8 July 2010

how to play BBB


I am very pleased to show you this video clip of my work, which was kindly filmed by a talented young man I know. Do you remember BLUE BOX & BOOKS: Chagall’s Above the Town REMIX? Well, it was the first assignment work I made last year and when it was displayed at the end of year show last month (featured in this post), quite a few people asked me how it works. I hope this video clip would help you visualise how to "play" the box....

Just a brief note about the assignment. It was like this:

To pick one artist work, expand the story behind the picture and then create a narrative box of yours....

What would you do? I started pretty slow and it took me two weeks just to think how I go about it. (It was a three week project!) On the third week, I made a cardboard mock-up piece and after that, I just couldn’t stop. I used many materials laying around at home, only the materials I bought were blue demim and zippers. Lots of sewings, drawings, collagings and having so much fun! (I used ceramic only for a bit, but if the time allowed I would like to make a whole piece in porcelain which was my original idea...) I chose Marc Chagall’s painting "Above the town". I decided a story of the couple on the painting to take a fantasy journey from place to place. (Each time a girl complains of where she is because of this and that, and her super boyfriend flys to the other places she would like from Tokyo to Caribbean ocean. And finally they return to.... and what she has leant from the journey...?) I made a sort of pop-up 3D box that opens up with buttons and zippers. In the clip I self-directed so it may look a bit cheesy but I hope you enjoy. I would love to hear what you think!

video
Credit:
Filmed by Loui Hvejsel Bork. Thank you Loui! You are a super star!
Music by my favourite buskers, Abraxas string quartet. Check out their fabulous performance at Covent Garden!

P.S. If you like to view quickly, please click here for an exhibition guidebook and some detailed images.

20 comments:

  1. That's absolutely awesome, I love it, well done Makiko :)

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  2. Just TOO adorable! Great video Maki.

    xoxo Valerie

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  3. WOW!! I'm speeeechlesss!
    What talent!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this..Totally love it!

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  4. Your video is not cheesy, I would have never understood the project without the demonstration. Very very cool!! Happy creations, tj

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  5. Oh so good... Maki, it put such a big smile on my face. It's beautiful.

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  6. Great video. It really explains and shows the piece very well. Still photos wouldn't do it justice.

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  7. What a great video! I feel like one of those commercials where it's "But...wait! There's more!" Every time I thought something was cool, you went and showed something else...all the way to the grand finale! Great imagination.

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  8. Wow - that was magic! Absolutely beautiful, I just watched it twice.

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  9. Makiko, that is so amazing!! I truely LOVE it! You are so taleneted and that video just made me smile and warms my heart! Thanks so much for sharing! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

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  10. Makiko that was wonderful!! Great Job and perfect music to go along!!

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  11. owww... so cute! and very inspiring!

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  12. Thank you so much everyone for the lovely comments. Glad you enjoyed it! xm

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  13. Wow - your work is beautiful and so innovative.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and following :)

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  14. really ingenious work Maki, and so fun & creative. so great to see someone being inspired and then just running with a idea to create something original! thanks for sharing the video Nats

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  15. This is so amazing!! Love it! I was truly inspired when you unzipped it and opened it up for the whole scene at the end of the video!
    Very Cool!!
    Xo Theresa

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  16. Lovely and magical box, book and presentation - it made me smile :) - And thank you for your lovely comment back at my blog. That made me smile too :)

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  17. I love all the components and interaction. Nicely done.

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