The Video – My actual artwork in video form
- Imagine yourself in a museum’s viewing room. It’s claustrophobically dark and there is an ambient hum that indicates the volumes might get loudly disorienting. You are geared up with tense anticipation for the video to walk your through a sensory experience. You watch as the space is transformed emotionally.
- Note: The full video is intended to be seen with your volume at high, as the experience delivers a contrasting tension to the Zen-like subject of this garden space.
- The Teaser: https://youtu.be/DVbpZF-ScK4
- The Video: https://youtu.be/V_SdvJe1YLc
- Over a period of 10 years, I’ve transformed my property using only reclaimed materials: stones dug out of my grounds to plant new trees that were donated by friends and family; bricks and wood donated from my neighbours as they transformed their own living spaces; mulch, dirt, and compost reclaimed from other projects and transformed over the years on my property.
- My intention always being to build a Zen garden space; a space that is ever-evolving according to the moods of those interacting with it. My process dedicated to a Wabi-Sabi ideal of ever-changing imperfections as a result of cooperation with Mother Nature.
- Seen from a standing/siting perspective, one notices a finished product, but walking through it at the ground level permits one to partake in the ongoing transformations of a living space.
- Note: A ten year time-lapse film of the transformation would have been interesting to see how the end-result was reached, but lacking the essence of the living space I’ve collaborated in making.
Statement of Inquiry & Guiding Questions
- Changing ones point of view transforms spaces emotionally.
- Why would you offer different perspectives on spaces?
- How could your emotions change when looking at spaces from different points of view or perspectives?
- What if every narrative could change when viewed from a different perspective?
- What could change perspectives?
Key Concepts & Vocabulary
- Perspectives / point of view
- Transformation / change
- Recycling /Repurposing
- Immersive Experience
- Space & time
- Human impact on the environment
- Video: Elements of art: space — https://youtu.be/U11B_0FCn6o
- Artist: Richard Serra & his experiential spaces (Article: Richard Serra will jolt you awake: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/10/07/richard-serra-will-jolt-you-awake )
- Artist: Andy Goldsworthy & his ephemeral land transformations (Article: Living Your Wild Creativity: https://www.livingyourwildcreativity.com/art-gallery-1-mitchell-1 )
- iPhone, iPad, tablets with a digital camera (I used iPhone 11)
- Selfie-stick or portable tripod (I used a tripod)
- Computer and video editing software (I used a MacBook Pro & Da Vinci Resolve)
Teaching Possibilities – High school
- Unit on installations – Theme: Human Impact on the environment.
- Discuss installations by viewing works by Richard Serra.
- Discuss land art by viewing works by Andy Goldworthy
- Student challenge one – Design your own land-based installation: give no limitations to materials or space… this is only a design.
- Reflections on challenge one: Where would you get all your materials? What is the impact to the environment in using these materials? How could you change your materials to minimize the impact on the environment? How will your design change?
- Student challenge two – Build your new design using only found / foraged materials.
- Reflections on challenge two: How has the scale of your new artwork changed compared to the original design: size, materials, design? How can you show your new artwork so that it appears in the same scale as the original design: photography / film?