Moving Picture Studies
Previous experiments in the 'Meaningful Gibberish' project had been motivated to create scenarios that gave me a way to indicate what’s going on in the kiln in a very roundabout way: to ‘see’ where these cups fall in their (un)doing... when they move, how they move, and what sequence they are moving in a staged manner. But how could I truly witness this activity in real time?
Being based in Rochester, I’m lucky to have such innovative neighbors just down the road in both The Corning Museum of Glass and Corning Incorporated. I put forth that question to Amy Schwartz, Director of The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, who then generously hooked me up with Dr. Joseph McIntosh, the Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Laboratory Groups Manager of Corning, Inc. The MT&E Materials Engineering facility hosts kilns with the capability of allowing video and photographic documentation of various glass activity to occur in the interior of kiln while in operation. Although the nature of their work is usually rooted in scientific study, Dr. McIntosh allowed me this very rare privilege to have the laboratory host some of my personal experiments.
Throughout the Winter and Spring of 2016, I was accompanied by Harry Seaman, Facility Manager of The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, who not only served as an intermediary between The Studio, myself, and MT&E Materials Engineering Lab, but also a very perceptive and helpful accomplice to the project.
I worked and communicated with Tina Heath, a Materials Engineering Technician, who was accompanied in the laboratory by Materials Engineering Technician Jeffrey Payne. Together, we collectively began a series of tests based on a set of cups – test subjects – I supplied.
The following video pieces are a small handful of that observational experience; part of them rooted in scientific study, the other part of them rooted in experimental video editing for artistic exploration.