Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Resources and Scenario

List of resources
- High res digital camera : Canon 40D or 5D or 5D Mark2
- Vertical grip for support more battery, or make power cable instead of battery.
- Wide & bright lens ( for indoor shooting )
- Shutter system: arduino, motor, buttons.

Interview scenario
1. Contact people of friends or relative of friends.
2. Visit them at early in the morning.
3. Talk about project and doing interview about 'time' and 'regular day of life'
4. Set up a camera.
5. Leave the house.
6. After sunset or next day, get back the camera.

For my thesis work, I don’t need user scenario.
My work open to every one, and I don’t expect any reaction from audience.

Why window blind.

  Why window blind?


1. Personal implication


A window blind reflects my personality. I'm not a socialized person. I prefer to stay alone and spend time thinking by myself. When I stay behind the window blind, I feel comfortable because it gives me a feeling of hiding from the outside while it allows me to see what is happening out there without being recognized by others. It makes me feel safe.

 Blinds can be opened and shuttered. It also shows my personality in the sense that I easily shutter down my mind when I don’t want to be involved in certain situations or relationships.

The actual size of the blind is 23.0" W x 15.0" H although the final image is portrayed in a larger size. I intentionally chose a relatively small size window blind which is actually about the size of my computer monitor. It represents my subjective view toward the world since my computer monitor is my window to society where I spend most of my private time. I always look at the world with my unique perception as window blind also filters out the light as much as it allows.

 From technical point of view, the small blinds reinforce a short focusing range which creates the abstract images of my project. It also leads to move the focus from outside view of window to the colors of light.


2. Symbolic implication


 A window blind tells a lot about the person who lives in the room. Blinds can be always opened, closed or even partially opened with certain angles. They might be clean or dirty. By looking closely at blinds in a room, we can assume a lot about the owner’s personality. 

 In my case, I change the angle of my blinds to block sun light as soon as I wake up every morning. After a few minutes, I open the blinds and window to let fresh air into my room. Around noon, I close half of the window blinds to block the sun light. I open the window blinds to see the sunset sky in late afternoon. I open my window blinds only about 15 inches around night time to block the inside light and also to see outside. I like to see outside at night while people cannot see inside of my room.
 There are reasons that window blinds attracted my attention to use as a medium for this project. Window blinds are not only used to block the sun light coming into the room but also to block people from looking inside of private space. More interestingly, person inside of the room controls how much he or she wants to be exposed. It also allows managing what he or she wants to see outside. Although a window blind is a substantially important object in a room, people rarely recognize the existence.

Content samples

Documentation about routine day of people.

AS a part of work, title make people think about context inside of picture.

246w 24th street, New York, NY, / a day of Daisy
30 Newport PKway, Jersey City / 14 hours of John.
55 River Drive South, Jersey City / 2 day of Sunghun

Graphical representation

Graphical representation of the prototype's form / structure

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Concept Diagram



Overview / Thesis Statement

Through my past projects, I focused on expressing my emotional states by using the medium of the colors of light related to time change. This thesis project, however, goes and step farther and attempt to connect audiences through commonly shared emotions such as loneliness and gloominess that are continuously narrated through images taken over a couple of days.

The window blind symbolizes my eyes that filter light coming through and create beautiful shades of color. By using this symbolism, I wanted to express my own perception of beauty that is connected to a concept of time passing. 


  My goal is to make an art piece that impacts people with concepts of honesty, brilliance, and beauty.

  Audience, Location, Interaction Time

 I don't have a specific target audience. My work is designed to be placed in a gallery and is going to be seen by various visitors. I respect the audience’s personal tastes that my work can appear to be impressive or can also be ignored. I prefer a quite gallery environment that allows viewers to fall into my work by thinking deeply. 

Core Features and Functionality

 My project only focuses on “Look and feel.” It will be just hung on a gallery wall for viewers to look at and feel freely. The technological component of the project is not given any significant meaning. However, I want to stress the point that I used a camera in positive way as the best medium of recording time passing.

Success Measures

 Before I expect any audience’s reaction, I put more meaning on personal achievement. My work has to be able to move myself first since I am the first audience exposed to my art work. The most important success measure of this project is “honesty” and how honestly I expressed my intention of creating this art. I believe my art work can move audience’s minds if it does for me.  

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

related works

Atta Kim

Atta Kim, ON-AIR Project, DMZ Series, The Eastern Front, 8 Hours, 2005, © Atta Kim

Atta Kim, ON-AIR Project, DMZ Series, The Western Front, 4 Hours, 2003,

Atta Kim, ON-AIR Project, New York Series, Times Square, 8 Hours, 2005

AK: There are over 100,000 soldiers from South and North Korea facing each other across the DMZ line. Yet, the DMZ itself looks more peaceful than anywhere in this world. Within the face-off of these two powers, the DMZ stands like the eye of the storm, quiet and peaceful. It is a cruel irony.

AK: Long exposure is an important concept—everything eventually disappears. It serves as the physical process for the “On-Air” project. “Everything disappears” doesn’t just mean gradual disappearance, but extends to examining the precious value of individuals and of history. A Korean proverb says, “Know its worth once it’s gone.”

Nicole Pasulka’s interview with photographer Atta Kim.