Event Title

A Series of Paranoia

Location

CSU 201

Start Date

16-4-2013 9:00 AM

End Date

16-4-2013 10:00 AM

Student's Major

Art

Student's College

Arts and Humanities

Mentor's Name

Mika Laidlaw

Mentor's Department

Art

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

Description

A Series of Paranoia is a series using five photos to depict the manifestation of paranoia. The photos are seen as if they were scenes in a short narrative. As the scenes progress, the delusions of paranoia control and manipulate the central figures presented in the story. Two characters are used in a staged environment to give me control of what will be seen in each photo. The characters and environment remain anonymous throughout the photos. The set used was constructed out of 8’ by 4’pegboard panels attached to an additional structure made for support. The final structure was a cubicle shape that was 8’ by 8’ by 8’. After construction, I covered the walls, ceiling and floor in water and painted white on top of the damp pegboard. This created a raw aesthetic that was fitting for my theme. The cold weather at the time further pushed the dimensions of the cubicle by warping the pegboard; this additional effect adds an element of eeriness to the environment being used. A single light was hung off centered to show the depth of the room, characters and also to dramatize the relation between the two characters in their environment. This opportunity has given me much knowledge on how to control an environment that depicts the idea I want to prove in my theme. In the future, I want to use the skills learned to create more dynamic scenarios in photographs.

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A Series of Paranoia

CSU 201

A Series of Paranoia is a series using five photos to depict the manifestation of paranoia. The photos are seen as if they were scenes in a short narrative. As the scenes progress, the delusions of paranoia control and manipulate the central figures presented in the story. Two characters are used in a staged environment to give me control of what will be seen in each photo. The characters and environment remain anonymous throughout the photos. The set used was constructed out of 8’ by 4’pegboard panels attached to an additional structure made for support. The final structure was a cubicle shape that was 8’ by 8’ by 8’. After construction, I covered the walls, ceiling and floor in water and painted white on top of the damp pegboard. This created a raw aesthetic that was fitting for my theme. The cold weather at the time further pushed the dimensions of the cubicle by warping the pegboard; this additional effect adds an element of eeriness to the environment being used. A single light was hung off centered to show the depth of the room, characters and also to dramatize the relation between the two characters in their environment. This opportunity has given me much knowledge on how to control an environment that depicts the idea I want to prove in my theme. In the future, I want to use the skills learned to create more dynamic scenarios in photographs.

Recommended Citation

Bird, Ashton. "A Series of Paranoia." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 16, 2013.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2013/oral-session-01/1