I have produced 4 final clips. These versions differ with various audio tracks. Having shown the work to a variety of audiences and had critiques and tutorials, I realise the different interpretations are mainly influenced by the audio tracks. Initially I wanted to produce the work without sound. To just have the transition between the image forms as the main interest. However, I was encouraged to record conversations with my mother with a view to use these recordings as a backing track to accompany the image change. The interviews worked well, the small interesting and lively anecdotes were perfect for the subject. There was some need for editing, but not a lot, the natural breaks and the conversation fitted well with the transition in the clip. Having considered the sound and how it may be further added to, I considered using the ticking of a clock. To be used as a rhythm in the background a gentle reminder (although quite literal) of the passing of time during the interview, and within memory. This element will support the transition from the clock through the fire damage to the final version- burnt and photographed hanging with just the metal surround remaining.
The version without sound I believe works and is engaging to the viewer. One has to be patient and to concentrate, the changes I’ll subtle through the transition, it’s hard at times to see and quite slow and difficult notice at points.
Using just the voice-over audio alone with the clip gives the viewer extra information and interest. As soon as I added the voice audio and played the clip to various people, I was interested to note that at times people looked away from the piece, concentrating only on listening to the words being said.
Fade ticking into voice-
Using the voice/ticking audio adds an interesting element to the piece with a fade in and out of the ticking giving a rhythm and the subtle element of time in the background gently passing.
Loud ticking overlay voice throughout-
The first version with the clock ticking audio has caused the most reaction. Interestingly the clock becomes an annoyance, the ticking is too loud and overbearing (literal…..”it’s a clock ticking!”). I was aware of this potential to add a ‘too literal’ element- pointing out the obvious! However, I’m quite interested in the feedback. The ticking clock causes offence in this piece in this version, people are put off as often they are when a clock is ticking too loudly- time is quite clearly passing and this obvious ticking of time passing for some is to worrisome and distracting. It causes an anxiety, an emotional upset an annoyance or irritation. Often we do not like to be reminded and faced with the overwhelming sense of time passing. Especially by the mechanism of a clock, it is measuring, constant notifying us of units of time literally ‘ticking away’.