This morning started with diversity and ended with a robust conversation over lunch.
Mike was busy in the computer room, looking for storm-sound and maybe lightening videos
Searching for ‘Storm’ sounds
Irene had gone home for something
Julia had gone ‘shopping for clear sequins to hang on some of the umbrellas
I was driving around looking for a park (yes this is Castlemaine, not inner city Melbourne)
I think Lydia arrived about the same time as I did.
Finally, all together
We went for a quick check-up on Mike, still busy, looking for speakers, no sound on the computers.
Back to the art room and more hands for us.
My turn then Julia’s to make more sellotape hands,
mine seemed a little quicker but not as sleek as Irene’s from last week.
Lydia took control of the roll of sellotape. A vital role.
Lydia as Tape Coordinator
You really need someone to have their hands free to pull off a length and cut it while holding on to the raw end
so the ‘hand’ maker can grab it and apply and have the next piece ready and waiting.
It’s great getting into a rhythm.
Once the hand is cut off and stuck together, it must be reinforced so that it can stand and support an umbrella.
Over to the bench with last week’s hands. They are beginning to look quite good.
A gaggle of hands? A fist of hands? A throng of hands?
Mike was given permission to leave the computer for a short break to come and have a go at (sticky) taping.
Julia wanted to start shellacking the paper mache, but cupboard was locked, maybe next week…
Mike had made some plaster hands at home and brought them in.
Mike’s plaster hands
Interesting, as that was the initial planned medium.
They are perfect hands (except for two broken fingers) but in comparison to the sellotape ones, they look too heavy.
So, it was a really good exercise as until we had seen them, we kept thinking plaster hands might have turned out better.
Back into the computer room to listen to a sample of a 10 hour storm ‘track’ that Mike had found.
Found: A good storm track
Perfect! Just what we wanted, plenty of rain and thunder. Good atmospherics.
He also found some great lightening sequences.
Starting to think of putting it all together in the exhibition space…Questions and answers
- How to suspend 8-9 umbrellas?Maybe run some fishing line across the hanging fluoros and hang the umbrellas off the line?
- How to position the umbrellas on the line so they don’t hang ‘straight’? Maybe attach another length of fishing line to a couple of points on each umbrella? Hmm more thought!
- Remaining umbrellas, on floor, in clusters and spread out
- What size ‘house’? Just a tin roof or walls and maybe a window. Differing thoughts. Back to the notion of light bouncing off a corrugated tin roof!, Maybe just a roof. Roof should be located in Left corner of street windows. Mike will work on the construction as he has some building materials at home.
- What about lighting? Should we have a continuous DVD playing projecting lightening flashes? Or should we have some lights strategically placed on an intermittent timer, to give the impression of lightening cutting through darkness, simultaneously illuminating and casting shadows.
- Will we need the windows blocked off? There are blinds on most of the outside windows, so just the tops will need blocking, most likely with foil or paper. Corridor windows may need some block-out in addition to existing.
- Sound, we could use an old laptop (Ann might have one in her shed, will look). Or maybe see if Crazy Clarks has a cheap CD player.
Hard work all this concentrating, so we decided to retreat to a nearby cafe. Here we continued to chat about the project, getting noisier and noisier as we got once again, carried away. I think we might have been responsible for some people finishing their lunch and leaving early. The assistant who brought our lunches said she wanted to sit at our table as we seemed to be having so much fun.
I think lunch reinforced how well we all are relating and working together with the common goal. Retaining great differences of thought and purpose, yet quite prepared to be heard and not have to have our own ‘way’!
Just as last week, we were quite exhausted after the morning’s focused work and were really quite quiet as we rejoined the larger group for an afternoon of painting.