A few days left….

Our Open House yesterday went really well.  We didn’t have a humungous turn out, but we didn’t expect one.  We had a good visit with Mike, Riise, and Arianna from Lethbridge, and met a few of the locals here in Blairmore.  It is a little too bad, however, that there was no workable way to show the “house” properly (in the dark) and have the Lethbridge contingent be able to come.

After the Open House, Latifa and I just hung out.  We talked a lot, and played some video games, and generally did nothing serious.  It felt to me like we’ve been so concerned about getting this thing ready that now that the Open House was done, I felt free to do whatever I wanted.  It was nice.

Latifa says doing nothing last night motivated her to work today.  She’s been working on finishing her drawing.  I’ve been working on applications, and writing letters.  We are going to go see Tree of Life in Pincher Creek tonight.

We have a few things left on our list to do before we go to Lethbridge this weekend to show our residency work for Alberta Arts Days.  Stay tuned for details on that.

Any suggestions on things we should absolutely make sure we do while we’re here?

A few days left….

Our Open House yesterday went really well.  We didn’t have a humungous turn out, but we didn’t expect one.  We had a good visit with Mike, Riise, and Arianna from Lethbridge, and met a few of the locals here in Blairmore.  It is a little too bad, however, that there was no workable way to show the “house” properly (in the dark) and have the Lethbridge contingent be able to come.

After the Open House, Latifa and I just hung out.  We talked a lot, and played some video games, and generally did nothing serious.  It felt to me like we’ve been so concerned about getting this thing ready that now that the Open House was done, I felt free to do whatever I wanted.  It was nice.

Latifa says doing nothing last night motivated her to work today.  She’s been working on finishing her drawing.  I’ve been working on applications, and writing letters.  We are going to go see Tree of Life in Pincher Creek tonight.

We have a few things left on our list to do before we go to Lethbridge this weekend to show our residency work for Alberta Arts Days.  Stay tuned for details on that.

Any suggestions on things we should absolutely make sure we do while we’re here?

Excuse me while I gush a while…

A personal journey…

I just wanted to say that this has been an absolutely amazing experience that I am incredibly grateful for, and feel immensely lucky to be a part of.  This place is amazing, the studio is huge and has incredible windows, and Latifa is something else.  We get along really well, and though we’ve been together almost constantly for three weeks now, I am in no way bored of her company or tired of her jokes and stories.  While she says, “I’ve learned so much from you,” I’ve definitely learned just as much from her.  We’ve had an interesting experience working together, and have come up with something I think we are both proud of, and feel fulfilled in having made.  It is a good experience in collaboration- I think we both feel like it is “ours,” not “mine” or “yours.”  We have made a good team, and I know that, I for one, feel like I have gained a friend.

I have totally lucked out.  Thank you Trap/Door for giving us the opportunity to come here and have this experience.  It has been wonderful so far, and I’ll be sad to leave next week.  We’ll make sure we get the most out of the last few days, and appreciate our time here.

If this is a little sappy, I apologize, but I think it is important to say thank you and point out what a positive experience this has been, in so many ways.

Excuse me while I gush a while…

A personal journey…

I just wanted to say that this has been an absolutely amazing experience that I am incredibly grateful for, and feel immensely lucky to be a part of.  This place is amazing, the studio is huge and has incredible windows, and Latifa is something else.  We get along really well, and though we’ve been together almost constantly for three weeks now, I am in no way bored of her company or tired of her jokes and stories.  While she says, “I’ve learned so much from you,” I’ve definitely learned just as much from her.  We’ve had an interesting experience working together, and have come up with something I think we are both proud of, and feel fulfilled in having made.  It is a good experience in collaboration- I think we both feel like it is “ours,” not “mine” or “yours.”  We have made a good team, and I know that, I for one, feel like I have gained a friend.

I have totally lucked out.  Thank you Trap/Door for giving us the opportunity to come here and have this experience.  It has been wonderful so far, and I’ll be sad to leave next week.  We’ll make sure we get the most out of the last few days, and appreciate our time here.

If this is a little sappy, I apologize, but I think it is important to say thank you and point out what a positive experience this has been, in so many ways.

Star Falls/ Latifa’s First Interview!

Tonight we went for a walk with Kristin and her two dogs, Sadie and Rosko.  We walked the Star Falls trail, which was really short, but beautiful, of course.

Latifa interviewing Krisin, who is being recorded on the phone.

Latifa was interviewing Kristin, for her sound work, which we have decided may or may not happen this month.

I was falling behind taking photos…. of Latifa and Kristin.

On the way out… a beautiful view.

As for the 3D stuff… I’ve been feeling a little stuck in terms of content, but that may be my education talking.  I’m a little uncomfortable because I don’t have a conceptual reason/idea to use a certain type of image with the SIRDs, but maybe I don’t need to, as this is turning into more of a research based project anyway.  I just don’t want to make a bunch of cool 3D effects with landscapes.  What to use, what to use?  Sleep on it.

Star Falls/ Latifa’s First Interview!

Tonight we went for a walk with Kristin and her two dogs, Sadie and Rosko.  We walked the Star Falls trail, which was really short, but beautiful, of course.

Latifa interviewing Krisin, who is being recorded on the phone.

Latifa was interviewing Kristin, for her sound work, which we have decided may or may not happen this month.

I was falling behind taking photos…. of Latifa and Kristin.

On the way out… a beautiful view.

As for the 3D stuff… I’ve been feeling a little stuck in terms of content, but that may be my education talking.  I’m a little uncomfortable because I don’t have a conceptual reason/idea to use a certain type of image with the SIRDs, but maybe I don’t need to, as this is turning into more of a research based project anyway.  I just don’t want to make a bunch of cool 3D effects with landscapes.  What to use, what to use?  Sleep on it.

Thoughts and decisions

I am thinking with all the things we have left to do and all the things I want to do I am going to cut the voice part of the sound project. Sometimes there is just too much, and decisions have to be made. That doesn’t mean I’ll turn down potential interviewees, but I need to concentrate on the most important things. It is now reaching the halfway point. I will definitely have a sound component but will use the sounds I have collected thus far. This evening I collected a lot of melodic samples on the keyboard. Now I just have to get Jen singing hehe.
We were talking earlier and I really think it’s true that to get good interviews you have to become part of a community and it takes time and continued effort to integrate. We are still very much outsiders, in addition to the fact that we spend most of our time in our creative bubble.
Nonetheless I am still very excited about my 8-channel interface, even if I haven’t used it much yet.

drawing fingers