Week 8: Another Direction

This week we had a new addition to the group; Chloe Smith. With this, we began to enlighten the group again about all of the member’s project proposal, in order to not only get the team mate up to scratch but also tease some more ideas out. From there, we began to pick out elements from each work that we all felt strongly towards and that could offer more substance and direction to our final work. My proposal which stemmed from personal experiences of my family’s journey from the 2nd Indochina war to Australia caught everyone’s attention. The group also fancied facets such as scale, mediums, projection and screen exploration.

The original iteration involved a series of projections using the QUMI projectors; one of that of a typewriter onto the floor with then text that would be projected accordingly onto the walls. We explored the individual of Ho Chi Minh and his impact on the war, country and independence of the nation. I then chose and recorded this quote being typed out onto a document that would then be used:

“Remember, the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and their stability. You can kill ten of our men for every one we kill of yours.

Even at those odds you will lose and we will win The Vietnamese people deeply love independence, freedom and peace.But in the face of the United States aggression they have risen up, united as one man.

It was patriotism, not communism, that inspired me.

I only follow one party: The Vietnamese Party.”

This not only expressed the communist regime that soon claimed the nation, sending my family to flee, but also drawing upon the monumental conflict in a different light in the way that my family (South Vietnamese) experienced it.

As we progressed issues began to unfold, where the format that accompanied the content was not the correct even though we continuously consulted with the technician, Glenn. Most of the time was spent formatting and reformatting videos so that it was successful, but unfortunately each time it was not. We then had to compromise and upload the intended images and clips onto the LCD televisions and placing them where we planned. Draping sheets over the table where the typewriter was sat and the text unfolding in front.


[Final work]

We felt disheartened by these issues but upon presenting, the audience and tutors felt there was a somewhat conversation, magic and feeling alternating between each components. It was not clearly defined but was encouraged to tease out and discover. Elements such as absence, intrigue and mystery were present I believe and because the nature of the final was so simplistic, it reinforced these notions. It gave the responder the urge to engage with the typewriter which was interesting because we did not intend for that when uploaded to the television. The potential is beginning to take flight, we are encouraged to explore more forms of writing, not only that of war context. This unplanned outcome has led me to think of different ways to communicate stories and experiences to audience in simple methods/representations.


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