My Intermedia Thoughts are Swirling

Midterm Reflection AU16

Everybody sees the world differently. Our perceptions shape the world around us as well as our learned histories. This is important information in everyday interactive situations, but it is also useful in the art of composing. Because even though I understand that everyone will see any work at least a bit differently, I want to be conscious throughout the creative process about all of the possible things “it” could be.

I put “it” in quotation marks because with movement the what-it-is factor does not always have words. Without being able to use language as it is commonly understood, it becomes ever more important that the experience of movement (on the part of the mover and audience member) become central over its materialization. Even if that experience is the search for meaning through the watching. The dematierialization of art through a Dadaistic approach and Wagner’s idea of Total Art, explained in Soke Dinkla’s article “From Participation to Interaction: Towards the Origins of Interactive Art,” have worked to broaden art’s inclusiveness through this lens stressing the importance of experience. What is interesting then is the evolution of technology’s integration in the arts as it pertains to inclusivity.

Norbert Wiener is one author in the history of intermedia technologies that I looked more into after browsing From Wagner to Virtual Reality. Originator of cybernetics, the science of communications and automatic control systems both machine and living, Wiener theorized that technology would play a crucial role in the advancement of human communications toward a more natural state of being. In his book The Human Use of Human Beings, he argued that society as we know it is in a constant state of decay, called entropy. However systems of communication, because they inherently rely on states of organization, work to bring society into negentropy, or anti-entropy. I have not yet read Wiener’s books, but I would someday like to. His prediction that technology could be revolutionary towards advancing healthy communication, but ultimately would not be if taken for granted, I believe is our reality. I want to go back in history through his texts to see what else I find.

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Columbus Sky: Texture 10/14

I want to be informed when it comes to technology’s inclusion in life and art because in a lot of ways that is the direction I see movement advancing towards. Millennials need to experience a work with multiple senses and an allowed layer of interactivity otherwise they get distracted and don’t learn the experience of movement.

Because I am a millennial, the ability to work with diving into the pure essence of a thing, whatever that thing may be, is something I appreciate in our intermedia labs. Through our lab time we learn to play again. We are allowed to tap into our curiosities and dive deep down rabbit holes of exploration until we’ve exhausted the idea. This play is something I am looking to bring more into my everyday. The availability to question, to seek out, and to try all the thoughts moving through body and mind is a thrilling experience. An experience I think people have too little of.

Some words I bring up that relate to my recent experiences: perspective, perception, space, time, past, present, future, virtual reality, augmented reality, other-ness, color, shadow, shape. Some questions: how do histories collide in a work? how does a work begin? how does a work end? if meaning is always sought out but perception is always different, how do I shape a work? Some videos of intermedia I have been drawn to: Chunky Move- Biennale Danza 2010Box by the Creators ProjectMost Insane Immersive Movie Experience EVER, Part 2

Click here to see video excerpts of my intermedia experiences!

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Diving Down the Rabbit Holes

Part of where I believe “sophomore hell” comes in to play is that as second-year students in the dance department, we are required to take the intro level courses to the multiple aspects of dance we began to see emerge through Freshman Seminar. IMG_3642For me this includes History Theory Literature 1 (Dance History), Kinesiology, Movement Analysis, and Composition 2 alongside my movement practice classes. I’ve begun to call this “diving down the rabbit holes”, as I feel myself looking down deep pockets of possible exploration and knowledge as I take in each course. While I am busy with work, and face the challenges of accepting dance’s applications through desk work, I love my courses.

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Experiences in GarageBand

These last couple of weeks in Seminar we have been learning how to create music in GarageBand. We have been taught how to incorporate loops as well as sound from freesound.com for music. In the first couple of sessions our class learned how to use GarageBand tools, and we investigated how to actualize our sound visions. After this we were introduced to soundscapes, the background noises that compose a scene. (Spoiler alert the horse galloping noises, and other scenery sounds, you hear in movies and TV shows are made artificially.) With this information we were asked to compose a scene, transporting listeners into the world of your soundscape. And finally, we were asked to put both of these music aspects now available to us into a single project.

For my final sound project I played with creating an atmospheric mood. I used mostly sound from freesound, but with added looping techniques to enhance the overall quality. These classes have helped me to listen more efficiently to the sounds around me, and I believe that learning how to create music has boosted my understanding of the relationship between music and dance. This was an entirely new experience for me, and I enjoyed learning the techniques behind music creation. I look forward to further my work in this field as we continue working in GarageBand through our Dance for Camera lessons.