SPATIAL MEMORIES

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Using long exposure I wanted to do a photoshoot of the bed with a person in shot. By using the long exposure I go the person to move around the space of the bed and it captured a ghost like appearance which I felt worked really well with the space I had created. The ghost person gives the element of wonder, is there a person there, was there a person there, is the person real or a figure of imagination. By putting the camera on a tripod it has kept the bed a solid reoccurring object that remains yet the figure is constantly moving and appears on non tangible object.

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SPATIAL MEMORIES

 

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In this short film I wanted to focus on the atmospherics of the dark spacial memory. I came up with the idea of having a single bed and a TV being the only thing in shot, I really wanted those two objects being the centre of attention as they are within my memory of the space. Due to my memory being of the loss of my mum, I wanted to give the impression that this was an abandoned space, that someone was there, but now has left. I created this by making the bed sheets scrambled like someone had been sleeping in them and I put the TV on. I purposely had the TV on the fuzzy screen to give the feeling of absence. There is an element of familiarly that hope the viewer would respond to with the two objects being a bed with a tv but I also wanted them to feel uncomfortable viewing it. The uncomfortable feeling has the greater meaning of what I feel personally within the real space of my mums bedroom.Screen Shot 2017-11-04 at 17.55.43Screen Shot 2017-11-04 at 17.56.03Screen Shot 2017-11-04 at 17.56.29Screen Shot 2017-11-04 at 17.56.41Screen Shot 2017-11-04 at 17.57.32Screen Shot 2017-11-04 at 17.58.16Screen Shot 2017-11-04 at 17.58.23Screen Shot 2017-11-04 at 17.58.29

Spatial Memories

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Our second task was to experiment with the media of film, to document our spatial memories of the space we have chosen. It was important for us to plan the short film out as every second counts towards putting the story behind the memory across. I first drew up a rough story board to plan the shots, which made it so much easier to choreograph. Here are stills of the short film I named ‘Bedroom’:

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The film performs the story of my parents bed with two occupants shown through the slept in bed sheets on both sides of the bed and the close ups of  the 2 pairs of feet. It then rolls into the viewpoint of myself as a child climbing into the bed and crawling under the sheets to the bottom with my brother. Then there is a close up of the chocolate digestive being consumed messily and there was purposeful emphasis on the crumbs being made, I did this by slowing down the film for that frame. After this I reversed these shots like going back in time but erasing one person from the bed also symbolising the erasing of memory. This was demonstrated by only one side of the bed being occupied and only one pair of feet. The end result in my father getting into bed by himself and turning off the light to end the film, this represented both the ending of the film but then ending of a memory.

Lastly I chose a piano based backing track to the film which I felt suited the mood of the film especially by my choice of putting it into black and white all worked well aesthetically and tempo wise.

Spatial Memories

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Our first task of the project is to go back to spaces that hold our memories, for me, this was the home I’m currently living in, and have lived in for 16 years since I was four.

My memory was focussed around a space that holds both precious memories that will last forever, as well as memories that would rather be forgotten. Spatial memory is such a powerful thing, that I hadn’t really picked up on until researching this task. So much emotion can come from a space, and the memories we associate with them.

My positive memory, which puts a smile on my face, and on those I tell it to, is when I was around the age between 6 years old and 12 years old. My little brother and I every Saturday morning like a ritual of clockwork would scurry down to my mothers and fathers bedroom (though mainly referred to as mothers room as father slept in spare bedroom because of his terrible snoring). My brother and I would creep into her bed, which as that stage of our lives was a huge space and crawl under the bed covers right down to the bottom and much on chocolate digestive (very popular english biscuit) and watch the American/Canadian animated children’s programme Arthur. We crawled to the bottom of the bed as we weren’t allowed crumbs in my mothers bed.

Fond memories like that can sometimes be overshadowed by negative memories of a certain space. Sadly when I was 18 (2 years ago) my mother passed away from Cancer. The space that once was full of warmth and happiness, was filled with sadness and death. In her last week she was moved to a hospice to pass away in, as interestingly relating memories to space, she didn’t want to pass away at home so that we as children wouldn’t relate her room to her passing. In her last weeks at home, her room was a place where I didn’t want to go, the cancer was eating away at her and the mother I was knew had disappeared. I was terrified of that room not wanting to go there, incase she had passed away suddenly and I didn’t want to be the one to witness that, so I avoided it at all cost. A space that I once rushed to on a Saturday morning had vanished into darkness.

In this project I really wanted to symbolise both the fond memories of the space as well as the sad ones, therefore I will now insert a few images that I took of the space to represent both kinds of memories.

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In this image I wanted to capture the absence of the person, as this was the side my mother used to sleep on.

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Un-made bed

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Headboard

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This is a close up photo of the headboard, which I always rememberd thinking replicated a belly button

RACHEL WHITEREAD EXHIBITION

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Yesterday, with some extra time in London, I visited the Tate Britain to see the Rachel Whiteread exhibition. I went in with no real prior knowledge to her work, therefore I was able to experience it with fresh eyes.

When walking through the large doors concealing the exhibition, I was first hit by the blinding bright white light that encompassed the exhibition space. Whilst walking through the space the first piece that took my interest was the encased casts, of what looked like a hot water bottle. After reading the side notes the pieces were named ‘Torso’. A hot water bottle is something we can all relate to, as its an everyday object that can be found in most homes. We relate to it as something warm and comforting, the materiality juxtaposition of the multiple castings Whiteread has made out of concrete, yellow dental plaster, polyurethane resin, rubber etc. Another piece I thought was effective in composition was the resin mattress that was slumped against the wall, again similar to ‘Torso’, the playing around with materially was effective and made the viewer read the object, and its purpose completely different depending on its materially.

I feel the least effective pieces in the exhibition were the doors that were propped up against one wall. I felt for three dimensional pieces the felt rather flat. I think this was due to the lighting in the space, that I personally thought didn’t make the exhibition as successful as it could have been, and held some of the pieces back. Whitereads work is all about sculpture and form, which I feel should include spacial elements like shadowing. Yet the stark lighting really bleached out the whole space, and didn’t emphasis any of the pieces. Especially when looking at the transparent coloured acrylic pieces, they would have been given life and been that more effective if light was introduced to create reflection. Another piece that would have benefited from light and shadowing to bring its shape out even more was the casted stair ways. Its form is so strong, but by adding shadowing it could have added that extra dimension, that the whole exhibition slightly lacked.

Overall the individual pieces of the exhibition were beautifully crafted with small detailing that gave them a character, and each piece had its own character portrayed through its materiality.

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