Duration: 3:09 mins.
The focus of this film was to document the absence of presence and then traces of presence. It starts of with discarded objects, shoes, hairbrush, ash trays etc, then it progresses to the occupant coming home from work to make a cup of tea, toast and have a cigarette before getting into bed. The presence of the occupant is felt throughout the film, particularly in the opening sequences and even though the character is present in the latter half of the film the viewer never sees him and his physical presence is at a minimal. The sound footage over the entire film is taken from the pub where the occupant lives, capturing a conversation discussing work. It has been selected because of it’s public nature, with multiple voices and in a domain outside of the home specifically to juxtapose the isolated, domestic images with minimal human physical presence captured throughout the film.
Can you notice the difference? Slight changes to this video compared to the nearly identical previous one. I’m finally happy with it.
Dan Rees’ ‘A Cup of Tea with Gavin Turk’ (Can be found in Chelsea library)
I can’t believe i’ve not uploaded this piece sooner! Long time overdue. Simply put, this piece was a keystone for me inspiring me on my current train of thought, exploring absence through presence. The original was just Gavin Turk’s ring, Rees later added his own to give the illusion he was there. An unknowing viewer would assume this is from the title and the evidence of the stains. I doubt i’ve given this piece justice in this statement but it’s influence is evident in my work and has led to an obsession with coffee ring!
Initial filming of final piece. I’m happy with the other all outcome all though I’m not sure if it’s “fine art” enough? Throughout different stages in my practice I’ve had the question raised towards me, I think that this may be one of those times. Is it more film than fine art? I feel like it could easily lean itself towards a quicky love story based short or something similar and I don’t like it for that. However, I do believe that because of the character coming home from work half way through the viewer will get a strong contrast between the absence of presence in the beginning compared to the presence being added.
This sound piece is pretty much similar to the previous although I managed to capture the manager talking to one of her employees at the beginning of the clip. I’m considering editing my idea for the visual footage, starting off with empty, discarded clips and then having a shot of the key turning in the lock and the occupant coming home from work. After this point the shots will remain similar except they will show the effects of interaction ie the kettle being turned on. Still keeping on screen shots of character to a minimal.
Although I enjoy the obvious ambiguity of the previous sound piece I was keen to juxtapose the lack of physical human presence with the sound of actual. I think I might actually prefer this clip.
Idea for audio.
Since i’m choosing to focus solely on the interior with minimal physical human interaction I thought it might work well using an opposing sound i.e. exterior traffic.
So traces of absence is key but I feel that it is still too general and think I might scrap the pub footage and focus on the home. The recently the predominant focus of my practice has been within the domestic and there’s no reason why I should deter now! I’m thinking a sequence of these traces over a day within the home?
Today I took my camera to work and documented one of the abandoned tables before I tidied it away. It’s becoming pretty clear that my main interests for this project are strongly linked to the idea of ‘absence of presence’.