Life is a Dream

January 2,

1.combining explorations with text: script

2. experience exercise with spectators.

ABOUT SCRIPT

Making the script has been very useful because it means starting to apply what I have found in the explorations and it helps also to start filling in the blanks and visualize what I still need to clarify.

It also opened up the 4 divisions I had in the beginning (Chapters into scenes, scenes connected to the text):

-TRAGEDY -UNBALANCE -INSIGHT (used to call it reflection)-ACTION

1.TRAGEDY

1.1. Darkness, loneliness

1.2. Self pity “where could an unfortunate find pity”

1.3. Trapped in past, present, future

1.4. Comparison and complaining about condition “within humans why me?”

2. UNBALANCE

2.1. Anger, envy “I’ll have to kill you since you know my weakness”

2.2 Confusion “could i be dreaming when I see myself awake?”

2.3 Consolation, tenderness, love (Rosaura) “You have suspended the passion of my anger”

2.4. Illusions. ” I have found my life” (about Rosaura)

3. INSIGHT (reflection, when you think it over)

3.1. Getting conscious. “Fix your attention to the stars because you can defeat them”.

3.2. Falling into reality, “what is life a frenezy? an illusion? a shadow?”

3.3. Changing attitude. “But life is so short, let’s dream soul”

4. ACTION.His good actions are rewarded: “for your nobility, prince you are”

This are some of the quotes guiding my storyline, I took some pictures of the drawings related to this quotes but they are not really readable to put them here, I’ll connect them now to pictures of the maquet etc, so it is more visible.

ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE EXPERIMENT

In a complete dark room I brought a blindfolded spectator (one per experience) since they knew the room from before I made them walk in different directions and turn around so they will loose track of where they were. Then I made them sit on a chair in front of a corner and asked them to take away the blind fold while a sound of a water drop started. In complete darkness with open eyes I asked some questions; they assumed they were somewhere in the room but they were lost, they were not located, couldn’t see or feel anything around them (walls, doors) only sound was perceivable and where it came from (water drop and my voice). Then with a very small light I started playing with a piece of black cardboard (a triangle). The sound of the water drop changed into ocean sound and the light started creating a reflection on the wall by pointing into some plastic sheets on the ground. (like the pictures and videos of the experiments with reflections) this with the sound and the piece of cardboard created an ocean or clouds and something (a plane, a bird, a fish) traveling on it.

Although the walls started being visible when i turned the small light on to play with the piece of paper and the reflections , the spectators could fall into the fantasy of the reflection and the awareness (and reality) of being in front of a corner came only when the general light was turned on.

With this little experiment I could confirm that

1. in darkness (at least when is not longer than minutes) people don’t perceive the closeness of walls or objects.

2. It is possible to create a virtual space within a wall and make people fall into what happens there (at least in this small scale experiment).

3.when expecting a “show” people expect an open space, to be in front of a corner is totally unexpected and even when the walls of the corner start being visible, the vertix of the corner and the “real” space are only completely real when the general light turns on. With a small light and the reflections, the spectator could focused in the illusion created in the wall.

4. sound is essential for falling into “illusions”.

December 22, summary from september till december:

STARTING POINT – FEELING

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When dreams are so heavy they don’t let you fly…

Tragedy has been present in human’s life since early times, as a feeling, as a term and even as… entertainment!!!

Is tragedy a need of human beings? Do we enjoy suffering?

We complain and wish things to be different, from the past and in the future.

STARTING POINT – TEXT

Life is a dream, Calderon de la barca

About the human situation and the mystery of life.  The conflict between free will and fate

I dream that I am here
of these imprisonments charged,
and I dreamed that in another state
happier I saw myself.
What is life? A frenzy.
What is life? An illusion,
A shadow, a fiction,
And the greatest profit is small;
For all of life is a dream,
And dreams, are nothing but dreams.

ELEMENTS TO USE FROM THE TEXT:

TRAGEDY

Self pity, victim, frustration, suffering, passive attitude, only asking why.

UNBALANCE

Disorientation, anger, comparison, envy, satisfaction with others suffer.

INSIGHT

Active questioning leads to consciousness. what is life, what is reality, what is in my power? past-present-future.

ACTION

Free will over fate. Will to be fair, will to be who I want to be.

REAL AND VIRTUAL   (TIME-MIND-SPACE)

PAST-PRESENT-FUTURE

MEMORIES-BEING-ILLUSIONS

PROJECTION-REAL SPACE (corner)-REFLECTION

STAGING SPACE – A CORNER

Problems dim our perspective, princesses are rescued from acute towers, children are being punished against corners .

A CORNER – THE REAL SPACE – PRESENT – BEING

In reality: made of three surfaces, limiting, diminishing.

Can we change this “reality” by playing with perception?

Space research : virtual and real space. how to play with the spectator’s perception and transport him/her through different space feelings within one “real” space.  The three “real” surfaces of the corner (“real space”-present) become the support for projections and reflections (past and future). Within the “real” space, virtual spaces are created to talk about memory, being and illusion.

EXPLORATIONS WITH A CORNER:

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1. FOOLING THE CORNER’S PERSPECTIVE

The lines are drawn and porjected wiht an overhead projector. The ones in the left picture are parallel, the ones in the right are “corner’s perspective adjusted”.

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2.  A CORNER IN A CORNER (overhead projector)

A corner drawn in a corner; the different pictures of the same drawing show how the space in the drawn corner changes (visually) depending on the perspective of the viewer.

The drawn corners are  “Corner’s perspective” made, to conform the drawing with the two walls and the floor (under left).

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3. MAKING DOORS (overhead projector)

Transforming the corner into virtual doors by drawing and light projection. The projected image is not a parallelogram they are also “corner perspective” made.

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4. LANDSCAPE (overhead projector)

Making a landscape out of a corner. Like with the parallel lines above the landscape had to be “corner perspective” adjusted.

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5. OPENING THE SPACE (video projection)

PROJECTION AS VIRTUAL SPACE -PAST-MEMORIES

Video is related to past and memories. Within the corner a virtual space opens up by projected images, a virtual space that talks about memories, past and the things we cannot change.

Installation about opening the space:

By projecting the space (video) in the same space (the real space), a virtual bigger space is created. The pictures under and video are from a try out-installation. Here a relation and interaction between real and virtual space and real and virtual objects is created by the spectators presence and movement (the video was triggered people approached.

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6. REFLECTIONS

REFLECTIONS AS OTHER KIND OF VIRTUAL SPACE-FUTURE-ILLUSIONS

I’ve always been enchanted by materials that reflect light, for me reflections are a magical happenings, fantasy in real life. Here I relate reflections with illusions-the future and I intend to make another virtual space playing with them and perspective.

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Desert as inspiration for virtual landscape

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Elements in the ground create spacial effects in the walls like being high.

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The interaction and movement with reflecting materials bring different effects.

7. USING CORNER’S PERSPECTIVE

Until now I was playing with fooling the corner, making it flat, opening it into a bigger space, etc, by manipulating the image and making it what I call “corner perspective adjusted”.

Then I thought about using the effect the corner gives to flat images, to potentialise the deepness effect it suggests, so not to adjust the projected image to create another effect (like openness or horizontality) but to use the corner’s perspective effect.

This came together with the project in Spoleto of taking a space from the city and bringing it to the gallery. I used the corner’s deepness to recreate the abyss of the city.

About this there are two versions:

Abyss whole

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Abyss Fallling Experience

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8. EXPLORING SCREEN FORMAT

Within the explorations of the corner I’ve been also exploring about the screen) (video/projection) format. I would like to use video as a tool for  “moving image” but it is important for me to get out of the “screen format”. I don’t want it to be seen as a video or movie in a performance or installation; at the same time the image becomes an expressive possibility that transforms space.

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