19.3.10

U P D A T E
"I'm so knackered, I've been doing shit with plungers all day."
This week has a been intense. We decided to leave the mannequin stuff behind us, fearing that we were basically heading nowhere, especially after a mixed response from our peers. One of the first ideas Hannah and I had wanted to explore was the dramatic possibilities which could be extracted from an ordinary house hold object, namely the Sink Plunger. The aim? To discover the spectacular in the
 mundainity of life. So after a brief discussion on Monday, we set about devising a series of routines with the Plunger which we recorded on video. The top image of this post was a sequence wherein Hannah and I attempted to lift various pieces of furniture in the Pod (a round room in CSM) with two Sink Plungers. It was surprisingly easy to do so. It was also fairly nervewracking - especially the fear of dropping said furniture when it was lifted from a great height. In a second routine, I attempted to Sink Plunge a cabinet from one side of the room to the other (Naturally, Hannah was inside said cabinet....):
C E I L I N G
In this routine, I appear to be clinging to the ceiling with a Plunger. My lanky arms looked ridiculous, but this was an intersting exercise in playing with perspective, perception and frameage.
A N I M A T E D - F U R N I T U R E
After the fairly static exercises with the Plungers in the Pod, we borrowed (stole) a shopping trolley which was just lounging in the studio, and an industrial strength trolley belonging to the lighting technicians. With the aid of the plungers, and not unlike a Punt, we got inside the trolleys and navigated around the studio, much to the amuse/bemusement of the rest of the students and staff. 
This produced some bloody brilliant imagery and video work and has sparked several new ideas and directions in the work we want to produce for the realised event at the Cochrane. Plunging our own bodies:
It helps that Hannah is quite short and I'm unbelievably skinny, because we can get inside these trolleys with total ease, and it looks a little bit freaky. The image below is of me plunging around the studio on a broken chair on wheels. Again, this produced some great visuals - in the video, you can see everyone of my arm muscles (not much the) working as hard as they can to get from point A to B whilst manipulating the Plungers. 
The mobile furniture/giving furniture limbs harks back to the pictures we produced with the white plinth, and again refers to the beetle imagery we produced.
 Its strange how ideas all sort of relate/mesh into one eventually.
D E V I S E D - P E R F O R M A N C E
Tuesday was spent all day editing the footage we had amassed so far into a 20 minute film to show to the Cochrane Theatre techicians for a technical pitch on Wednesday. The film is quite lovely actually, and Hannah and I are very proud of the obvious journey it details over the past 5 weeks. We created a really striking opening title seqeunce, which evokes the titles of old 1960s Doctor Who episodes (there's the Doctor Who influence again).
The pitch went pretty well on Wednesday. Nothing is set in stone until after the Easter Holidays, so we more or less have said that we are going to carry out a series of Happenings in the theatre space, not unlike what has been seen so far. But better. So pleased were we with the film, that on Thursday, Hannah and I organised a screening of it to first and second year students. After gatecrasching a first year meeting and then forcing one of the tutors to send a mass email to the first and second years, we were able to  get about 15 people people to come and watch (along with our senior tutor who requested a copy of the video at the end - result!). Hannah and mines attempt at recreating Single Ladies has now been seen by a lot of people:
Do we have a career as Sasha Fierce lookalikes? I don't think so. It was a really great feeling to have people voluntarily come and view/support/criticise your work.
 The group of mainly first years were very vocal in their thoughts and a lot of them have said they will come and help us at the Cochrane, in terms of production and performing.
We are going to detail a Workshop for them to carry out in the first week back from Easter. Below is a selection of the brilliantly useful feedback produced after the screening. Thank you to everyone who came along!
B E E T L E S
Thursday saw us back in the white space playing with the Plungers again. Its interesting how imagery permeates your ideas - for instance, in a sequence of photographs we took with Hannah wearing the Sink Plunger on her face whilst wearing a white leotard, she look very much like Malcolm Macdowell's character from A Clock Work Orange.
Beetle imagery - when we celeotaped the Plungers to Hannah's back, she took on this beetle/hedgehog/dinosaur quality. A body enhancement? An extension? Is she becoming something more than human?
We produced this wonderful two minute video, wherein Hannah and I wear the Plungers on our faces, obscuring our vision and our faces whilst we probe on another in an attempt to locate where we are - this video was strange, highly charged and bizarrely erotic, sensitive and intimate. The way forward? Possibly, almost definitely.
We thought there would be more imagery to plunder if we had more Plungers, so Hannah went off to Wilkinsons and bought a couple more Plungers. These, combined with the trolleys we'd been using earlier in the week and the black leotards produced these images below:
Trolley 1:
Trolley 2:So that brings us to the end of this week, and this terms work. Unbelievably the Easter Holidays have begun for Hannah and I already - we have a month off (wonderful UAL scheduling..) This means that we're going to be pausing briefly in terms of the amount of work we are realising, but not for long - Hannah and I have an obscene amount of research, planning, organising and designing to be doing in this time. We're just hoping that all the shit we've manage to beg, steal, borrow, steal and erm, steal along the way doesn't get thrown in the bin over Easter. This has been intense. I'll let you get back to your lives now faithful reader.

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