Nearly two weeks into the residency and I am still following my scheduled plan.
The residency is short, four weeks, and the time scale doesn’t allow much daydreaming. I felt, before starting, that if I wanted to gain anything from this experience it would need to be prepared and planned ahead. I wanted to ensure I would keep focussed and busy.
I decided I would use the residency to shoot one video, to start editing this video and to get enough footage to begin an additional work. Everything was written before I started working at Site Gallery and therefore my ambition was to use the residency as a privileged time for the realisation of new work. I wanted my research to be shaped by the acquisition of new technical skills while benefiting from the knowledge Site encompasses as a leading Gallery for new media.
So far this ambitious plan has worked out well.
On Saturday the 17th of September, after Site Gallery helped me gain access to a green screen studio, I shot the first video. I am now in the process of editing this work, which is revealing a complex but enriching process. I am also preparing the next shoot and arranging appropriate locations while having a constant dialogue with the actresses who will feature in the video.
I feel a little stressed but mainly excited and joyful to be working at a furious pace.
Maud Haya-Baviera, 2011