Today was very self-motivated and we could work on whatever we wanted to move our projects along. Professor briefly talked about time lapse video. His friend made this video and it's kinda cool so I figured I'd share.
The weekend I'm going home and I will be running around like a maniac trying to get a lot of shit done. Lots of experiments to complete but I'm excited because this will help me figure out a lot of questions I'm having at the moment.
I'm also going to gather materials for petri dish collages or "vanitas," as Suzanne calls them. Vanitas originated in art in the 17th Century with paintings from the Netherlands. Traditional vanitas "contains collections of objects symbolic of the inevitability of death and the transience and vanity of earthly achievements and pleasures; it exhorts the viewer to consider mortality and to repent" (Britannica). I have taken some photos of vanitas completed by Suzanne or other past students at SVA. They necessarily don't have to have the dark theme of death like in the 1700s but it would be interesting to play with that idea. Note that the two on the left (the human figure and the one below it) are not vanitas, those were created using slime molds. The others are created with dried flowers, vegetables, fruits, fabric, pills, gravel, sand, etc. These vanitas are not actually "alive" or growing, they are just objects arranged within a petri dish.