Workshop 10: Major Project Presentations and Planning

Testing projection of final work

In the week 10 workshop, you will present your concept for your major project to class. This will give you an opportunity to present your research and conceptual development. Use this forum to test out your ideas and solicit feedback. In particular, you will want to show the artwork/ practice that you are responding and your research materials. You may also want to bring other support material to show (sketches, diagrams etc) to talk through your ideas. Your presentation should be around 10 to 15 minutes including questions and feedback. Your presentation, while not assessable, will be taken into account in the final assessment of the major project.

Please read the project outline carefully to ensure what is required for the assignment.

Following the major project presentations, you can begin to plan and develop your idea. Remember that many elements of a work cannot be planned but need to be tested first. Plan out you experiments and tests so you can utilise the workshop time to trial different possibilities. Like the hands-on workshops earlier in the session, your material research (working with the gear) helps your ideas mature and form the work.

You will also need to start thinking about space allocation and equipment need. Please complete this Major project form discuss the needs with your tutor, and return the form so that we can start planning equipment and space allocation.

Think about how you can use the time and equipment available, to conduct the following tasks as appropriate:

  • conduct tests that relevant to your project (especially for projection works)
  • test the gear you are considering using
  • (re)familiarise yourself with techniques (e.g. editing, photography, animation)
  • go on a reconnaissance to collect test shots etc.
  • research on relevant artworks that will help contextualise and inform your project

Also, consider the following:

Screen display

There are 3 types of LCD screen displays available:

  • Kogans LCD screens (play from USB)
  • Digital photoframes (internal memory or play from SD cards, or USB drive)
  • LCD screens (driven by computer, DVD player, or lap-top)

If you are considering using LCD screens for your work, you need to familiarise yourself with the equipment. Find out the following:

  • screen resolution
  • acceptable/ playable file formats
  • synchronized multiple screen display capability: do you need the images to be synchronized? if so, how do you do this?
  • presentation: on plinths, hanging on the wall etc.

Projection

If you are planning to include projection in your work, consider and test following:

  • Projection method: front projection, rear projection
  • Projection position: ceiling mounted (on grid), or on a plinth?
  • Projection environment: what is the level of ambient light? how will this affect the image quality?
  • Throw ratios and viewing distance: distance of projector to screen in relation to the projected image dimension; where is the audience?
  • Projection surface: how does the colour of the surfaces affect the image? what is the quality of the material (e.g. shiny, matte, opaque, sheer)? will the ‘screen’ be 2-dimension, 3 dimension or fluid? if a 2 dimensional ‘screen’ is used, will the material be mounted taut or free-flowing to allow movement?
  • Will this be multiple screens? Will these screens be synchronised?
  • Projection functions control: this page provides basic information of projector functions.

There are 3 types of projectors available for loan:

  • QUMI (does not require driver)
  • NEC (requires driver)
  • BENQ (requires driver)

There are 3 video splitters available which can display one video file via three projectors.

Sound:

  • Will your installation have sound?
  • What role does sound play in the work?
  • What is the sound source?
  • How will the sound be displayed? Speakers, headphones.
  • Where is the audience?
  • How does the display method work shape the audience’s experience?

Space

Space will be tight for this session’s assessment, but take time to think about the space you need for the work and how much space you will need. The location can influence the view and the feel of your work.

Jasmine Ryan’s major project that responded to Maya Deren’s dance films. It is possible to synchronise video files on multiple screens. If you are interested in doing this, you need research the various methods of achieving this.

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