Tuesday, 29 April 2014

On second thought...

RE: the sunscreen/chip test--It reminded me of anxious moments as a child. Why would want that replicated? Well, I don't. 
"Nostalgia is like gentrification: It ruins what you once loved and reduces it to a caricature"

Monday, 28 April 2014

Scent experiements

Some quick experiments in using scent as a trigger in an artwork. Apparently scent is the most power of our sense (i.e. if you were to see a photo of your grandma's house, you could remember 5 things about it; yet if you were introduced to the scent of the house, you could remember 8. That's a vague memory of something I read a few years ago). The hard part about using scent though is finding something that is universal, that a group of people could empathize with (for me it seems as though scent-recognition would be rather specific from one person to another). Upon thinking about it, as an Australian, I though the combination of sunscreen, fried food, and chlorine would hopefully summon up some thoughts that would be somewhat universal amongst a group of people. Even with these simple tests, a strange world of thought arose in me when I combined them: it took me back to Primary School, and right back to my old swimming carnivals. The test was a success, although I need now to figure out how I would facilitate scent in an artwork (what the mechanism would be).

This is not a new idea, using scent in artwork. It was achieved by Greatest Hits, as art collective, who captured the scent of a new Macbook Pro and, and exhibited the work at WestSpace Gallery (I think two years ago?). Another artist in the UK captured the scent of her grandma's jumper using a distilling technique. Whilst these are both super interesting interpretations of using scent in an artwork, they both seem to be overly superficial, or obvious choices to use as scents. It's a hard angle to approach, but hopefully I can find something that is slightly more.. abstract, in it's content. More tests to follow

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

(failed) attempt at making ferrofluid

As the title suggests, I tried to make some homemade ferrofluid by adding acetone (which I got from Bunnings for $10 a litre) to VHS tape. The acetone is supposedly meant to dissolve the plastic of the tape, and leave the magnetic grime behind, which I was then going to mix with baby oil and hey presto: ferrofluid. Unfortunately however, for some reason the acetone didn't melt the plastic of the tape, and it just simply didn't happen. It did melt other plastic though, so it must just be the kind of plastic in the VHS tapes I have–they just don' melt. I was meant to let it sit for 25mins, but even after 3 days, mine was going nowhere.


Prism scans experiment

A quick and simple experiment in scanning a bunch of prisms that I ordered on the cheap from China. It was just a quick test to simply see what would happen, under the guise of perception, phenomena, and light as object.

The desired effect was there, but it needs to be achieved on a grander scale for it to be pulled off successfully. What's holding this back (besides it being a test and thus it's shonky) is that it's not ambiguous enough; my attention isn't being held due to the fact that I instantly recognize everything in this video: the prisms, scanner, and it's temporal nature. Ideally, for a second test, I would like to get a whole heap more of prisms, light and film it properly, and frame it so that the image is entirely indecipherable. After a while, yes, I suspect that the viewer would piece it together and figure it out eventually, but it's that very journey that I find exciting (it's a shame as the maker though, I could never experience it myself).

It reminds me of Joshua Petherick's work shown at ACCA and Melbourne NOW