Studio Spaces

Week 1: An Introduction. 

The first seminar of Exploring Spaces kicked off the start of my last semester at La Trobe University. I study journalism and I was starting a subject full of media and creative arts students. The subject is about exploring spaces creatively and my knowledge of spaces was very limited compared to others.

It was challenging at first to understand what was being taught, but as our teacher gave us more insight into the subject, my awareness became bigger.

Week 2: Melbourne Now Excursion 

In this class we had an excursion to the Melbourne Now exhibition at the National Art Gallery of Victoria. This fascinating exhibition showcased Melbourne by artists from around the world. We saw interesting uses of space, statistics and repetition of objects to show art and got a guided tour by our teacher.

After coming into the subject with little knowledge, I was able to learn more about how exploring spaces can be shown in many different ways due to Melbourne’s incredible street art ability. The ten minute video of a never-ending alleyway showed all of Melbourne’s colours, shapes and sounds via the use of a continuous alleyway.

Art exhibitions have never caught my eye however this exhibition gave me a bigger insight in how to use space.

Week 3: Getting Visual

Today we got separated into groups to learn about the audio room and the green screen. I have always had an interest in audio as I have friends who are passionate in making music. We learn’t about the different sounds you can make depending on the place you are standing. Sound relies on different elements including background noises, distance of microphone to mouth, the size of a room and natural elements.

We also went to the green screen room and this is something that I had never seen before. The green screen is only a small screen and does not allow much space for creativity to occur. It is a green screen that allows a person or object to stand or sit in front of it and create a plain backdrop. This then allows the image of the person to be placed on a picture to make it look like that person is there – a layer on top of a layer. It is called Chroma key and needs a distinct difference in colours between the person and the green screen. If used correctly with the right lighting, you can produce images that will capture the minds of everyone.

Week 4: Pitching Ideas

Today was the day we had to pitch our ideas to class. Our grouped pitched an idea of following a person flying through a day in their life. It would start with them waking up and then the person flying from one place to another. We would use the green screen to create this effect and audio will be a central part to make it creative. This would show the different elements a person goes through in a day and it will be creative as flying is something that people cannot do.

The topic for this week was intersensory spaces and the class presentations covered animals and scenography. People showed videos of a man mimicking a bird’s sound and using speed to be creative. Another person raised the question, does the brain run the mind or does the mind run the brain?

Week 5: Spaceship Earth

The planet that we live on is one amazing small section of the universe. The video of Felix Baumgartner’s space jump is a piece of footage that will be very hard to beat. The video of him free-falling back to earth opens our eyes as to what our planet is really about. Sound, visuals, text and the quality of the video was nearly perfect for a jump from the edge of space.

After watching this video and listening to presentations regarding space and planet earth, our small group went into the radio room. We learnt more about microphones in relation to how far away you should stand, where you stand and the different noises they make. We read a script that required voices, a siren, a door closing, a lock on a door and filling a glass of water. These created background noises but needed to be timed perfectly to create different dimensions for the audience. A noise of a door closing does not necessarily have to come from a door, it can come from other noises like closing the lid of a piano.

Week 6: Planet Ocean

What lies in the oceans of planet earth? That question is one of the toughest questions in the world as the oceans of the planet are still over 90 per cent not found. In our class we had five presenters discuss different elements of the oceans and how we harm it. One of the presenters explained that Jason Taylor created riveting underwater sculptures that are homes for animals and plants.

Dr. David Ferreira said in the Huffington Post (2014), “We know much more about the surface of the moon than we do about the ocean floor in that part of the Indian Ocean.” In the Indian Ocean, there is an underwater mountain range similar to the size of the “Rockies” where the missing MH370 flight could be. How this relates to exploring spaces is that the ocean is still yet to be completely mapped. There is an enormous amount of space to discover in the ocean and it will take centuries before the space in the ocean is fully explored.

Week 7: Urban and Public Space

Urban space is nearly everywhere around us and it is a fascinating subject. The city is where every aspect of one’s life is transformed and the hidden laneways that occupy it, define it. These are the urban spaces that we occupy everyday but there are also other spaces.

Private spaces are your own home; the place where you reside privately with people who are a part of your private life. Public spaces, is harder to define. A shopping mall is not a public space, as a person owns it, which makes it called a semi-public space.

Public and private is now on the decline and it is called Identity Spaces. The Internet may be a modern wonder, but it is taking away our private realms as we can post whatever we want on the Internet, which anyone can see.

Week 8: You are being watched

No matter where you are, you are being watched. While this is common knowledge, this can be used a creative form of art. Cameras in the streets can create a creative form of art to visualise the peaks and troughs of where people populate during certain parts of the day. The SVEN example of music playing depending on the person’s characteristics is a prime example.

Today was the day where we cemented our creative project idea.

Week 9: Presentation time

This is the week where I presented my topic on art-specific spaces and art documentation. Art documentation was hard to understand, but after extensive reading, I learnt a lot about the topic.

Our group also started our project, which is about a drunken night out. Chris, who is one of our members, was our “alcoholic” and our theme was to transition from one scene to another through every sip he takes. We made the project back to front, so the start of the project would be Chris being sick as he is drunk and the end of the project would be Chris sober as it is the start of the day. We wanted to create an interesting effect as alcohol plays an enormous part in most people’s lives.

Week 10-12: Project making 

With the majority of theory completed, it was now time to work solely on our project. At the start of semester I iterated that I was new to creative arts and after 12 weeks, I feel that I have learnt some valuable ideas over the semester.

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