Thursday, 5 May 2016

Post VIII: Performance #5






 Project #5 || Layers

For the fifth and last piece I decided to do a piece on my own.  I was inspired by Orly Genger a fashion performance artist who uses lots of different textiles and Yoko Ono and her performance Cut Piece.  In this performance I walked into the room wearing a leotard and tights and turned on a record playing the Velvet Underground’s, All Tomorrow’s Parties .  I then walked over to my trunk and started pulling out clothing from it and piling it on my body - layer after layer.  I did it quite quickly in hopes to get as many clothes on as possible before the music ran out.  After the record stopped, I walked out of the room.  When I walked back in, I had the audience members help me take off my clothing because I started to feel quite claustrophobic and very hot.  It was mentioned later that I should consider adding that to my performance piece.  

What do you feel was most successful? 
I really liked the idea of piling clothing on layer after layer.  It was interesting because before class started I overheard Sandy talking about a performance piece she did where she layered clothing on herself.  I thought this was so crazy. 

What would you change? 
There’s a few things I would change about this piece: I like the idea mentioned at the end of my performance to involve the audience in helping me removing my clothing at the end.  I also wish I had slowed down the piece and had taken my time with putting the clothes on.  I also wish the trunk was positioned more in the center so the audience could have better seen me layering the clothes on.  

How did you feel while doing the work?
Towards the end of the performance I began to feel super claustrophobic and hot.  The audience mentioned being able to hear me panting towards the end of the piece.

Post VII: Perfromance #4






Project #4 || Food

For the fourth piece, Kristal and I worked together one last time.  In our piece we used a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and performed  “plastic surgery” on it.  In the background we had the audio of a plastic surgery tutorial playing and the sound of a heart monitor going.  When the hear monitor stopped playing we finished our surgery.  The surgery involved cutting, scraping out the peanut butter and jelly from and even piecing the sandwich back together.  t the beginning we put on a plastic apron, gloves and a face mask to portray the Doctor facade.  

What do you feel was most successful? 
I really liked the audio we used.  It was a helpful time keeping part to our piece.  I also thought the audio was helpful in conveying the message of plastic surgery and not just surgery of any type.

What would you change? 
I would find a place to put the scooped out peanut butter and jelly - I think it looked a bit messy being on the table at the end of our performance - it was also in the way of 

How did you feel while doing the work?
I enjoyed this performance.  It was hard keeping a straight face while distressing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. However, the apron, gloves and face mask were helpful in making me feel more the part.  

Thursday, 28 April 2016

POST VI: Performance #3





  Project #3 || Live performance + VIDEO

For the third performance I worked again with Kristal.  We performed this piece, “growing up,” in class then again for this video.  We were inspired to create a work with an unexpected sound - we read children’s books with various “adult” news articles, publications etc. pasted inside.  We were dressed up as children and set a scene of a bedroom.  In the live performance we had an audience member tell us goodnight and we responded “Goodnight Mom/Dad.”  The purpose of this piece was to address the ever-present access children have to media’s portrayal of the World.  With the internet, it’s so easy for children to read and see things that they shouldn’t necessarily see - things which are “too grown up”   

What do you feel was most successful? 
I really liked the audience’s reaction and interpretation of our piece.  I’m glad audience members understood what we were trying to convey.

What would you change? 
I wish our performance wasn’t as theatrical.  In a way, it felt more like acting that a performance art piece.  I believe this was because of our props.  However, I also think that they conveyed to the audience that we were children - which was our ultimate goal.

How did you feel while doing the work?
I enjoyed performing this piece.  I was excited to see the audience’s reaction and hear their interpretations.  I also had fun dressing up - it reminded me of being a kid again. 

Thursday, 21 April 2016

POST V: Performance #2






   Project #2 || Sound & Fluxus Workbook 


For the second performance I worked again with Kristal.  We were inspired to create our piece after perusing the Fluxus Workbook and coming across a piece titled Lessons by Davi Det Hompson.  In which he lists the instructions: Arrange nine crackers on a table. Ask someone to choose the most beautiful cracker from the grouping. Smash the remaining crackers with your fist.”  We used this idea to shape our performance but added in a few touches of our own.  First, we had Kristal spin in a circle and close her eyes, randomly sopping in front of someone and pointing her finger at them; choosing who the “someone” to choose the crackers would be.  We also added in music, specifically the Austin Powers theme song.  This gave the performance more of a “gameshow” feel, as members of the audience commented on after the performance.  We ended when the music stopped. 


What do you feel was most successful? 
I really liked how Kristal and I were placed at opposite ends of the table, which I also liked the size of.  I felt this was effective - any longer and it wouldn’t have felt the same: intimate and concise.   

What would you change? 
Maybe the amount of crackers. I felt as though I ran out too quickly and I was starting to just pound on the table.  

How did you feel while doing the work?
I felt excited - it was fun smashing the crackers and the Austin Powers music just added to it.  However, after awhile the bottom of my hand started to hurt.  

Monday, 18 April 2016

Post III: Performance #1




 
  Project #1 || Everyday Action 

Kristal, Spencer and I worked together to create our first performance this past week.  We used a mic, a piece of paper, a pencil and a sharpener.  With these objects we explored the idea of the unknown.  We began the piece by setting up the mic.  Only Spencer was sure of the correct way to do this.  Then we split up into three different areas - I was in control of the mic, Spencer held the mic and shifted where it covered and Kristal wrote on a piece of paper her childhood memories util the pencil broke, in which then she would sharpen the pencil, all while having the mic picking up on all of these everyday sounds.

What do you feel was most successful? 
I believe the use of how we began and ended our performance was most successful.  We began by all three of us lining up at the beginning and standing still for a moment before starting out performance and repeating this at the end of our performance. I believe by doing this, we had a clear beginning and end. 

What would you change? 
I would change the action we portrayed to something a bit louder and more everyday-esque; something everyone can relate to doing daily. 

How did you feel while doing the work?
While working I felt a bit nervous.  I had no idea what I was doing messing with the different mic buttons.  Turning things up and down at random when I’d never touched anything like that before was a bit nerve-wracking.  In the end, I think the randomness of my work contributed to the piece itself.


Thursday, 14 April 2016

POST II

Today I learned to use Abode Premier to cut videos, take out sound, and make videos B&W.

There were two chicks visiting the library today, see them falling asleep here: