Day 05 – Concept Development Presentation
Holger introduced Softimage which allowed for simulations on an element. It also looked like the node structure was utilized in ICE which I briefly came across when I utilized Nuke for a tracking exercise, last year.
Like Motionbuilder, SoftImage too was daunting for me, as I had abandoned the 3D environment to focus on 2D animation processes in my degree.
ASSESSMENT 1 – Concept Development Presentation
In the afternoon, we presented our conceptual proposal for the brief. Based on our discussions after the collaging workshops. We decided to explore Estuary as a space where nature paradoxically displays its strength and it’s vulnerability within the ever-changing framework of state. The Estuary is the meeting place of the two (Queensland Government 2013). We framed our analysis of the concept of Estuary by analyzing the human emotional and rational state and whether these states are diametrically opposing or whether they indeed meet and merge in an estuarial space (Gulley 1964).
My personal research delved into the antiquarian philosophy of Homer and Plato. Homer was a poet who’s Heroes were prone to have mood swings and were violently passionate. Today they would be diagnosed as bipolar or mentally unstable. Homer equated passion or emotions with bodily organs, namely, the lungs, head and chest (Hoystad 2007)(Luo &Yu 2015).
Plato, four centuries later, would criticize these heroes as being child-like, whose souls were sick because they allowed their emotions to overrule their rationale. He categorized the ‘soul’ in 3 parts, reason, emotion and desire. And argued emotion and reason have a relationship whereby emotion is subordinate to reason and operates as a function of rationality, (Science.jrank.org n.d.)(Thompson 2013).
In the context of the estuary, Homer would identify with the Siphonophores, which flow with the current as Homer’s heroes follow their heart. Plato, in contrast, parallels the rigid Arthropods, with his dogmatic perspectives.
The following panorama is a visual representation of this diametric thinking. It is framed in the context of the estuary. The intruder, rigid Plato, attempts to invade the fluid Homeric space.
This theme of emotion versus rationale, framed in an estuarial space was further explored in the installation piece of Davina Kirkpatrick, who suffered an immense loss when her partner rudely died. She tore up his shirts and distributed them on a fence located within an estuary called Black Rock (Severn Estuary Art Atlas n.d.). Here she monitored it for a year and this monument of death grew a life of its own due to the life of the ebb and flow of the estuarian environment. Kirkpatrick’s piece was deliberate. She found her own estuary where emotion and rationale merged as the result of this process (Tidal Cultures n.d.).
The feedback we receive was interesting. We had a healthy debate where the concept of males being more rational than females was discussed. This added an extra dimension to the artwork displayed. Artwork, which evokes discourse always contain some value. However, it did challenge our group to consider how we are to frame our visuals to connect with our audience. Holger spoke of the interconnectivity of humans to nature or lack of. Jones & Fairclough (2016) quote Whatmore in recognising the human emotion is integral in the connectivity of people as well as the land we in inhabit. This is the strong premise that drives our concept of estuary and state of mind/being. The opposing forces within this context find an equilibrium in a metaphoric estuary.
Gulley, N. 1964, “Homer, Plato, and the Two Cultures.” The Classical Review, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 31–33.
Hoystad, O.M. 2007, ‘The Complex Man of Antiquity’, A History of the Heart, <https://books.google.com.au/books?id=YyjkCPJbEy4C&pg=PA37&dq=homer+antiquity+emotion+body+organs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjHkqixnYvSAhVHNbwKHYihCSIQ6AEIGzAA#v=onepage&q=homer%20antiquity%20emotion%20body%20organs&f=false>
Jones, O. & Fairclough, L. 2016, ‘Sounding grief: The Severn Estuary as an emotional soundscape’, Emotion, Space and Society, vol. no. 20, pp. 98-110
Luo, J., & Yu, R. 2015, ‘Follow the heart or the head? The interactive influence model of emotion and cognition’. Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 6, p.573.
Queensland Government 2013, WetlandInfo, viewed 28 January 2017, <https://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/ecology/aquatic-ecosystems-natural/estuarine.html>
SevernEstuaryArtAtlas n.d., Black Rock; Davina Kirkpatrick; 2013 – 2014, viewed 29 January 2017, <https://severnestuaryartatlas.wordpress.com/335-2/>
Science.jrank.org n.d., Emotions – How Rational Are Emotions? viewed 29 January 2017, <http://science.jrank.org/pages/9109/Emotions-How-Rational-Are-Emotions.html>
Tidal Cultures n.d., Tidal Related Artworks, viewed 29 January 2017, <https://tidalcultures.wordpress.com/tidal-art-works/>
Thompson J. 2013, Notes on Ancient Greek Philosophy – Plato on Emotion, Desire, Reason, viewed 29 January 2017, <https://greenskyatnight.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/notes-on-ancient-greek-philosophy-plato-on-emotion-desire-reason/>