Dissertation finally coming together 🙂
I just sent out the second part to my surveys, where this time, in contrast to the first part, i used my own work (produced from the techniques resulting in the first survey). these works consisted of a gestural drawing and a sequential photograph. the participant is asked the same questions that where asked in the first set, but this time, in addition, the participant must write the reason for his/her selection. this will allow me to have a better understanding of the reasoning behind results i will receive and draw better conclusions.
Below are images of the two works that the viewer will select from for each of the thirteen questions, which are divided into Emotional Response, Visual Response and Logical Response.
“Dancers throw themselves with spirals and a variety of rolls. At unexpected timings, dancers fill the canvas with a series of scribbles, streaks, lines and loops on the floor with paint of black, yellow, red, green and blue that is on their backs, feet and mittens. Ultimately, actions of painting and movements are melted into choreography, which arrive at a tangible picture, like a photo taken to capture a temporal moment.” (Christopher Moa, 2007)
Shen Wei is an artist which i have research throughout my dissertation. Very interesting work and brilliant way of tracing the body’s movement by using the body itself as a medium while performing.
After concluding my thesis surveys i immediately began working on my project work with the selected technique concluded from these surveys. The technique chosen was photograph depicting a sequence of movement by Etienne Jules Marey.
I shall experiment more with this technique, play around with different opacities, different movement and also different distance between each step of the movement to also suggest different speed of the movement happening. apart from this i aim to keep a landscape layout as i believe this enhances the movement happening, this aids the viewer’s eyes to move along the sequence logically.
I have been working on my thesis surveys these past few weeks. After sending out a set of questions to 30 different individuals i finally managed to obtain a result on which Fine Art technique is thought to be most effective in capturing movement produced by the human body. all the participants had background in either the Arts sector or the Sports sector, this aided in relative answers due to the familiarity with both movement and artistic techniques.
In the surveys i sent out, i asked questions relating to the viewer’s Emotional response, Visual response and also logical response to the artworks presented. The set of nine artworks were selected to go together with the questions, ranging from painting, sculpture, drawing, and photography. All the artworks where produced by artists which i had previously carried research on, when writing my literature review. These included work by Marey, Rubens, Boccioni, Muybridge, performance artist Shen Wei, Balla, contemporary photographer Bertil Nilsson, the Bragagalia brothers and also drawings by contemporary artist Karolina Szymkiewicz.
When calculating the results obtained from my participants, it was clear that one image was most commonly chosen. this was the photograph depicting a sequence of movement produced by Etienne Jules Marey. The second commonly selected image was the piece produced from a performance by Shen Wei and some of his dancers, this suggested movement through lines produced by the body itself (using the body as a medium).
From these results, i will now work on producing work using both these methods, photograph sequence and linear/gestural drawings, and will later test these works on an other set of ten individuals to back up the results obtained, to prove if photography is really thought to be the most effective Fine Art method used to capture movement produced by the body.