Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Elective Project: COMBINED MEDIA & SCULPTURE 1.

After hectic assessment week we all started to work on our selective disciplines. My first Project work was in Combined Media & Sculpture. The brief was based on our investigation of five senses and vital signs. I took breathing as a vital sign to demonstrate it in my work and watch, where will it take me.

I came with an idea polystyrene balls which would float and fall in the air. First I made few sketches:


Then I created a stand for my project. I used metal bin frame and covered it with fine mesh in which I put a funnel made of clear transparent, plastic. I filled the funnel with polystyrene balls and blew the air to the funnel from below using a hairdrier:


My idea was to demonstrate circulation of breathing, or to demonstrate a 'sigh' when the air stops to blow. Here you can see what happened:

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In my second attempt I used the same ball but this time I attached them to each other and to the frame using fishing lane. Also I used more powerful ventilator:


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The balls were moving the way I wanted, the only problem was that they did not move too much. I came with an idea to put light cellophane stripes between them to give the air more grip. Here is what happened:


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This time the balls moved much better.


The next idea was based on work of David Meyer and his huge plastic stripes installations. First I made few sketches:



Then I took light crepe paper stripes and attached them to the frame:



Then I used my ventilator again and you can see what happend. The stripes move quite nicely:
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