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April 2018

Making

Projector Display System

With the view that I’ll be using back projection film I began to consider the kind of display system I’d have to build. Ana spoke about a student who build a rectangular plinth with a sheet of acrylic at one end with the projection film floated onto it, so I started with this model and included the extra aspects of the display I felt were necessary for the work.

 

Initially I was very keen to have the plinth built quite high, as I remembered the feedback for the very first formative assessment centred around exploring how to make the work ‘monumental’ if I were exploring the themes of memorialisation, remembering forgotten histories and giving voice to testimony. Through my experiments with projection size I noted that due to the fact that the projector didn’t have the lens in the middle (it was on the far right) that my plinth would need to be nearly twice as wide as the projector in order for the film to be centred on the acrylic. This suddenly turned my slim, monument-style plinth into a very wide, clunky form housing a very small piece of footage.

After discussing my concerns with Stuart he suggested exploring the possibility of installing the acrylic into one of the stud walls being fabricated for the degree show, treating it like it were an actual window.

 

 

This meant I could explore the idea I’d looked at previously, of the soldiers looking into the rooms imprisoning ‘comfort women’ within ‘comfort stations’. I spoke with Ana about the projector settings to ensure that I could ascertain the correct aspect ratio and dimensions for my film so the fabricator could cut it out of a sheet of MDF while building the stud walls.

 

I worked with some footage Ana had with her that was definitely 16:9 and measured the dimension of the film – 240mm x 135mm. I then gave these measurements to the fabricator, along with specifying the middle of the cut out needs to sit at eye height, which felt comfortable at 145cm.

 

 

After the fabricator cut out the hole in the MDF I worked on refining it with relentless sanding and filling. It didn’t seem like that big a job but I feel like I’ve sanded it for three days straight to make sure it’s perfect. After the show build team painted it I continued with sanding, more sanding, and more painting.

Eventually I began to worry that it wouldn’t resemble a rectangle any more so I called it a day on the sanding front and took my projector to test the display. The set up works well – I placed a piece of paper in the cut out and projected a older version of the film onto it:

 

It’s near impossible to quickly photograph the footage with a phone which is why there’s weird coloured lines. When I have my final display set up I’ll see if I have the chance to properly photograph it.

 

My next steps are to float the back projection film onto my acrylicsheets and fix that to the back of the wall. I wondered how I’d adhere the two surfaces and did some research into adhesives, finding that epoxy was my best bet, rather than just wood glue. Wood glue wasn’t guaranteed to work with acrylic, whereas epoxy works on all materials, is long lasting and fast setting, so I bought a 24ml syringe of Araldite.

 

Making

Editing & Display

Since the workshops close on May 10th I need to make sure I manage my time well and really utilise the editing suite as much as possible. I’ve booked out a computer until that date, and Ana has spoken to me about a contingency plan just in case it takes me a little longer than that. I have a total of nine hours of footage so far, and essentially all of that footage needs to be viewed in case there are small things I need to fix. My plan over the next two weeks is to dedicate each day to working through 20 minutes of footage from each of the cameras (totalling an hour of footage each day). I believe the last 40 minutes of footage could be cut, as I set the shoot time to be a minimum of 3 hours but the pots seemed to disintegrate faster than the last time I filmed. I’ll start by looking through the last hour of footage to make sure that’s achievable – when I skimmed through it after I had finished shooting it I didn’t notice any kind of change to the mounds of remnants at the end but I wanted to make sure I had enough footage at the end so that the film doesn’t just end suddenly like the first time I shot with the C100.

The files are huge, totalling at almost 100GB in their raw format. When I come close to exporting the film as its final version I’ll need to make sure I can either leave it overnight or begin really early in the morning. I need to speak to Ana about the best option, as the final film could total as large as 60GB.

I’ll also need to look into buying a USB stick that’s a more suitable size or a fast SD card. Additionally, I might need to purchase my own media player, as currently the AV department aren’t able to accommodate all the requests they’ve had so far.  Given that I’m not doing anything complicated like splitting audio, or anything other than just using the media player to play my media, buying my own wouldn’t cost too much:

I’ll find out sometime next week if this will be necessary so I’m keeping my eye on a few on Amazon in case there are any deals that come up.

Projection Stand

After the stressful build of the box section display after the WIP show I was hesitant to make something for the degree show that would rely heavily on having access to welding as I wasn’t even sure if it was operational. After submitting my display plans with the long rectangular plinth idea and the ‘window’ in the wall plan it was decided that the idea of a big clunky plinth would take away from the simplicity of the work. I thought I’d just build a simple tall plinth for the projector until Andrew Lacon suggested I look at Stuart’s Spike Island show. The projector stands used in his show were a lot simpler than ones I’d seen around the building and worked well to serve their function.

After speaking with tutors it was agreed that it was more appropriate to use AV furniture for AV equipment. Initially I was worried it would look messy, and I think it’s because I associate projector stands with institutions, however it makes sense to use one in this work, as the work isn’t the projector, it’s the projection. I just have to come to terms with the fact that seeing the projector won’t take away from the work, in fact it might add to it. Seeing how the projection is projected reveals something, and as the film is looking to reveal the histories of women’s voices being ignored it seems appropriate.

Stuart said he’d locate the two being borrowed and check to see if they’re in good shape, and viola! The best of the two is still a bit scuffed up but I’ll paint it black where necessary.