As I embarked into the new journey of intermedia, I was overly excited to start the Intermedia course with Norah Zuniga Shaw and Oded Huberman due to the endless possibilities that were going to be at the disposal of my fingertips. Funny thing is, after the first half of the semester I realized that the thing I was most excited about can be a positive, but can definitely have some negativity towards it. I soon figured out the endless possibilities and limitless amount of ideas that can come can sometimes overwhelm, halt, or make you feel lost.
Starting off in the first study, I was amazed by the way the media, digital feedback/double, lighting, and scenery can affect the zone of a work. The work allows the audience members and dancers to go on an expedition together, experiencing and sensing something that is regularly out of the norm of the audience and that can sometimes almost be trance like. Basing the study on portraits, we got to play around with different ways of expressing, demonstrating, and displaying different feelings and emotions. After truly just exploring for a little while, we decided to start linking or connecting certain sections, feelings, and lightings with others. As we were picking and choosing which ones held more weight to each of us, we almost started to frame a story of the performance. Our portrait eventually turned into multiple portraits or a development of a single portrait throughout a journey or experience. We realized that if we choose an individual perform, we allow the audience to grow a connection and relationship with this dancer, so they are able to see the experience and molding of the individual.
In study one, my group choose me as the performer so I had to opportunity to play with the way I react to the set, feedback, and dance score. It was super interesting for to have a chance to emerge myself into these features, allowing myself to almost get lost in that showing more than a regular performance on a proscenium stage.
Here is the full video of my groups Study #1, the filming is the only copy available and is not the preferably angle, but please enjoy is you please.
Overall, I am very happy with the studies and information that I have been given during this course . We have touched on the ideas of portraits, textures, surfaces, concept developing, different forms of media and media performances, and different emotions and tones technology and digital doubles can bring. I believe that this base of information and knowledge will be able to aid me further into my Intermedia exploration and up and coming studies.