Monday, 22 February 2016

Major Project: Ego

Ok, for this one I would like to present the Ego as faked Self. The reason for this is that "the ego knows only its own contents, not the unconscious and its contents" [“The Undiscovered Self,” CW 10, par. 491.]
It is primarily shaped by the social environment. Nowadays this happens to be the virtual social environment. Below is  my interpretation of the Ego. The display will be animated by logging into the social media by the username : Ego

Another interpretation which I quite enjoy is to make the Facebook Logo like those Motel Neon Signs 24/7 but with facebook features such as messanger, friend requests, etc.

Major Project: Personal Unconscious

C.Jung defines this as a place of memories including those which we suppress. As suggested by Alan, the past is nostalgic and hence looks brighter than the present. It hold all those moments and emotions we long for but cannot have. So I thought of two interpretations of this place:

The simple mirror reflects as video clips different moments of a person's life such as a birthday, or childhood memory or a moment with one's parents, or with their loved one or the first day at school. At the same time it reflects the desert. It is a mirror after all.

The pile of vintage suitcases and gramophone reminds me most of the nostalgic past. The animated gramphone will play some old tunes and the vintage suitcases represent one's journey so far.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Major Project : Collective Unconscious

The animation will cover 3 parts of the mind. This is the first one.
Place of dreams and surreal images including the archetypes;

The animation starts with this scene; looking into different elements of the clock
- the collective unconscious collects all the knowledge of our existance, a knowledge we share as a species;
- it includes dreams and fantasies;
- archetypes emerge from this place and are the source of our further perception of the world.

Note: The features of this clock need development!!! They are not interesting enough and do not resonate the meaning of this place.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Major Project Ego

Some mock ups for what's in my mind as scene 3: the final scene. The printed text is inspired by the Shining.
The Ego is represented as how we see ourselves. It is who we think we are. Those walls are mirrors that will create more depth to the environment.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Major Project: Collective Unconscious

The animation for this project has 3 parts as mentioned in the previous post. This is the first one:
Collective Unconscious

This is a place of drams. Images that cannot escape to the conscious level, surreal and improbable. This is the place that contains the knowledge of our existance as part of the universe. This is the genesis.

Here are two quick mock up ideas of what is in my mind. The scene will be a combination of 2D and 3D. 

A GIGANTIC MIRROR: It reflects a different world. I am stil thinking what kind of animated scene to put as a reflection. Probably a footage.Why mirror? Because this is a place that does not show reality. Where time and space merge.

A GIGANTIC CLOCK: This clock was inspired by the Hempton Court Clock which shows the zodiac signs, the tides, the position of the moon, the time, etc. I am sill thinking to further adapt this beautiful design. I put the 12 types of archetypes with words and some symbols representing the existance of life. Why a clock? Because time does not exist in the unconscious. It does not have past, present or future. The time exist through our perception. At this level perception does not exist. This clock is unusual. The 2 dials will move in opposite directions and as we can see there is just one handle. With other words, this is not an ordinary clock but a clock, which does not show the real time.

This stage of the mind is a surreal place, dreamlike and completely unreal. So this is what I try to achieve. Here are some inspirations I found. I believe I need to develop a bit further the scene as it is as complex as it should be.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Major Project Final Idea

The Elements of the Psyche

Dante's Divine Comedy turned out to be quite of a challenge. It may sound as a fascinating idea but after spending some time trying to understand the Cantos, I found it extremely difficult to interpret them. So I decided to put Plato's ideas aside and develop something I have knowledge of. That is why I chose the Elements of the Psyche.

This is based on my Dissertation and covers the three main elements of the Psyche according to C. Jung:

This division is similar to the Land of the Living, Land of the Remembered and Land of the Forgotten in the film Book of Life (2014). 

Each of these 'lands' or elements will be connected with a stairway. When it comes to the fog and the misteriou slook of it I plan to add this to the main model with AE. There are some great tutorials on making animated smoke.

So, this is how I see the stages and the overall look.
1) The top one or the final scene is the Ego, which will have a modern twist. I like the idea of having a modern computer or notepad, etc with the message we see in films: What I am? Who are you? Who am I? etc. and the blinking quetsion mark. I like the idea having the ending of this animation with an open-ended question.
 2) The second one is the Personal Unconscious or the place where all the memories are incl. those we do not want to remember. So I thought to play with something contemporary or like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the scene of the battle in the Ministry of magic. That place is like an endless library but instead of books there are glass orbs with memories.

3) This is the opening scene of the animation. This is how it starts showing the 'land' of the collective unconsciousness or the place with the knowledge for our existance as part of the universe. I thought an abondened and surreal place fits best. This is quite a challanging scene and I believe it will be a combination of concept art and 3D. Vue is an excellent plan B for creating 3D environments.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Major Project Ideas


Dante Alighieri's DIVINE COMEDY

At the moment I am trying to decide purelly creatively and technically which one of these two parts of the epic poem to interpret. 

INFERNO: This composition of the 9 circles of Hell is quite diabolic and dark place and probably too much to digest as mood and colours. Especially the moment at the end when Dante and his friend Virgil meet the center of it. With other words meet the Devil.

PURGATORIO:  This second part of the Divine Comedy is between Hell and Paradise. It is less dramatic but eerie enough and easier to interpret without going crazy in sets. It features 7 levels.

In terms of influence this is something I would like my project to look like; This poem is closely related to my dissertation because Purgatorio outlines the nature of sins, morality and love. I would like my project to include romantically apocaliptic sets and resonate the meaning of Purgatorio.

Yuri Shwedoff

Yuri Shwedoff

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