- Turn on the projector and computer
- Place bike against the wall, kickstand propped down for balance
- Place computer and projector about a 10ft distance away from the bike
- Open the madmapper file titled “FMX Final Installation” and make sure it covers the bike and most of the wall
- Play the song “2 MUCH” on the laptop
- A trained performer will get on the bike at the top of every hour and complete one loop in predetermined actions
- The audience is encouraged to interact with the installation and get on the bike themselves
- Both the video and song will loop as much as needed, and can be shut down when the gallery closes, likewise can be turned on again when the gallery opens
- When the gallery closes, exit Mad Mapper, quit the audio player, and power down the computer and projector
When I first thought of this final project idea, I wanted it to be something that I would remember for a while. Over this semester we’ve played a lot with evoking different emotions out of the audience and we’ve learned a lot about each other. I wanted to open up even further to my peers and really express what makes me happiest. At first, I was going to focus on a number of topics that evoke the feeling of joy within me but I decided to just narrow it down to indoor cycling. I feel like although a lot of my peers might know that’s one of my jobs they don’t have a full grasp on what it is so I wanted to express that.
Depending on where you go, an indoor cycling class can be extremely different and each studio usually caters their classes to their audience. I teach a completely beat based class to pretty much all the rich, botoxed up moms of South Tampa. Each class is almost like a performance, I control the music, volume, moves, and even lights. Out of all my jobs this is definitely my favorite and if I could make a living doing it for the rest of my life I would. I focused a lot on video editing as I feel like we’ve learned a lot about that over time in class and since this is the last project I wanted to include it more in my installation. I am unable to control the lights in the room my installation is set up in and volume like I would during a cycle class so I relied on video editing to really instill upon the viewers how crazy a class is.
Gifs from right before I taught, trying to get content for the final installation.
As I continue to work on this project I have decided to narrow down my idea a little bit more and just focus on the cycling aspect of my project. As I live my life here in Tampa, it’s definitely what makes me the happiest out of all my responsibilities. Here’s a video from right before I taught of some of my friends that came to support me.
I was first drawn to Survival Research Labs off the class list of approved artists because of the name. I thought the name was dope so I decided to go with it right off the bat. I was surprised to learn that the founder, Mark Pauline, actually graduated from Eckerd College. Survival Research Labs was founded by Pauline in November 1978. Since 1979, SRL has staged over 45 mechanized presentations in the United States and Europe. They consider themselves to be a group of creative technicians reinventing techniques, tools, and tenets of industry, science, and the military away from their typical uses. Each performance consists of a set of interactions between machines, robots, and special effects devices. People are only there as an audience or as operators.
One of the pieces I liked the most is the one pictured below titled, “Big Arm.” Fueled by 8 gallons of gasoline, this is essentially a large remote-controlled arm. The only way it can move is by literally dragging itself forward. The front end is a huge vertically triangulated backhoe that makes it seem like a giant jaw. The machine pulls itself along by its nose that drags along the ground.
For this last and final project, I want to do something that encompasses who I am and what makes me the happiest. I like to think of myself as a pretty optimistic and light-hearted person in general, but there are a few personal things that really bring me joy and make me feel like I’m in my element. There are three main groups of things that make me insanely happy. The first is that I’m going home for Thanksgiving so I’ll be back in Connecticut. Even though I came to Florida to escape the cold, the air and scenery in my little state is something that just can’t be replaced. Being outside hiking with my dogs and my family is one of my favorite things, so I’m going to have the opportunity to get footage there. The second group is all of the great friendships I’ve made throughout my life. I’ll have the opportunity to see my friends when I’m home and get footage of them but I also want to include my friends I’ve made during my time here at UT. Lastly as weird as it may be working out makes me insanely happy. If I could I would just teach indoor cycling classes for the rest of my life and I would be completely content. I’m going to be getting footage of my teaching cycling classes, along with the circuit and yoga classes I take every week to include as well. I plan on projecting videos of all three of these things in multiple ways. I’m going to be using two projectors and using a cut out of the shape of the state of CT. My first initial video will be projected there with another video behind it. My third video will need to be projected on a huge blank wall, with maybe some objects thrown in if I can figure out how to transform them.
The whole purpose of this final project is just to express to others what makes me feel the best, and evoke positive emotions in the viewers as well. I’m always a pretty upbeat person but I want to express myself in more ways than what might be visible. I consider myself to be friends with almost everyone in the class and I just want them to know more about me. I plan on spending a lot of time in the making of this entire project and the fact that its on things that make me the happiest just makes me want to put more time and effort into it.
- Phone (to record videos)
- 2 Projectors
- Computer + Editing Software + Madmapper
- Space (to project)
- Stand for projectors
- Scents to evoke emotions
- 11/17-11/24: Film and get footage at home
- Week of 11/25: Film and get footage from the gym, cut out the state of CT
- 12/3: Have all post-production done
- 12/10-12/14: Practice setting up
- 12/14: Project Due
Gabi filmed this because both Taylor and I were using our phones for sounds needed in the installation.
Pics for our final setup before we debut our creation to the class!