After getting assigned to our groups, we came to a conclusion of picking Sarah’s idea of the movie “BFG” (Big Friendly Giant), and the concept of entering a new world and feeling uncomfortable experience something out of the ordinary. The movie is based on an orphan girl who stumbles upon a giant she isn’t supposed to see, and is taken away to ‘giant country’ so that she doesn’t expose him to the human world. There are different worlds or ‘countries’ in the movie in which they visit, which gives the idea of transitioning from one place to a completely different place in a matter of minutes by passing through a bunch of clouds in the sky. We used the word ‘transition’ to basically describe our whole concept.
Even though I really wanted to use my idea of race for my final M&P project, I realised that it would be very challenging to execute after we discussed as a group.
We came up with different ideas and concepts for our installation, and decided on our favourite one to talk to the professors about.
The first idea was using the concept of scale. Like going in to space with very large objects or very small objects. The idea of having to pick up and/or use objects that aren’t normal sized and feeling uncomfortable or not used to it.
The second was entering a space in which is divided into 3 parts; a very dark space, a very bright space and a very colourful space. The extreme transition from dark to light to colourful could capture the feel of uncomfortableness and stepping into a new world.
The third was to create a stepping platform, which was split
into 9 squares of different materials so that each person would step on to feel different sensations as they transition from one square to another.
The fourth was to mimic the idea of the ‘upside-dow
country’ of the BFG movie, where the giant jumps into a pond and suddenly the whole screen flips and gives the idea of the world being upside-down. We thought of having a room where everyday objects are placed the wrong way round like having a table stuck on the ceiling and lights/chandeliers on the floor, or have an upside down city with the buildings being stuck to the ceiling of the space.
Therefore after careful consideration and debates among the group, we decided to go with the idea of scale. Either having blown up versions of everyday objects or miniature versions in a space that we would have to create. We thought of having almost like a ‘doll-
house’ where we could see through a space of very tiny objects, but we found that difficult to master after hearing that we had only 8 minutes for the whole class of 28 students and 2 professors to fully experience the installation, which we didn’t really think about. They wouldn’t really be experiencing anything if they just looked through a hole of a space of tiny objects, and it would be very crowded and unorganised if everyone is trying to fully experience it. So we decided to do some research individually and come together with more ideas for scale so we can come to a conclusion together to present to our professors.
I liked the idea of making miniature objects, and having people feel and try to use them as the experience, and so I researched how to make miniature everyday objects like mobile phones and beds on YouTube, to get an idea of how to easily make them using easily accessible materials.
After discussing all of our ideas with each other, we all liked Sarah’s idea of using books. The idea was that we would make a tiny, a normal sized and a large sized book and pencil for the people to interact with during our installation. The idea of writing came from the movie when the giant tries to write the names of the people on the jars of dreams that he catches, but finds it difficult to spell and get the letters the right way round because he doesn’t really know how to and was never educated. And so we wanted to incorporate that idea of difficulty to write in our installation, with the large and tiny pen & book, as they are thing we are not used to doing with the normal pen & book. I felt like even though my research of iPhones and beds didn’t really come to use, the idea was a great in my opinion and I really hoped that the professors would approve because i think it made a pretty good connection with a detail of the movie that not everyone focuses on when watching it, which is the whole point of a deconstruction. Also, we thought of bringing the concept of transition from the movie where they pass through a bunch of clouds and into a different world each time. And so we came up with the idea of making clouds and hanging them on the ceiling for the people to pass through as they transition into giant world or tiny world. We thought of using the staircase as our installation location because staircases mimic the concept of transition as you are moving to a new level, also this specific staircase has a low ceiling in the bottom which you would have to bend or crouch down to get inside, making it a perfect area for the tiny world because we want the people to feel like giants in the space. Therefore we chose to keep the giant world on top and the tiny world at the bottom, with the ‘transition’ in the middle of the staircase. We also thought of what the people would have to write on the books, and realised that we should only get them to write one word because it is quite difficult to write a lot using those pens, as well as having 28 people writing altogether. And so we came up with the concept of dream and reality, because of the whole idea of ‘catching dreams’ and writing them on the jar in the movie. The ‘dream’ aspect would be written in the big book because we tend to think of ‘dreaming big’, whereas reality is mostly a negative or less appealing connotation to it, which would mostly suit the smaller context.
Meanwhile discussing our thoughts of the book idea to the professors, they liked the idea of having a tiny and large book & pen without the need for normal sized ones, and so we wrote a list of materials that we wanted to go out and buy to begin making the models.