Instead of drinking a beer on a terrace you can pick up your favourites in a beer drive through, singing classes are held through Facetime and in Zoom people are still having bingo and cocktail nights.
The lockdown in-forced due to the Covid-19 pandemic has the world upside down. But it is inspiring how many creative solutions have surfaced across industries countries and communities.
Since I’m not able to go to school, see my classmates, build in the workshop or have face to face feedback moments, this semester has required an extra dose of creativity and adapting for me personally.
The isolation is frustrating. The need to escape and resist grows every day. But staying active keeps me sane.
Looking back on all the themes and projects I made in this semester, I see all the different stages and mindsets I went through.
In the beginning I struggled with the vagueness and the continuously changing rhythm. But many weeks into I found my own rhythm again I could hold onto it.
At first I stuggled with the one week assignments. I was thinking too big which caused me to stress I was not going to be able to deliver something in just one week. I learnt to make it simpler or work on just my first idea and be open to let the concept evolve through the process.
I struggled at the end with my inspiration and creativity where in the beginning that went easier for me. I realised how I missed school and the environment we are in there and seeing what my classmates are doing.
But to fill that “natural” inspiration gap I dove more into the references that were given and started to see other things I might not when I did it by myself. Where I feel like my projects from the first weeks aren’t really good, I do like my last project and can see that I improved in the way of thinking, researching references and completing.
So even when a lot of times I felt like I wasn’t learning a lot, I can see now that all the adapting and reinventing learnt me a whole new way of learning, getting inspired and creating.
I set myself a goal in the beginning. I wanted to become better at video editing and animations. So I did projects in Premiere, After Effects and Cinema4d. For the soundscapes I worked in Ableton which I feel very familiar with now, which is a big improvement. The visualisations of the soundscapes I made in Unity.
For the last theme I chose to go off screen and make my project with my sewing machine as a medium.
I’m happy I worked with a lot different mediums this semester.
Cinema 4d was a frustrating process and my computer was not capable of doing what I wanted to do in cinema.
After putting the project aside for a few weeks and finishing it in the end, I realised how much better I got at it, that was very up lifting.
In my Schouw presentation I will show the following projects:
1. Frustration | videos + stills
2. Activism | nice ass-dress
3. Soundscapes of all the themes in Unity.
Read here my essay about all my projects, references and process.
Here are all my projects from this semester:
For resistance I chose the subject uniforms to resist. This week I researched a lot. The subject was very broad. After chosing a side of the theme I created my project idea "the resistance doll".
Projects before the themes
Project start from before quarantine.