Posts Tagged ‘incision’
shots from a playtest of my installation, Almost Everything Can And Shall Be Cut – a next iteration will involve layering the plastic sheeting to produce stereoscopic effects when the second channel video is projected. For the first video displayed on the monitor, I’m thinking of setting up the plastic tent in a stairwell.
concept for a short live action animation piece_
“ALMOST EVERYTHING CAN AND SHALL BE CUT”
an examination of the friction between texture and violence to bring us closer to the felt idea of flesh
presentation of different types of incisions using sharp and blunt metal instruments into a large array of materials:
raw meat, fish (carving knife, tweezers, paper cutter) ice / ice cube (inefficiently sawing off the edge with a blunt butter knife)
jello or flan (into little cubes using a razor blade) foam core (guitar pick – study in morcellation)
velvet, thick cloth (nail-cutting scissors) light (shadow of a knife or a needle)
wooden floor, wooden surface (repetitive gouging) computer motherboard, electronic circuit (large scissors, carving knife, snipping off transistors)
play dough (axe with blade held in hand, clumsily approaching tiny bits)
INCISION followed by MORCELLATION, FRAGMENTATION OF MATERIAL INTO ITS CONSTITUENT FORMS (filaments, bits, crumbs, slivers)
the act of cutting can be smooth, swift : sensation of liberation, closure mixed with disquiet of violent end
the act of cutting can be difficult, messy, awkward: sensation of squeamish frustration
Progression: liquid starts to OOZE out of harmed materials (old blood, water, viscous stuff – MULTICOLORED, DYED)
INTERACTIVE TEXTURES: KNOB to raise the volume on the sound effects
KNOB to slow down the act of cutting
KNOB to skip frames, so that the cutting becomes schematic vs. visceral
KNOB to introduce lyrical music
KNOB to introduce ominous music
BUTTON to produce WHISPERED WORDS OF ASSOCIATION (push and random word/phrase emerges): i think you enjoy it, fungus, why are you doing it, it will all decay quite soon, soft, squishy, wet, very dry, too dry, i wonder what this is, it looks better when its in tiny little bits, i didn’t think i could do that, this doesn’t seem so impossible, someone told me not to but i’ll do it anyway, nothing seems too bright, nothing appears less important, a good thing its irreversible or it might come back to haunt me, i could eat that, i could drink that, i don’t want to, forage, push.
the knobs frame the screen, unlabeled except for the button (“VOICES OF INSTRUCTION”). tiny switch next to button – makes a word repeat every 5 seconds.
nothing can stop the violence: metal keeps cutting, stuff keeps oozing, more and more stuff oozes out, everything is increasingly MORECELLATED and finally, LIQUEFIED.