Thursday, December 3, 2009

Performance 12/2

The performance on Wednesday, to me, went as close to perfect as I could have imagined. The illusion that we created through Don’s presence was believed seemingly undoubtedly by all to be true. The whole performance began with the screening of the film, which seemed to have a general good response, and just as it seemed that the audience began to feel somewhat bored with both us performing and the film on loop, Jill walked in a began a new layer to the performance as a whole. I noticed that a lot of people noticed Jill’s dissatisfaction and watched her walk out. This worked perfectly to solidify the “truth” of the situation. I thought Jill’s subtlety in her performance worked very effectively. As far as me, Andrew, Natalie, and Wesly’s performances, I think we never broke character and did a good job portraying the confusion of the situation. Many people commented that our reactions to Don was very “real”, with very one portraying a state of stoic confusion, apparently Natalie’s face was even blush red the entire time. As we walked out of the room, we could literally feel the tension of the people who questioned whether they were going to be kicked out of school, and what would inevitably happen to us.

For the Lecture next week, I would like to discuss the entire process that went behind this project. I think the most interesting point to expand upon is the evolution of all the ideas from what they began as, and what they have become. It will be important to discuss all of this in relation to our overarching concept, and the ideas we are commenting upon. I think people will be interested in hearing our reasoning behind both performance’s and the film itself. This project has a lot of depth, with two performances, a film, and a lot of theoretical commentary.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Fill in the blank/s

I will consider this event a success if – We are able to make the audience believe without question the illusion we have created. Holding the belief that what we, for the most part, believe and classify as “reality” is simple a construct of illusions and misconceptions,

Is success the right word?

How do you as an artist deem a work successful?

I feel like the word success carries a lot of baggage along with it. Saying there is a success inherently implies that there is also a failure, which in this case there could be none. If we are able to make the audience believe without question the illusion we have created than great. Exemplifying the theory that the belief that what we, for the most part, believe and classify as “reality” is simple a construct of illusions and misconceptions, our success could be measured in the weight of ideas transferred. This could show them that within the planes of their reality, there lays layer upon layer of illusions.

If they see through our performance and never believe a word it, than the message will still be engraved into their minds. Transcending them out of the realm of basic performance, into that of “meta-performance”, showing the process and naked truth of the illusion and how it has been constructed. This could lead the viewer to question the constructs of illusions engrained within our world, deconstructing the very notion, within their minds, of what is real and what sails fluidly within the world of apparitions.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Performance Review

I feel that the performance was an overall success. It was effective to establish interest in these four characters by forcing the audience to question the relation to our characters to each other, but more importantly to the viewer themselves. We've now engraved ourselves within the subconscious of all who viewed the performance, which when it comes time for the movie screening, will work in our favor.

It was important that we did not have any sort of interaction with the audience, r to stimulate curiosity, and as a whole, we did this very effectively. We all managed to ignore people speaking directly to us, avoid direct eye contact, and create a general separation between "us" and "them". The most effective point in the performance, to my mind, was when Wesly did his scream. Just as the audience had accepted what we were doing, and the general confusion (or curiosity) had subsided, Wesly's scream silenced the entire room (even for just on moment) and drew our performance back into the center of attention.

The audience seemed generally confused, many of them asking us what was going on, which, yielded no results for them. The audiences reactions to our non-responsiveness varied from "Oh, this is a performance" to being angry that they were being ignored. We successfully created an illusion that we did not exist on the same plane as them, as if what was occurring in the reality of the situation was not occurring to us.

Personally, I was pleased that I managed to look no persons in the eyes (excluding those performing with me). Going in I was afraid that I may break character and laugh at the situation, but generally, I feel that I managed to keep it together. I wanted to stare through people, not at them; I guess to me, it is far more unnerving to be completely not recognized rather than ignored.

We documented the event through still photography. We had a friend lined up to show p as we were performing and take photos of us, the audience, and all surroundings of the scene.

I have always been interested in incorporating performance in my work, but have always had inhibition when dealing with staying in character effectively. This performance helped me get over that, I showed myself that If I really do concentrate on getting into the psychology of the character beforehand, that I can remove myself from myself and live vicariously through said character.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Meaning of Wine stunt/ entire performance

Comment on marketing using edgy tactics to appeal to teens. Television is loaded with imagery and symbols to create an image of the cutting edge, when in reality, they are simply selling false ideals. The realization that the wine bottle are filled with colored water will hopefully force the viewer to question the illusion of the television to which they invest their time. These images are not real, they are all illusions, the very idea of television is a marketing dream. All persons sitting still, captured by projected light plots, waiting patiently for the next stream of advertisements.

We would like the idea of FREE! FREE! FREE! Everything to be the main reason people show up to our screening. We will serve them half eaten, left over food, and Fake wine, destroying their illusions of their American ideal. We wish to show that within our consumerist economy, all that is truly bought and sold are false illusions of a family (or personal) ideal.

Rather than watching programming or marketing ploys on the television screens, we will be watching ourselves existing on the screen. People should look deeper into their motivations behind investing so much of themselves into a consumer illusion. We must look into ourselves. There is nothing for us upon this screen, only the flickering of dim specters, which propagate our ideals for us. We must take agency upon on our own minds, we must combat the circulation of a system which dictates what it is that we desire. We can’t live these false dreams. Let’s breath in the sun, Exhale the moon.

If your mind could be projected upon the television screen, what would appear? Would you bathe in the shimmering light of enlightened hearts, or drift helplessly upstream through a river of “have” and “have not’s”. To which have you been placed?

Watch TV, it is easy. spoon feed what is right and what Is wrong, what you need and what you don’t. Lay there awaiting the dawn of the next Sun sale, 20.00 dollars off! NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE! There’s no motivation, needn’t be any.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


I’ve been thinking of absurdity in the sense of it’s use as a noun, “quality or condition of existing in an irrational world”. To develop a character from that Idea, I would like to view the character’s actions or situation as more of an absurdity. I feel that in a lot of ways, the way we view the world, or under which pretenses we accept reality becomes very irrational through means of logic and rationalization. We build constructs or prototypes of ideals in which we wish everything to fit, as we experience it. I think rather than placing the absurd within the mind of the human, one must see that the world, and it’s perpetration, is not based on an simple logic. The moon rises and it falls, we know this, and we know, in terms of it’s relations to our earth it has a purpose., but it’s logic in relation to us, metaphysically does not seem possible to reduce.

I see the way people react within the world is more of a response of irrationality and absurdity, rather than being absurd themselves.

How does your character think?

He thinks as a reactionary. He sifts through a world which he/she believes to be irrational in it’s logic and constructs of standard ideals, and responds to it in seemingly “irrational” ways. Reacting to societies irrationality by acting in ways Society deems irrational.

How does your character think he/she think?

He thinks that the way he/she is acing is not irrational. He doesn’t view people actions as irrational. He thinks that he thinks in terms of subversion.

What do they want?

He wants to subvert the idea of this irrationality of behavior. He wishes to point out through his actions that the

What do they think they want?

He thinks that he wants understanding. He wants for society to break down walls of separations based on material and idealogical preference, and begin building a stream of understanding.

What is their truth (mythology)?

His mythology lies heavily in a connection or oneness through a universal consciousness. A connection with the natural world and humankind. Believes in an undeniable connection between all ideas and existence.

What is their REAL truth or mythology?

His REAL truth, in terms of tangible properties of truth or mythology is that he is a human. He exists in the world. Outside of the world of science there can be no essential truth, aside from his biology or anatomy, he has no REAL truth.

What do they need?

Needs soundness of mind. Needs to feel that through his existence, he’s perpetuated the cycle of cognitive progression. Though he is flawed by thinking that one must consciously do this.

What do they think they need?

He thinks he needs to represent his ideals and build them prominently within the world’s consciousness.

What actions does the character undertake?

Very animated and borderline a typical, example (in first film having character eat and throw up flowers) not that specifically but surreal acts which could represent his connection within the world and humankind.

What does the character think they do?

He thinks he exists more in the world of ideas and symbols rather than the tangible/physical world.

What does the audience need?

To understand is way of thinking or his psychology, they must understand him in order for him to perpetuate his ideals.

How can you push them to understand?

Through symbols and actions. engulfing himself in symbols, and his reaction to them.

What do they feel?

How important are the acts undertaken by the character?

Very, they must represent his ideas. Ideas must be expressed tangibly in order for them to be exposed. Either through word, art, or action (all of which are interlinked)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New Concept

My film will deal with the relationship between poetry and short film. More so, in the sense of the immediacy and expression of mood rather than narrative.

It will be composed of 3 segments, each representing an individual character.

Each individual will choose a poem they have written specifically to represent a specific land(dream) scape. The film will aim to portray the mood/atmosphere of these landscapes

the first part of each segment will show a portrait of the subject shot shoulder up. They will be in complete darkness only illuminated by projected light upon their face. The light will be "readymade" footage that relates to a tangible representation of the mood filling their mind. They will stare into the camera, seemingly mentally engulfed by the light.

Then it will cut to the same character existing within the world created through their poem, with them reading said poem. These landscapes will be decided upon by deliberation between me and the poet in order to tangibly recreate the mood of the poem.

LAst shot will be a landscape with nobody existing within it, but all 3 characters reading a poem that has taken parts of all of their previous poems, re contextualizing lines, and creating a new poem, which all 4 (characters and myself) will read in synch.

Film will ultimately show the loss of individuality in ideas (or ideals) once entered into the realm of the collective conscious, including them in a broader picture, effecting the entire shape of human knowledge rather than there own/.