TEAM “It Does Not Matter”
My group and I decided to create an installation that aims to represent sound and visuals combined. We plan to create a visual optical illusion to encourage the user to interact with the space around them and hopefully help them be aware of their surroundings more than that actually should.
Our initial idea was one of a shock and awe method whereby we planned to suspend a fake brick from the ceiling and drop it down onto an unsuspecting passer-by below. This motion of the brick, combined with a sound of something falling (fweeeee!!!) would make the viewer look up and jump out of the way. The aim of this was to make the user wary of their surroundings and also to initiate a shock response out of them.
This idea quickly fell to pieces, as one, it would prove to be a safety hazard, two, the costs of building and obtaining the materials to enable the rigging of motors and fake brick were too much and finally there were no suitable places for us to hang this project up where it would not be seen.
After much discussions from the members of the group, we searched the internet, hopefully to get some inspiration from artists. The two artists that stood out for us were Liu Bolin and Julian Beever.
Liu Bolin, known for his work where he paints himself to fit the background of a scene that he is trying to photograph, fell into our category of the awe. We had a look at a few more of his photos and realised how detailed and intricate Liu was painted to blend into his surroundings. In fact it was so good that if you did not take a second look, you would not realise he was there. To put it simply, we definitely wanted to go with the whole camouflage effect.
Julian Beever was another inspiration. He is known for his very realistic 3D drawings on pavements and sidewalks. What we all liked about this idea was how we could incorporate a 3D image to a certain location and give it depth to no matter what angle it was viewed at or photographed from.
Combining what we learnt about these artists to our ideas on our installation, we decided to use the steps in the DAB building to install our project.
We decided that we would like to create an optical illusion on the stairs that we were working on, to give the stairs a sense of unevenness and make people wary of the way the walk up and down the stairs, but also for them to relaize that once they take the first step, they realize that the stairs are straight and they should have no problem walking up and down them.
In terms of sound, we decided that whatever picture that was to be decided to be placed on the stairs would reflect what sound would be designed for the project.
Now that we had an idea and concept that we would all like to work on we started looking at the costs involved in making such a project.
The paper that we were ging to get for cutting and pasting the paper onto the stairs would come cheap, so would the double sided tape.
Because of safety issues that arose with our original idea of sticking stuff onto the top of stairs, we decided to move the sticking of objects to the front face of the stairs.
Roles Within The Group
Each one of the group members will be sharing the roles on the project, but I have unofficially been assigned as the group leader and decision maker since I did most of the initial conceptualization and brain storming.
I've had John, one of our group members measure up the stairs and to our amazement, realized the not all of the stairs were of equal height. This would mean that when it comes to cutting and fabricating the heights of the paper, we would not be able to use a template based on one size but each piece would have to be fabricated.
Since this project was relatively easy to achieve without much use of printing and photoshop, we only needed to contribute money for the buying of black paper and double sided tape. I'm providing a ream of white paper, as I had leftovers from another project I was working on.
There is not much transportation involved as everything is easy to carry individually
Possible Forseeable Problems
Not lining up the bricks correctly to create the distorted optical illusion
Spaces that we can use due to heavy human traffic along stairs
Noisy stairwells due to distorting sounds that will be played during the installation