May 6, 2019

In this brief essay, the author describes the re-appropriation of the previously created and released short film named "Ocho Cortado: Altered Realities of a Tango Dream' as raw material for video art creation and; at the same time as accompaniment to an electroTango sound composition from the same author.

The video art piece combines elements from traditional tango danced in non-traditional settings such as...

November 20, 2017

'Cuatro Palabras' is a short film about a tango story that explores (and emphasizes) the emotional tension of a couple. It uses visual elements inspired from a previous stop motion animation experiment in which mannequins walked up the stairs and danced together. Similarly, the characters featured in this film also walked up the stairs (Sandy Urna featuring 'Sandra') and danced together (Sandra & Jorge Razumny, respectively)....

November 16, 2017

What does it mean to go out to a night of Tango? For Marta Chaban, it involves the ritual of listening to greek music while driving to NYC from her hometown in New Jersey. Greek music places her into a positive state of mind prior to the tango event in itself. Its all about the people with whom she would be meeting as it is about the tango songs she would be listening to and dancing, revealing that the social dimension of tang...

October 19, 2017

Narrative

The short film I present here was intended to be placed at the intersection of art and commerce, with the initial idea of introducing market awareness of 'Tango Intoxication' as recently published book and presenting it in a non-traditional manner. The film attempted to focus the attention of viewers in 'imagining theirselves' reading the book and 'experiencing' its content, in particular by imagining the possibility...

October 18, 2017

Based on what I learned during shooting the first clips of the storyboard, I got more confidence in the procedure taking to create a short film using the theoretical and practical knowledge learned in class. The previous shootings served as rehearsal and also as backup clips that I could use in the final piece.

With the help of Gayle Gibbons Madeira and Batt Johnson, who acted the storyboard when shooting in NYC, I was able to...

October 5, 2017

For this assignment I reversed the overall idea of an informercial of a fictional product promoted with a real video piece, and focused instead on a real product promoted on a fictional video.

The product is a newly published book titled 'Tango Intoxication' by Batt Johnson and the fictional video is about promoting it as read into a virtual reality platform. 

The infomercial aims to reach a tango audience mainly through an arti...

September 28, 2017

Here I present a sound story describing the journey of a women from her home in New Jersey to a tango event in New York City. The soundscape of the process reveals intimate aspects of the character, not only in her actions but also on her thoughts and reflections regarding the dance and cultural perspectives of tango.

The sound piece represents my first attempt, and experimental approach, in documenting the life...

September 23, 2017

Here I share the comments and critiques heard in class relating to the sound walk piece that we presented during last class (week_ 3 assignment).

One of the first things that Marina asked was if we have actually tested the sound walk ourselves, suing our phones as source of audio. It was a very relevant comment. The answer is that we didn’t perform beta testing of the audio piece to ensure the final work synchronized nicely wit...

September 22, 2017

The sonic journey described here narrates ITP’s 4th floor from a cockroach’s perspective.

The conceptual aspect of the narrative in our sound walk addressed the commonality of space and time among two different classes of organisms: insects and mammals.

Because of the disproportionate difference in the scale of their body sizes, cockroaches and humans have a different relationship with the objects that compose their enviro...

September 15, 2017

During this week our work focused on practicing the collection of sounds and getting trained in the proper use of the H4 Zoom audio field recorder. 

We talked and sketched ideas on the narrative supporting our sonic exploration and the technical feasibility of creating a single piece that could properly represent the story in a meaningful manner. In concrete, we were interested in collecting sounds that represented 'TRANSITIONA...

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