I was thinking how to mount my cut outs so it’s not very complicated to mount the paper cuts themselves and then the whole creation. So I came up with an idea of a use of a lamp shade. I don’t want to use whole lamp shade because I think it might be a bit too heavy so I just want to use the round metal frames on which the fabric is mounted. It will give me a perfect round frame to mount up the shapes, it will be easy to hang it from the ceiling/on a stand and it’s not very expensive. I managed to find a lamp shade which has a set of round frames in different sizes. That’s how it looks like:

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So now I cut out all the fabric to get all the frames out. I tried out the idea of putting shapes on it, and that’s how it looks like:

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I think it will work very well as it gives me a lot of space to work with in the matter of placing the shapes on the circle. It will also be easier to keep the balance which I think might be essential when making the circle spinning around.

As I’m still deciding on what shapes I should use I thought about the way of making everything move. I really want it to be in motion as it would be a very interesting addition to the whole performance. I think I don’t want it to be a usual up-down or left-right moving or it could just have elements like that but I want the main movement to be round, so something disappears when something else appears. I  found the way of making it move without any big innovations.

Depending on how I will mount everything, if I will use a counter or attach it to the ceiling I have two or three options, which will also not be that expensive. I’m talking about disco lights or mirror ball motors or moving display turntables. Prices vary, as well as way of delivering power to it, as some of them are batteries operated, some need to be plugged in to the wall. But at least it gives me a variety of options and choices.

Here are the motors:

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I was thinking about my idea and the more I do the more I’m sure of what I want to do and how I want it to look like. The space I have is rather big so there must a lot going on to fill it up and entertain the viewer. I thought about using 4 major purposes of the building: house, post office, hotel and a pub. The challenge for me now is to think about the cut outs which will we representing each of the moments in time.

Here are the examples I came up with:

House: armchair, sofa, fireplace, table with chairs, candles, servant, lady, window with curtains, coat hanger, bookcase, entrance door.

Post office: envelope, post stamp, “post office” sign, counter, bag with letters, scales, people queueing, postman.

Hotel: keys, door with a number on, bell, counter, suitcases, counter, entrance with canopy, bed.

Pub: bottles, pint glasses, microphone, guy by the bar, coloured lights, music notes, dancing couple, table and chairs.

I need to decide which shapes will represent given places best and find a way to make cut outs so it’s easy enough to recognise them.

Today we had a session with John Paul and Ryan where we had to present our ideas for the site specific project. When I shared my ideas with the lecturers, they didn’t seem to be very excited about it but it was hard to explain what I actually wanted to do without visual examples. However, John Paul referred to my idea of using Mozart’s life as a theme for my cut outs. He said that maybe it’s better to use one of his famous pieces of work, eg. “The Magic Flute”, as a theme rather than his biography. That made me think what else could I actually use as a theme and I came up with an idea which will be a clear reference to the space. We did some research before on a history of the location and we found out that it had a lot of different purposes over the years. We don’t exactly know when the building was built but the very first bit which Stewart actually found was that the building was a house probably for a single lady/widow with servants living with her as well. Then building changed its purpose few times. It used to be inter alia a hotel, post office, house and now it is obviously a bar/pub. I thought that a history of a place could be a great idea for the theme of my work. It will be placed in the entrance of the building so it could be an amazing introduction for all viewers to get to know a history of a place before they see the rest of the exhibition.

I thought it would be good to mention everyone else’s ideas as at the end of the day it’s a group exhibition. Even if each one of us is working on something completely different.

Rachel’s first idea was to make origami flowers out of photographs of decaying flowers and place them by the mouldy, damp walls in one of the rooms in Mozart’s. After few visits to the space she has changed her idea to creating a wallpaper made out of photos taken in Mozart’s. She’s not sure of what form it will take yet, on what scale it will be done, what will be the design of the wallpaper etc.

Rebecca’s idea for her piece is to use a mirror ball and a projector. She wants to project either a still image or a video on either still or moving ball. I have seen videos Becca researched and it looks pretty impressive. I really like it and I hope it will work. She hasn’t got a projector yet though so she also has a backup idea. Because the place used to be a post office she came up with an idea referring to this fact. She wants to create a pile of envelopes. The envelopes would have the address of Mozart’s on them and they would be empty inside. It would be the viewers decision on whether or not to pick up the envelopes and see what was inside or to just leave it as it is.

Stina’s idea is another very interesting one. Influenced by Harry Potter’s moving images she wants to use the same idea and create a portrait which in reality would be a video. I think is a great idea, it’s something no one else came up with. Originally she wanted to video Wendy, the owner of Mozart’s, but I’m not sure if she agreed to do it. Here’s a photo of a space she will be working at:

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Steward’s piece of work is definitely the most interesting one and also the most complicated. Even now I’m not sure of what exactly he wants to do but I will try to explain it best as I can. He went to Mozart’s couple of times before and recorded some noises there, such as footsteps, water in the pipes, squeaky doors etc. Then he made a one big sample out of it which he wants to play at the actual exhibition day. At the same time he wants to place a microphone there and make a live recording of all the noises which everyone will be able/will be making at the actual exhibition. He wants to loop them and add on the top of the existing recording. That’s how everyone who comes to see the exhibition will be taking part in the performance. Sounds complicated and I’m not sure how it will work but seems to be very promising. Here’s the space he will be working in:

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I have done some research on Mozart’s life to see if I can come up with any shapes which will symbolise his life and will be easy for a viewer to understand the meaning of them.

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Here’s a short biography:

  • 27.01.1756 – Mozart born in Salzburg
  • 1761 – first compositions (small Andante (K. 1a) and Allegro (K. 1b) )
  • He had 6 siblings, only him and one sister survived, rest of the siblings died
  • 1762 – first trip to Munich, Vienna, Prague
  • 1764-5 – met  + visited Johann Christian Bach in London
  • 1767-8 – Mozart family went back to Vienna
  • 1769-73 – three trips to Italy; new compositions:
    • an opera Mitridate Rè di Ponto (1770
    • Ascanio in Alba (1771)
    • Lucio Silla (1772)
    • the solo cantata “Exsultate, jubilate”, K. 165 (1772-3)
  • 1773 – working as a court musician in Salzburg
  • 12 & 18.06.1778 – performance of “A Minor” piano sonata and “Paris” symphony
  • 1781 – moved to Vienna
  • 08.1782 – married to Constanze Weber
  • 1782–1785 – series of concerts as soloist in his own piano concertos.
  • 1786-7 – return to opera
  • 1788-91 – Austro-Turkish War- difficult time for musicians, including Mozart
  • 1791 – last year of his life and some of the most famous compositions:
    • the opera The Magic Flute
    • the final piano concerto (K. 595 in B flat)
    • the Clarinet Concerto K. 622
    • revised version of his 40th Symphony
    • motet Ave verum corpus K. 618
    • unfinished Requiem – his very last creation
  • 05.12.1971 – Mozart dies in Vienna

I decided to test some shapes out to see how they will work out, what sizes the cut outs need to be, how far from the fabric they need to be, how far the light should be in relation to shapes and fabric etc. I used my own light with the most powerful bulb I have to test it. I may use it for the exhibition but I may also try to find something brighter, because it might give a better effect.

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These are sample shapes to try the shadows out. I made both of them rather small, about the size I would like them to be on the final piece. Obviously they are only sample shapes too so I can see how details will come up on the fabric. As we can see on the images, both of the cut outs are small but envelope is still much smaller than the other shape. I’m not sure if it’s better to have shapes smaller than bigger so I’ll just need to try them.

I used the same piece of fabric I will be using on the exhibition. Shapes are approximately 5-10cm away from the fabric.

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I’m very happy that I actually decided to run this test because at least I know that the shapes must be bigger than the sample ones. In my mind shadows were much clearer so by testing I know that they need to be as close to the fabric as they can. I have tried the projections on different distances but I haven’t got any visual evidence of it. Also, I left the fabric a bit loose to actually see the effect and I’m not so sure about it any more. I think it could look better with a stretched fabric.