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Conceptual Statement

The different areas of experimentation evolved naturally from the first path chosen. The physical features of the Clematis Lamp was initially explored by starting with the thinking about the designer, the secret female designer, the intricate features of the lamp as if it was designed like a piece of jewellery, the design being inspired from nature as well as its functionality of providing light to the physical space. I used the physical elements that make the lamp to create the first set of experiments using image capture through a “Clematis Lamp” lens. Hence, the first concept of my experiment was along the lines of the physical features of the Clematis lamp. During my research, I stumbled upon the artist Len Lye, who similar to the Lumiere brothers was experimental in their work using science and the latest technology traversing through unchartered territory to create their artwork. Hence, I was motivated to research Light in the direction of science namely “Wave theory” and Newton’s theory of light, which I used in my second concept of the experiment. Plato’s cave was instrumental in helping me to understand projections and hence, I used it in the third concept of my experiment.

The designer Louis Comfort Tiffany was the son of Charles Tiffany, who found the jewellery store Tiffany & Co. The elements of being precious and exquisite are ideas that have been translated into the first video. Unlike now, this was a period during the late 19th century when things were designed to last forever. However, today’s era of mass production and mass consumerism, has given birth to planned obsolescence i.e. products are now mass produced with a set expiry date in order to sustain industries by continuing to produce these goods . Hence, the video footage has been created using new technology (point and shoot portable camera), resembles an old video taken by one of the first motion picture cameras thereby inducing or simulating nostalgic memories of an era of simplicity. Similarly, I have hand painted a mass produced pasta jar to recreate the effect of a Clematis lamp that would have been designed by an interior designer in the 19th century. Therefore, the irony of using a mass produced object to depict a hand designed artefact from a different time period in history shows us how the world has changed from creating hand-made, individualistic and unique designs, products or masterpieces available locally to assembly line production of generic goods in the last century. This experiment makes us wonder that in the “name of progress” if such radical changes are doing us more harm than good.

The primary function of the Clematis lamp is to give light. The wave theory of light states that light propagates in form of waves and Newton’s light theory introduced the concept of colour spectrum for the first time. Light or white light is formed of particles from the colour spectrum, which means that all the colours are present within the white colour. The concept of experimentation in this subject starts with the idea that light dissipates from the lamp in the form of waves, which diminishes in amplitude with time thereby giving rise to a halo effect. The lamp delineates the space around it and when viewed from the top, it can be seen as concentric circles with the lamp in the center. This experiment looks at the impacts that light has on physical spaces by emulating a slowing down effect on the speed of light. In one of the videos, I accidently included my foot in the video frame and when I was processing the video clip, it gave the impression of a bystander observing the light frolicking around the physical space with its radical bursts of energy, which otherwise is invisible to the naked eye. In my research of understanding the background or character of the designer, I noticed that Louis had a love for nature, which was reflected in the design of the Clematis lamp. Therefore, in one of the videos I have explored a natural background of the “waves of light” by positioning it in the backdrop of a green garden with a changing colour spectrum.

I was inspired when I first heard about “Plato’s cave”, which when combined with my research on the work of a Brazilian street artist Maria Antonia made me inquisitive about the effect Clematis lamp if I was in isolation in a space with it. Maria projects imagery in the form of animation into the streets and I started to visualise about this projection. As, I sat in this space with the lit Clematis lamp in isolation for few hours, I started using my hands to entertain myself and soon began to project different shadows onto the wall by moving my hand against the light. Using my imagination, I imagined breaking free from the reality of being in isolation or confinement and created a new reality by defying gravity, where I was running on air if I truly believed that I could. Similar to the prisoners in Plato’s cave, I started to believe in this new reality, which shows that perceptions we conceive is what controls, defines or limits the boundaries we are confined to. Therefore, this also infers that the information being projected to society, as a whole, in the form of advertisements and news is actually controlling, defining or limiting our perception of mind thereby creating or modifying our reality for the benefit of the few that controls our society.

In conclusion the next stage of experimentation would be the converging together of the different concepts presented. For example in the experiments conducted in the physical area the video of the exquisite jewellery like imagery is converging into the concept of light with the colour spectrum. The imagery then projected to the eye takes in the concept of projection which proves how the concepts are naturally converging, even though this was not the initial intention of the experiment. The next direction of the experimentation would be by mixing the media generated from all the three subject areas to create a sequence of the different areas of inspiration from a clematis lamp.