The inspiration of this work comes from the Halloween activities of the student government. If one can meet a ghost, why can’t one meet another himself? The other self is a ghost in your image, producing a duplication of you. This project is a story about how people deal with the other self.
In fact, in the real world, everyone can have another self, or another side of himself. A person lives in this world by his particular part and he is constrained and suppressed by this society. Therefore, you are unique in society, because you suppress the other you so that he cannot exist in this world. The other self is an unknown and a very different self. Sometimes you are more materialistic, and the other you may be spiritual. Sometimes you may show kindness and tolerance, while the other side of you may be dark and narrow. What would you do if, by the power of the ghosts, another one of you appeared in our world, and appeared in your world?
This performance is divided into four parts. At the beginning, when Tony was walking up the corridor, he met his another self on the corner and immediately he hid himself in a small room. Secondly, He was afraid and crying in the small room, as well as the intense fear, tension and panic he showed. Tony fled from his other self and dared not face it. Then, the climax is that the more he escapes, the more likely Tony is to meet another self, and at the same time, another self is smiling at him, which makes Tony had to look for measures. In the last scene, Tony and his other self are running opposite each other. As they run, the other one disappears. Tony is the original Tony. Through this work, I want to express how to deal with the relationship between people and their hearts, that is, to face it frankly and accept it. Even if it is horrible, unknown, we can not escape. The result of escaping can only be to be swallowed up by the other self, and then the other self lives in this world instead of you through its own body.
What Inspired me strongly is about some VJ performance videos, such as the four screens in the course including the man’s head smile to each other, and the use of split screen in Max (a way that use part of the multiple videos respectively and put them together with mixer) It is a very useful technique, and at the first stage we use the method. We superimposed Tony’s walking in different stages to create a wonderful feeling. And painted an atmosphere of horror.
The video was filmed by us and the audio was downloaded from freesound. The oscillator and the beat are tuned according to the audio frequency. We originally planned to use audio2vizzie to link the audio and video to form an interaction. Later, because the computer was really stuck, we had to separate the audio and video. I am also responsible for the audio part including the selection and adaptation of the original music; the interaction between the oscillator and video and other things like the final Max combination and the final detailed tuning. I also participated in the shooting the video and the control of video during the performance. Here is our link to github.https://gist.github.com/KaixinMao2000/6fbc02eddd784dba94bfaf90dff71891
The most important thing in cooperation is to clarify the division of labor, each person should do his own part well, and finally put them together before making modifications. Of course, there are many problems in the process of our cooperation, such as procrastination and laziness.
During the performance, video was not particularly good because the computer had some lag. At the same time, we took a reflection on the professor’s suggestion and felt that we could shoot video even if it was about plot, and we could shoot it outside the school, which seemed more attractive.
Of course, in the preparatory stage, we also encountered many problems like we don’t know how to play sounds separately and other problems like we are also not very familiar with the different oscillator functions, so we need to explore by ourselves. For special effects that are particularly unsuitable, we had to find ways to avoid them. When we were dealing with“croppr” , there was also the issue of adjusting screen space. In the end we all managed to get him to take care of us.
There are also some hardware problems, such as the controler is incompatible with the computer, and every time you open the max, there will be some player problems and so on. I think I’m going to make a little complaint about Max here, which is not very friendly to Windows.
In a word, I think there are many things that can be modified and improved in our works, and we should always pay attention to solving these problems in the future. Finally, I would like to thank my partners and professor Eric again for their help.