They invited me to set up my “Penetration” at the Academy of Sciences across the park from the de Young Museum. This was shot with a 4×5 film camera. It was too dark for normal shooting, so we decided to light with some iPhones and run around the piece. The trace of light around the work came out beautifully.
My residency at the de Young just ended last Sunday. It was so quick. Wherever I go for residency, one month is always too short… Something starts, even starts developing, finding “the core” of project which I first didn’t know for sure, then it ends. So, the point is definitely what I am going to do after the end. The end is the beginning of the next as innumerable cliches say. Where am I going/doing?
Toward the end of my residency, the bicycle singing project started evolving so much. Now I am thinking about turning it into an installation. Probably it will be a multi-screen/projection installation where people hear songs from multiple people at the same time, while they are able to come close to each participant to hear each of them rather intimately. Okay, physically, how I can do this? How does the physical installation manifest this complex relational dynamics between the mass and the individual?
Drumroll project has been going really great. I got so much of materials. We have seen a wide variety of interesting participants. I had some of them who had been suffering from the wild fire in Marine or Sonoma County. They evacuated and staying at their friends place, then visited the Museum. Their drum rolls were so moving. Well, I don’t ask them to talk about their wishes, but it seems there has been many serious ones for which those visitors were very much emotional.
Project of singing is turning out very interesting as well… I will write more about it later.
My “drumroll” project has been going very well. This process is very interesting. I normally engineer a large part of my project in advance, but I did not do that for this project. Yes, I tried it in St. Louis with the Luminary Art Center, but still I was not sure about what I was doing. Now I started understanding it. It is a portraiture project, but has more than that. Yes, there are many questions. Some of which are rather problems. Well, some aesthetic and conceptual ones. I am not sure if I can articulate those… At least though, I love watching them thinking about a wish and playing drum roll for it.
The bicycle is for a singing project. I ask people to sing a song for what they have lost while turning the wheel. I remember that I used to turn my bicycle wheel and the wheel of my mother’s sewing machine for hours imagining that I was traveling. Many times, my travel was on a locomotive train… This week, I will start other interactive projects. Well, those ideas are still in my head.
I rough edited “drumroll” from some days of the first week. I struggle with how I put together those interesting clips I got. I first had four of them lined up but somehow it did not work since the sound of drum roll became so normal. It sounded really like drum roll. I realized what I wanted was their uniqueness in playing. Of course their facial expressions and postures were beautiful and interesting, but I wanted to emphasize how they played, or rather, how each sounded as part of this “portrait” like project.
“Leitmotif” has started. Kevin said that it would be a good idea to have some previous work so that visitors can get the sense of what I had been doing. I sometimes feel difficulty to contextualize my current work, or current work-in-progress by my previous works. I somehow need to loosen up the chains that my previous work has. The chains connect strongly, but also, limit forcefully. How can we develop poetics when I understand what I have done?