Our new Research Question: How can lacuna be visually explored and represented in the context of public human interaction? Gathering stimulation from the film, sound and comedic techniques of 20th century satirists, depict the empty space we see in the learned tension of societal communication.
Answer: Inspired by the works of Charlie Chaplin and Jacques Tati, we’ve decided to use a blank studio space and simplistic props to convey the cautious and stunted nature of strangers interacting. Through instructing our actors on what to do and how to act we explored aspects of artificiality driven with our uses of glitches and hand movements mimic the the artificial scenes you see on TV. Minimalistic sound and color, along with static camera angles and no dialogue force the viewer to engage in the awkwardness of the situation and be consumed by at times the uncomfortable humor. We developed our ideas by viewing human interaction and then choreographing one of our own, dramatizing the rigidity and anxiety seen in our actors’ body language. The box is symbolic of the unspoken gaps between strangers; neither party address, but both are aware it is there leaving the boundaries of human interactions and personal space ignored.
Above is our final film and research question and answer. We went through a lot of challenges personally and as a team to reach our end point that we are all happy with.
We all started with definitions of lacuna that all shared the common theme of exploring human interaction, but the way in which we depicted this kept evolving. The use of each individuals research was crucial. We all discussed techniques in the presentation such as mine being silt scan photography and movement of people which came in use later on.
We went from a concept that didn’t have much grounding. We wanted to originally invade the privacy of random people and relate it back to there use of personal space in a public area. We hit a road block when we got out there and started filming as you could tell with our research video in a earlier blog post. We struggled to get intimate snips of people as it was very invasive and hard to film in a organic type of way that didn’t look forced or rehearsed. After talking to Mel he came up with the idea of relating our concept to “wasted space” potentially exploring all the wasted houses or abounded buildings here in Sydney. It was quite ironic as after researching this it became apparent that people are searching for space in Sydney. We thought the idea of wasted space and people could be closely linked as every space we visited or filmed always had a strong human interaction related to it. After our research for this we decided as a team we would go into a different direction. We would use studio space to film our actors. After talking with Ella we were inspired by European satirists. After surveying their film techniques we decided we had enough footage to manipulate our film into a to strip of choreographed interaction of strangers in a studio.
This subject taught me a great deal it taught me discipline and patience is importance when working with a team. I learnt from Mel and Ella to not always think so literal and be able to trust in the process of exploring as sometimes when you get out there and film or create things just happen and fall into place. The research behind everything you do is important but I learnt not to be limited by my research questions as I may end up not finding a answer to my question and thats okay.
I am very happy that we stayed together as a group and finished the process together as much like a work environment you need to stick to your commitments.
After all of this Ella and Mel mentioned a film ” Sometimes makingSomething leads to nothing ” (Mexico City 1997.Paradox of Praxis 1.). For more than 9 hours Alÿs pushed a block of ice through the streets of Mexico City until it completely melted. For hours he struggled to pull a large block of ice with all his strength till the very end of the video the ice was so small it could almost melt away.
Although this short film doesn’t have any visual or conceptual relation to out final task. It really helped me in trusting the process of film making and not being strict or controlling the ending you wanted but learning alot in the process. I throughly enjoyed my time in Lost in Lacuna Lab b.