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Whale Watch Questions

December 10, 2010

The purpose of the piece has changed since its original conception, but I am pleased with the outcome.  The piece became about bringing a voice and a flow to the the artwork that exists in a constantly shifting environment of moving bodies.  By creating noise and using gesture and movement to comment on the art work, the social landscape was shifted by slowing the pace of traffic.  The site became not only the whale or the human bodies performing the work, but the environment which slowed in reaction to this sculpture that was now a living breathing entity.  I feel the success of this site was in bringing a focus and energy to this statue which people pass by daily without fully absorbing the mammoth size and beautiful design of the piece.


Invitation-Whale Watch

December 5, 2010

“Whale Watch” is designed to bring life to a ‘static’ art work that is existing among an ever changing environment of the swirling commute of CSULB students.  On December 8th, 2010, MFA students Brian Moe and Heather Glabe will perform in the art work lovingly referred to as “the whale” out side of the Coffee Bean.  All are welcome to pass by, or stroll through the area on the day of the performance.

Free Dances by Brian Moe

October 25, 2010

My objective in this exercise was to avert traffic into a less traveled space that still leads people to their desired location.  I offered them an enticing free dance that they would pick from a stack of cards that would inform me of the dance I would perform for them.  I did this to see if people would stray from their daily paths in order to try something different or possibly elevate their mood.  In the half an hour while I was in the site, 4 people drew cards.  Over 50 people walked though the ‘normal’ pathway of space.  The people who did pick cards seemed happier after doing so and did not show any signs of regret.  2 of the people who picked cards were also middle aged women.  I feel that doing this activity in an environment with older people would be more successful.  The college climate seems to be very self involved and unwavering to their daily tasks.  Many people noticed me with my  ‘free dance’ shirt, and the signs that said ‘free dance’, but chose not to partake in something that could possibly make them uncomfortable.  I think once they realized that it was just me dancing, they were a bit more comfortable.  The map of the space will follow shortly.

Walk the CSULB Walk

October 12, 2010

The  task at hand was to observe people in their everyday business and extract some gesture or movements patterns.  Once these gestures are chosen, we are allowed to stretch them to fit our choreographic needs.  We then implant them back into the site in from which they were originally cultured.  I decided to chose the gesture of walking after noticing how different “weights” affect the body and focus.  Not all these are physical ie, book bag, books, etc,  some are just ideas of social weights involved with cell phone use and texting.  The walk of a person without these confines is much different than with the book bag and the cell phone.  To comment on this, I chose 4 different “walks” which I recreated in canon without using physical objects.  The gesture was so stretched that the walks looked slightly ridiculous.  In this first run of the piece, it seems that the on lookers were not aware that they were the “butt of the joke” as it were.  In fact they laughed and made some comments thinking we were zombies.  Perhaps we have become mindless zombies in our everyday commutes because the path is so well trodden that we take for granted the environment surrounded the pathway.

I chose this site because I like the ability to video it from above to get a better sense of path way without obstructing the actual performance.  It is also a heavy traffic area for commute and gathering of student bodies.  It allows plenty of room to sit in the shade and talk with friends while enjoying refreshments from the nearby food court.  Going further in this exercise on wednesday I will attempt to add some stillness in the piece so that people will think it more than a “zombie” walk.



the Ubiquitous Quotidienne Gesture

October 3, 2010

I decided that to observe masses I would observe them from above (so as to not be seen) and as the are entering of leaving social gathering places where one might find food.  Food being one of the ultimate cross-cultural social event that everyone takes part of in one way or another.  What I observed from above were interesting methods of transporting due to technology, as well as the carrying of books and other study materials.  I watched how people used gesture in conversing to highlight and emphasize their statements.  I looked at how people used gesture when the talked in person as well as when talking on their phones and how communication changed the way they carried themselves through space.  These 3 videos best summarizes some of my findings.  I enjoy that I was found out, trying to be invisible was difficult when a group of girls noticed what I was doing.  Enjoy!

Museums Talk

September 26, 2010

For my assignment, I chose to recreate my pathway using blue tape, which I formed into arrows, balls, and crosses so that they would not stick to the floor in order to comply with museum rules.  I placed this around the site so that the dancer’s may follow the pathways that I created at the start of these exercises.  The dancers were given simple instructions:  Follow the arrows,  on the crosses they are to pause and internally take in what they are seeing (time frame left open), and on the dots they were to externalize what they were feeling internally based on the visual stimuli that was in their field of vision.  This led to a marvelous improvisation by Johnna, Jeremy, and Jay that created unique interpretations of not only the instruction, but  to the art work and the space itself.  I found it very rewarding to watch the movement and the reactions they chose in contrast to each other and the different pieces.  Here is the youtube link to the video of the dance (taken from my phone)  And I will try to imbed it as well.  ( I am not to good at the blogging thing)



Measuring- Brian

September 20, 2010

Brian Measuring

I came across this glass divide from the people using the computers and the entrance to the space.  I thought it was odd that the partition only aided to direct the flow of traffic so that it couldn’t diverge into all areas of the space.  While repeating the measurements with a photographer, I had an individual stare at me from a computer, who can be seen in several pictures.  He never said anything to me, but his looks said plenty.  Another gentlemen gave me the uncomfortable “What’s up?” nod that seems to be prevalent in our society.  Another women said “Thats a great picture” after the last in the sequence was taken.  It is interesting that while performing the task alone, no comments were made and not as many people stared.  Once the camera was involved it evolved into something people could recognize as some kind of still life photography capturing an event.  People were more interested in the occurrence when a camera was involved, as if the camera made the statement “its ok… I’m not weird… this is just my art.”

Measurement- Johnna

September 20, 2010

Johnna Measuring

As I approached my landmark, I had to wait for passersby on the pathway to clear. When I had the opportunity to move forward without interrupting anyone’s path, I did, quickly. Although it was a warm, sunny day, the stone felt cool and refreshing on my forearm and hand. This part of the bridge was in the shade and felt very sheltering in a way. To begin measuring the stone support for the bridge, I placed my right elbow at the bottom left corner of the piece and arched my back in order to place my right hand directly to the right of my elbow. After concluding my measuring experience, I realized that I had instinctively chosen the more difficult way to measure the stone, suddenly understanding that my left arm would have served the same purpose without the straining in my back. But, I stuck with the right arm anyways.

Line- Brian Moe

September 13, 2010

Brian Moe

1. Standing at the wall adjacent to the reading room, peer into Gordon F. Hampton gallery.  Raise your right arm straight forward,bend the elbow at a 90 degree angle.  The distance from the door way closest to you and the far pillar of the gallery is the length of the forearm from elbow to finger tip.

2.  Starting at the X, walk the periphery of the loop in the space until you are just past the reading room door.  Walk so that each foot is directly in front of and touching the other foot.  This should be approximately 27 feet.

3.  Standing at the X, look towards the open door way near the print room.  Raise your right arm and close your fist, palm facing down.  Extend the thumb and little finger in opposite directions parallel to the floor.  The distance from the pillar to the opposite side of the door, is the distance between the thumb and little finger at this distance.