Part 1 – Process for Assessment 3: Media Arts Project

Well…where do I begin! A lot has occurred with the design and conceptual process of my group’s final work. It all began with the idea making an abstract, sharp and geometric perspex sculpture, with its edges illuminated by LED lights or bright laser colour, positioned in a dark room to really highlight the colours refracted by the perspex. This idea sat all good and well, until we struggled with:

a. Sourcing affordable perspex.
b. Creating a design/pattern that we knew would assemble once cut into proportions.
c. Discovering and learning what program can design pattern pieces for the sculpture, along with what tools/machines/devices to cut the perspex accurately.

Yeah, that’s a lot to digest. Plus, after all of this, the project really didn’t sit well with me as I felt there was no strong conceptual idea to it. Coming into this major work, I was sure that I wanted to work with the notion of generating a piece that was determined by numbers. Suddenly, this whole idea shifted, but hey, that’s what happens during group work!

After consulting with Jo, we finally reached more of a purpose behind our work. A couple of us decided that each triangular piece in the sculpture is to be determined by the population increase in the areas we each live in. To do this, we hopped onto the ABS, looked up population statistics of our area, worked out the difference (all were increases of population) and scaled these values into angles. Then, we got straight to work and began measuring up triangles according to these calculations. We cut them out and played around with measurements to produce mini abstract sculptures. Alas, our generative work established itself.

Throughout the process of playing around with shapes, we came up with some cool ideas to really increase the conceptual nature of our work. Our new ideas consisted of:

  • Creating detailed projection mapping on each individual sculpture (each sculpture represents each suburb) of each suburb.
  • Playing around with shadows – perhaps creating more mini sculptures, but out of paper instead. Not only is this cheaper, but opens the door for interesting and visually appealing paper choices. We came up with the idea of having a low hanging light above the mini sculptures, and have it slowly rotate/move/spin around. As this occurs, different and really unique shadows appear.
  • Creating a larger sculpture – we would do this by creating the mini ones then placing them on top of each other, so the overall sculpture is taller.
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