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Synesthesia: A Meditation Installation

Hello again! As I mentioned in my last post, I am very interested in using my visual art to create therapeutic art installations, which I hope to eventually install in hospitals, schools, offices, and clinics for permanent, everyday access to relaxation, rejuvenation, and meditation. I think it would be really beneficial for people to have access to individual sessions accustomed to their needs, but the community experience of relaxation has its perks as well. Connecting with others in a healing space and being reminded that we are all together on this crazy journey of life can be really uplifting and encouraging. For my Personal Projects final presentation, I decided to experiment with the first public exhibit of the therapy, and I titled it “Synesthesia: A Meditation Installation.”

An immersion of sound and visuals in a space designed to induce relaxation, I had everyone come in and sit on pillows or chairs and take a few deep breaths to embark on the journey to a cloud of relaxation. I wanted the music and visuals to wash over them, taking them away from the outside world and giving them a chance to experience truly being in the present moment of healing sensory stimulation.

The first section of the experience soothed the audience with soft ambient music and lots of abstract video of pure light and color motion. This sent them into an ethereal experience beyond the everyday world. The music picked up with some Chinese flute music, and I then took them through a sequence of  relaxation yet energetic harmonium music where microscopic footage showed them the beauty of the world that exists beyond the limits of our senses. Lots of naturally hypnotizing footage of cells going in and out of focus took them to an interesting level of relaxation and concentration. Finally a song combining drums, flute, and more intense melody brought an invigorating burst of energy to uplift them to a state of relaxed rejuventation. The visuals here showed the fusion between the ethereal world ight and microscope and the earthiness of real nature footage. Orchids with projections, various meditative mirror effects, and other footage of leaves and the wind brought them back to the beauty of the earth, but with a new serene awakening.

We planned out the visuals and the music before hand to create a journey, but Elijah mixed the visuals live, layering videos and adding visual effects to them. The experience was beautiful, but next time I hope to screen it in a darker room so that the visuals are more captivating.

Here is a small excerpt of the experience so you can get a glimpse into what I’m talking about!

After the experience, I had everyone fill out a feedback form so I could get a sense of what people want to see and the potentials this project will have as a therapy. Everyone enjoyed it and definitely felt more relaxed, and everyone also believed it should be in hospitals, schools, or clinics! My goal is to get this installation a permanent space in St. Edward’s Health and Counseling Center by the end of next year! For my senior thesis, I will continue working on visuals, music, and decorations to make this space possible. I have been talking to the St. Edward’s Wellness Organization, who want to have more student led events to spread health and wellness, and it seems that they may want Synesthesia to be a frequently ocurring event! =D I will keep everyone updated on how this turns out over the next year.

Love and light,

Aura

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Video Portrait: Ashley Arechiga

Here is my first finished video portrait of Ashley! I captured the footage while we were working on a scene for Codes of Awakening using my Canon Rebel T1i, which is great but H.264 files are unfortunately kind of horrendous to edit with. But alas, here it is! Enjoy!


Entering the World of Animation

I’ve been romantically fascinated with stop-motion over the past year, especially after meeting my great friend and amazing animator Ashley Arechiga, but I have never really gotten to experience it in the making until the other night! It was absolutely incredible, and we of course used projections to help set the scene, and it turned out quite brilliantly I think! Take a look!

We shot this test for an animation scene of Elijah’s performance thesis project, Codes of Awakening. The scene is about a future city of sound pollution, consumerist imprisonment, and technological neglect. A little girl screams for a way to escape this hell, while her dad in the other room is oblivious, sucked into the media center that drains his soul. I am also doing a video portrait series on artists and their work, and this was a great opportunity to take video of Ashley in animation action, which I will edit and post soon!


Karma Lounge

Prophet Visuals and The Gyronauts had their first club gig together with live projections and hoop performance for DJs DKCJ and Jason Torres a couple weeks ago at Karma Lounge! I shot this video of the experience, and Elijah edited it. I really enjoyed filming that night so doing event and performance videography is definitely something that I would like to continue! Contact me you would like projections, DJs, performers, and videography at your next event!


Projections and performance

So I thought for a short while that this blog was going to be pretty organized around a central focus (ha.. me with a central focus… I have yet fooled myself again)… Instead I’ll just be showing you a random collection of the many things that I do in my spare time! Projections, abstract videos, microscopic footage, hoop performances, cinematography and animations, sculptures, watercolors. Eventually they will evolve and somehow come together for a cohesive project which will be an interesting journey and destination =) I will also be posting things that I’m interested in that I think you should check out…

Such as PONYO! My new favorite movie ever. I cuddled up and giggled like a little baby while watching this. I had good friends and chocolate and my voice recorder to record awesome sounds. The only thing missing was a stuffed animal that I could chew on… which reminds me.. I need to find a stuffed panda soon…

Also, here is a video that I cut together summarizing a few things that I’ve done over the past week. The song is Circles of Motion by Solar Fields (how appropriate). Enjoy! It includes microscopic footage of neurons, projections on mirrors and their reflections, projections on other strange surfaces, and then some of my visuals mixed live (VJ’d) to a LED hoop practice with The Gyronauts!

The videos of projection installations are very excitingly dynamic… I love things that can be very morphous and versatile. They function as their own videos, which can be really interesting when layered and mixed with other videos to music. They are also good to use as projections on other surfaces to create even morrre videos, and in some ways they are just documentations of the physical experience. I really enjoy both the videos and the physical experience in their own ways so I’m just going to keep playing with it on these various levels!

❤ Aura


Projections

Ohhh, where to start… that is always the hard part, eh?

So I’ll just tell ya some fun stuff. Recently I’ve been experimenting up a storm tehehe. It all kinda started with my dad’s old 35mm slide projector that I’ve been fascinated with since my childhood. The light, the textures, the sound, and even the smell of the old film being blown by the fan yum. I finally got it out of the closet and played with it a couple months ago, and since then it has opened up a world of possibilities and now I am on a path I never could have imagined…

I first projected old slides and photographed/filmed the slides mesmerizingly shifting in and out of focus on a crystalline screen. I then decided to project on various surfaces and textures around my room, totally transforming the physical space as well as creating a very disorienting visual experience– ah the ambiguous blur between reality and illusion *dreamy sigh* I’ve also used it to film smoke, water, and prism abstracts… I love the play that art and science bring together.

Meanwhile, I have been taking my video camera under my wing and using it to capture mesmerizing footage of nature, light, water… natural visualizations I like to call them. I love the hypnosis inherent in nature’s constant subtle motions, which are a reminder that all life moves in cycles of ebb and flow.

From there, Elijah and I started dabbling in digital projections combining my abstract videos with Elijah’s graphics and visual FX. Then Prophet Visuals came to life! Now we perform live visual shows with bands and circus performers, and are working on a full performance project to be completed by May!

So it’s pretty much inevitable that the whole world has become my canvas– now the first thought that comes to mind when I see anything I like is “o0o we should project on that!” So we’ve projected on broken mirror pieces and chandeliers and fabrics and buildings and people and many more things to comeeee! weeeheheh! We also projected graphics onto tree branches, and it looked like microscopic footage of neurons…which reminded me of one of my other fascinations– photomicography!! I love being able to see the world that exists beyond our human senses and perceptions… whether it’s scientific footage or artistic expression. All are different levels and interpretations of reality that bring us closer to understanding our inner and outer worlds =)

I can tell this year will be a great one of just exploring, exploding, and experimenting- riding the waves of the unknown and discovering my passions and talents on which to continually build my artistic expression.

Love,

Aura