midterm progress

We worked on three different ideas:

First: the stairwell with a cover…

By looking up the stairwell, we used a piece of fabric to cover the opening above. This is to test if we can create an illusion of a floating ceiling which is similar to the mirror reflections. The only challenge would be the cost of the material.



Second: create a fake door…

To just try out, we use a projector to project an image of a door on a piece of white paper in the hallway. The effect seems pretty nice. We also tried out to project an image of the same background as the wall and resize the image a bit unaligned with the wall in the back and see how that works…the answer is…it’s pretty obvious to tell due to the different surfaces. The challenge for this idea is the lighting in the hallway, the material to use (tape, images, or applied wood?), and the freedom of using this space.



Third: a peephole on a door

We tested it with a door peephole and see through an image on an iphone. It seems working and we are more leaning towards this idea. We will have to find a larger device so we would be able to see through wither larger view. The only challenge now will be finding a spot to install and hide the device and makes the peephole seeing nothing will be hard.



Midterm ideas

Isadora Exercise 2:

Teammates: Kim and Brandon

We went down to the Tisch building and thinking to not use the projector (we hope). We came up with three ideas with three locations:

First idea: Reversible/ ambiguous figure
maybe creating a optical illusion with tape or laser on the stairway






Second Idea: Infinity/false direction (false exit signs, arrows along the stairwell creating confusing direction, a door that leads to nowhere)









Third idea: Peephole (looking through a hole in the wall, light coming through cracks around the door)








Potential locations:

  1. stairway / steps for reversible / ambiguous figure








2. hallway for false direction









3. Door crack for peephole idea








we found a great door that fits our aesthetic but we have no access to the other side. Therefore, we might make a fake / invisible door placing somewhere to fit in our hall idea in order to create a infinity illusion.









sequence of progress reduction _Robert Irwin

The first time seeing Irwin’s works was in summer 2016 at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, which is one of my favorite museum in the United States. After reading his progress of reduction from the lines, the dots, the dics, to the eye and the scrim, I realized how hard he had work on to those concept, tricks, and methods. I remember back in 2016, when I stood in front one of his work (the one looks like a eye), I sort of get his intention but the lighting wasn’t bright enough to show the invisibleness. However, I am more impressed by the scrims. The natural sun light and white lights illuminated the room which turned the scrims utterly transparent and opaque. Then, you will feel seduce to touch the scrims if is actually there or not. I think this is the most successful one that I have seen of Irwin’s work so far.

“The art is what has happened to the viewer.” I totally agree with this definition. Although we had the discussion in the class last week regarding to the purpose of art, I still believe that art has to convey message. However, it could be simple enough but without any message, I would say is just an object that you somehow influenced by something unconsciously. Therefore, I believe art only exists when there are intellectual impacts on viewers which creates the chemistry on the original idea and translate into a brand new thoughts after the bounding. This entire process/experience, I would call it art. This is how I see the difference between art and object. In addition, Irwin later talks about the experience of art.

“Once the viewer look at the art, they leaves with the “art,” because the art has been experienced.” The idea here is similar to what Irwin discussed in earlier chapter; however, he talks about the “experience” of art is that we have chosen the specific and associate with our pass experience. “All art is experience, yet all experience is not art.” This statement fully explained the previous clam that I made that art occurs when there’s collision or impacts on the viewer. So, the viewer may have infinite times of experience but I think there’s limited times of experience that occurred art.

After reading his art progress and thoughts, I found my favorite quote: “The wilderness is stalked by explorers without maps and without any particular goals: their principal compass is their reason.” I love the metaphor. In both the world of arts and science, the fields are open-endless and requires passion and curiosity. Just like Irwin, his progress of reduction has taken most of his art career. The progress from emerging the boundaries to confining the edges is going reverse from the complexity to the simplicity, which reminds me another quote that I love: “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

F for fake

To be honest, this film is very hard to follow without additional research. Although it is a very different form of film that I normally watched, I appreciate the visual explosion to my mind. The usage of montage is giving the feeling of disorienting while watching this film; however, the movie began to calling back from the beginning when the women is walking around. Because of this disoriented stories, the audiences sort of falling into the illusion of “real” or “fake.” Orson Welles not only mixing the true and fake stories in the film, but also include himself to confound the audience.

The message behind this film is the debate of authorship and authenticity. What is the real art suppose to be? In the story of Elmyr de Hory, he as a forger sets up the illusion to fool the public that he is the origin of the Picasso’s painting. Who knows if the painting is painted by Picasso after the imitated versions take over the market. Without Picasso himself, who would realize the signature of those replicated paintings are fake? The forger became popular and being praised by the scholars and public. In my opinion, his painting is definitely not the original and can’t never be the original because those weren’t mechanically replicated. There are chances of tiny differences. Instead of calling it fake, “copy” is a better word for that.

In today’s market, signature is what makes the art valuable and recognizable. With the signature (artist’s reputation), the audience tend to magnified the art. So, do the audience actually care about the aesthetic of the painting or just the signature of the art? This is a good question for everyone of us when we go to every museum.

Also, the stories of Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving are both the documents and movie scenes from the French director, Francois Reichenbach. After meshing up with the fabricated story about Picasso and breaking up the storylines, this film challenges the our normal definition for a documentary film.