At this point, our initial concept of having the piece show communication had gone out the window. We were focusing more on having the piece show the past, present and future. But our main focus wasn’t on the meaning or having some super deep meaning to it, but rather to have the piece be aesthetically pleasing to us, not necessarily to everyone else.
We then had to present our idea to the class and the lecturers who were all confused by the concept for two reasons: 1. The general feedback was that the meaning was not deep enough 2. Might be too many components to the piece.
In response to the feedback, we as a group felt deflated. I personally felt frustrated because the idea and concept was clear to us. I also felt frustrated because we had already put a lot of time and effort into the construction of the components.
As a collective, we were confused, deflated and stuck. We were very unsure of how to move forward with our installation piece and on what the final outcome would actually be and look like. We then decided to take out this confusion, deflation and sense of being stuck in a rut out on the boxes. We just wanted to destroy them and take out all our emotions on them.
We then decided that we would film ourselves destroying the boxes and that this video would be the key aspect of our final installation. The entire process of the destruction was very spontaneous and little thought went into the meaning being the actions. However, each action portrayed an aspect of each of us individually. Because however it was that we deciding to destroy the boxes was influenced by each of our individual backgrounds.
Everyone in the group participated in the destruction of the boxes
After the destruction was done, we were left with the visual aftermath of the boxes which was all dirty, torn up, squashed and rigid looking.
Myself, Alex and Tyrone then went to look at the installation space ahead of time before other groups. We then decided that we wanted to be in the space called The Fridge. This space is large enough and actually resembles a box in itself to me
I felt that the destroyed boxes represented the journey of life. With the boxes being prepared so delicately and kept to be in pristine condition paying reference to childhood. The destruction then represents the saying “life happens”, paying homage to the rough patches that one goes through. And the aftermath then shows the aftermath of those rough patches. I then felt that it’s only right to do something with the destroyed boxes to show the beauty that emerges from those rough patches but also just the beauty of life at the end of the day.
I was then glad that the group decided to create some sort of sculpture out of the destroyed boxes that would compliment the video.
Experimenting with the sculpture:
The paint dripping idea was inspired by graffiti street artist Mr Brainwash
Clip from 2.10 to 2.49
We decided to go with the paint drip concept. Tyrone executed this idea and brought it to life
In terms of the video, we split up the editing responsibilities. I first did a ‘test edit’ just to see how the clips would fit together etc. Tyrone then did some editing, followed by Diego and Juhi.