Topic: Narrative or Abstraction
Project Duration: 3 Weeks
Submission Date: 23d November 2020
The topic of part 3 is Narrative or Abstraction. I understand that this could be totally narrative or literal abstract such as fine art. However, I as I want to combine two topics, I’m planning to make abstract animation which including storyboards.
Week one: 2, November 2020
Before starting the project, I’ll look through the meaning behind ‘Narrative and Abstraction’ in the Oxford dictionary. Then I’ll research optical illusion artists because I think the human senses are well related to tricks. Investigating the movie ‘Dreams’ directed by Akira Kurosawa will inspire me to imagine dreams and realize in form of visual arts. I will research the oldest known drawings. As I’m going to make animation in the second week, I will research one or more animation with artists.
Week two: 9, November 2020
I will make simple simple synopses first. Then I can make around two minutes short 2D animation. I’m aiming to make simple-story animation but deliver short strong images. I’ll have to write annotation processes by steps on my blog.
Week three: 16, November 2020
For week three, I’ll proceed the animation which I started in week two. For the last day of the week, I’ll start preparing my portfolio at this point.
1 – 1. Abstract Art reports
1 – 2. Abstract Art reports
Secondary research – Human senses
In the first time, I understand the meaning ‘abstract’ as something cannot be seen but instead feel. And I find out ‘feel’ is highly related to five basic human senses; Sight, Smell, Taste, and Touch. However, Ben told me that there are more than five human senses, I’ll consider other senses as well. I thought that the topic is ok, but there was tons of artworks treating human senses.
Therefore, I had make something new. The first idea that come across my mind is ‘tricking human senses’.
However, I had thought that ‘tricking’ is something general and hard to understand. I had to proceed researching on it. Therefore I read ‘Virtual reality’ Book by Samuel Greengard and read some parts in the article ‘Sense Simulation in Virtual Reality to Increase: Immersion, Presence, and Interactions’ by Himanshu Limbasiya.
The reasons why I research these book and article is because virtual reality is one of medias which ‘tricking’ human senses most especially through Sight.
And I got inspirational paragraph in article:
‘In the real world, our body uses all the human senses
to stay focused. All the human senses work simultaneously to give us a sense of presence in
the real world. Similarly to make the user experience more realistic in the virtual world,
stimulation of human senses is important so that our mind can be tricked’.
That means, If I use or ‘trick’ as many as human senses as I can, then more immersive contents can be made. This is an interesting research and I found similar research by National University of Singapore(NUS).
This was the research example of ‘tricking taste and sight’.
1. Soak stick attached sensor into lemonade and get data of lemonade (taste, colour etc).
2. Send data to NUS – designed cocktail cup.
3. Even if I drink the normal water, the taste and sight seems lemonade.
Above research was just localized in tricking taste and sight. However how to trick more senses? This is the hardest part. Therefore I go back to five basic human senses and researched basic principles. And here is my research:
First of all, almost all human senses are deeply related to neuron which is the cell that make up the nervous system. Unlike other cells, neuron can transmit signals in an electrical manner.
1. The visual organs are responsible for converting photostimulations outside the body into electrical signals. 2. The auditory organ plays a role in converting the pressure of changes (sound) of the air outside the body into electrical signals. 3. The tactile organs are responsible for converting changes in skin pressure into electrical signals. 4. The taste organs are distributed on the tongue and play a role in generating different combinations of electrical signals. 5. The olfactory organs are distributed in the nose and play a role in creating different combinations of electrical signals depending on the chemicals in the air.
If I ‘trick’ or ‘confuse’ some electrical signals, I can trick almost all basic human senses!
How to apply these into my final artworks?
As I’m not a scientist, I thought that I have to approach in more artistic way – through animation or illustration.
These two thumbnail drawings show my first ideas – there is a socket man and he can insert some plugs to his body. As far as he put plugs, he can ‘feel’ the characteristics of subjects – For example, If he insert the pizza-plug, he can taste the pizza. The reason that I chose ‘plug’ is because I though that plug can convey ‘electrical signals’ and much easier to visualise than neuron.
I think the overall idea is not bad but there was limitations conveying my ideas – narrative problems
Therefore I proceed researching some greatest storytelling film call ‘Dreams’ by Akira Kurosawa.
I found and researched ‘Dreams’ to get abstractive images. However some of images in the movie were just surrealism rather than abstract arts. Originally surrealism often deals with dreams like the Kurosawa’s ‘Dreams’. Actually, the first appearance of surrealism (1920 – mid 1960s) was faster than Abstract-expressionism (1940s – mid 1960s).
Difference between Abstract and Surrealism:
Abstract is a style of art where the artwork does not refer to anything outside of the artwork itself. Surrealism is a style where the artwork draws from the unconscious and the irrational. Information reference: http://www.differencebetween.net/language/difference-between-abstract-and-surrealism/
My Interpretation film ‘Dreams’:
I believe Mixture between dreams (fake experience) and childhood (actual experience) and crossing boundaries between them was the key points in this film. Breaking and recreating boundaries is also intriguing part. Because while we dreaming, we can’t realise whether it’s dream or not – It could be ‘trick’.
Animation making processes
My impressive Abstract memory – Ultraman intro
Rather than focusing on ‘contents’, I believe that we can remember ‘images’ instead.
Highest Hierarchy in Art history – Abstract Art
My perspectives in interpretation of Abstract Art for commercial purposes
I personally disagree that Abstract Art have to be just for people who got authority in higher social status than simple peasant. There are reasons behind. Some people who believes Abstract Art have to be expensive are suggesting that before the existence of camera, artists described the objects as similar as possible. This could be the fact. However, if we see the oldest-known drawings in pre-history, such as cave art, we can see the born of abstract arts.
Oldest known Abstract images
Usage of abstract
Mood board – David Hockney
Concept Art for final animation
Memory of Swimming
Making final animation
Simwoo ( finding cow ) and my interpretation
1 – 1. Story boards
1 – 2. Story boards
First feeling encountering water – GIF Animaiton
Rotoscoping final animation
Through ‘Climate change, ‘Style’ and ‘Narrative or Abstract’, I was a lot of potential for development. Moving from the stage of producing characters to the process of producing my ‘story’, despite the many challenges to overcome, I was able to produce great works based on philosophical thinking and scientific facts. A lot of research has been conducted-especially research that crosses the times, places or beliefs (religions) has been of great help in developing the ability to interpret the world more subjectively.
Each project consisted of 2 weeks, 3 weeks and 2 weeks, which was insufficient time to do dense research and work in a short period of time. Still, I did my best.
Part 3 peer assessment
Peer assessment for meruyert:
- Ballet: I can see some beautiful researches that she proceeded. Interpreting a classical ballet called ‘Giselle’ was the interesting part. She find out the that the story of ‘Giselle’ was came from a prose passage called Heine’s L’Allemangne and the poem Fantômes from Victor Hugo’s Les Orientales. Besides, she researched medieval clothes and designed in her own style.
2. Schoolchildren’s one of problems: When it comes to the second project, she deeply researched schoolchildren’s problems at home and showed how lack of income affects their mental health and education to their children. She designed some characters who react differently in different social status. She wrote bibliography well as well. I personally think the topic is very great for both researching and making them into form of artworks.
- About two different projects: Even she done some great research for both ballet and schoolchildren’s problem, It was bit hard connecting relevant points between them.
- About ballet thumbnail drawings: I can see some ballet thumbnail drawings. For more requisition , I want to see the original pictures that she inspired.
3. School children: The character’s facial features and body features which she drew at school children was too similar so that hard to distinguish whether she or he is being stressed or not.
4. For extra requisition: Drawings are nice. Therefore I want to see them in bigger sizes.
Evan’s assessments for me
He recommend me to ‘put reference images of my swimming illustrations.’ Positive comments:
evan’s positive comments: The concept of abstract art is well organized in blog Various types of abstract art were expressed through various media. He said there was a lot of explanation for where I got his inspiration and how the end result would be produced.
evan, thank you so much for giving me feedback with your unique illustration.
Part 3 bibliography
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