in the process of liquefaction – video archive

This website holds a collection of .gifs and videos as an archive process for the master Thesis "In the process of liquefaction" FHNW HGK 2018.

The website is structured by the 3 different languages presented in the video installation "All that is solid melts into air" by Arianna Smaron.

the video installation is a 5:08 min with sound, the original size in 2x2 meters with the addition of a booklet to further think about the topic of liquefaction and its consequences.

On the website are shown some of the short .gifs, images, and videos created to realize the final installation. Important is also the previous experiments on formats, narration, and languages, visible in the specific page.

 

A – micro view

A - MICRO language represents the idea of possession of the transitory objects which are constantly replaced. As in Bauman’s words “What is assumed to be the materialization of the inner truth is, in fact, an idealization of the material - objectified - traces of consumer choices”.

The objects are safe, the solids for a moment give the feeling of identity, and they are transitory as is the identity.

The need to change fast as new products are introduced in the market could be perhaps shown in the filmed tactile action. The most significant example of transitory is the phone, and it became so important to our being to define the man as a “homo-cellular”: “The cell phone is not simply carried, looked at, or touched or by a person since the person is unthinkable without the device. Most people feel extreme anxiety when they misplace their phone, lose reception, or the battery simply runs out. The cell phone has become an integral part of the sense of self.”

 

From the idea to the visual, there is no need to show the possession by showing the objects, because they are already part of the liquefaction consequences.

The idea of using containers with liquid was interesting but not developed because of the relationship with the metaphor. If society is melting is not the liquid changing because of a shape but it is all melting as one or multiple liquids with no containers. It could be developed for other concepts to represent society but not in Bauman's terms.

 

B – abstract processes

B - ABSTRACT PROCESSES, is the in-between stage in which is developed the concept of showing and describing the movements together with the actions of the A and C languages through the use of animations.

 

 

Waiting and queuing:

The second series of moving images collects only the variable of grouping in the meaning of diasporas or identity.

C – macro view

C - MACRO is the generic vision of our surroundings, and here the connection with the homo-cellular is necessary. The view of familiar context helps to identify the topic, but the medium and the way in which the images are taken are more important than the high-quality as well as the possibility to control the scene. The choice is to take videos of people with the use of a personal iPhone and with the purpose to film scenes which are “stolen” and not staged. There was the need to have an homogeneous footage and to give a view “from the inside the scene” and not the outside. Therefore, not a view like that of an intellectual as a “legislator”, like the eye of God (for example a view from the top through the use of a drone) but from the eyes of an insider of the liquefaction phenomenon.

B - ABSTRACT PROCESSES, is the in-between stage in which is developed the concept of showing and describing the movements together with the actions of the A and C languages through the use of animations.

 

 

B - ABSTRACT PROCESSES, is the in-between stage in which is developed the concept of showing and describing the movements together with the actions of the A and C languages through the use of animations.

 

Waiting and queuing:

The second series of moving images collects only the variable of grouping in the meaning of diasporas or identity.

previous experiments

In this page are showing some of the experiments made until the creation of the final video installation.

This page is still in construction and will be updated soon.

Short .gifs on selected topics in which A,B,C where combined simultaneously.