Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Visual and Performing Arts
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Art and Design | Art Practice
My overall intention of this project was use the Honors Thesis Project to apply what I have learned while studying art video to create a collection of successful videos that allow me to work above and beyond the art video curriculum. I was eager to work independently on a long-term project, and the Honors Thesis Project provided me with both an exciting and challenging opportunity to display my academic initiative and creative drive.
Upon completion of the thesis project, I selected six video art pieces that I felt were most successful and relevant to the project theme. The theme of the project required each tape to include an element of visual experiment. Many of the tapes include studies and alterations in perspective, angle, motion, timing, and other manipulation. By creating a trend that runs throughout all of the work, the collection of videos can more easily be viewed as one functional project.
While working on the project, I discovered that although I was creating tapes that fit within the parameters of the project theme, I was unsure of my motives behind creating each tape. Therefore, I chose to use the written portion of the project as a tool to help me answer this question.
The six tapes included in this project were created over a span of two years. It should be noted that only a select few videos were included because of the specific project theme and the quality of the work. Over the last two years, I created video art, both in and out of the classroom, while working in my sketchbook and critiquing with others. As a result, I felt it necessary to include sketches and conversations in the actual written portion of the project. This information compliments the video art generously, as well as helps me answer the essay problem, which is to define my motives in creating the tapes.
Although the six tapes submitted in this project share similarities in experiments of visual manipulation, I was not entirely sure of my motives behind creating them. The written portion of the project has helped me resolve this problem by archiving various materials related to the videos and analyzing them.
I have found that there is a reason the experiments I am doing are not entirely scientific. I have discovered that by creating experiments that are in no way professionally scientific, there is a strong sense of irony that creates humor in the videos. It is important to note that, regardless of the work, experiments continue to be used throughout. I have discovered that I not only use these experiments to justify the play in the tapes, but I also use the play to justify the experiment. There is a humor and irony that runs throughout my work, and I believe that is what motivates me to continue working in such a way.
Overall, the Honors Thesis Project was a rewarding experience that has left me with an excellent resource for understanding my video art. The most important outcome is that I resolved the biggest problem with comprehending my current work, and will use this knowledge for creating and distributing new and interesting video art in the future.
Kinling, Nicholas R., "Exploring Spaces: A Series Of Video Experiments" (2006). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 607.
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