I've been steadily making progress on my project here in my Finland artist residency. It's amazing what full dedication of time and space (both mental and physical) can do to your work. I've never done it this way, spending a full month on a single project, all day everyday. It allows time for trial and error. It allows for experimentation. It's been fun observing how my project has been evolving.
I'm working on a projection installation, not unlike a 'video collage'. Here's a quick look at the iterations it went through. This particular progression was made merely in 5 days, during the second week.
I spent the first week of the residency playing around with some materials, testing things, and started feeling a little anxious towards the end of it still feeling aimless. But the second week, I woke up monday morning and had a breakthrough. And I just kept building from there. I did some research into early cinema, and took a closer look at George Meliès's A Trip to the Moon. I found some amazing parallels to the efforts made then, in early 1900s during the birth of cinema, and my own efforts today, trying to break out of cinema. All of this fed into the work.
As much as my work tends to be digital, there's a lot of hands-on work with this one. And a number of different materials are involved.
I plan to have a presentable version by the end of this month, and then look for places I can showcase it in the future.