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The following statements address concepts and issues that arose in experiments as well as future possibilities.

Experiment 1:

The conceptual aim of this experiment was to explore sound and image association of ‘breaking’. In order to do this, my first step was to break a ceramic cup and glue it back together. This cup once reconstructed appears to have the same qualities as it did before; it still stands on its own, the handle is there and it appears to be able to hold liquid. However, the new subtle cracks in the cup render it no longer fit for its original purpose.

The aim was then to express that it was once shattered without showing that actual moment. The audio became a powerful way of conveying that something had broken. The moment when something breaks is fleeting and ephemeral, to accentuate the moment, the audio was edited to play at half speed over the footage of the reconstructed cup leaking tea.

This short video was not as effective as first imagined. As discussed in class, the audio was enough on its own to convey ‘broken’. The footage in this case detracted from the piece.

I cut together a short audio clip of the ceramic breaking. However, due to my limited skill in music editing and my lack of music editing software I was not able to take this clip any further at this time. Regardless, the audio was more effective than the video. I would like to in the future explore the sensory experience (minus visual) of breaking more by playing the audio while allowing the participators to hold shattered pieces of ceramic, perhaps as an interactive body of work.

Experiment 2:

Reconstruction and a return to the visual. This experiment stems from documenting a series of broken ceramic items and their reconstruction. After the items had broken, I separated the pieces and tried to roughly reassemble the parts into something that looked like their original form. For this experiment I did not glue any of the pieces together because I found that there was something intrinsically beautiful in their flaws. I documented the piecing together through film.

The patterns that derived from breaking the items were of some interest to me, which then I photographed. When looking at the photographs I saw a correlation between these images and the work of the cubists. Some cubist work aiming to capture multiple facets of an object in a single image, I felt that the photographs in some ways achieved a similar effect – especially in the case of the broken cups.

Following this, I reviewed footage of the items breaking and examined the point which things broke. I slowed down the footage to examine that exact moment. Reversing the footage created a simulation of the items reconstruction. I slowed down this footage further to elongate its reconstruction and cut together a sequence of videos. However, I found this to be repetitive so I reformatted the videos to play on a single screen starting and ending at overlapping intervals. I found this to be far more visually entertaining as well as more representative of the actual act of breaking and reconstruction. Since breaking often occur accidently and unexpectedly and reconstruction is never perfect and parts don’t always fit perfectly causing some (perhaps even minor) overlap.

This format also allowed the videos of reconstruction to be juxtaposed. One of the reconstructive videos of the cup was edited to replay twice – I found that this ran parallel to the idea of repetitive reconstruction and that often attachment to an object is so profound that we repeatedly fix it despite the fact that it will not serve its original purpose.

Experiment 3:

Catharsis in breaking. Breaking objects during moments of frustration can for some be satisfying. During my two previous experiments, I found that regardless of frustration – deliberately breaking something comes with a sense of satisfaction.

To explore this notion of satisfaction I briefly considered using eggs as a medium. Since their value lies purely in cracking it open. However, I felt that pursuing eggs may lead me to create another video piece (one that involved cracking an egg over a pan) which I wanted to move away from in my final experiment. During my group brainstorming discussion, water balloons was another thing that need to be broken to be used.

I used only yellow and white balloons (for an overall off white colour) to reference connotations of sexual satisfaction that the unfilled balloons elicited; as they have sperm like and condom like quality.

Water balloons and water fights are mutually satisfying to both parties i.e. the thrower and the person being hit by the balloon. To capture the ‘satisfaction’ I dropped a balloon and photographed the splash/puddle that was left. The moment the water escaped and began to disperse was the moment of satisfaction in the water balloon. The image of the dispersing liquid is something I could explore further in the future, perhaps with paint and using the method to create prints.

Following this I wanted to remove the satisfaction in the water balloon by freezing them. Once frozen, the skin/plastic became more fragile and was easily spilt, some had split during the freezing process. Through the freezing, the water balloon’s satisfaction of breaking/popping the plastic was lost when. It would also be painful to physically through a frozen ball at someone. When dropping the frozen balloon at the same height as a non-frozen one it did not crack and disperse everywhere in the same way that glass would. I began to think of these pieces as temporal pieces and photographs as just documentation. The moment of breaking was over but the satisfying part – the dispersing was slowed down (to the point of dissatisfaction). Just as breaking is ephemeral and so too are these frozen forms only the process was longer and once they melted they were gone.