The New Normal Series
For the second and final assessment task for project portfolio 02, creative studio students like myself had to submit and come up with a proposal for the DANT (Digital Arts Northern Territory) website. Students had either three options when it came to start creating for the project which were either a mural for the water tower, sculpture for the library breezeway or photographic projections for the amphitheatre. For my proposal submission, I decided to choose the amphitheatre and create my own projections.
For the amphitheatre projections, instead of incorporating photographical images, I decided to take videos instead to bring the projections more alive like and tell more of a story through those videos side by side displayed on the amphitheatre walls. The theme I focused my videos on were around quarantine and what the new normal looks and feels like currently in today’s society undergoing the pandemic. For the videos, I used my close friend as a model in which she acted out ways which reinforce this idea of ‘isolation’ and how that can be interpreted through different perspectives of surrounding environments. I decided to make the videos tell more of a story through using things that are related to quarantine, such as a mask in which the model in my video has on throughout the video series, in which she is absolutely alone in each different setting forming this sense of eeriness and almost melancholic look being presented to the audience. The videos take place in three different settings being home in bed, the bathroom in which the model puts on the mask before leaving to venture outside to a completely isolated beach setting, where my model walks amongst the coastline in isolation.
One of the artists who inspired my work for this project was photographer Robert Doisneau. Doisneau was a French photographer and an earlier pioneer of photojournalism along with his interest in street photography. Through his photography mainly having a black and white approach, Doisneau captures a vision of human frailty and a series of life events happening yet presenting this idea of quietness through the usage of black and white photography spawning feelings of nostalgia and what was once a living memory almost forgotten. Through his multiple works, he has managed to connect and capture the idea of human life linked with his storytelling abilities portrayed in black and white photographs. This approach was an inspiration for my own projections which my videos are taken in black and white which links back to Doisneau’s practice and primary medium.
Photos by Nikita Kafetzis