Saturday, 13 August 2011

50 years of division

Berlin Wall, 13 August 1961 -

I was interviewing a Berliner in Alexanderplatz. He was born in Berlin and grew up with the Wall, seeing the border from the Eastern side. He now lives in the reunified city, having longed for his homeland, East Germany, since it dissolved itself twenty-one years ago. I felt traces the Cold War division had left behind.

This project is based on socio-cultural observations in post-Wall Berlin. The city has lost most of the concrete divide, with some exceptions that exist as iconic backdrops for tourists, or in smaller pieces in souvenir shops. Euphoria has also faded, alongside empty political promises for blossoming landscapes, accumulating nostalgia and resentment. The divide is now in the mind.

I have been photographing the former border and architecture that has lost its political might, and documenting Berliners’ experiences. The fading and re-emerging scenes reflect collective memories that linger like mist in the psychological landscape.
From my NUCA MA Show Artist Statement

Friday, 12 August 2011

steel screen stands

I've decided not to use the glass case for my display.

Since then, I've discussed with Kaavous the issue of holding the screens up on top of my MDF box/assembly, and decided to make steel stands, which gave me more choice of where to place the screens, over the existing stand. I have been working with Rachel in the metal workshop using plasma cutter and TIG welder to make these stands, which have holes on the base to let through cables for signal and power, and holes also for access to the control on back of the screen.

There is a slight wobble when the screens are fitted on, so I'll test and see how they work in the room, and see if I need to add extra support on the side.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

adjusting Screens 1+2

I have now added 3 seconds to Screen 1 and 2 clips based on a discussion with Terry and Nick last Saturday. I've emailed Nick about my plans for further changes, although this will be last-minute, to hear his views on it.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

final week developments

I am thinking of altering the soundscape due to unexpected circumstances. I plan to finish the sound (mostly of interviews) and reduce/cut sound from Screen 1 to avoid two screens separating away. I'm leaving myself Wednesday and Thursday for the last minute editing, once Nick is available.

The glass fish tank idea is also out, as the turned-over fish tank looked just like a turned-over fish tank, and not a vitrine. There is another problem pointed out by an artist, that having two screens inside the tank could heat up, even with a vent hole on top of the column. The replacement box would be made of perspex and I don't have the time to test that.

On the positive side, the column box is built, and I will be making metal attachments for the screens to be fixed on top of the column. I'll paint the box, probably with eggshell emulsion, once I cut out holes for vent (side, bottom), headphones (front, near the top) and cables (back).

Then hooks for the headphones. And transcript.

vitrine, column, assembly...

I took a walk around the Castle Museum to get measurements for display cases and columns, as I struggled to imagine the size without any physical sense of it. Anna Green at the museum gave me a brief tour and also suggested that there might be an option of renting one (although I would have to drill holes for cables and vent... so this is unlikely to happen).

So, the height is to be around 1120-1150mm, length and width is to fit the glass fish tank in the NUCA basement.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Screen 1 [08/08/2011]