interested in how we learn to survive in the city. At times I find it beautiful to ponder destruction.
Societas Raffaello Sanzio, Tragedia Endogonidia A.#02, Avignon
I really enjoy this sequence of events and recommend watching part 1 first if you have time. In this second part at about 4mins 40 there is a projection of quickly flashing letters. it is really interesting as the after image effect that Olafur talks about happens here and the letters start to blur together. I really enjoy what this does to your imagination.
Tetsuo: the Iron Man, Shinya Tsukamoto. This was incredible in terms of how visceral the sounds of the body play out and the way that he plays with perception.
Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. Clock scene. I really enjoyed the movement in this film and thematically it was interesting as well.
I watch a lot of films so naturally when i start thinking about a new project a whole bunch start to come to mind. The films i’m going to post are related to ideas that i had relating to tension, movement, theme, content and colour.
The first big question that I guess i have to elucidate on this blog is ‘what is Blindscape?’ This has changed a bit over the couple of months that have passed since I have been on the project. The initial idea that came from Skye’s brain was that of a computer game that was played with no visuals. You would navigate by sound and touch. The concept of complicating sight is a recurring theme and seems to be the question that we come back to if we become too tangential.
The other element that has remained constant is that of the chinese pole. I have had the opportunity to have a bit of a play and it has been a lot of fun, a few bruises but good fun. I’ll post a couple of videos of some excellent pole work. I’m aware that i am not a circus performer so my intention in regards to the pole is to become very good a getting up and down it and to think hard about how i integrate the things that i’m good at as a physical performer and see how i can translate that to pole.
These two elements of complicating seeing and the chinese pole are the constants that we have at the moment. There are probably more than that but i think these two are key. There are many conversations and ideas that we have discussed around these but in the next posts i will start to tease out some of my initial influences and images that i was drawn towards on first hearing the concept.
So this blog is an attempt to get my ideas, influences and process out onto a public forum so that i, and others, can see it all in one place and receive some critical feedback about it’s journey. Thank-you to Margi Brown-Ash for suggesting to start this (it is my first blog) and also to Skye Gellman who’s project this is, I will also cross-post postings from the official Blindscape page http://blindscape.tumblr.com/.