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The tilt filter on this piece was really amazing. It was really interesting to see things in a micro sort of sense. I did wonder though if there was any way else the media displayed could have been used as a part in a larger, multimedia based project. As cool as it was, I felt as if I was asking for more from the piece. The Live music component of the piece was something I really appreciated. Similar to Mel's last two piece's, and Sean and Nicola's piece under the bridge, I think that Live music has a great positive influence on the project and allows it to stand out. The way the video was placed was one issue i had. I would have liked to see it maybe full screen on the entire wall or nicely placed along the architectural features of the building, but I think there was some problem with the magic arm and projector setup. I think this video would be really effective on a small scale. Such a miniature project could be really emphasized when small. Great job!
I think I was taking down some projectors or something when you performed this piece... Too bad, I was looking forward to seeing what had been described about it.
Didn't get to see too much of this piece, I was also hauling stuff around at this point.
I did see about 30 seconds worth. The images were really great, and definitely had that miniature feel. Watching it on a wall was very cool. I missed the 'point', but that could be from my short time with the piece.
Aesthetically, I really liked this work. The tilt filter you used created that wonderful 'tiny world' feeling with the video, and the music was especially well done. I guess I felt that the main thing that bothered me in this regard was that the video selection seemed kind of disjointed; e.g. the videos clips had very different aesthetics (flat stock footage vs. edited tilt/shift). Still, I think that this criticism is only marginally relevant, and that, with the live music and the full color video, the project was very effective at conveying your point.
I do not believe that I saw this mini work.
What I did see were images of the Mississippi River at St. Anthony's falls, and the face shots of the stereotypically Native American Man. I recognized the footage of the Native man from some strange clip on youtube. I read the St.Anthony's falls site as an area of linked exploitation, of environmental resources and the conquest of land from native peoples. I've encountered stories and depictions about initial encounters between the Dakota and Father Hennepin, an a false interpretation of a Dakota sacrifice. I particularly critique the choice in representation of a stereotypical Native American.
The representation links cultural ideals of the noble savage, and the romantic notion of Native Americans being connected to the environment. The youtube clips portray the Native American acting bewildered at the site of pollution of the river. In this respect, the clip makes sense, despite its stereotypical drawback; because the ecology of the Mississippi river and land were disrupted and polluted by the Milling industry.
Given the specifics related to the site (Dakota tribe), did the group discuss the implications of stereotypical Native representation?
I too was wrapping of other tasks at the time and didn't know the video was going on until near the end...
So I remember a screenshot of what our classmate calls the stereotypical Native American, as well as moment of tilt-shift. In terms of the latter, the technology is great in the sense that it can produce "that wonderful 'tiny world' feeling." I like the idea of using the local landscape in our art; in the future it would be interesting to see tilt-shift used for both the place and content, such as poignant moments of crime or celebration - something that really resonates. then again I don't know the editing process, and maybe didn't see enough of your piece to know that you indeed didn't go there.
Regarding the placement of Native Americans, I'm not sure if it was necessarily a reinforcement of stereotypes, but our fellow public projectionist has a point. It's part of our history and we can actively reinforce or challenge stereotypes... but we know that.
for this piece, i would have enjoyed more focus.
if it were me, i would have focused just on the tilt-shift footage/world
i'd prefer the music to mimic the miniaturization of a large world.
In addition, id prefer prerecorded music to live music.