ONES on to 2016

Miku and I want to say many thanks to all the wonderful people that came to see ONES in October and a big thank you to Deptford X, Deli X, Abeerance and Jobcentre for having us! It was wonderful to meet you all and hear your responses. You made it a super experience!

We are very excited to tell you that we are working on our second part of the proposed triptych ONES, which will make it’s appearance around March 2016.
Not only will we keep crossing the 9 hour time difference in this project, but we also have added a new country to the mix: China!

Keep in touch by following the process on our blogs and by following us on Facebook & Twitter.

Here are some snap shots from ONES 2015 by © ANNE• 2015.

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ONES – week 4 – FINAL sounds

2 women
2 voices
2 countries
2 disciplines
2 intuitions
2 rhythms
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1 installation

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[09-03-2015 UK] Anne Point:
During our final sound choosing session Miku and I began to venture out into the thought of combining the different locations through sound. Individually we choose very different sounds for location 1 and 2, where location 3 gave us a moment to come together. It was very useful and inspiring to hear where our decisions came from, leading us further and more focussed into building strong pillars for our film process.

Location 1 seems to deal with an invisible force, being in or under something and having a fractured frame where one can wonder what is up or down, left or right and wonder about what the bigger picture might look like. Also the momentum of movement and stillness within one take reminded me of a sea cycle, hence I choose quite the few water sounds.

Location 2 for me personally has to break with the actual elements in the frame in order to become interesting; taking it beyond the point of first recognition. For Miku the movement has a lot to do with a constant motion; like a heart monitor showing a constant beep. That led me to the thought of a motion monitor in which the constant swelling and going of the movement is confronted with brutal opposite sounds such as the noise on a construction site. Stretching the pressure on this visual heartstring. Making it into an abstract rather then a story of coming and going.

Location 3 led us to discuss a certain vacuum created by the visual: a momentum between two situations where time as we know it seems to come to a standstill creating its own reality and momentum. Most of the collected sounds emphasise the vertical or horizontal, the height or distance, the line or plane, the hard or soft surface and the duration of our footage, amplifying a sense of being in-between two happenings.

Design
Here my interest for creating a triptych in the design stage of the installation gets its first ground structures. Playing with the sensations of the spectator rather then with a logic or storyline is key. As my former tutor Tom Paine used to say, “What something does, rather than what something means.” Thoughts on how to bring these multiple locations together in one installation, also led us to think of how we could choose one sound to connect all locations while they each still hold their own frame.

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[09-03-2015 Japan] Miku:
This week, we tried to finalize our selection of sounds for each location.
Going back to all the sounds we collected over the last 3 weeks was very fascinating. More thoughts, more ideas, more excitement!
However, at the same time, it was a very challenging process. Because we have so much to choose from, (we love almost all of them!!) it was hard for us to choose just a few sounds for each location.

We made our own lists of sound for each location first and compared them later. Interesting to see was that our lists of sounds were almost completely different for the first two locations, which made our process even harder!
We realized that our individual life experiences are acting very differently when it comes to perception. Some of the sound to me for example, felt very spacious, where Anne found the pressured. Very interesting!

The great part was that we had a chance to really talk about WHY we chose that specific sound for each location, and HOW it could fit.
From the hours of discussion, we had more new discoveries and thoughts, which made our selection narrower, deeper, denser and meaningful.

Again, we realized how powerful the sound is when it comes to putting it together with the visual and of how it could manipulate an audience to see and perceive in different ways.

Thoughts
Two voices bring hundreds and thousands of possibilities. Which could be overwhelming sometimes, BUT exciting at the same time. Like a chemical reaction, two artistic voices can create a new thing, a new world, a new vision, a new reality.

ONES – week 2 – sound

2 women
2 voices
2 countries
2 disciplines
2 intuitions
2 rhythms
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1 installation
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[16-02-15 UK] Anne Point:

Thoughts on location 2:
Japan sounds – precise and rhythmic ‘submerging with the body of dancers into the world created on the digital canvas.’
UK sounds – echoing rhythms ‘following the lines in a hard vs soft distance’

This week Miku and I both had a longer list of sounds. It almost seemed that location 2, being at the sea sight, directed us automatically towards water sounds. It is funny however, that the both of us collected mechanic water sounds or water that seems to have been contained rather than natural water sounds.

The question if we want to emphasize either the body or the space with the sounds, led our conversation onto interesting paths of how we watch and remember our footage. Example: ‘If we have a hard surface within the location on the canvas, would we rather use echoing sharp sounds to emphasize this or would we want to use muffled sounds as to give a juxtaposition to the expectation of sound to what you hear?’

A lot of the sounds were open to interpretation, thus helicopters and frying pans made their appearance in our minds eye were there were non. This made me very aware of the potential to manipulate the expectations and the perception of our footage for future spectators. Here my fascination for playing with what we know and what we think we know in order to come to a new experience is getting another major impulse.

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[16-02-15 Japan] Miku:

Anne’s sounds = many of them have material / object / man made kind of edgy, sharp and hard sounds. Nature vs man made objects. Characteristics of the city. However, some of the sounds have both qualities of hard and soft, which reminds me of my body (soft) vs buildings / objects (hard) during the shooting.
Miku’s sound = softer, blur, abstract, round sounds. Many of them are water related sounds. Although, the second location was by the seaside, I was interested in using the sound of different forms of water to create a friction between visual and audible.

Questions
– Using the sound that is related to the object in the frame… Is this too literal? Does it pull away the audience, or does it emphasize the idea / theme?
– Do we always need to use the sound that is not literal? How much friction do we need between visual and audible?
– Am I choosing sounds according to my visual memories or kinaesthetic memories of the location?  What would be the difference if I chose visually or kinaesthetically?

More Thoughts
– Mix of natural sounds and man made sounds can be an interesting mix of quality. It causes friction. It creates the elastic world (non-fixed, ever-changing imaginational world)
– Choosing sounds according to the location’s quality, such as the quality of the objects/materials, spaces, lightings, density, colours, and more…
– Unexpected non-related sound has a possibility to re-shape the location differently. Visual effect could emphasize OR it could ruin the whole picture.

ONES – week 1 – sound

‘ONES’

2 women
2 countries
2 voices
2 disciplines
2 intuitions
2 rhythms
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1 installation

Miku_falling©ANNE•_2014

 

 



[09-02-15 UK] Anne Point:
Thoughts on Location 1
UK – 3 sounds recorded: ‘Echoing city’
Japan – 4 sounds recorded: ‘Clear rhythms’

We both think that the sounds of the other person are clearer. This ‘clearness’ may stem from the fact that we were not there in person recording it, so we don’t have the other inputs from the space like colour, size or usage (original/traditional use of public space).
Human voices have a tendency to create stereotypical ‘drama’, where machines produce more of a rhythm. In my opinion it would be interesting to separate the body on film from too recognizable sounds, so it gets the possibility to create its own sound and rhythm.
Distortion of sounds by isolating parts of it and slowing these parts down, speeding them up, muffle them or increase their higher or lower tones.

[09-02-15 Japan] Miku:
– Sound creates different environments, feelings, emotions and imagination for each individual person. Depending on your background, one simple sound can transform into a million things.
– The human voice has such a strong presence. It connects with us right away. As soon as we recognize it, it’s challenging for us to imagine more than just a voice.
– When the pitch of the sound is really high, to me it becomes un-grounded, this way my body on the film can’t really connect to the sound itself. It doesn’t evoke my imagination much. This feels out of the body.
– Two intuitions create such an interesting mix of two different worlds.

What’s the point of it? – Martin Creed

Life – laughing – numbers

Triggered from reading an article about Martin Creed in Aesthetica Magazine issue 57, I hastened myself to the Hayward Gallery in London.
Almost the whole gallery is dedicated to a diverse collection of the artists work. Every room, corner, level, wall and outdoors of the gallery is used to show the many No.’s that plunge you into a different dimension of reality, were everything is seriously humoristic and relative; it all depends how you look at it. The great amount of work creates a big collage that makes the building come alive giving it a heartbeat of movement.

Seducing all your senses even before you can give permission, brought on the pulsing allure of this exhibition that had a lot in common with that of an installation. Sounds make you aware that something is going on in a different place long before you reach it. Like in a big theme park I got really excited to try everything out, noticing impatience taking a hold of me.
My attention was firstly drawn by a clicking sound (Work No. 112: Thirty-nine metronomes beating time, one at every speed, 1995-98) before I could registrar what I was seeing. Searching for its source I encountered my sense of touch by almost wanting to duck out of the way of a big iron bar swooping over my head carrying the immense neon words MOTHER (Work No. 1092, 2011). While this installation was speeding up in its circular motion, I heard a very soft hint of tones climbing up a ladder. By entering the next space it became clear to me that this sound belonged to an actual piano and his player (Work No. 736: Piano accompaniment, 2007).

Knowing now where the sound had come from I lost interest in the actual work, which let me to wonder around in the space till I was watching a pile of arranged boxes (Work No. 916, 2008) when I caught a new sound. Something, that hold the middle between a fart and a sticking out of your tongue to your rivals sound, seemed to come out of all the artworks I laid my eyes on. Upon approaching the different artworks, however, I lost the sound connection, making me move on in the search of its origin. Ending up at a small sound speaker at the bottom of a staircase where I noticed out of the corner of my eye a change in light every other minute.

This switching light led me to enter the second level of the building where indeed the light was switchinh on and off (Work No. 227: The lights going on and off, 2000) to make place for short video clips (Work No. 670: Orson & Sparky, 2007) projected largely on one side of the space. On the other side of the space a sea of broccoli (Work No. 1000: Broccoli prints, 2009-10) engulfed the wall behind glass frames. I got fascinated by the way these frames picked up the switching light as well as the reflection of MOTHER. Her reflection revealed the secret behind her white neon light as with every rotation it showed her blue, green, yellow, pink and purple colours.

Moving up the stairs to the top level I started to see every part of the building as a possible participant of the exhibition. And not soon enough I was turning around when two works men entered the building carrying a bucket and gigantic pickaxe. Was this part of the exhibition or just a happy coincidence?
Turning another corner I encountered moving curtains (Work No. 990: A curtain opening and closing, 2009) that revealed the London skyline and made me go outside to get startled by a living car (Work No. 1686, 2013).

After having entered the exciting and calming balloon room (Work No. 200: Half the air in a given space, 1998) I went down the staircase where I halted at the toilet area because I heard some distinct sniggering, probably the most reassuring sound in a toilet block! Entering the small hall space in front of the toilets I discovered the source: another sound speaker protruded form the wall between the two entrance doors of the toilets.

Arriving at the exit I had a chance to leave all my shit behind by watching people puke and poop on screen (Work No. 503, 2006) in a line carpeted square room: Home.

You need to go and see this unique exhibition in the Hayward Gallery in London extended till the 5th of May!

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Sensing Spaces – Royal Academy of Arts

What to choose first?

Other than loosing myself completely to my sensible reactions on the atmospheres presented, I noticed two distinct things.
One, I became very aware of my almost obsessive search for light sources. After a few minutes of entering the space I would get my camera out and start a slow dance with the space, completely loosing track of time and social appearances. Initially creating a very intimate and privately secluded macro space within the space presented.
Secondly, I started to notice how rushed the human race is. Taking time is not so much a luxury as it seems to be a dissatisfaction. When stepping into any of the spaces it is up to the spectator to sense through sound, smell, touch, sight, abilities that seem to be numbed for a lot of us. Frustration is overlooked as an sense, which makes us rush through the spaces, demanding to be entertained. All these expectations of myself and others left me strangely pleasantly irritated.

Time keeps fascinating. Dare and you might find yourself slap bang in the centre.

Go and sense!

Till the 6th of April 2014 @ Royal Academy of Art, London.
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