I don’t want to do a narrative video, nor fiction or documentary, I want to create a visual poem, with images and a voice over. These images will be based on Turner’s "The Slave Ship", that Steyerl names as an example of losing the (linear) perspective. The point of view will evolve through: linear perspective, cinema editing, drones view, current interfaces, etc. analysing how users interact. Following McLuhan’s theory of "The medium is the message", the aesthetic of this video will change through different styles, from painting to the current web and graphic design visuals and layouts, which are evolving to the use of templates and standardization. I will use collages, loops, repetitions, animated gifs and code as a reflection of our time. All the above, following the colour palette and elements from Turner's painting, as if I was following corporate brand guidelines.
The production of the video will be finished in September of 2018 with the stated budget, and will involve the creation of:
• 3D landscape, recreating Turner’s painting, trying to emulate a 360 video. With the clouds, the sun and the sea moving. The 3D ship and 3D hands animated, but keeping the fake texture. I will create different camera points of view: the camera panning around showing the disaster in a poetic way, as if it was an advert.
• A series of animated gifs with basic graphic elements and simple looped animation, but with a strong message. For example one animated gif could be a figure swimming and never arriving to the shore. Using the same colours and elements from Turner’s painting but simplifying graphic elements and colours.
• Collages made with Photoshop and After Effects analysing and questioning the current interfaces, using real online banners and pop-ups offering free money, sex and access to gambling, all with a simple “click here”. I also want to use real images of eye tracking graphics used in advertising.
• The creation of a program in Processing that will use the concept of “random” and will work as an alternative to linear editing. Different images will be put into a data base and will be distributed randomly around the screen.