Day Dreaming Devices Pt. 4

Been awhile…

Partly life got in the way, partly I am trying to work differently with less stress and more patience.

Here are some notes. Not in order. I think I re-record them here as a kind of editing and remembering process, and maybe also to show I am still moving.

  • Eyes blinking with the sound of sliders.

  • Eyes overlapping to create an aperture. Crossed eyes. Overlapping perspectives.

  • Are these devices for controlling thought? For connecting an inner and outer space? Where the ability to interpret has been lost. Lamenting for not being able to believe, or make meaning. Or trying to see something that doesn’t exist before it is internalized.

  • Our physiology. Our imagination. Our environment. Our devices.

  • It is not without thought, to leave the mind out of it.

  • Blue sky. Blue screen. Replaceable, alpha channel.

  • A container for the devices? Day dreaming as an occupation?

The other day I made a successful test! (there have been many unsuccessful tests, but that is normal).

  • Shoot the performance in stop-motion.

  • Blue sky. Preferably with clouds, but not required.

  • Shoot at least one full sequence in a session. Sequences can be shot on different days at different times, with different skies.

  • Five frames to HOLD, five frame to MOVE. Ease-out. Do not ease-in.

  • The devices melt together as one. There must be good visual alignment for this.

  • The focus is on the aperture - not the hands. And the viewer’s own eyes.

  • The hands are less in the frame than previous tests. They are discreet, out of the way - functioning, not performing.

  • The last aperture shape lingers and casts a shadow of an afterimage on the minds eye as the eyes suddenly shut.

  • The image of the sky, also used as the image of inside the eyes. Vast area, buzzing/drifting movement, just a different colour.

  • Difference and surprise for each of the sequences. No strict repetitions - but instead playing with expectation and allowing each of these recorded sequences (spells?) to inform how they will end, how they will edit or effect the work.