SART6101 - Experimental Arts

Experiment 2

For my second experiment, I decided to further investigate the ideas discovered in my first experiment, to experiment with how outside factors impacted the way the etchings I made reflected onto surfaces. I chose to relate this experiment back to the process of my random generator, and used my phone and Facebook throughout my experimentation. For this experiment, I used my Facebook app to illuminate my original etchings, to discover how the different displays effected the etchings and reflected the light to create different images. I set myself in a dark room, opened my phone to various screens in my Facebook app, and photographed how the app display impacted the etchings. The result was a series of eerie images that appeared dramatically different from my first experiment, even though similar material were used. In order to focus on the etchings for each photo, the Facebook app becomes unclear in the background, almost an impression, while the etchings are illuminated and reflect the various colours and light from my profile, newsfeed and messenger.

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Photo taken of my notifications during my random generator.

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Etching of scratched graffiti lit up by my newsfeed.

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Notifications changed the display.

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Etching of reflections on the outside of the train carriage overlaying my messages.

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The mostly white screen led to very bright images with unfocused backgrounds.

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Final etching of the reflections inside the train carriage over my Facebook profile.

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The colours on my profile page alter the light being reflected.

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For the final image I chose to change my camera's focus from the etching to the background to show the details of the app, highlighting the difference between this image and the others.