Assignment nine body suit project inspired by nick cave's soundsuits and jana sterbak's conceptual bodily sculptures
This project was a collaboration with Megan Serin, Jeremiah Davis and myself. This is my first iteration of our sound suit concept.This seemed like we could not cover the entire suit with wheat and tortillas. I felt that they would dry out and stink and could not think of a way to adhere it to the suit.
Some of the concepts in creating this to consider was Variation to the suit, how to cover it and yet have some sort of Unity.
Our overall theme was that of one race using our backgrounds from our three races. As we have heard that in the future we would be a mixture of all races, not sure how far in the future but our idea was for that to express time, how long would it take for all races to be blended together. We were all looking for a way to cover the entire suit from top to bottom. We came up with the idea of using Corn husks. The corn husks gave us the unity to the over all suit. In using the Wu-Xing chart our use of the body using the large intestine as rope with it covered by noodles. The Corn husks also gave a Texture that helped with creating sound.
This is our 2nd iteration, our ideas with crossing all three of our cultures into the suit would help to cover this completely. The materials that we decided to get were:
Corn Husks, fabric, rope, wheat, macaroni noodles. black tooling to cover face and backdrop material scrap to cover head. Some of the things to worry about was it possible to make it durable to hold up to testing it out and performing in it once in a dance performance.
Of the five categories of Wu-Xing and our theme of one race with using the concept of time and that happening in the future.
Wood - Flowers
Fire - Burned wood
Earth - Saturn's ring
Metal - Large intestine
Water - Corn husks
This was a fast project once we chose the corn husks, we were easily able to apply it to complete the pants and front and most of the top. We were still figuring out how to present the head with Saturn's ring. 4/5/2018
The music, I came across at first was a native american instrumental being performed by Alexandro Querevalu, the last of the Mohicans, which is another symbol of time passing because of another lost type of people. Then we looked at what our suit represented we felt the need to express the destruction of the suit like the destruction of people over time. Below you will see the images of the suit and images of the video we ended up using in performing with the suit on, by Megan. The interesting thing of watching Megan perform this was you could see some of the corn husks falling off. I think this was very symbolic to the video as well.
URL to video is https://youtu.be/JIlpk7GHlOA
I collaborated with Jeremiah Davis and Megan Serin
To conclude after you have been able to review the video. I would like to say that the Figure to ground relationship seemed to work well. Even though several parts we not to scale. Megan was in the foreground and was able to give the vantage point from looking this from a distance or from an angle. Megan gave a performing art narritive and during moments was part of the video. She occupied the space well and by the third video she really became part of the video which presented a nice overall Performance art piece. You could feel the time passing as destruction was occurring in the video, along with seeing part of the suit coming apart.
My Name is Steve Gonzalez, coming back to school after a lot of years. I am determined to get this done. Sometimes I wonder if I will make it.