WARNING, this might get far too artsy for some.
Okay this one is pretty personal, so it'll need some explaining haha. I'm still struggling to find the right words to say what I mean, so forgive me if the following text turns out to be somewhat convoluted. I don't even really know what I mean myself. It's a feeling much more than it is a thought.
First of all, here's the actual version: [link]
, a video. But nothing really happens in the video, there's no need for anyone to watch it till the end. Anyway:
The general idea was that this piece is about how people can go about different ways of capturing the present and retaining it as a memory.
So, the piece has a meaning but I'm not gonna lie about how, basically, this image exists mainly because I think it looks cool. After doing those punk inspired fliers for our party, I got inspired to take the whole collage technique further. The great thing about the flier project was how we were forced to use a photo copy machine as an actual medium, so I decided to do the same with my scanner. Just experimenting with shit like what happens if you move the image while you're scanning, what if you hold parts of the paper further away from the scan surface than others, what kinda results do you get if you leave the top part open while scanning, now try that out with different types of paper, etc. etc. Definitely nothing new to the art world, but new to me. And it was a ton of fun. This is the main reason I decided to keep studying at Uni, the mental education. The fact that you get forced to think in entirely different ways, the creative exchange that, whether you want it or not, broadens your horizons.
This piece is about as far removed from anything tangible that I've ever done, so I wouldn't be surprised if most people can't find much value in this. It also totally doesn't fit into any category I'm aware of (not just DA, but in general), which might just add to the confusion. I mean, for the most part, it's a still image. It also has a video in there, but the video doesn't really serve a purpose, or at least not a narrative one. It's more of an eye catch, something that would ideally make you take a closer look. Soon enough you'd realize that the video is pretty superficial, but I'd hope for you to then look at the rest of the image and see what you can find there.
The video was taken out the side of a motorickshaw on a recent trip to India. And whenever I stare out the side of a moving vehicle, I zone out and my thoughts start drifting off into wherever. As such, this piece has pretty much that same effect on me. Ultimately this leads to me not paying much attention to the actual image here, but rather getting lost in thought and daydreaming about something entirely else. If that same thing happens to you, then fucking awesome, I've achieved at least something, haha (and I'm not being sarcastic). If not, tell me what does happen, if anything. I'd be very interested to hear what other people think. Sadly the overall effect of the video is somewhat lost because of the shitty compression, but still, let me know your thoughts!
Of course all of this would have been 10 times cooler if I had actually built a frame like this all traditional with an actual screen in there, and if this were hanging on a wall then it would have a much more amplified effect, instead of this watered down web version. But maybe that's something for the future...
Aaaand, my apologies if this isn't your cup of tea and you feel like you were baited into coming here under false pretenses, expecting something more along the lines of illustration, haha.