OF(f) COURSE – ANNE• & Kathrin Gramelsberger

OF(f) COURSE is a new research project in collaboration with Kathrin Gramelsberger. It stems from my graduation piece ‘On An Empty Stomach’, for which I received distinction at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

Spread through multiple locations in London Kathrin and I went looking for movement and rhythm. I examined various ways in which I can compose my digital canvas to achieve a digital collage painting. My central focus point is rhythm, which I research through elements of light, lines, textures, repetition and movement. Kathrin has gone in search of the movement and rhythm in the location and how they affect her own movements.

Follow the research that extends between London and Amsterdam right here.

OFf COURSE©ANNE•_2015Photo by © ANNE• 2015

 

ONES – week 4 – FINAL sounds

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

 Miku_falling©ANNE•_2014

 

 

[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 3 – sounds

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

Miku_falling©ANNE•_2014

 

 

[02-03-2015 UK] Anne Point:

Thoughts on location 3:
Japan sounds – defined place or material sounds
UK sounds – material vs. material and their momentum

This week Miku and I seem to have almost an overload of sounds. To me my sounds almost feel too much and too little at the same time. I wonder if this has to do with the awareness we have created over the last three week on how we each interpret sounds and their possibilities in usage.

For me the excitement this week lay in the recording, but I got impatient when listening back to it. A feeling of ‘everything could work, hence nothing works or is good enough’ crossed my thoughts. Agitation over too much choice took my main focus in the conversation, leaving me with a doubtful state of mind.

The fact that we are coming to our 3d location and with that our most important location, because we went back there a second time, has gotten the overhand on the ideas and flow of it. The sounds are still really particular and unique, but because this location became such a big deal to me by filming it for a second time, there seemed to be little space left in my mind to transform it into something else.

Hence my thoughts for editing have shifted into starting with this 3d location first, rather then keeping it for last, because else the pressure to make it into something ‘good’ becomes leading instead of ‘exploring’ its possibilities and boundaries.

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[02-03-2015 Japan] Miku:

Miku’s Sound – natural recordings / created sounds / softer / malleable
Anne’s Sound – created abstract sounds / metallic / hard / dense / sharp / edgy

– Both Anne and I had very different sounds this time.
My sounds were more literal / easy to guess and more ambient than Anne’s abstract sounds. Anne’s sound were very interesting and fascinating that I couldn’t guess what it was, and it attracted my attention more. Anne’s sounds weren’t an ambient sound to me. It had characters and its own voice / statement, which I though would be an interesting layer to add on to the visual.

– When I was searching for sounds to record, I reviewed the perceptions I had that time during the filming at the location 3. The feeling of a long continuous pathway, and the feeling of looking down the hole, reminds me of a manhole on the street, where I decided to record the sound of the water, for example. The object’s presence is visually absent in the frame, however, it was present in my body. I think this searching for a sound that was present in my body (but not visually), and combining it with the visual, could expand the kinaesthetic experience for the audience.

– PRESENSE of ABSENSE / playing with visually non-related elements in sound (earth elements) could be interesting. Water vs. concrete site sounds. This can create a new effect / new imagination?

– Listening to both of our sounds, like specific site’s and its elements, affected our choice of the sounds.

I am thinking of how I could put these sounds with the film…
For instance it would be interesting to play with busy on-going sounds while the movement is slow – this could create a friction between visual and audible which could be challenging and interesting. It could expand audience’s experience.

After collecting loads of sounds together for three locations, we now need to re-select and re-consider in finalizing which sounds we’ll pic. It is very tricky I found that some of the sounds could fit more than one location.
SO, in that case, what more can I consider making my decision? Maybe I could rethink my kinaesthetic experiences (5 senses experience) at each location and see if that helps. Especially, focusing on my BODY experience / memory, could be helpful.

QUESTIONS FOR MYSELF:
How does my body feel when I listen to the sounds?
Does the sound fit my kinaesthetic experience / memory or does it conflicts?

 

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.

Autumn research with Miku Tsuchiya

This autumn I am researching dance and film with choreographer and dancer Miku Tsuchiya. In this collaboration we let a chosen location influence and challenge both our views and work methods to come to a new image that combines dance and film as one.

These photo’s are a sneak peek into our current work process.

Photo’s by © ANNE• 2014

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Sally Potter in conversation with Gareth Evans @ The Wapping Project

On the 22d of March I went to the conversation with filmmaker Sally Potter at The Wapping Project / Bankside London and I had the great pleasure to hear Potter talk about her film work over the years, see the movie the London Story and ask her a few questions about her working process.

In the beginning of their conversation Evans and Potter talked about Potter’s affinities with London where she’s originally from. What still attracts her to it is the rackety nature of London. Showing the London Story, (made in 1986 using an American Express Card to fund it), illustrated the imagined London as it is portraited to the world and the actual London. In this short film I found myself once again pleasantly confronted with the music of Sergei Prokofiev as I have mentioned his grip on my visual eye in my written document of my short film CANVAS.

They briefly touched upon the subject of the extreme low numbers of women filmmakers in the film industry (UK and abroad) where Evans mentions an article written by the African writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in The Guardian.
She further talked about how film has a risk averse culture in which film somehow has to survive a clash market. She said the way to deal with this is to not think of it as a negative but to think of it as having a rather stringent effect. “Any kind of adversaries can become a springboard for finding new vocabularies.” She finds herself having to fight for each film, project by project, no matter what project she had done before. “Starting at the beginning every time is an excellent principle,” this is her humoristic take on her philosophy to deal with this particular situation over and over again.

A few of her thoughts on filmmaking really resonated me:
Where and how you choose to film, what you choose to look at and the way you choose to situate yourself, is in fact creating worlds, rather than inhabiting them. As a filmmaker any location is where a film could be: inside or outside. What you film is not necessarily what it seems to be.
Deciding to work first. Not answering email, not washing-up or any other attractive propositions for the day.
The key with survival is to give up on the notion of security and support. There won’t be any.
What you have to be propelled by in any of the arts is a real feeling of longing. It’s key to choose a project in which you feel a deep sense of believe and necessity, even if nobody else beliefs in what you’re doing for ages and ages, which is the norm.
“I don’t want to talk to myself; I really do want the film to land in other people’s consciousness, in their heart and their souls to resonate.”

I asked the questions:
Coming from a scenographic background in dance theatre I have an idea of how a film process can work. As a designer, I’m often asked quite late into the making process in which the concept is then already formed. During my current Master I found myself reacquainted with filmmaking, which is really liberating for me since it allows me to start at the beginning of a concept. I now wondered where something like cinematography comes into a filming process when you as a director are writing? When do you ask people to come and join you?

Potter: “The cinematographer is the eye, the point of view, is the gateway, is the portal, is the frame, is everything in a sense that is carrying what the audience is allowed to see through the frame. I usually build up, first of all, a huge bank of imagery when I’m working on a film, so I can discus with the cinematographer I decide to work with and the production designer and costume designer and everyone else, this, if you like, ‘bank’ of references or inspiration. So there is already a feeling for a look.
With Ginger & Rosa I did a lot of drawings and acuminated many photographs and then took photographs of the actors in rehearsals. So the language, the look, the feel of the film then starts to build up in the working process.
But also choosing whom to work with as a cinematographer is absolutely quite as important just as one is choosing the actor. I look upon hour and hour of work of different cinematographers if I don’t jet know whom to work with. After meeting them I work shoulder to shoulder with the cinematographer, literally glued to the shoulder as we try to find, try to see the material, the world of the film itself. To start seeing with the same pair of eyes. That relationship is a very exciting one.
Occasionally I shoot the film myself, and that is wonderful, because then I have a really direct relation with the actor straight across the camera. I think if you have grown as an independent filmmaker as I did, originally doing everything yourself like shooting, editing, costumes, etc., you’ll have a good idea of what the jobs are. However, I think it’s a beautiful skill to learn how to delegate, how to share, how to experience your own work through the work of others, the eyes and ears of others. Your authorship as an director has not necessary have your direct fingerprints on it.”

Does that mean that the cinematographer creates the visual story with you or do you already have the visual clear in your mind and you look for someone that really attunes to it?

Potter: “Well, you’ll remember earlier I mentioned I didn’t like the word ‘creative’, because when we’re working on a script I think of myself almost as a stenographer for the finished film. I simply try and watch the finished film and write it down as clearly and simply as I can. Then I can start drawing, finding images, start to create storyboards. I will try to make and communicate clearly to the cinematographer this film, which already exists, so that we then both can allow it to be revealed.”

Did or do you ever start making a movie solemnly from the visual? For example, I often start my filming from material I encounter out on the street while I’m on my way from point A to B

Potter: “Yes, it is often a starting point for a film. Over the years I developed further in script writing, but my thoughts are visual.”

Her book Naked Cinema – Working with Actors is published this month. The book refers partly to the skeletal assets of performance on film. Actors are very reluctant to analyze what they do and how they do it and directors often like to keep their secrets. Breaking with this tradition is part of the process. The other part deals with the question of what embodiment is, what the nature of the fact that you’re dealing with layers of appearance and that you want to evoke that what you cannot see. She didn’t want to give anecdotes about the work in process as she experience it: “It’s a very precious and confidential partnership in which we do have a secret life.”

sally potter - naked cinema