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Saturday, 31 January 2009

Materialising the filming space ...


Giuseppe Penone

Breath 5 1978
Fired clay: 1540 x 830 x 840 mm

"The clay is modelled on the imagined shape of a breath of air, exhaled from the artist's mouth. At the top is the form of the interior of Penone's mouth, squeezed into the clay. The impression along the side of the clay is of the artist's leg, wearing jeans, as he leans forward."
I am fascinated by Giuseppe Penone's amazing work that makes an unseen space appear under our eyes in such a physical manner. It makes you think of spaces as contents, delimited by boundaries we would not of thought of. ... very similar to Rachel whiteread too :

Rachel Whiteread "House”, 1993 concrete, (destroyed)

Rachel Whiteread "Sequel IV”, 2002, Plaster, polystyrene and steel, 31.9 x 29.5 x 9.8 in


"Hi Celine, I like the look of all that filming space, but you know if you need precise clean harp lines then willow/bamboo is not for you, it's all organic and wobbly.....I think that maybe an investment in aluminium tube or fibre glass for the framework but the tissue would be fine for the walls, using PVA for a sharp clean walls....maybe look at ... Read more the kite technology for the joints. plastic slot in big is it will determine the what weight of framework you need and how much infrastructure." Hilary
"Thanks for your comments Hilary :)Yes, I see what you mean but I think I like the imperfection the bamboo+willow and tissue paper would give : I like the opposition between "new technologies" and virtual spaces against rough/archaic/basic handmade things. The funny bit about it is that there will be one small hole at one end (for the eye) and a large opening at the other end, for people to stand and be looked at ("filmed"). So you'll be looking through the hole as if looking through the hole of the video camera." Céline

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Rebecca's words ... (heard and written by Céline)

"Their face is very important. They've got a special way of posing, they are in different world, not affected by anything. "

"The pictures of non professional models only look like dressed up people. And they are too real , they are connected to the camera. Something gets in the way. They are conscious of posing. They are trying to pose. "

"There's a difference between models and actresses. In photo shots of actresses, it is as if other people are invading my own story. The models help us to get imagination around them. They've built their own atmosphere around them, from one shot to another. "

"The models are real characters in their own imaginary worlds which you can access.
I make a whole story around them; several stories, atmospheres, strong feelings ... But what happens in the story is not important.
They are in novels. "

Me : "So would you call them "she" ?"
Rebecca : "Yes, "she", or a name, but she is above the story. "

"The photo shots are in the present. It's the perfection of a moment.
I don't think of them as being with a camera."

"Men don't enjoy looking at high fashion models posing. They are not available. Not sexual."

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Questions to Rebecca ...

I'm trying to finish my essay and I'm not happy with myself cause I can see that I'm running out of time to turn it into something I could be proud of ...:(
... Anyway, thoughts are going fast and far about this topic, so that's the good side of the situation. I am also reading "Henry and June" by Anais Nin and this is giving me a new insight into female sexuality (this was happening in the 30s in Paris).

I was just wondering : you told me that at some point in your life you had a collection of fashion magazines images that helped you and gave you the confidence you lacked. Could you tell me more about that ? I found it very interesting and very intriguing. I think I understood it in the way how, when you feel weak in certain situations, you try to remember qualities other people descibed in you or you remember people you admire for these qualities and it gives you strength as you try to make them yours ... ??