Monday, April 20, 2015

Art 340 Project 2: Between Two Doors




"These [walkers] make use of spaces that cannot be seen; their knowledge of them is as blind as that of lovers in each other's arms. The paths that correspond in this intertwining, unrecognized poems in which each body is an element signed by many others, elude legibility. It is as though the practices organizing the bustling city were characterized by their blindness. The networks of these moving, intersecting writings compose a manifold of story that has neither author nor spectator, shaped out of fragments of trajectories and alterations of spaces: in relation to representations, it remains daily and indefinitely other (De Certeau 93). 

Though Appleton isn't really a "bustling city," I wanted to explore De Certeau's idea of "the walkers" blindly creating stories and rhythms that they themselves are blind to. I ended up taking the idea of "the in-between" pretty literally. I sat in the Warch vestibule between the two doors dividing the outside and the inside. It takes about three or four seconds to open one door, walk across the vestibule, and open the other door. I sat there for maybe an hour total taking footage of people walking in and out of the building. Those three or four seconds give you just enough time to think, "Where is this person going? Why are they going in? Why are they going out? What kind of person are they?" and then they are gone. Some people appear numerous times in the video, giving you just a few more seconds of insight into their lives. But all of these people find this path so routine that they fail to see the rhythms they are creating. Most of them didn't even notice me, and the ones who did just kept going.  It becomes an unnoticed habit and sounds like indistinct noise to one the more one does it, as the video shows by growing louder and faster. It isn't until something makes you pause in the vestibule that you are forced to pay attention. Though the action of walking through some doors is incredibly mundane, I found watching how different people walk, cross the vestibule, open the doors, and/or interact with others increasingly interesting as I really started paying attention.

3 comments:

  1. Yes!!! This looks so much fun! Sometimes I like to look at people walk pass by and think to myself, "What the fuck is going on?." It's amazing.

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  2. I really liked your project for its voyeuristic yet soft and playful tone. I think its interesting for those two worlds to come together in one piece because the art of watching people can sometimes have a darker tone. Yet in this piece, I found myself laughing and enjoying it without ever thinking something sinister of the subject.

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  3. I've also found exploring the concept of passage of time to be fascinating and you video certainly captures that interesting ways, giving us some quick looks at people's various activities.

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