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Lo and behold …

My visual artefact on the theme of dystopia and technology ….

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A bit of background:

To paraphrase Lennon, my visual artefact is what happens while you’re busy planning something else.

The original idea was to be neutral -something that would combine dystopic and utopian views and possibly blur the dichotomy of the opposite outlooks in the vein of the rhisome theory (which really resonates with me). A very initial attempt can be seen as my ‘Virtual Mediation 2‘. My visual artefact was to be a follow-up on this idea but instead of pictures it was to make use of videos.

However, after spending a day trying to work out the video editing software I gave up and hence the rather pessimistic clip. It still needs tweaking – I could spend hours if not days syncing the audio tracks, captions and two videos, something I’d love to do but can’t afford at the moment.

So, there you are - what can I say – grim as it is, enjoy it!

~ by Ania Rolińska on October 14, 2011 . Tagged: ,

29 Responses to “Lo and behold …”

  1.   Grace Elliott Says:

    Hi Ania,

    You really are a very creative person. This wasn’t comfortable viewing but you did warn us. The eye really creeped me out. I was drawn between wanting to look away and also to keep watching because I was fascinated about what comes next.

    I too have spent many hours on this task with nothing to show for it so far. Having trouble with both software and Internet connection.

  2.   Ania Rolińska Says:

    Thank you Grace – I think I don’t realise the creepiness of the video due to the time spent on the project but my partner jokingly hid behind a chair when I showed the clip to him!
    Also, it is my eye after all so there is a degree of familiarity in the film although I must admit it was fascinating (and slightly disturbing at the beginning) to see it in the new context, without the rest of the face, rolling around, having a life of its own in a way, sort of disembedded from its natural environment. It’s not an evil eye though – I’m not an actor so no matter how hard I tried to look scared, perplexed by imagining all sorts of things, I couldn’t instil this mood in the eye! The subsequent phases of the project reminded me of how important in conveying the meaning the movement or music might be. I’d love to spend more time tweaking the film and I wish I had better tech skills but at the moment it has to do.

    Thanks for the comment and looking forward to seeing your artefact! :-) Hope the problems will cease soon – let me know if I can be of any help.

  3.   Geraldine Says:

    Hi Ania,

    I think your movie works really well – the music fits perfectly and I’m left feeling rather unsettled and somewhat threatened. Some how the eye says it all – representing for me both a person and the human race at the same time. It definitely looks scared, trapped or imprisoned and helpless in the face of a kind of relentless march of technology as it ensnaring our lives. Pretty powerful stuff!

  4.   Austin Tate Says:

    Ania… I “enjoyed” this with the images of “future fantastic” and the problems of our world. The audio track was emphatic and the stereo separation gave me a shock as it flitted left to right… nicely reflecting the “all seeing eye” darting about and observing. Observing us> observing the viewer or the contents of the movie? Creepy. Too close to the reality of big brother today with the large serach providers and their willingness to mine our personal information for profit and their bend over backwards attitude to totalitarian government so they can continue to operate and make money even where all is controlled.

  5.   Neil David Buchanan Says:

    Hi Ania, the vulnerability of the eye gave this piece a texture that both compelled and attracted. It was disconcerting to see an eye so close up – moist, jelly-like, undefended, whilst overlaying such vivid and grotesque images. I felt as if I wanted to protect the eye – it shouldn’t be seeing this! At the same time, I liked the way the eye, the shape of the iris and pupil, obscured some parts of the images. Almost as if we see what we want to see. And what we don’t, we blink/ blank out.

  6.   Siân Bayne Says:

    I loved this Ania – I think I felt the opposite of Neil and Geraldine in that I found the eye chillingly detached and seemingly unoffended by the carnage and misery. Like Austin I enjoyed the surveillance reference and the sense of the omnipresent watcher. You could’ve chosen a machinic rather than a human eye, but I like the way its humanity makes an obvious link between the technological and the social – and the fact that it’s an ‘authorial’ eye gives yet another layer of complexity! (btw I loved the composite image too, which I found almost equally eerie.)

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