This week we took our research skills and core practice from the previous 6 weeks and used them to re-interpretation/ re-create/ re-stage of a work correlating to our main interests.
In a group, consisting of Briana, Joel, Shaun and myself we looked into our shared interest in multisensory interaction, deciding to look at the work of James Turrell, particularly into his Afrum piece, which consisted of a projection based piece through the displacement of light and illusion. This worked well for my specific interesting in distortion through light interaction, projection and the use of mirrors.
Turrell’s practice is with light and projection creating works that amplify perception, through installations that activate a heightened sensory awareness that promotes discovery. To understand Turrell’s work we had to first gain an understanding of the constructs of how the work was made by reverse engineering it. Initially, we thought there was a cube in front of a wall with a light in the middle of it reflecting out, however, through our research, we found that it was, in fact, two flat panels of projected light; with a rectangular piece of radiant colour hovering in front of the wall. With this setup, Turrell wished to “coax the viewer into a state of self-reflexivity in which one can see oneself seeing” (Collection Online, 2017).
“Turrell has consistently utilized the sparest formal means to perpetuate the consciousness of perception. As demonstrated by the projected geometric “cube” of Afrum I, in which light creates the illusion of volume, the artist’s work derives its power from simplicity.”
Turrell’s practice into the psychological implications of perception involved within sensory deprivation stated in 1968 where he participated in the art and technology program alongside scientist Edward Wortz, who at the time was investigating the perceptual alterations encountered in space travel.
When it came to re-staging this piece, we went through multiple ideas before putting it into practice, we talked about the use of light and projection but ultimately choice projection as that was Turrell’s medium.
There was a lot of experimentation done with this piece, in regards to creating the shape to mimic that of Turrell’s cube shape made with projected panels. To create ours we started by getting a cardboard box and cutting out a hexagon shape to project the light through.
We did start with a diamond cut out but we soon realised that it was not going to be effective when creating a cube shape onto the wall. Starting with only one projector we found that the shape was coming out rather flat and wasn’t giving the 3-dimensional shape needed that Turrell’s work had.
Therefore we decided to add another projector sitting one top of the first to give an overlapping effect, this gave the projection more depth and also gave off an accidental illusion aspect, which ended up working for the overall piece.
This process worked really well in conjunction with what I had in mind for the final project. I want to create a piece that uses distortion as a way to get the audience not only to interaction with the piece but also to leave with something to think about.