Well the meeting on site the other day was a bit weird. It has now been decided that the central column that houses my four monitors is to be positioned to one side of the room rather than in the centre as originally agreed. The over-riding reason for this appears to be nothing more than a more convenient availability of power source – which could quite easily have been sorted. It will change the dynamic of the installation, and I am not happy, but won’t bore you or myself going over this again as it appears to be a done deal. I do try and get my head around the practicalities of the situation from the client’s point of view, but have little time for what appears to just be laziness on a certain person’s (better not say who) part.
On the much more positive side, I feel like the piece is finally coming together.
When I was more inclined to draw, I developed a style that sort of ‘sculpted’ the image off the paper. I make a myriad of marks that cross reference each other and somehow, almost by magic, the image seems to form out of them. This technique has sort of transferred itself into the way I make my video work… and particularly this piece.
It has been a long process of trawling though to digitise the juicy bits into the computer, and then sifting upon sifting the clips until something that seems to gel comes out. It might be described as organised chaos, ‘cept it’s not really chaos cos I always know where I’m going once I get half way there. More like editing whilst in the ‘zone’ (the zone being somewhere between trance, dreaming and plain mania). I never think it’s going to work, but somehow I usually get there. It’s like explaining something to one’s self.
You knew it was there but you just couldn’t see it, sort of thing.
The only problem with this technique is that I’m not too sure how long the process is going to take, so being all ‘business- like’ and delivering to deadlines can be a bit hit and miss. Still – I really need to get this piece out of the door so it’s hair shirts and late night edits for me at the mo.
We are now booked to install the tower on Monday coming so I have to have something ready by then… eeeeek …. bye bye weekend!