Saturday, March 26, 2011

Audio, interviews, and final shtuffs

Wow, a lot of material this time! I'm very excited about this part of the video project so far. I can't wait to start experimenting with adding audio to videos and what not. I also think interviewing people will be fun. Maybe I'll pretend to be a news anchor or something, talk about a dramatic story, have a potted plant in the background as I sit at least 5ft away from the person I'm interviewing with a very serious face. (too much TV) I'm still really skeptical about the video editing skills that I severely lack. If only all videos could be done with one take..

Anyways, final project plannings:

  1. Personal: Thinking about walking down La Rambla with my camera and maybe tallying up how many times I get harassed to eat somewhere, see a buskar, to buy things, etc. 
  2. Professional: Getting a lot of footage on different green spaces with water, so will probably talk about water in design
  3. Social/political: Interviewing people who have been pick-pocketed in Spain. And maybe have a little fun with "recreating scenarios" or something like that. 
How to do an interview seems pretty simple,  but there's so many factors that we have to take into account. Lighting? Position of the camera? Don't look into the camera? I feel like I'd get so overwhelmed by these technical things that I'd probably just do a horrible job making a serious interview! Crossing fingers, though.

But really, I can't wait to find really fun audio clips and use them for my videos! Maybe some dramatic music for the interview(s) will help enhance the whole experience?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Digital Medias!

Here is a video I took of an art installation in Berlin.

The reason for this video is the fact that a picture simply does not capture what this thing really is. In photo-form, it looks pretty boring and just weird, but being able to see the interaction of the shiny pieces with the wind allows us to understand what it really is. It serves no function, really, it's just cool.

Photo of the installation. See what I mean?

What's included? Mostly just the installation since it's the subject of the video.
What's exluded? More of the context, the highway near by (though you can hear it), people
Foreground, background? Foreground; the subject. Background; sounds from the highway and the facade on which the installation is located
How does it tell my story? Well, I hope that it shows the neat way the shiny flittering pieces interact with the wind and light to create a nice little pause; all of which can't be captured simply through a photo (as much as I wish it could be)

As for the video with Latifa Jbabdi, what struck me as very effective in the video are the scenes where she is sitting by herself in the seats of Parliament. I think it's very symbolic in the way that Latifa is the (first?, and) only female in Parliament, yet she looks comfortable sitting in the seats, showing that she is not intimidated by her position and is most likely a strong member. 
The bit in the beginning with maps and music help to put the video in context, as well as adding images of women from the area. By shooting more images of women than men in the video, Latifa's cause is easily shown and strengthened. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Major Projects

Alright, so let's spit out some ideas for these final projects!


Personal- this won't be too bad, I think.

  • La Rambla/the beach - being bothered by people to buy things
  • Water- the fun Barcelona's designers seem to have with adding water into landscaping, plazas, parks, and even shows (at Montjuic)
  • I'm thinking about taking a random video for one day and see if I can pick out any more specifics relating to my experience in Barcelona

Professional- how architecture is practiced/approached in Barcelona

  • Importance of the Grid
  • Differences in architectural style/mindsets; maybe interview one my professors who had studied in Germany and worked in a Catalan firm, or one professor who studied/practiced in the Netherlands, teaches in Barcelona
  • Importance of Gaudi
  • Importance/influence of the need for public spaces
  • The difference in approach and process in architectural projects between Studio Barcelona and Studio Clemson

Public Issues- 

  • Pick-pocketing
  • Issue of homeless people v. public buildings
  • Issue of ownership in terms of property and housing

This is all I can think of right now. I'll keep jotting down notes when I can think of more things! The whole social/public issues thing is a bit difficult to tackle, since I'm not aware of many besides what I see living here. That's also difficult because sometimes I just accepted it as part of the culture (such as pick pocketing. Just thought it was part of the Barcelona way, but found out it's actually a big problem and heard that the police even give out rewards to citizens who attack pick pocketers?)

Some more research is needed, here.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tropos in the morning

This statue is Der Morgen at the German Pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe. The Pavilion itself is located at Montjuic in Barcelona. It's safe to say this is pretty much my favorite statue I've seen ever, so I decided it would be great to tropo-analyze it (tropalyze?)

So let's give her a bit more context!
Now we can see the statue isn't in some sort of museum, or inside some gallery for that matter. It's outside! And on top of water! Whaaaaaaat that is too crazy for a statue what is it doing there?? Let's break it down in terms of rhetoric: kairos, logos, pathos, and ethos.

Kairos: in a really shallow "pool" of water, in the open exterior of the German Pavilion
Logos: what purpose does the statue serve in this area of the Pavilion? It's an interactive statue, and by that I mean that the statue plays with light, where just at the right time (most likely sunrise, but clearly wasn't there for that) the light hits the statue in a way that the subject's expression makes sense: the sun is in her eyes.
Pathos: mostly evoked by the face of the sculpture of "Oh God, what is that in my face? Ugh."
Ethos: the nudity of the sculpture may offend some people (she doesn't have to be naked to have the sun in her eyes), but I say it reflects the minimalistic style in which the rest of the Pavilion is designed.

Now moving on to more-so tropos related topics!

The angle? Relatively at the same angle as being face-to-face with the sculpture because that's how people approach each other. The statue doesn't need to be at the same angle as, say a skyscraper, because, for one, it's not that tall and when humanoid subjects are given that same angle, it tends to give the subject a god-like feel.

The background? The walls behind it are kind of unavoidable but it gives the statue its vague context of the German Pavilion. Though it's relatively hard to tell the Pavilion from the way the statue is framed, that also serves its purpose to focus on the subject at hand and not necessarily where it is. 

The story? The sculpture itself tells a story, and this story is what was aimed to be captured. Again, the sculpture interacts with the sun in the lady's face as the sun rises, but this was unable to be fully captured in the photos. The picture was taken in hopes that the sculpture itself could tell its story as best as possible, but how without the actual sun in the lady's eyes?

Through her expression: