Here are a couple screenshots taken from my upcoming piece, ODI et AMO, a music video/karaoke performance piece I am working on as the final project for my Visual Music and Animals class. JC Cassis will be doing some vocals for the piece, and she’ll be coming over later today to rehearse and record her parts.
I will be presenting the piece for my Animals class next Tuesday, and then to the general public at Issue Project Room on April 28, at 8 pm.
My latest project for Animals, People and Those in Between @ ITP:
You will take your “Animal Object” character, and flip the script by investigating the subjective point of view of the animal you chose.
What is it like being inside this animal? What is its view point? How does it see– or experience –its environment? What – or how – is he/she reacting to the events surrounding him/her? How do those events appear, in terms of scale, form, size, sharpness, color, time?
Drawing on the writings of Üexkull (the idea of umwelt), and the readings on research into animal minds, and / or projected first-person narration (Haskell’s short story, Coe’s “Pitt’s Letter”), you may chose to be anthropomorphic, or you may NOT be, as you see fit.
The purpose of this assignment, coupled with the last one, is to explore how character is made from different points of view, and how your crafting of that character expresses your point of view.
During our in-class crit, some people thought that the piece was two opaque, that I needed to move the titles to the front of the video, or in someway make it more explicit that the piece is about an elephant. I’m still not sure how I feel about that. I would definitely consider moving the “Ruby’s Song” titles to the beginning of the video, but I would also have to restructure the audio portion so everything still synchs up correctly. My goal was to really get into Ruby’s head and create something based on established elephantine means of expression. Even if wild elephants don’t paint and make music, they are ways in which elephants in captivity can “express themselves,” whatever that means, I still don’t know, so I’ll leave it up to interpretation.
Here are some clips of the JC Cassis Band playing at Arlene’s Grocery last Wednesday night. It was our second-ever concert as a band and our Manhattan debut (we played in Brooklyn last time). I’m off camera most of the time, but on Lover, you can hear me getting all crazy with the ’80’s synth action.
What happens when 100 people have 28 minutes to make a movie? Here’s a pretty good answer:
We shot the video and audio for this movie in Red Burn’s Applications class on Tuesday. We really only had 28 minutes to record! I played the voice on the phone telling Mario that he has gonorrhea.
Thanks to Alex Kauffmann, Adam Lassy, Si Youn, JeeHyun Moon, Jonathan Nachum, Nathan Roth, Caroline Brown, and Brian Carey Chung for organizing everything.