Final Project IS2 – Visual Culture

FINAL PROJECT

APRIL 9

  • The topic you are researching in Seminar- Gender stereotypes/product based
  • The specific message/content you are exploring in Studio- Gender constructs, how its solely a societal construct
  • Explain exactly what you are making in Studio and the materials you are using. – I am creating a video/performance piece. It will feature found footage and/or audio from the prelinger archives about gender roles because they have a lot of weird stuff on there. I will film myself destroying gendered imagery (definitely stockings, not sure what else)
  • Explain why you think the materials you are using are effective at supporting your content.- I am going to be using objects that directly relate/connotate to gender
  • Explain the research you’ve done since our April 9 class and your research plans for the upcoming week.- I have found some usable found footage but I want to look for more. I will figure out other forms of gendered products to destroy and I will figure out what type of cameras/mics to rent for this piece.
  • Write an explanation of what you will complete for next class and write how long you think it will take you to do it- I will gather all the found footage and audio I need and collect my materials for the performance aspect of it.

some source videos from prelinger archives that I downloaded

 

 

 

APRIL 23

  • Explain exactly what you did on your Studio project since our last class. 
  • Was it successful or not? If you think it was successful, why was it? If it failed, explain why and what you are planning to do to either fix it or change it… I downloaded more found footage and went through each, highlighting and cutting out parts that I know I want to use in my final piece. This was successful because I feel I have all the footage I need from the archives. Now I can focus on arranging it and filming my own.
  • What feedback from your group critique did you receive that was helpful? My group couldn’t answer my questions because they weren’t applicable to the prototype I have (the test video) because it didn’t touch upon all the themes I want to focus on in the final piece.
  • Explain any new research you’ve done since our April 16th class and your research plans for the upcoming week. I want to start storyboarding my performance piece and have the general structure for the final video.- narrative and/or abstract components
  • Write an explanation of what you will complete for next class and write how long you think it will take you to do it. This is an excellent exercise in managing your time, something I am constantly doing with my projects. I hope it helps you as well.- estimate

    My estimate, with all the work I have to complete in total, and the work that I will need to complete by next week

What is the content/message of your final project?

My project is a video piece discussing gender stereotypes and my experience as a transgender man finding where I fit in in the gender construct… representing my confusion and discomfort. my piece includes found footage from the Prelinger Archives, and probably a performance piece destroying gendered objects.

QUESTIONS-

Content-

Can I describe my struggle with dysphoria in an abstract way? Or do I need to be more blunt because people won’t understand  it right away, do I need to be more obvious?

Medium/materials-

Is my aesthetic (red, black, and white) effective at conveying my theme of gender struggle or should I be more obvious with blue and pink?

Context-

Does my piece effectively convey my struggle as a trans individual in a very gendered society?

 

APRIL 30

Here are some more snippets that I’ve edited. These are not in the final order and theres still more I want to add. The middle piece references my top surgery (obviously). This is just several pieces of finalized film. I also completed a storyboard for the pieces I want to shoot myself.

  • A brief explanation about what you completed on your final project during the week between classes…what did you encounter along the way? Was it successful or did you discover something that requires more attention or detail, etc.? Did something fail and require you to try something different…if so, what happened and what did you learn? I storyboarded and edited more snippets.
  • Explain any new research you’ve done since our April 23rd class and your research plans for the upcoming week. This includes materials you are researching, artists you are researching, etc. I researched the artists you recommended, Kenneth Anger, Jack Smith, etc and I totally related to the imagery and style of the videos. I ended up using a snippet from Anger’s Invocation of my Demon Brother in the test video above. I loved your recommendations. I ended up taking a class next semester called Queer New York that covers those artists and stuff like that, its totally cool.
  • Continued Time Estimate: write an explanation of what you will complete for next class and write how long you think it will take you to do it.   I have to finish the whole thing for next week, including filming and final editing.

I did more!!- emailed you with questions and concerns:

I decided to use a song as the audio because I feel like it makes it more cohesive instead of several small vingette-type things with each individual clip’s audio. This definitely isn’t the final piece because I still need more footage (the last clip is unfinished and I’m going to add more). The general idea is about gender roles and how I’ve been forced into both categories during my life, and how I’ve dealt with that, etc.

MAY 7

  • A brief explanation about what you completed on your final project during the week between classes.- Refined and added more footage
  • Did your project change and go in a new direction? If so what direction did it go in? Did something fail or not work and require you to try something different? If so, what happened? What did you need to do to overcome the challenge? I added more Kenneth Anger footage but it felt too appropriative so I want to change it. I will need to film my own footage and fix it. I also need to add more emotional depth.
  • What new research have you done since our April 30th class?- N/a
  • What, if any, new research will you be doing to complete your project by our final class, 14 May? (This includes materials you are researching, artists you are researching, etc.)- N/a
  • Continued Time Estimate: write an explanation of what you will complete for next class and write how long you think it will take you to do it.- I will film my own footage and re-edit it.- 4 hours

MAY 13

Final Piece-

(I don’t have any photos of my installation because it was a projection)

With this project, I chose to work with a medium that intimidates me- film. I wanted to challenge myself because it’s out of my comfort zone.While working, I had a lot of trouble with premiere, which had a steep learning curve. I’m comfortable with digital collages- not video or audio. However, I ended up creating a video collage (because of the graphic aesthetic and layering etc) so I was able to stick with my aesthetic while experimenting with a new medium. I struggled with creating my own footage because I don’t know anything about cinematography, so that was an obstacle for me. I was very happy with the outcome and it felt really satisfying to see it played on a large screen. I feel that it communicated what I intended- the tension and discomfort within the gender binary.

 

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