Laure Prouvost

Prouvost’s more recent video art, explores the sensation of all the senses. She feels as the maker it can all become quite controlling. This resonated with me immediately, no matter the angle you’re spinning the subject from, sensation is a domineering and powerful force.

She believes if you want to control an emotion it can also become an amazing tool, this idea of seduction of the viewer. Using words to reel you in or simply mind fuck you I suppose. It’s actually quite scary how much I’m relating to Prouvost and this driving seductive force I often speak about. Her recent installation then also becomes incredibly generous, effective and funny – deriving from the above spoken.

She explains in getting in a taxi to the airport, she was inspired by the sun hitting her face and wanting to exploit this sensation it gives, how it tastes in your mouth as well as brain, makes one really feel and how pleasurable it was. (Video relation titled: ‘Swallow’ – first video below)

It becomes this fact of what’s real and what’s not, how delusional are we? Print 3D and collage are significant factors in her latest installations also. The pleasure of technology is mentioned and there’s an interesting correlation between technology and collage given.

I think in my more recent work, by researching into this artist, I’ve really started to consider a more wide vocabulary of shots and how they link to one another to portray a type of sensation or tense moment. Sound feels important to collage within these visuals and in doing so the work comes to life. Can’t wait to make some more exciting work!

 ‘an immersive film that aims to show the taste of the sun, with birds eating raspberries and women bathing in waterfalls – and a cylindrical structure full of collages and monitors’ 

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Arcade Invigilation

After recently getting into contact with Arcade Cardiff and 3 Doors Up, I have had the chance to get involved and take part in Invigilating for their current artists exhibiting work. They have also informed me that I will have the chance to have a small abstract on part of their website as part of the invigilation, exhibiting and artist team. As a newly found member I will also be getting a badge and bag, it’s really exciting to feel more part of an artist establishment and to take part in artist events. I am also currently in discussion to having an exhibition of my own held there with a few other students, being part of the galleries team has it’s perks as I’ve also been informed they’re more inclined to helping us set up for being part of their team. Exciting times ahead!!

My first day of invigilating, although being slightly initially nervous, pushed me to just go for it and be my best professional self! The artist I was exhibiting for goes by the name ‘DinahVagina’, her current work explores a collection of images representing the 135 women murdered by men during 2012. Most killed by those known intimately to them or close family members, of those 135, only 11 were killed by strangers.

She also has a display of ceramic pieces which referred to some of the weapon choices made by perpetrators. Some of these weapon choices were as drastic as a Hammer, Wrench or even burnt to death. These imprints made the exhibition feel so much more powerful and striking, you really got a feel for the intensity of the situations by seeing the harsh markings.

Finally there were 135 rounds of willow curve; describing the completed lives of the women. Each circle is in size, related to the age at which each women was killed from the youngest at 15 to the oldest at 88. Whilst invigilating these circles did leave some wonder to why those shapes as portrayal as such but the audience definitely felt intrigued, an overall fascination and overwhelming feeling from the exhibition. The way they were lay out across the back of the room also gave a nice drawing in factor, it all just seemed to come together.

This experience has really made me want to push myself and have my own exhibition, who knows what the future could bring now! This current exhibition is up for 2 weeks also which is great! (Private showing on 14/02/18 6-8pm)

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3 DOORS UP EXHIBITION

 

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3 doors up exhibition was so exciting! There was such an interesting range of art on show and I had such an interesting conversation with one of the artist exhibitionists called Ronnie Houselander Cook, the fact that the show is up for two weeks and the artists have the chance to change the work on show half way through, is amazing. The variety of art on show really reminded me of how broad and adventures you can be in Art and to just go for what you are inspired and taken by!

I did become quite hard to figure out who’s art was who’s from the booklet handed out as the names weren’t on show by the art but I really appreciated the chance to read through all the artists statements with links to their blogs also!

I’ve recently applied to exhibit with a few other students which I’m really looking forward to and I’m also volunteering with them and Arcade Cardiff on a few upcoming dates! Any chances for more experience I am thankful for at the moment! Exciting times!!!!!!

Latest Health update

I’ve finally come to terms with the fact I need to stay on a low dosage medication, if I’m going to want to be at my best and succeed. I’ve came too far at this point to not make it happen! I’m still feeling a little up and down at times but I’m a strong person so I’ll be just fine haha.

Recording how I’m feeling and the general occurrences each day from my sleep paralysis, seems to be weirdly helping and although at first hesitant, it’s actually helping me to keep motivated and want to stay healthy. My memory is shocking also and to be honest it feels even more direct and personal that writing in the diaries I was doing at one point. I feel you can get more of a direct and raw reaction. I guess it doesn’t feel so much of an after thought.

Uni Workshop Application

Student Placement: Studio and Workshops

As part of my developing practice, I am working to gain as much experience and knowledge as possible. I hope in getting this job, i’ll be able to really push myself and build on my professional developments. Any type of opportunity in regards to my course and professional developments is extremely important to me.

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Exhibition Proposal: current state

Exhibition Proposal:

Luke Mills

 

Statement;

My work focuses on the subject of sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is a condition which takes form on those moments of falling into and coming out of a deep sleep.

 

I can often feel suffocated, in pain, tortured and more recently sexually assaulted to a level. One of my main focuses is to exploit what occurs in these moments. The triggers which affect my sleep such as napping and excessive drinking play important factors and consequently further the tormenting effects. I tend to do this by recreating the moments through mediums of photography, sound, video and collage.

I don’t want to necessarily tell a story but give a feeling, a moment where you can see this sequence of coming into and out of an ‘affected sleep’. The most torturing part is the fact that the majority of the time I ‘m not actually moving and it’s all in my head. It is also important for me to exploit what I see and hear but when I deem necessary. Contrasting all these elements then gives this insight to a part of my brain which feels like it’s creating another day in the time I’m sleeping.

Weirdly, the more disturbed occurrences can be overlapped with ‘normal’ happenings such as; TV sounds, visuals and conversations. And I say normal but even in these occurrences, the overlapping of the two subjects can then create buzzing noises and confusing flashes. I’ve found myself more recently using my phone to record with. My phone gives this sense of instant, raw reaction towards my sleep, it makes more sense to me in terms of being something around me at all times and is the quickest and most understanding way to capture how the illness has immediately affected me. Using ‘Boomerangs’ I’ve found an instant way to again emphasise on flashing, receptiveness and feelings of struggle.

 

Mediums;

The type of work I am in process of making in the build up to my exhibition are primarily in film and sound. I am working to a point of making at least one video or sound piece a week currently. This should result in me having at least 10-12 finalised pieces to use in my exhibition coming to the end of April.

 

Equipment;

A projector, lights, old box TV’s, disks, sound recorder, plinths, screw drivers, screws, tape measure, plug sockets, filler, sand paper, duct tape, white tack/ sticky tape, step ladder, paint, roller, extension leap, potential cable wires to keep extension leads neater, potential level, pencil, pen, masking tape/chalk/ sponge/cloth, dust pan and brush,

 

Spacing;

I plan to use the dark room or some other similar surroundings. Have a projecting film playing on a loop on the main wall, smaller videos playing on the box TV’s and sound pieces playing on another device. The lighting will be enhanced in specific areas to draw the audience towards the playing sounds and videos, conflicted by the disturbing nature of the playing sequences. I want the box TV’s to be layered on top of one another if possible and displaced to a point of feeling slightly uncomfortable. I want the arrangements to continue to bring feelings of awkwardness, confusion and drifting, relating to how I feel in the moments of my sleep paralysis. Flickering lighting, I plan to have to further these points; coming in and out of a deep sleep, a sudden friction, pull, blur and the sounds to further the echoing conversations and almost painful whaling vibrations.

(Elements will become clearer after my meeting with Neil next Thursday; such as exact spacing, how much and what equipment exactly need).

 

Sizing;

My screen sizes will be a basic sizing of box TV’s, my projection, should fit the majority of my focus wall and I plan to have QR codes and some form of links in which where the audience can watch the videos and other elements of my exhibition, through phone devices etc., in doing so, I feel this shall bring further intimacy and direct connections towards the personalisation of what my works about.

 

Costing;

I expect the processing of my exhibiting to not cost much as I already have blank discs to burn my videos on to, I plan to borrow TV’s, a projector and sound recorders off the technicians, which I shall sign up for asap to make sure I get what I need. I will also be going to charity shops and other cheap stores to find TV’s as I appreciate the fact that other students will need to borrow them too. If walls and plinths need painting, this would cost little, as well as tapes and other small appliances. Laura the art supplier, also has other materials available and anything she doesn’t have, shouldn’t cost much.

 

Vito Acconi: ‘SEEDBED’ & ‘WHERE WE ARE NOW (WHO ARE WE ANYWAY?)’

And I guess, my need to express my inner, disturbed moments, also feel like this realise. It is this fixation a part of you gains, whether you have control or not, you become the object. Keeping these thoughts and feelings private feel like I’m hiding some part of me away, whether disturbing or not, they’re a part of me and need to be addressed in some manner. Similarly to how Acconi creates links between art-doer and the audience, I want mine to do the same between my mediums, my illness and the audience. This may not always be clear as such but as long as the audience feels, even just for moments, how I feel in the moments of sleep paralysis, I will have succeeded.

Uncomfortable, intrigued, tormented, confused, shocked, disorientated; all play as important key words.

Acconi’s works captured my eyes in consideration towards stimulating my exhibition work as it feels professional and the multi-angles emphasise on the eeriness and subdued nature of the work. With the head sets and screens being at head level, it feels perfect for the viewer to really engage with the work. Projecting visuals only further these elements more so.

But again further talks with technicians shall clear particular ideas up.

Vito Acconi

‘The NSFW Performance Where The Artist Masturbated And Became A 70’s Icon’

In creating my more recent videos I’ve been focusing more so on exploiting the sexual confusions portrayed within my sleep paralysis. Those moments of drifting into and coming out of deep sleeps.

There’s been periods where weird and invasive thoughts become a fixation and I can feel myself thinking and doing disturbed things to myself and at times with people close to me. I can feel lost and stiff whilst the apposing person has this sense of mockery and dominance. I plan to look into exploiting these roles further in a range photo reactions as well as personal videos and sound pieces. I reiterate the fact that expressing those moments of what I feel in awakening and falling into sleep are what’s most important to me.

Acconi is an artist who’s performed a range of sexual acts in public, including masturbating whilst voicing a range of sexual innuendos. The artist first appeared hidden and slightly obscured and you can only hear mumbles but the closer one gets, the more clearer the sexual innuendos and acts become. Acconi get’s off on the initial obscurity and then later reveal of occurrences, the artist appears excited. Although disturbing, this piece was one of the artist’s most famous works to date. Working in poetry and performance and being around artists who made work by busy streets and on galleries etc, Acconi began this need for being rebellious and a want to create in this shocking nature.

He started documenting his acts with photographs and writings and continued making connections with relevant figures of the circle. That’s when he became acquainted with owners of art galleries who, just like the new generation of contemporary artists, didn’t believe in conventional and boring art hanging on the walls of their galleries. They felt they needed art where the audience could be part of the piece. Naturally, Acconci felt the same and started creating more noticeable performances.

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Most of his pieces were focused on a game between space and the audience. Hiding and masturbating under a floorboard became this fixation with the word ‘floor’. Through different associations, with the subject of seedbeds. Then one thing led to the other until he thought about lying underneath the floor and planting his own seed. Kind of like a metaphor for his explicit sexual acts. But this wasn’t enough for a concept he could present, so he started playing with the idea of taking something from the private  into the public area. In that way, his performance became a reflection on the connection between art-doer and audience through an invisible link. He became a widespread force acting on the audience.

And I guess, my need to express my inner, disturbed moments, also feel like this realise. It is this fixation a part of you gains, whether you have control or not, you become the object. Keeping these thoughts and feelings private feel like I’m hiding some part of me away, whether disturbing or not, they’re a part of me and need to be addressed in some manner. Similarly to how Acconi creates links between art-doer and the audience, I want mine to do the same between my mediums, brain and the audience. This may not always be clear as such but as long as the audience feels, even just for moments, how I feel in the moments of sleep paralysis, I will have succeeded.

Uncomfortable, intrigued, tormented, confused, shocked, disorientated; all play as important key words.

‘VITO ACCONCI: WHERE WE ARE NOW (WHO ARE WE ANYWAY?)’

Acconci’s radical and subversive explorations of the human condition, sexuality, voyeurism, identity and physicality, were recognised in his videos as well as performances and in his mainly video engineered piece ‘Where we are now (Who are we anyway?)’, energy and innovation towards these subjects are exemplified.

This piece captured my eyes in consideration towards stimulating my exhibition work, it feels professional and the multi-angles emphasise on the eeriness and subdued nature of the work. With the head sets and screens being at head level, it feels perfect for the viewer to really engage with the work. Projecting factors only further these elements more so.

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