‘Experimentation’ Introduction

With the introduction of our new topic on experimentation, I am feeling fairly excited about this assessment. The basis relies on the process rather than the aesthetics, which I find to be rather interesting. I believe that after undergoing such workshops, research and activities, I will acquire a greater skill set in the making of work, which will also allow me to approach materials in ways which I normally wouldn’t… Before I begin, let me share with you my research.


(Oxford Dictionary) verb: Try out new ideas or methods:
‘the designers experimented with new ideas in lighting’

(Google Definition) noun: A scientific procedure undertaken to make a discovery, test a hypothesis, or demonstrate a known fact.

I’m sure that finding a basic dictionary definition is fairly elementary, but this allows me to break the concept down in order to find my own view and develop my own ideas. Now, after considering these definitions it is clear that the motives behind experimentation is to not only play with materials but to learn/discover from these methods, whether you fail or succeed of course. The second explanation was particularly interesting to me, as I didn’t consider experimentation to be done so in order to demonstrate things which were already known, although I suppose this could be done on account of proving these theories and pushing the ideas further.

This blog post was also interesting and provided a lot of perspective into ‘What Is Experimental Art’ by exploring different ideologies, and artists.

Finally, my favourite artist from my search results was Nina Katchadourian, who I might follow up on as the weeks commence to conduct my own experiments off of her interesting approaches or theories. Katchadourian challenges herself by creating her works from the materials which surround her, whether this may be while she is on a plane or while she is in a library, and so on. I could elaborate more, but I’m sure I will expand on her more throughout the duration of this project.

As the medium which we must present our experiments through is video – I have decided to create my first experiment purely based on the manipulation of film techniques and editing. This decision has stemmed from the fact that I generally don’t work with this medium and would like to play around with it and learn new things… The result is linked below:

This video footage was found from my laptops camera roll, and I decided to create a quick edit with time in order to get comfortable using iMovie, (importing, editing, exporting, etc.) To further extend on this, I manipulated more tools and techniques in the video below:

The focus of this video was on film techniques and camera angles. In relation to the editing methods, I honed in on time (both slow/fast), reversal, cutting/trimming and the rearranging of clips. Although I didn’t plan for this video to be linear, there are portions throughout it which can be perceived in that manner. Perhaps this is because I filmed basic everyday activities between my best friend and I, thus the narrative-like result.

Throughout these experiments, I learnt my way around iMovie, therefore the aim of my experiment was achieved! (Although, I did have to use the undo button a lot) I found myself making the same common mistakes of cutting entire clips rather than trimming and splitting them. I also forgot to select and deselect which cause a lot of issues as well. I learnt that at times when I watched the footage over via iMovie, it was glitchy and jumped a lot. However when it was converted to an mp4 file, the footage ran smoothly. Rather than searching youtube demonstrations, I decided to jump straight in (typical, impulsive me) in order to discover these things myself, there were a couple times when I had major issues which I could only resolve by google, but I then realised that the solution was actually quite simple. Overall, this was a tedious process but I got there in the end.

Thanks for watching & reading!

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