As with the entire Augmented Organism project, choice of frame, narration & the way we used technology developed from an intuitive & lateral dialogue between our practice based research areas & the natural environment. We let our creativity & technical planning follow nature's lead. We made ourselves as ready as possible for the perfect moment when the environment itself revealed narrative of itself. This meant equipment had to be ready & charged & the team ready to dive (literally) into action at any hour of the day!
One of the central concepts in the overall Augmented Organism Project looks at augmentation of natural movement of the central character to create an augmented relationship to its natural environment. During the rehearsal phase of movement & choreographic direction (in preparation for augmentation of movement in post production), Jazmyne had very specific directions & rehearsal time to develop smoothness of performance at an extremely slow pace. This is a trademark style of Director, Cy Gorman.
The general characterization, costume concepts, overall energy & effort of movement for Jazmyne was established from previous research & rehearsal times, but these were all guidelines. All the good stuff just happened in the flow of the moment, working with the mythological archetypes & energetic support within the environmental spaces, as Jazmyne stepped into character as the Augmented Organism experiencing its environment. Strong preparation such as researching, team discussions, caretaking the land, landscape designing & rehearsals created the right space & foundation to hold awareness & presence with/ in support of the environments' poetic voice, & could not have happened so succinctly as it did if we just showed up & threw it together.
The central technical & creative focus in post production for the whole Augmented Organism project focuses on various interpretations & inclusions of sonochromatic data into the sound & color of the final audiovisual works. Sonochromatic audiovisual files contain two main important functions - an RGB (colour) value & a correlative sonic pitch specific to that RGB value. The imposition of sonocromaticism in the post production process was a necessary narrative tool in creating a lens to view through what it might be like to experience the natural environment as an Augmented Organism; a cyborg or perhaps some other fusion of nature and technology? Or even an artificially intelligent autonomous system that is trying to understand what it is to be at one with nature. Sonochromatic mapping in this way opened up an artistic approach to explore relationships between nature & technology in new ways. The correlation between light, color, sound (vibration) brings a heightened almost unnatural 'augmented' feel to the film.
An important point to note is that instead of only using RGB values (within the color spectrum of the video we captured) to dictate pitches within the final sound design, we also collectively 'tuned in' to the environment to discover & sound out what pitches we felt were resonating strongly in the environment as a centrally narrative pitches of the environment itself. We then referred to the correlative sonochromatic RGB value to provide us with colors to add as an augmented color layer in post production. This equates to the organic reaching into the technological, not just submitting to technology to dictate the course of perception.
For all chapters of Augmented Organism, we always started with nature as the speaker. We listened, felt & then went to "the machine" to interpret & augment this message in an effort to create new work that acts as a bridge between the natural & the synthesized. In this way the work creates possibilities & a space for a new dialogue around important issues that we all face with regards to human & post-human ethics. The work also raises questions about who or what is the audience of Augmented Organism. Is it you? Your children? Cyborgs? Trees?
A final note on the narration. How to say less with more? The language of poetry. Poetry opens up a wider field of interpretation & removes something that there is so much of in the world. Words. A central interest here is developing a voice that attempts to move beyond binary notions of male & female, or character/identity narrative that exist separately from environmental voice or narrative.