So then. In between finishing my research paper and the collaboration project, making has taken a back step this week. I have done some thinking about my last weaving experiment and need to now decide what next steps to take with it. Three categories for reflection came to mind: concept, material and process.
- Can I make the concept any stronger within the piece? I think it is a rich idea so I should stay with it for a while and try to improve it, rather than switch to a different premise.
- I think the piece embodies a sense of local history and culture within the process of making – in terms of the history and customs of weaving with this material. Does this resonate as well with the concept though? What about a different material?
- What about the choice of weave? Its traditional and some people have commented that it resembles DNA slightly. I don’t mind this comparison I think it fits with the overall idea. Is there any other weave (or mix of) which would add to the piece though?
- Should I continue to use ‘serendipity’ to shape the weaving structure of should this be planned beforehand based on something?
This last point got me thinking about sculpture based on real data. Having come across the history of the aboriginal songlines, my thoughts went to the idea of translating different sounds into the 3d form – the beat of different footsteps on the path for example. I did some googling on different art sculptures based upon real mathematical data. Hmm….most were interesting, but I didn’t find any of them particularly engaging – they seemed more like pretty 3d infographics rather than anything with artistic intent. One notable exception was this piece of work from Daniel Sierra, a digital artist who created this video “Oscillate” as part of his MFA. Completely captivating:
My goal with “Oscillate” was to visualize waveform patterns that evolve from the fundamental sine wave to more complex patterns, creating a mesmerizing audio-visual experience in which sight and sound work in unison to capture the viewer’s attention. The concept of universal building blocks that can be assembled to form complex structures is something I find very exciting and alluring. Sound follows this concept in that any sound, for example a snare drum or a human voice, can be deconstructed as the summation of varying sine waves
I have a tutorial with Maiko tomorrow, the first one since before the interim show, so perhaps her feedback will help me decide which avenue to explore next – or it may just give me a bunch of completely new things to think about!