The Pop-up Brief
Due to the tube had a strike on Monday we postponed the first meeting of the group to Friday 13th (if that is any better… who knows).
In short, the Brief asks us to help and create one of our tutors with her Pop-up Book Illustration and the Performance part. The outcome is something like an enormous three-dimensional book based on the story of Juliet and a writer. Rather than just reading the book the audience should physically experience the book – become a part o the story.
Ur, task (the students) is to help to create the environment for this event, that means not only set pieces, costumes and props but also everything else that takes part in such a process as a performance such as marketing, graphic design, sound, concept design, production and so on.
Examples of previous shows from Juliet is a show called Protect and Survive and demonstrates the frame off in which the new project should happen (www.proandsurvive.com).
So far so good to the task.
On Friday (the 13th) did we then decide to which over topics we want to work (this meant not that we would not function on other parts, but that we have one topic which is our most important subject.
I felt readily drawn towards the Graphic design part and signed up for “group D.”
I looked at different parts of the story of Juliet to understand the themes of the story:
- the term includes tales, old traditions (oral forwarded, which results in several different versions of the same story), proverbs and jokes.
- folklore Figures of America are Goblins, Wendigos, Bigfoot, etc.
- Wendigo: cannibal monster or evil spirit native to the northern forests of the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes Region of both the United States and Canada. The Wendigo may appear as: Possibility 1: a monster with some characteristics of a human, or Possibility 2: a spirit who has possessed a human being and made them monstrous.
- The Ojibwe, Cree, Naskapi and Innu people believe in this creature, it is associated with the cold and north also with the winter and the darkness of the night. It is also bound to the condition of starvation and may look like a skeleton (ash grey, bones pushing against the skin, blood on its body, dirty and the smell of death on its body)
- There are other believes that the Wendigo grows with each meal so that the beast is never satisfied, it is consuming more and more people was starving and looking for its next victim.
- travelled with horses, mules or oxen
- the typical cost of food for four people for six months where about 150 Doller
- in 1844 approx. 1475 estimated travellers crossed the trail.
- travellers died on their way mostly because of: diseases, attacks of Nativ Americans, Freezing, run overs, drowning, shootings etc.
I also Researched the placement and period of the story:
- May 1, 1839, a group of 18 Man set out to travel from Illinois to Oregon and were probably the first among the pioneers who travelled the Oregon Trail
- September 1840, the families Newell and Meek with three waggons travelled from Fort Hall to the Columbia River and opened the final leg of Oregon Trail to waggon traffic.
- 1841 the Bartleson-Bidwell Group was the first emigrant group credited with using the Oregon Trail to emigrate west.
- 1842, the 2nd waggon train set out from Missouri of about 100 pioneers
- 1844: Oregon City, the western terminus of the Oregon Trail, becomes the first incorporated U.S. city west of the Rocky Mountains.
- westward expansion of the United States
- were a great difficulty for travellers and settlers travelling the Oregon Trail (from the mid-1830s to 1869 the Oregon Trail and its many offshoots were used by about 400 000 settlers, farmers, miners, ranchers, and businessman together with their families)
- ‘Great Migration of 1843’ or ‘Wagon Train of 1843’ describes the estimated trailer movement of 700 to 1000 emigrants through the Blue Mountains
Also, I looked at innovative ways with which I could promote the installation.
Least but not least I thought about relevant and existing styles and ascetics but also about what kind fo artists would have a suitable method for this kind of a project.
Research over Christmas:
The Witch, 2015 (Robert Eggers)
The Shining, 1980 (Stanley Kubrick)
Experimentation and development: