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Clandes(ne Communica(on: secret conversa(ons with inanimate objects
Crea(ng Randomness: Step 1: I slice my morning fruit. Count the seeds in my oranges. Count the seeds in my strawberries. Count the seeds in my kiwi fruit. Count the seeds in my peach. Add the numbers together = 64 and divide by my lucky number, 16 = 4.
Step 2: I travel 4km from home base in any random direc(on looking for discarded objects, moments, people, thoughts or sounds that remind me of this word.
The bow. bow childhood ribbon line Innocence her form lost loop LiJle girl changeable femininity beauty gender goodness ostenta(ous giH prize bound decora(ve signiﬁcance immascula(on winner Bow (e constric(ng ﬂamboyant decadent Fundraiser dandy Breast cancer silk wealthy symbolism Aids rememberance privilege
They all tell us something. Not one meaning, many meanings….
Me(ssage by Mademoiselle Maurice Exploring the use of ribbons in art. The placement of the ribbon deﬁnes its purpose. Diﬀerent ribbons signify diﬀerent things.
Me#isage is a street project by French ar(st Mademoiselle Maurice. Dressing ci(es and making street art with ribbons. In this context they serve as a decora(ve contrast to the grey street exterior.
Pencil Drawing: Jennah Porter Experimen(ng with lines. Do we see ribbons or lines? It’s a maJer of percep(on.
Ink drawing: Jennah Porter Are these lines or bows? Are objects deﬁned only by the names we give them? “ A rose by any other name would smell as sweet:” Shakespeare.
Are bows more signiﬁcant dependent on their placement? Do they change the meaning of an object? Does their form change their own meaning?
Experiment 1: tying bows around diﬀerent objects. What does it mean now? What did it mean before?
Is this s(ll rubbish?
Is this a present or a piece of fruit?
Experiment 2: Interrac(ng with/communica(ng through the bow
MOMA’s ‘Talk to Me’ exhibi(on currently explores the way objects talk to us. “Whether openly and ac(vely or in subtle, subliminal ways, things talk to us. Tangible and intangible, and at all scales-‐-‐from the spoon to the city, the government, and the Web, and from buildings to communi(es, social networks, systems, and ar(ﬁcial worlds-‐-‐things communicate. They do not all speak up: some use text, diagrams, visual interfaces, or even scent and temperature: others just keep us company in eloquent silence.” A real human interface at MOMA ‘TALK TO ME’ VIDEO: hJp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ6QmwTLgMc&feature=related The footage shows how an interface can be given human communica(on quali(es. This breaks down some of those perceived walls regarding communica(on so we can ‘talk’ to objects or interfaces more readily. In this case, they’re given a human face.
Experiment 1: PART B Placing the ribbon around diﬀerent parts of the body to create alternate meanings
blindfold status heard silence words feminine strangula(on
How do objects communicate and how do we communicate with them?
The art of wearable communica(on : Kate Hartman hJp://www.ted.com/talks/kate_hartman_the_art_of_wearable_c ommunica(on.html
The art of wearable communica(on explained: The ar(st/educator/scien(st discussed devices she has used to communicate with glaciers, pot plants and telepathically with others around her. All ideas were based around her original desire to communicate with other people on the train without actually speaking. She wanted them to ‘hear her thoughts’. For this she created ‘the mumbling hat’ pictured below. She created a device which enabled her to communicate with her pot plant. The pot plant can send text messages to update its owner when it requires water as a result of regulatory monitors placed in the poing mix. Lastly she discusses how she created a device to enable her to ‘interact with a glacier’ called a glacier embracing suit. As part of one of her experiments she also roamed through New York city dressed as a wal. She felt the by becoming ‘wall-‐like’ she could beJer create solu(ons to communicate with them. The basis of all the ar(st’s work surrounds how we communicate with ourselves and the world around us.
Everyday objects that communicate selﬁshness Drugs in town! Op(mism/pessimism Sexual availability
Experiment 2: Communica(ng with objects Rocks don’t move but this one does. What’s it saying?
Experiment 3: Conversa(ons with a rock/interrac(ng with objects
1. Final Artwork:
• How does this research and experimenta(on relate to my 3 proposals? -‐ they relate back to the idea of interac(vty and play based around communica(ng with objects -‐ they relate to the idea of changing the form of an object/allowing it to communicate diﬀerent ideas -‐ they relate back to the idea that objects communicate with us everyday and that we can create device that enable us to communicate back
Concept 1: -‐Extended video installa(ons based around the no(on of play and user interac(vity. -‐ The exhibit will allow users to view videos similar to those sampled and to alter the outcome based on their input. E.g rock pain(ng video -‐ Real life objects will be present and users will be able to alter the form and behaviour of the object, record the interac(on and play it back for viewing. -‐ The end result will be a series of varying interac(ons with everyday objects, demonstra(ng our ability to communicate with them in a non-‐prescribed way.
Concept 2: -‐ Extended video installa(on of ribbon being (ed and un(ed projected on mul(ple screens. -‐ Users can interract with display by altering the speed of the process, puing it the projec(on on reverse, changing the colour of the ribbon or the type of bow (ed. -‐ This concept plays with the idea of changing the form of an object to create an en(rely separate thing. E.g bow becomes ribbon, ribbon becomes bow.
Concept 3: -‐ This concept will be based around the idea of altering the form of an object to determine what it communicates to the viewer. -‐ Bows will be distributed on mass amongst the public on an ordinary day in Sydney and encouraged to wear them in a non-‐tradi(onal manner/to aJempt to communicate something through the wearing of the bow -‐ A photographic gallery exhibit will follow based on the varying interpreta(ons regarding the signiﬁcance of the bows and the diﬀerent ways people have chosen to wear and interpret them.
MEDIA REFERENCES: MOMA YOU TUBE VIDEO about human interfaces hJp://www.youtube.com/watch? v=SJ6QmwTLgMc&feature=related THE ART OF WEARABLE COMMUNICATION: hFp://www.ted.com/talks/ kate_hartman_the_art_of_wearable_communicaMon.html STRANGE LOVE: hJp://documentaryheaven.com/married-‐to-‐the-‐eiﬀel-‐tower/