Cheeky

Copyright © Kim Stringfellow 2000-2013

Copyright © Kim Stringfellow 2000-2013

After watching the documentaries, Welcome to the Salton Sea, Gasland, and Food Inc., I started to think about how I wanted to portray my site in my video and how my “artistic” decisions would influence the viewer’s impression of the site. The image above is from the Salton Sea installation; what I find most interesting about the image is the contrast between topic and presentation. The colours are so vibrant and beautiful yet the location is the direct opposite of that. The cinematography really drew me in, and actually made me want to visit the Salton Sea to see it for myself. Though it was a bit unorthodox, the sardonic/cheeky/ironic motif of the documentary really helped make it stick in my mind; it really worked well with the site. Throughout most of the interviews, I was thinking wow these people can’t be serious…this looks far from the ideal place to live. The part that stood out to me the most was when people said that the Salton Sea was the best place to be because there were very few stores there, and that they were basically free from the chains of capitalist companies.

Copyright © Kim Stringfellow 2000-2013

Copyright © Kim Stringfellow 2000-2013

Free Sushi

Ideally, for my own video, I would show Times Square at different hours during the day. And while I’m showing different billboards it would pan out slowly and the clips would “move” from day to night. This transition would really let the viewers get a sense of the impact the lights have on all of our senses. Even with my eyes closed, I could feel the lights glowing on my skin.. Times Square really is an assault to the senses.

Also, I was lucky enough to have walked by Times Square during Earth Hour (because I had no idea that was going on). Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my digital camera with me…so that was that. It was still interesting to experience Times Square in a new way. Without all the lights, it felt completely foreign/like something was out of sync.But, it was for a good cause, and this was the first times (I believe) that Times Square took part in Earth Hour. Their steps towards conserving energy is not going unnoticed; however, turning off the lights for an hour will not really put much dent into their absurd $23 billion energy bill/year.

Times Square: Earth Hour

~ by bonnwang on April 1, 2014.