I Was Peeling Paint Out of my Ear for Hours

Below are my notes for the media outlets that we have to present our ritual through, I prefer them scratchy and messy to typed and uniform. The latter gives me the feeling of being in a cubicle and I’m not about that.

Additionally, here is an draft-iteration of one-layer of my 4 layer ear painting and a video of its processimg_5959

For the sake of a professor reviewing the documentation I’ve time lapsed it. (Don’t worry, this will not be happening with any final product videos)

I was also playing with the idea of photoshopping ears onto my face, however I now think it may be more interesting to have a diptych of an ear photoshopped/cut out and places onto the genitalia of a female form, and a q tip placed over male genitalia. Side by side polaroid images. Yay or Nay? Plays with the identity of the Q tip as the “penetrator” or stereotypical male figure while the ear is being entered much like the norm of female genitalia.

(these were my source images for photoshopping ears onto my face but I am quite tired of the back of Cohen, and am feeling more inspired by my new diptych idea)

 

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ALFRED POLICE REPORT

EVIDENCE LOG

FEB 4     2017

ALFRED UNIVERSITY

 

At approximately 11 pm on Friday February 3rd, a horrible crime occurred in the second floor Foundations Studio at Harder Hall of the School of Art and Design at Alfred University. In response to this atrocious act, I set it upon myself to gather evidence of the perpetrators’ presence and movements.

This is a collection of that evidence.

BUTTS BUTTS AND BUTTS

butts-butts-butts

 

CLOROX PICKS UP ALL

clorox-cleans-all

 

SUSPICIOUS SPILL

coffee-spill

 

 

OH JESUS IS THIS BLOOD PLEASE DON’T BE BLOOD

dont-worry-its-jam

 

I FOUND THIS TINY NUKE

every-last-drop

 

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITYaccomplice

TOOLS OF DESTRUCTION?

murder-weapon

TRACES OF THE VICTIM

remnants-of-our-victim

 

SIGNS OF STRUGGLE

handiwork

 

METHOD OF RESTRAINT?

 

This investigation is ongoing and all images/data are reserved in full by the Alfred Foundations Task Force and replication of this information befog the briefing on Monday, February 6th, is punishable to the full extent of Foundations Law.

 

Evidence Logged by Detective J. DiFabio.

FINAL ITERATION REFLECTION: I just want to enjoy my coffee, man.

Upon completing the final iteration of this Research Block, one thing comes to mind:

RELIEF.

Although we had to change from our initial idea (which was kind of complicated) to something new, I feel as though going through our second process still captured our interest in researching how the nature of the employee and service can alter perception of a space.

Whereas at the beginning of this project, there were only a few people really pulling the group ahead, the final iteration truly was a collective effort from all members.

Initially it seemed very simple to us, to note the statistics and actions of the employees and clientele in both locations, Terra Cotta and Herrick Library. However, once we had completed that far in advance, we soon realized that that could not be our standalone blog post/documentation of our iteration, as it wouldn’t correctly capture the process.

At this point we decided record some interviews through video, and use those to place our audience within the space and get them thinking about how service affects environment.

Being that I’ve always worked in people-service, previously as a cashier and now as a host at a restaurant, I know what goes into service, and how I am expected to act in my workplace environment to “please the customer and make them want to come back.”

In this way I’ve always found it kind of ridiculous how I can’t be quite myself, I always have to put on a facade to please strangers; it was interesting to analyze this from the opposite perspective, as well as someone who is in my shoes in a different environment.

Our results didn’t really have a preconceived direction, especially with Herrick, but I would consider them pretty conclusive and universal.

Good Job Foundations Studio Research

You’ve absolutely kicked my sorry, red-vest-clad ass.

TERRA COTTA (we are the little curds in cottage cheese) FINAL ITERATION

A GIRL GROWING

REFLECTION

We were initially going to focus on tree tree but as the weather got worse and we talked about it with the rest of the group we decided to relocate to the Terra Cotta.

Here is some coffee shop-esque music to listen to as you read the rest of the story.

Moving sites was beneficial because there were more factors to consider and play with at Terra Cotta due to the heavier traffic flow and more human influences. We each made our own private notes and discoveries and then we came together as a group to work together and gather intel for our installation.

Following our individual and collective research we used our findings to create a our installation which Josh made sure was slammin and up to his standards.20161007_104931 We were also tasked with forming 640 proposed interventions! Soon thereafter we were instructed to sift through those and…

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