Review of progress to date
Tuesday 8th September
Meeting with my supervisor
This morning the partition wall has been put in place so it is now easier to judge how dark the space can be. The ‘Door’ is wider than I anticipated so, in terms of trialling the projection, it is still difficult to work out how much light will come in.
It is important to me that I do not introduce any colour other than red and it is for that reason that the curtain over the door should be red also. In inviting the viewer to enter the mind, a black entrance seems inappropriate. I am respectful of the other exhibits in our exhibition and believe that a red curtain will not impinge on the other exhibits.
The fabric I have been using is not heavy enough to be used as ‘blackout’. I will need to get an alternative.
In discussion about the plynths which hold the projectors, it was felt that the current ones are too high and create a distraction for the viewer. I am mindful, however, that the projectors form part of the installation and need to be observed and considered as such by the viewer.
I have raised and lowered the projectors and moved them around in the space in order to ascertain the best height and position.
The spotlights were considered too bright and too many. The aim is to convey the searching aspect of recollection – almost like searchlights. I am however, mindful that in the effort to show confusion there is a risk of confusing. The red of the space with its fabric lining, over 100 prints and two separate sets of projected images – might be a bit too busy. Fewer spotlights would be better.
The images printed onto tissue are rough edged and poorly visible to represent the unclear and faded nature of memories. They are different shapes and sizes in the same way that memories might differ in their level of importance and clarity.
The tissue prints sometimes are printed so faintly that they appear to be blank. This is to represent the memory that it so faded it barely exists. Gaps are also present where memories may once have been. Gaps have been deliberately placed between some of the tissue prints and are clearly visible.
The projection of the 35mm slides and the digitally created spotlights are affected by the gaps and layers in the printed tissues to the extent that the projections appear to be broken in places.
Memories are fragmented – rarely a complete ‘picture’ of the original event.
The tissue prints hang in obvious layers. The layers are continually being added to existing memories; influencing, perhaps concealing them. The prints have been hung in straight horizontal lines to accentuate the fact that they are in layers.
The digital projector overheated (!)