Away from comfort, I shall start this journey! Today was the day where I finally started planning out my year, my new chapter and my new ambitious self! All in the power to do good and be good, I have developed a well-structured timetable where I can retrain my body, my mental capabilities, and my inner peace.
Although I have scheduled something that is simple, I feel that having a simple and clear objective will provide a clear and stable conscious of the way I want to work in the coming months. Together with this I have evaluated and sought to extract the dream goal to which I want all of this to unfold on, and with the sheer commitment, I will hard to redevelop my portfolio and focus on attaining this position.
Through Learning, Hard work, Graditute, and Self Empowerment I will reach the next level of excellence.
Today is the third day of my production work, and its a long way to go.
I’ve been trying to keep this updated but its hard. Yet, I want to try to revive this platform and share more of my ideas and content. Sometimes I find it hard to get my head around to what I should develop all of this into, but somehow I will never succeed if I will postpone everyday for a better day. So to this I should try to maintain and equilibrium and become more fluid and fluent within the content that I post.
I’ve been still recording my days and somehow I want to share this with you guys. These images although they might seem quilted with some sort of tension, they have been the get away and instance of my constantly busy days, where I took a slide and a moment for myself. Me time. Absorbed by the work, and constant battle of developing creative things I find it hard to make a constant self persistence of myself. I will try.
Here is a sneak pick to the development of my thesis. The narrative as I explained before is about a guy nicknamed Brice, who takes himself into a journey in understanding his purpose and relevance within his quiet and voided world.
Initial design developments that I have undergone, through my post production development.
The concept art that I am eagerly developing. I hope this gives you an idea of what all of this is about and how I will develop and generate my content in.
I will be working on models in the coming week and as well I will kick off with my initial 2d animation development, hopefully keeping you updated more often. I will look forward for this, but for now salute!
Today I started pushing forward some of my ideas that I am going to present for my final MA thesis. It is a scary move to do, but I am hoping for the best. It is a journey that I don’t want it to end, but at the same time I look forward to getting this work done and doing my best to create something meaningful and full of good lessons for me to digest and process. After that I don’t know what my life will hold!
I am trying to understand and appreciate all the beautiful skies that are still here for me to enjoy. I have made such great friends and I can’t bear the fact that it will soon be over. I am so grateful for having had a blast time here!
Anyways I’m leaving with this today! Nothing that conceptual but rather a touch of my life and some happiness, that I find within all this work.
Sometimes you need to step away from what you re presenting and analyse to full extent what you would like to achieve with all of this work. Through the past months I have been working and developing my skills into becoming better and more proficient in what I do.
Rediscovering techniques, reanalyzing methods of practices I started to understand how much I still have to understand within this world that I live in.
From pitching, to project management, to Python and all the chaoticness that logic brings with, diverged into compositing and animation configurations, I have given myself time to learn and digest all the greatness that knowledge and time can offer.
The missions will soon take of to a new level of grandiosity. I belief that great things will come my way.
Looking back to the start of this project I can see that social media shares an integral part to the basis of today’s current world. The different abilities that it has towards connecting and disconnecting itself, is one that has allowed me to explore within the developed work. Positive feedback from different users, has enabled me to create different experimental pieces that further amplify the issue. Targeting various people by means of hash tags I created a small community that filters within my perception of virtual connection.
Before Setting off with this project I thought that the digital sphere that I was used to mainly that of Facebook was the only communicative social interaction that I could reach out to an audience. Having been forced to move away from Facebook and direct my reach in other social media platforms, it has truly showed me how limited and close minded is the Facebook sphere. Something that individuals in Malta have not truly yet explored.
What will happen Next?
I am very positive with this approach and through this experiment, I was able to acknowledge that the subject at hand is very elaborate and further investigation will reach into places that I have not yet discovered. In the coming months I would like to further explore and investigate these platforms within exposing the dichotomy that this interaction allows. Through my own brand identity as a freelance designer I will push and work into evolving my name towards projects as #thesocialreality under the name of michelinmission.
To each and every dichotomy the beauty that social media transmits, provide certain users freedom ‘to a certain extent’ and the freedom to explore different loop holes that make this interaction unique and beautiful to engage with.
As found within Howard’s Newman adventure to Amsterdam, the simple technology failure, provides us with something that is profound and deeply impact to the mundane and vernacular videos that access the linearity of abiding with the rules.
(This link has been removed from the channel ;/) It was about a grand father which recorded his journey to Amsterdam with a new go pro in the wrong direction. What you could see in the video was the random reactions and laughs he had with his wife.
In thus similar way the back Camera process has allowed me to interact within shapes and different manipulative processes upon which the linearity of the previous weeks could be further distorted and deviated from the actual truth, providing a clearer outlook towards the social reality of the whole process. In this Light different angles and light processes has been formed and worked upon.
Another interesting APP that has been launched for Android last week is that of created by Casey Neistat a New York Film Maker. An app that removes the element of filter and edits and seeks to portray the raw moments that we live in. The only thing that you can review is the reactions that people send back, which is only seen once. To this the resolving idea of moment bears within an important part in portraying the true and authentic experience.
Check out Casey Neistat Work a great inspiring Vlogger!
Trying to expose the reality that I find compelling within the social media, I looked within my authentic perspective and reaction to this project. At times I failed in providing a clear outlook to the dichotomy and pattern and see everyday. Nonetheless, I kept on trying.
The reality that social media push forward, is one that has always sought to identify itself as pure and perfect in all ways. In this light people with some brains would know that this is a manipulative system that people fall for very easily. Taking into account Zilla Van Den Born fake journey to Asia, her ability to convince her family and friends about this fake journey truly encapsulates the social reality that social media forces on us.
This week I have looked within the inner depths of this augmented reality that we live in. As the previous example I started to explore and delve deeper the notion of reality and virtual perception of social interaction.
Instagram Filters and the dichotomy that is found within the manipulation that it projects.
What drives us? Is it because we would like to have a statement that is mainstream and urban?
To this light I created a series of work that challenges the different filters and non filter effects within a photo. To this result I could acknowledge that in some chases no filter photos provided less drama but for some reason it resonated better than the manipulated image.
To this I stand to question whether people are engaged within the real or the hyper real form of understanding. Through further investigation I will try to further acknowledge the interaction that these parallels portray.
“Disneyland is presented as imaginary in order to make us believe that the rest is real, whereas all of Los Angeles and the America that surrounds it are no longer real, but belong to the hyperreal order and to the order of simulation. It is no longer a question of a false representation of reality (ideology) but of concealing the fact that the real is no longer real, and thus of saving the reality principle.” -Jean Baudrillard ,Simulacra and Simulation
Where he tries to evaluate the exterior image of the imperfect DISNEY WORLD to the condition that the outer space provides. A dichotomy in which it portrays the difference as found within social media. Taking it to a visual account, as the controversial street artists BANKSY in his work portrays this dichotomy to us all to see.
Taking this to account is this the hidden reality of the SOCIAL MEDIA? Are we being controlled? Is this the fantasy we live in whilst browsing the online interface? Are we in control?
Invisible relationships build via. network. Is this Connection?
‘Something they can’t get in real life’
The following video is a visual representation of the negative and positive comments found online, addressing the image and the ways people interact with one another. Are we hiding within these spaces? is this a virtual reality.
Essena O’Neill, as she states below she describes the manipulative side of being a social media sensation.
But for people like this the online platform is the accessibility and a means of interacting….an Accessibility !
Finding the weaker parts of the world and amending it.