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One line apart – Concluding post

Introduction

One Line Apart has been a really fun and meaningful project for me over this semester. I am fascinated by the presence of emotions over the third space, especially seeing the artworks “Holes in Space” and “Life 2.0” over the semester. I have been pondering about this question of how the emotions and intimacy is born out on the third space itself, or whether or not it can be faked or duplicated despite technological separation.

Concept review

I have never really imagined projecting a third space as a second space dimension, but yet a point of contact creates a new form of meaning and intimacy. A kiss, a hug, or even just by holding the same object across different space all provides a meaning and intimacy to the image. I believe this is a meaningful portrayal, especially for people who have long distance family ties friendship or relationship who have very few chances to interact with one another so closely. I use the third space as a form of expression of the people, they can now project themselves with a form of intimacy over the image, using their own actions and creativity.

 

...Like reading a book together
…Like reading a book together
...Or hushing me
…Or hushing me

The second part of the project also explores the blurring of identities.

 

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We have done the identity multiples micro project over the semester, where we put up photos of our body parts onto the flickr feed. However there is a lack of interaction and communication during the submission at that time, which I thought if present, will yield different and interesting results.

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By using Adobe Connect and having participants streaming on webcam, we can negotiate and create compositions freely – we are able to think and develop the identities as we interact.

Role of the viewers and participants

There were spontaneous moments where I or the participants tried to create an illusion that is comedic and funny, like making funny faces when compositing or making funny movements with our limbs.

Funny NSFW-1

One interesting thing about this project are the spontaneous moments: even if you tried to make someone look silly on the webcam, they will simply laugh it off instead of getting offended. It became a way to actually get close to one another. This form of audience involvement defined and shaped the project outcome and I found this spontaneous possibility a very thrilling and fun aspect during the execution of the project – you never know what will happen!

Technical realization review:

Even though this project is almost similar to a photography project, I am glad that I have chosen a online tumblr site as a medium. I created a gallery that displays GIFs: This captures not only the creativity between the audience and me, but also the relationship and dynamics we developed during the project. It has also been reassuring to me that my participants enjoyed working with me on this project, even though it may have been just a brief 2 minutes.

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Scratching

Diana’s Virtually Awkward project execution also provides a new possibility for my project as a performance art. It is interesting to observe reactions of viewers not only on the third space, but from the first space as well when the image is projected on the wall.

Personal thoughts

It was interesting to bend the third space to create a form of intimacy. However I feel that in the process of doing so, we also become intimate, it felt as if the connection is not simply only over the third space. I am amazed during the development for the concept,

The usage of third space also allows me to do certain actions that I will not be likely to do in real life (as I am not a person who likes excessive body contact), and yet I can now do it with my friends without feeling awkward or making them feel intruded. Similarly, the participants and viewers felt free to do actions that they normally do not do, particularly when their face is omitted from the composition.

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Semxy-3

It exudes a part of the personality that I felt that my project has captured and I am really intrigued and pleased with the results.

Conclusion

This possibility of intimacy over the third space is something I wish to explore in the future. Perhaps reinventing or looking for other methods of recreating the project, or selecting participants who truly experience long distance relationship so it provides additional meanings to the work.

I would also like to thank Randall Packer for the encouragement during the development for this work, (I was really stuck during the week where technical realization post is due) as well as my classmates who have helped me out for the project (especially Chin Fang and Diana who have composited with me several times). It was truly a fun experience for me, and i hope it has been fun and enjoyable for my participants too.

One line apart – Project update #4

Images grabbed from last week’s session.

We explored the possibilities of compositing different body parts aesthetically and interact accordingly.

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A little photoshop and alignment can create a closer and more organic image

 

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Compositing of our faces

 

Sharing a single smile

 

 

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Everyone will be involved in shaping the interaction. I aim to break off the wall over the third space and reconstruct one that brings people closer together, even if it may be a form of illusion

Project execution

Other than organizing one or two more web sessions, I will make a cameo appearance in Diana’s performance art piece on Friday (Thanks Diana! Looking forward to the collaboration! And it isn’t often that performance artists get to intercut their performances I suppose)

I will probably select certain pieces from the intimacy series to perform with Diana (if she’s ok with it, of course) Out of which I developed a french kissing idea.

Kiss
Yeah, we’re probably trying to french kiss one another over the third space. Talk about awkwardness

I feel a strong need to execute this piece because on one hand, it may be uncomfortable for me or Diana (but yet at the same time, we’re not kissing. We’re just going to stick our tongues out to air) But on another hand, I wonder if it’ll be a visually striking or disturbing piece to the audience. I’d look forward to the audience’s response on that day if this piece is ever done.

 

Lady and the tramp
Just another intimacy series where we will look as if we’re eating the same food, or in general, sharing a single moment

 

Other concepts that may be performed on Friday:

 

Creation of adam
May stage with Diana, if it is possible

Parodies of popular culture, such as movie posters:

 

 

Back to back
Back to back cliched pose

Work is under way! I hope for the best!

 

One line apart #3 – Project update

I’ve transformed an older unused tumblr blog to a new one for the project: http://onelineapart.tumblr.com/ Work is in progress to remove older content and update project photos and videos and gifs. (I’m still trying to get the GIFs to work)

Illustrations are under way to plan out certain composition or certain themes (or for fun) for the final performances. Here are some illustrations for my references

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Reconstruction of Parodies of Famous Paintings. I think this doesn’t make too much sense
ahh this is a much better visualisation

I also like to fabricate or simulate a degree of intimacy in the third space photobooth, and would like to experiment with some acts of intimacy, such as a hug, or even a kiss

 

hug
Hug – Exploring degrees of intimacy and reconstructing them in different space

 

 

Mr elastic
Elasticman – Create extension of limbs and body parts that distorts a person’s physical look

 

Muscleman
Replacing body parts with that of another

 

However I would also like the viewers to discover what they want to do for the net booth and give them extra freedom to play around with it. The end results are no doubt important, but what is more important is the sense of bending the third space and having fun during the process of doing so.

Meanwhile, I am going to  host 2 more web sessions to grab more videos and images. This time round I will try with 3 to 4 people and see what will result from it. However I feel that compared to a session of 2 people, the session or 3 or more people will require more preplanning than improvisation, especially if they are strangers.

 

Project Update #2 – One line apart, Internet photobooth

The project developed as a result from a adobe liveconnect session recorded with Chinfang. Initially there were limitations in what I want to achieve, as I struggled between the aesthetics and the artistic intent.

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Our brief chat session where we bombarded each others with reference photos

However through some trial and errors, we are able to identify certain elements that can be used to engage the people involved on the Adobe Connect. I decided that the identity multiples project as well as the concept of photobooth can be integrated, resulting in a third space photobooth where viewers can bend and twist interactions with each other: by replacing their cropped parts with each other’s.

One interesting thing for this medium is that a video can also be visually engaging and compelling.  Replacing each other’s omitted or cropped body parts can create visually interesting composition. However, doing actions with the replaced body parts can be interesting: It can create laughter, it can create a fake sense of intimacy. The person whose limb is replaced do not have absolute control over what the other person will do

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I can’t control what chinfang is doing, but yet she decided that it is interesting to juxtapose actions that contradict my image. 

I also noticed the possibility of having people do things without feeling embarrassment as they usually do. Identity is altered in a way, albeit light-hearted, but it provide new expressions for people in a fun manner.

It’s official! “One line apart” – Technical realisation

Concept review

After several consideration and exploration, I have decided to use Adobe Connect as the medium to execute my work. The concept remains roughly similar to what I have previously written, except that I have now combined the multiple selfies and identities multiple concept with a photobooth concept

Photobooth – What if it is over the third space?

This project explores the degree of intimacy the photo can achieve as two person try to emulate a degree of closeness even though they are in separate spaces. In a way, this is similar to telematic dreaming where viewers will interact with the artist and appears close, even though they are physically apart. Now let’s get to the…

Technical realisation

Part 1: Adobe Connect as a working platform

I. I will login using Randall’s userid for adobe connect, and then open an incognito window and login as a guest under my name. This is so that my name instead of Randall will display on the webcam image.

II. The webcam image has to be of the best quality, so I will require the viewer to toggle the quality to highest to reduce pixelization.

III. I will maximise the window, and with the the firefox add in, I will get a thorough full screen for adobe connect with 2 large webcam images.

IV. I will then direct the viewer to create photos where it seems like our body parts are invading each other’s space. The intention is to bend the space and make it seems as if both of them are in the same space interacting with one another. The whole process will be taken down by screen capture.

V. Lastly, I will watch through the video and select screenshots of some of the results. I will also make GIFs for certain poses that has a repetitive action.

Here are some attempts at it:

Nope nope, that's not my butt
Nope nope, that’s not my butt. And darnnn we forgot to switch on full screen. Courtesy from Chinfang’s screen capture
Craziness in close up
Craziness in close up
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Some tries at facial compositing

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Illusion. illusion

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There were more attempts but I couldn’t salvage the screen capture videos due to corrupted files. But I understand the potential and the limitation behind this medium and it is indeed quite fun to do. However it will also takes quite a while in order for the composition to work.

Problems encountered: 

1. Echoing voices

Running 2 windows opened and logged in with adobe connect will cause a echoing voices as both windows transmit voices. This posed some difficulties for me as I am trying to direct the viewer and getting feedback from them. However, this is less of a concern when it comes to the results as the end results are images and gifs that has no sound. It can be fixed by logging in with 2 desktops, which I have not tried as I did not have 2 computers at home.

2. Corrupted, unusable AVI screen capture files.

Glitched up AVI files - The colors will be off, and the video will display in numerous different colors while scrolling
Glitched up AVI files – The colors will be off, and the video will display in numerous different colors while having the composition messed up

Screen capture attempts using CamStudio (freeware) posed yet another problem when it gives corrupted AVI files that cannot display properly. (It is said to be due to the file format, as AVI’s max size is supposed to be 2gb) I am on the process of working on it to retrieve it. But meanwhile, I need an alternative that can screen capture a long period of time (more than 3 minutes) without providing corrupted AVI files.

Part 2: Tumblr as a gallery: onelineapart.tumblr.com (Work in progress)

 

One line apart: That one line not only refers to the black line dividend between the viewers, but also the space differences that exists. 

Why tumblr?

I. User friendly layout that displays many images at one glance.

Tumblr will be used as a platform to display the results and I have several free themes to choose from.

II. Capability to display GIFs.

Gifs is a file type popularized by various pop cultures on Tumblr. I hope to identify interesting segments within the screen capture such that I can create interesting GIFs files.

III. Reblogging function

Tumblr is also a platform where we can get our work reblogged, and hopefully it can reach out to other tumblr users well

What is left to do is to create more images and gifs, and then uploading them to the tumblr. I will also need more participants or try out more than two webcam image windows to see what other interesting results will appear

Project progress #1- Intercepting portraits

Currently I am still exploring alternatives and methods to execute the project.

Summary of the live session trial during the lessons 2 weeks back:

1. Adobe Connect

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Composite image of myself and Diana

It is not within my objective to get an aesthetically pleasing or interesting shot (though that will be a bonus) However there is also a need for a person to instruct participants in order to achieve a certain look.

Another possibility raised up during the session was the usage of VDMX. That prompts me to think if it is possible to create a live performance, showing the processes of composition or manipulating different camera images.

I found an interesting search result that make use of face tracking technology to mask an identity. obama

Further research also brought me attention to this video tutorial on face tracking. In this video, the person make use of face tracking technology to match certain footages of himself as he talks. The end result is a rather bizarre glitch that distorts or confuse the viewers as to what is being said as well as what is being seen.

 

There have been other people trying to use this method to try out multiple face detecting as well as webcam window, but nobody have developed a tutorial or a set of work as of now.

This is the to-do list as of now (but may be subject to change):

1. To try out a mock session of having 4-5 participants on adobe connect or similar softwares to create a composite. Rules and workflow should also be developed in the mean time

2. Study VDMX for a while to see if it is possible to do webcam compositing and turning it into a live performance of its own