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Wipe off from Making Meaning on Vimeo.

 

The project above is inspired by the last scene in Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, where Chaplin gestures to the Gamin to put on a smile and keep going. I felt that the physical act of putting on a smile is a means to set a state of mind. My first iteration was a performance where I began with a blank deadpan face and I wiped on a smile by using projection. However, I realized that the act of wiping is an act of removal. Therefore,  I modified my piece for it to show this ritualistic act of wiping off a tired face and replacing it with a smile. The modified video speaks more to an overarching idea dealt with in Modern Times. Even in tough times one should keep going. Never say die.
It should be viewed as a loop for it to demonstrate the ritualistic aspect of the concept.

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Mapping Hands from Making Meaning on Vimeo.

 

This piece stemmed from my experience of watching people cross the crosswalk situated between the RISD museum and Marketplace. What was revealing about the experience was that by sitting still for just 20minutes I was able to see and meet so many students at RISD whom I hadn’t seen for months. It was curious how we may never see each other, but we all pass through this space. We just miss each other.
I wanted to map this process of people passing through a single space and the accumulation of their missed interactions. I had various iterations of this scene that I had observed, where I drew out the interaction myself with paper and pen. However, something about my first few iterations felt removed from the experience of the cross walk. Using the pen felt mechanical and I felt that it took away agency from the passersby I had observed.  So, I decided to replace the pen with the hand and used multiple hands instead to regain some of the randomness of the crosswalk experience. Even the final build up of the ink on paper reflected the randomness of each individual, while the accumulation of ink spots spoke to the connections between the individuals.

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One of the recurring themes in the movie Modern Times is the notion of the perfect home. Around 30 minutes into the movie we are introduced to a type of home, his prison cell. He’s shown as “happy in his comfortable cell”. The first ‘home’ doesn’t appear again later on in the film even though he goes back to prison several times because he meets the gamin and the ideal of a home replaces the comfort of a home.

42 minutes into the film we see this overacted scene of husband and wife that the tramp imitates in jest, but then they take it seriously. They imagine this fantasized scene of the gamin and tramp living the high life in a quaint little house with their own cow and orange trees in the backyard for fresh milk and oranges. This scene is succeeded by the department store fantasy. As they visit the toy section first we are constantly questioning whether they are adults or children. The way they imagine this ideal of a home and reenact it in the department store and in the dilapidated house they find soon after the department store scene is like a child-like act of husband and wife.

The three scenes of the fantasized home, the department store and the dilapidated building are accompanied with dreamy happy music that is repeated at the end of the film when they’re walking away into the distance.

The juxtaposition of the fantasized scene to the house that the gamin finds highlights the difference between reality and dreams and further emphasizes this notion of children acting out

After escaping the police they are shown walking towards the audience on a road before they take a stop by a house. This scene is reminiscent of the last scene, but in the last scene they are shown walking away from us. Living the nomad lifestyle.

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Can’t Be Tamed

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