Saturday, March 5, 2011

Giving The Eye - workshop session 2

Today is the workshop day 2. As early as 11am, all of us are gather at Waverley gallery. This morning is drizzling therefore it is a bit chilly. Makes me want to stay in bed... :P

Anyway, the day started basically almost the same as yesterday. We all warm up by walking around the room aimlessly and slowing down and stopping at the same time.

Next up is to do a short activity. There are about 10 of us and we are divided into 2 groups. The 1st person at the front will turn to the person B behind and do an action with sound which this B had to imitate. Then B will turn to the person C behind and do another action which C had to imitate, and this go on till the last person and from the last person, this series is repeated up to the front. We laugh a lot in this activity because it is a race between the 2 groups and so we had to do it fast without thinking a lot.

Later on, we mix ourself and divided again into another 2 groups. This time, we spent sometime preparing before performing. We are given a newspaper and were ask to chose 5 pictures in it and create some action or sounds in response to the photos. It can be in series or not. Anything. Our group decided that each person would chose a picture and then we discuss how are we going to link them up. Or they might not link at all. I chose a picture of a turtle. No, don't laugh. This turtle's expression is very very funny. Forgot to keep this picture though. It is showing its big mouth wide open, until it look a little like it is laughing with its flippers flipping beside. It is a happy and free look. The other pictures are a sexy lady dancing, a Dolce and Gabana advert, a picture of a man with a weird hair and a portrait of old man and woman together, should be a celebration photo or something. We decided that this 5 pictures actually could represent the different stages in our life. We start with being naive and free as a child (turtle) and then we become teenagers and crave for attention and wildness (sexy lady dancing). Next we might be in the stage where we are force to do something or we do not have a choice (the advert because the people pose inside aren't being themselves but what the director wants). Later on, we might grow older and have stress and worries (the man with weird hair) and lastly, we will grow old and live a more carefree and relax life. (portrait of man and woman)

I am not going to describe what we perform as that would be too elaborate. Just imaging us 5 doing actions similar to the pictures.Hehe..

I have a picture of the other group performing though. It will not be very clear because it is taken with an iPhone. Just to give you an idea of what we are all doing.

Snap 1

Snap 2

Snap 3

We then sit and discuss what we have just done and like usual, chat about any responses, questions and various ideas while performing and the process.

Then it is lunch break. Went to the student express for a sandwich..more expansive than tesco £2 meal though..Haha..but since it is cold and wet, I doesn't want to walk so far. Met a new friend from Hong Kong, Tiffany. She's nice. And my French classmate, Fang Fang from Shanghai.

The Waverley Gallery..Never been here before though..haha It is part of NTU and it is an old building. Look very interesting from the outside. Will take a picture of it one day.

The chairs for discussion. Quite comfortable. 

After lunch, we all gather in circle and discuss about the Anne Collier and Jack Goldstein exhibitions. We discuss the ideas, our preferences, thoughts, responses, and etc etc. Basically, almost anything regarding the exhibition. We talked about the photographs that Anne Collier took of the book. It really make a deep impression on everyone. It is simple everyday object but she turn it into something so... 'deep'. Anyway, since I went to the exhibition, now, once I heard Anne Collier, all I saw is EYE. Yes. There are quite a number of her photos that have the eye as subject and to me, it seems to bring so many deeper emotions. At first, I doesn't seem to like the idea of looking at the eye so closely (because the eye was zoom in a is in focus!) but when I look at it longer, I was seem to be drawn into the eye. I started to think what that eye was seeing. What is happening around when the photo was taken? All this was also discuss as some other people thought the same as well. So it is not just me. Haha..

Also, the most interesting would be the Jack Goldstein exhibition. It has the old projector playing short films that Goldstein produce. Once walking into the room, all you can hear the the random sound of dog barking, lion roaring and the whirling sound of the projector. Some people mention that they can't stand the noise at first. But to me, I love the sound. It is the sound that attracted me. The projector is what I love most. I've never seen these kind of projector before as it is often hidden. This room show few of Jack's films simultaneously so you kind of get mix sound all around you. But worry not. You wouldn't get confused. Google his work and you will understand why. It seems to test your patient. Haha.. And another highlight of his work would be the recordings. He record various sounds and these are all put on the headphones. It is fascinating. Again, google and you can hear too. ^_^

This is a video of 'Shane' by Jack Goldstein. Have to be a favourite. ^_^

After a long discussion, we all started to get 'slow' and 'inactive'. Partly cause of 'post-lunch' effect. ^^"

Anyway, we started to get into the last activity of the day. It is in response to this film of Goldstein. Click to see the video. It is the first video at the link - portrait of Pere Tanguy

We separate into groups of 3 and 4. Within this group, we are asked to do an imitation of each other. My group consist of just 3 people so it is a little hard to do. What we have to do is, A does an action. B observed and stands infront of A and do the similar action. C will have to see whether A and B are doing it simultaneously or not. Until it is similar, both have to continue to do. Then, C stands infront of B and start doing the same action. A walks out from behind and observe to see whether both B and C are the same or not. When it is done, B will walk out and start a new action. C will stand infront of B and starts the same. A will observe. This is repeated and repeated. Slowly, we run out of actions. Haha..but in a way, it is kind of fun.

I am thinking that all these activities are quite suitable for party games..haha..

Anyway, that concludes our workshop today. We learn a lot of artistic performance and we learned to be free. ^_^

Since I am in the editorial team, I do not have to attend the other two workshop for the creative team. So I have the Sunday free. I am planning to to Cambridge with Elitzza and Fiola.

Stay tune for pictures! And stories!


PS. Oh and the link for Giving The Eye is here.

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