Month: November 2013

cooperative experiment ‘I,Malvolio’ (1)

I haven’t update my blog for a long time,it’s not appropriate,I need to self-criticism.I have to admit it’s hard for me to keep doing this,writing on notebook is more easy for me,but I need to change.Now I’m will begin to review what have I done before and update.

During these days,I have an opportunity to cooperative with my friend Jake Huang who is studying in Wimbledon College of Arts’ MA Digital Theatre.He intend to make an  experiment work,it need to combine with dance performance and animation.Thus,our cooperative work is begin.He came with an idea,use projector to project animation on dancer’s body,combine 2D animation with live performance.

This form is inspire by a work.

Then we intend to use this form to make a experiment. Because we thought it is quite amusing that when 2D appear on our real life.For me,it is more a new presentation of animation.This time animation not only display on flat screen,but also present on a 3D  world.Sine my MA course,I intend to use animation as a entry point,try to find new art form to present animation,at least for me is completely new.Besides,I love 2D animation,so I would love to use this traditional art form combine with technology.

Therefore,we need to confirm storyboard.Because this is Jake’s assignment,so the decision of content is in his hands.He want to create a performance base on Shakespeare’s “Twelve Nights”.

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In “Twelve Nights”,Malvolio is Olivia’s pompous steward.Several characters conspire to make  Malvolio believe that Olivia has fallen for him.  They convince Malvolio that Olivia is secretly in love with him by planting a love letter, written by Maria in Olivia’s hand. It asks Malvolio to wear yellow stockings cross-gartered, to be rude to the rest of the servants, and to smile constantly in the presence of Olivia. Malvolio finds the letter and reacts in surprised delight. He starts acting out the contents of the letter to show Olivia his positive response. Olivia is shocked by the changes in Malvolio and leaves him to the contrivances of his tormentors. Pretending that Malvolio is insane, they lock him up in a dark chamber. Feste visits him to mock his insanity, both disguised as a priest and as himself.

Thus Jake want to express the inner world of Malvolio,from surprise, delight, entanglement, to anger of be fooled,lost,and restore calm.We design to use animation to present Malvolio’s emotion.Besides,Jake intend to use a new way to perform this old theatre.He invited his friend Siwei Lin who also is MA Fine art student of WCA,as dancer and choreography,design a hip-hop style dance to act Malvolio. Use a contemporary way to display an old drama.

Hence,I began to design the storyboard with Jake and Shiye. After discussion,we confirm that use a letter as clues,because the hold story is because the fake letter.So we intend to use letter to lead Malvolio’s change of emotion.

First,Malvolio is sitting in a dark space with a small window which implied his inner world.The background is humble metaphor his status,a pompous steward.And there also hanging a pair of socks which is Malvolio’s characteristic –yellow stocks.

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Second,letter is appeared.It will dance seductively around Malvolio that display he received Olivia’s love letter. Malvolio will hesitate first,because  their status is different.Then he was surprise and delight,and began to accept.

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However,this letter is a hoax,so the letter began show its true colors.The letter show its diabolical face and explode that implied the exposed of lies,which also feared him.

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Then he begin to anger,crack imply his emotion outburst.

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In the end,he will restore clam and normal,and back to his real world.

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22/11/2013 exhibition

Last Friday there was a exhibition Friday Late in RA.But i was a little disappointed about the exhibition.Those work are boring for me,writing some important event on the post-it note,making plasticine crafts,placing the birds.And they called interaction,indeed audience are engage with the work,but i think an interactive artwork is more profound,not just playing game like a child.

However,some time art need some thing just for fun,but these kinds of art work still have a creative concept or method.But i can not saw any creative concept in those work,just normal thing which we can find easily in our life.That why i don’t like them.



After exhibition, I use the plasticine to make a little craft.

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Some exhibition

Recently,I had went to some exhibitions and galleries.

White Cube

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These painting are interesting,artist use those waste poster to create these completely different painting.They also remains audiences’ curiosity.Where were these posters come from,when were these posters produce,what are their original appearance?And what are they means when they mix together.In some distance,they are meaningful,because old posters and new posters are mix in a same painting.

Then next is a glass gallery,I had watch the process of making glass craft.It’s my first time watched how to make glass craft,it was amazing!

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Although the glass craft was fail in the end,but we were enjoy the process,process is the most important thing.

Poster has become a dying art,new digital advertising are replaced them silently.How far can these physical art can go?Digital painting can instead traditional painting,3D or computer animation instead traditional hard draw animation,3d painter can instead hand made produce quickly.Hight technology now bring convenient,environmental,excellent effect and interaction to art.But there still some realistically feeling which computer can not do.I think we need to think about the future of physical traditional art,what artist need to do is how to improve them,not replaces them.