p4: performative

For my performative video project, I wanted my idea to be simple but still be visually interesting. After many ideas and experimental processes, I decided to record myself simply jumping on a trampoline. However, I did not want it to be the normal viewpoint of a person jumping on a trampoline; I wanted to capture a different perspective of the act of jumping by placing the video camera underneath it. To get the angle, I used a diy method by cutting a small hole in the middle of the trampoline. I also recorded short scenes of the sky and flowers to represent the beauty and softness of Spring. Color played a main role in my creative process as I mostly focused on warm colors that would symbolize happiness and youthfulness. The warm colors were then balanced out by the cool color of the sky. For the title of the project, I named it spring as sort of a play on the word because it can represent both the season and the act or noise of jumping. For the audio, I used the natural sounds of the original recordings. I slowed the audio down to match the slow action of jumping, and as the action of jumping increases in speed so does the audio to match it. I chose to show a gradual increase in speed because I wanted to emphasize the durational act of actually jumping on a trampoline by first starting out slow and then building up to faster, higher jumps. This factors into the youthful, playful theme I exhibited because I wanted it to be perceived as innocent, but at the same time, the angle it is set can be interpreted in a sensual or erotic way to question why a simple act of jumping may be changed into the use and perception of the female body.

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 stills taken from spring

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