Following on from the theme of medicine, disease, and more widely, biology, I began to create a processing sketch which would visually represent some of these ideas. Thinking about cells and molecules, I decided to use circles as the main “visual point” in my sketch. Without a hugely clear direction, I went through several iterations until finding something I was happy with:
I’m still not entirely sure whether I’ll stick with this grey version or whether I will go back to the red. I think the red gives a clear medical feel, but something about the grey is more mature, more subtle in its approach, and perhaps more “ghostly”. The sketch is fully sound-reactive, something I had to work through slowly and step-by-step. I feel a real sense of achievement now that it is working though – this is the first time I’ve done anything sound-reactive, and it always feels good to expand my knowledge.
Depending on how much I can progress with processing this year, I might try to make a second sketch to compliment this first sketch. I think that when it comes to creating and editing the video footage of this piece once it is projected, it would be nice to have some variation. Alternatively, I might just decide to run different versions of this same sketch, perhaps one in red and one in grey.
Once I’m back in the studio, I’ll look at setting up a projector and getting this filmed.