This week Blair and myself went out into public areas and created sculptures that we placed in the middle of pathways. We did this so the public would have to interact with them and by filming this reaction we could assess whether it is positive or negative and also how they respond to pollution.
First we went to the main streets of Gymea during the earlier hours of Saturday morning so we could catch everyone going past the cafes and walking to the park. The area had a group of people walking past at least every 30 seconds which is necessary as our idea wouldn’t be affective if it wasn’t a high traffic area.
First we attempted to form our sculpture as a pyramid style which was only small and although we placed it in the middle of the pathway people were hardly noticing or responding to it. In fact they just walked around it like it didn’t exist so we went to more drastic approach and lined them up all the way along the pathway so people had np choice but to interact.
We were surprised at how people responded to the sculpture, some tripped over which was quite concerning others just stood and stared, and there were a few children that stopped to ask their parents why water was on the ground. Some people got pretty angry with us for putting up the ‘tripping hazard’ and some just laughed at us with stupidity, but at least we got a good form of response.
We then went to the local train station and decided to place soft drink cans on the stairs and film from below to get the entire view. We placed them diagonally instead of as a group as we believed by spreading them out it would force more people to interact as oppose to ignore.
This response varied to the previous location with less people and of a younger demographic. Some boys were running down and didn’t see us filming at the bottom, as they ran they kicked over all the cans as a game and were shocked when they saw we were obviously filming them. Despite this, it was great to get their natural reaction to the cans straight up.
We have another few ideas of location and materials to use for a few more videos to shoot in the next coming weeks. We are however, unsure about how to display it and whether projecting one film by itself is enough, perhaps we could have two contrasting to one another both playing simultaneously.