Plume of feathers : still moving images

Black, Stephanie (2017) Plume of feathers : still moving images. In: 4th International Motion Festival; 11 - 14 May 2017, Nicosia, Cyprus. (Unpublished)


This paper will explore the relationship between still and moving images in a project consisting of illustration as a visual essay making use of film and still image, which is projected over the live performance of a music album. Here, the manipulation of time to deliver the visual component can, deliberately, alternate between motion and lack of motion to exploit the friction between sound and image, and encourage critical thinking within the audience who is asked to span the gaps and synthesise divergent messages. The paper will focus on the contribution of the visuals as an “open work”, both in its production and performance. The practice discussed operates as informed voice within the conversation, with both image and vocals exploring the topic of the decline of the public house in the UK. In this regard, the visual project questions the dominant representations of the pub in circulation. And this reinforces the need for us to make informed visual communication as practitioners, in order to help us all question, understand and contribute to the post-Brexit, post-factual world we live in.

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