Interact: RESEARCH

HOW WE INTERACT WITH GCD ON A DAILY BASIS

When I first think of GCD I think of different types of text - typography, I think of advertisements and poster design, credits and titles for films or books. I also think about information, signs, illustration. 

KIN - MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY (MOSI)

Kin designed Manchester's New Revolutionary Gallery and what I most liked about what I've seen is the fact that from the first step in you already are interacting with something - taking your photograph for it to pop up on the large hanging set of screens shown in the image below. Something so simple and easy that people will interact with it just because it's there. This idea was taken from their theory of what they've called the Dixon effect. Kin stated that, "simple technology draws people in, and sets out a space for playful interaction" which is so far proven to be true as thousands of people use the centres facilities to take pictures of themselves that pop up on the big screens. 

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY

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DEVELOPMENT

Onwards from our test run, we looked into different people we could use as our mask to attract the public to question what we were doing and take part. We were shown past students work where people were encouraged to pose like Kim Jung Un with a mask of his face on which led us to think about possibly Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein... controversial figures in which were widely known for derogatory comments towards/about women. Again, after discussion and further thought we came to a conclusion of using Leonard Cohen's face as the mask instead. Who better to use than the creator of our quote?

POSSIBLE MASK: HARVEY WEINSTEIN

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HARVEY WEINSTEIN ALLEGATIONS

In October 2017, the New York Times and the New Yorker reported that dozens of women accused the American film producer of sexual assault over a period of at least 30 years. More than 80 women have since come out with accusations however Weinstein denies "any non-consensual sex". Due to this being so large in the news there have been many responses and opinions from many people in the media. Illustrator Gerald Scarfe's "Monster" was shown in many newspaper's when the allegations were first released, depicting a crude image of Weinstein and pun covering him.

The allegations however are still that and nothing more, and therefore my partner and I decided it would be best to not include his image for our masks in the project.

"MONSTER" BY GERALD SCARFE

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CHRIS O'SHEA: CYBRID LANDSCAPE

This piece is about the physical space and virtual space merging to form one. As people walk around the physical space, a virtual space on the computer wears away creating dents and patterns from the publics movement. I like the idea of something that is real yet completely fake at the same time. It makes me think of films, and how you can create very real situations, but they not actually having happened at the same time. Or cartoons, things based off of very real things such as animals or people etc. yet we know they're fake. I find the blurred lines between imagination, exaggeration, opinions and facts interesting because from these blurs come whole worlds made up from very real things e.g.. video games, movies, cartoons etc.

 

http://www.chrisoshea.org/cybrid-landscape

THE SUN: LIVING WITH OUR STAR - SCIENCE MUSEUM

People will often interact with something if they are receiving something in return, maybe not physical but something that will benefit them one way or another. This is exactly what people go to The Sun science museum exhibition for, just by showing up they're interacting with the heat and glow of the sun simulation. In return for listening about our star, they receive rays of warmth which we don't often get in London. It's a privilege in return for coming to the exhibition. 

THE SUN: LIVING WITH OUR STAR - SCIENCE MUSEUM

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SUBJECT RESEARCH

My partner and I thought that it might be interesting to use well known people such as Harvey Weinstein or Donald Trump - men who have been known in the media regarding issues around sexual harassment and/or derogatory comments towards women, and use their faces as something to draw people in and question what we were doing.

 

POSSIBLE MASK: DONALD TRUMP

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DONALD TRUMP'S COMMENTS

Unlike Weinstein, Trump's obsurd views and opinions have been made explicitly clear by none other than himself on social media such as twitter, and in videos of him speaking in the news as shown below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPomcb0_IaE&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsOVVqubBus

However, despite the evidence we decided this also was not the face we wanted for our project. We decided we didn't want the work to become about the person but rather the activity we were carrying out. And so we chose to use an image of the poet in which wrote the quote we were given to work with.

"MOTHER AND CHILD" BY DAMIEN HIRST

An installation of four glass tanks, containing a cow and its calf split in half with one half in each tank, allowing the audience to walk straight through the middle of their carcass'. It belong's to Hirst's collection "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living". The collection brings to mind ideas of what happens when you die? This in my opinion is interaction in the most uncomfortable and confronting form. Forcing the audience to think about the inevitable - we're all going to die sooner or later. It's something no one likes to think about yet Hirst is making it abrupt and clear right in front of you. I think that thinking about this topic of 'what happens when we die?' is quite uncomfortable as its something humans know little about. There are many arguments raised through the years between people who believe in science and those who are in favour of religion. Many religious people argue that there is a heaven and hell, spirits and ghosts, reincarnation, that there is a purpose for us when we pass. Whereas majority of scientists, atheists, and supporters of science simply believe we become apart of the soil when our end comes. The latter option is my belief, and so I feel this exhibition of a mother and her young is quite upsetting as it makes you realise that not only will you not be alive forever but neither will the ones you love.

"MOTHER AND CHILD" BY DAMIEN HIRST

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"TRACES" BY CHRIS O'SHEA

The aim of this project was to recreate in "real-time a responsive floor projection. Invisible cars drive around a race track, only to be seen be their tail lights. Once a person stands in their path, the cars will try to steer around them". 

 

http://www.chrisoshea.org/traces

 

LOCATION RESEARCH

We thought that in order to link to the idea of make up we could set up out the front of a beauty store in central London. However, after consideration, we decided that a park would be the best place to set up due to there being a higher footfall of people that have spare time. Perhaps parents and their young children, dog walkers, students, people on their lunch break etc. and these are the types of people who would spare time to take part in our interaction.

Large parks we could set up in:

- Finsbury park

- Hyde park

- Primrose Hill park

LEONARD COHEN

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