Repetition is a form that is used to create an emphasis. When something is repeated several times, variation between each repetition is created. Exposing what these variations can show in media art will often result in an array of outcomes. I have taken this idea and used it to create my work Time Slice.
I have an interest in photography and photo manipulation, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to use these mediums in this assignment. Having learnt a lot about repetition, variation and iteration in class I felt confident researching media art works that had used this technique. I eventually came across an artwork that I thought was absolutely beautiful, Reticulated Time by Nobuhiro Nakanishi. In this piece Nakanishi explores “the inspiring effects of nature and our perception of it.” (Hidebrand 2014). It caused me to really start thinking about my perception of the world I was experiencing every day and I wanted to see if I could take this idea and create my own work.
I initially decided to take a photo every day of the same landscape, and I would overlay each image in an editing program, changing the opacity so that you could see each photo at the same time. However, after the first few days it became clear that my images were reaching the “saturation point” very quickly, where there were too many repetitions and the piece was losing it’s meaning. Wanting to keep to the same theme I decided I would try to create the interactive element that Nakanishi used in his work.
After a lot of research into whether I could access materials that would work and that I had access too, I found that I could print my images on transparent sheets. I decided then that I would take 25 images and hang them in the gallery space I was allocated. I chose to photograph the Wollongong Lighthouse as the audience members would hopefully be able to identify it as something they are familiar with.
I went up to the lighthouse 5 times over the space of a few days and I took 5 different sets of photos. Initially, I was worried that I wasn’t there long enough to see variation as there wasn’t a lot of change between each photo. We also had a lot of cloudy weather so a lot of colour change that would have occurred I missed. On my last visit I stayed for a lot longer, from late afternoon to a night sky and I discovered that there was a lot of change in the photos. I printed them off and have been able to successfully hang them.
My aim with this piece was to have my audience think about how they engage with time and the world around them. It has taken a naturally occurring passing of time and visually displayed it as set and unchanging. The audience can appreciate how quickly the world around us changes and can remove themselves from the situation and observe it in stilled time. When looking at the piece from different angles, there is a different perception each time. The different perceptions can be said to represent how, individually, we each have a different interaction with the time and space in which we live.
Time Slice – 2015
Everyday we interact with the world around us in countless ways. Our senses are constantly interacting with our environment and yet I wonder whether we truly appreciate the world around us and how in only moments change comes and time moves on again.
Time has extensive effect on our engagement with all we see and do. We can’t stop time, but we can stand back and take the time to observe how our experiences can change.
Time Slice is an interactive exploration of the effects of time. It attempts to engage the viewer in a reproduced temporality which provides an understanding of our perception and involvement with time and space. The continuity and fluidity of time is explored in this representation. It attempts to showcase a real life experiment of lapsing time in an isolated environment that provokes thought into our interaction with our ever changing world.
When looking at the piece from different angles, there is a different perception each time. The different perceptions can be said to represent how, individually, we each have a different interaction with the time and space in which we live.