DISPLACEMENT // critical reflection

For 13 weeks I have progressed in creating a media artwork that deals with the notion of ‘Futures’. A critical understanding of theory, practice and research was laid as a foundation to which our ideas would then be built upon. I find that my works become more valuable when I use myself and things that affect me as a filter – in continuing this momentum I decided to touch on the issue of refugees through the eyes of higher powers and societies rather than the directly impacted population.

My work began as an investigation and drawing of binaries between my visions and the work ofย Apichatpong Weerasethakul titled Fireworks (Archives).ย 

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Installation Period // More Testing

During this time of study and installation period, it gave me the opportunity to rethink and compose my visions properly. My last blog post mentioned my plan and sketches of a new approach and image to depict my information and story. During this time off I was able to qualitatively put it together, film and edit my work in a way that I believe stay true to my motives.

In the beginning of my composition I began with the filming of my flower sketch, the reasons why I decided to play off paper flower are:

  • Government and society views on refugees are fickle, not everyone has the same thoughts. With the alternating ‘responsibilities’ and ‘burdens’ petals, it depicts how some view the issue
  • Flowers represent living things, but a lot of the time when governments talk about asylum seekers, on paper, they are just indices and matrices. The paper flower is used to depict these two thoughts and acts as a reminder that this is ultimately about human beings.
  • Legislation and Policies are based off collective or ruling decisions, in doing so, is that not just taking a chance in some ways? Like the plucking of the flower, it showcases the making of changing decisions.

The circular nature of the drum also provided possibilities of content composition. The initial text that was projected was in the structure of a stanza in the centre of the drum. It was noted to be too structural and straight forward, to increase interactivity and stimulation for the audience – a circular unfolding of the text around the drum would be more suitable – encouraging the investigation into the drum as the piece progressed. With the help of Anh and through After Effects this circular motion was achieved around the border of the drum.

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I also used a time-lapse of the cloud-filled sky to express the fluidity of refugee interest, acting as an opportunity to start conversations and express the visions of ‘what’s next?’. solutions for the refugee epidemic is far from having a solution, this factor in my work gives the responder to think about what has happened, what is happening and what can happen.

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The outcome from all of my efforts, experimentations, fall backs and motives have led to a visually simplistic piece that I believe holds strong messages and data. The abrupt and sombre sound works well with the round moving images and overall narrative expressed.