As part of this, I've been revisiting my major projects from last semester and re-invisioning how they might be different If I were to do them over (or other variations of them). I've been thinking a lot about how drawing might meet up with my shadow projection video, and particularly how a video still from that should operate.
A traditional still seems inadequate, and the simple prints I collaged in my show in May just didn't seem to operate within the same realm as the video, sloughing off all of the most important parts and essentially becoming wallpaper.
So what are the vital elements of the video that should be preserved in a "print" or "still?" I came up with the following:
-the luminosity, which lends it its divinity and sheer presence
-the way one element exists as a reaction to another
-the imagery itself, of course
I've begun by constructing a sort of layered light box that would allow the still print to function within the same world as the video itself...
|frame and "guts" of the light box|
|top/back view of layers in slotted fluting|
Finally, I can incorporate the reactionary element by taking the still one step further. Here's where drawing comes in. Originally in the video, the painting is a reaction to the shadow. But in a still, both the shadow and the paint already exist. So the natural progression of this logic would be for the still to be a sort of drawing that reacts to the shadow and paint (perhaps taking it back towards the original platonic imagery I used to project the shadows in the first place?). This will take place on a piece of acrylic resting in front of the layers of prints, allowing the still to both preserve the imagery from the video and still grow as its own exploratory piece of art.
More to come as I finish this project (and others) and embark on becoming an expert on things like Christian Mysticism, New Media, and Post Human Theology!