Final Gertrude Stein Videos

By Erika Goering,

  Filed under: KCAI, Narrative/Sound&Motion
  Comments: 3


Apple plum, carpet steak, seed clam, colored wine, calm seen, cold cream, best shake, potato, potato and no no gold work with pet, a green seen is called bake and change sweet is bready, a little piece a little piece please. 

A little piece please. Cane again to the presupposed and ready eucalyptus tree, count out sherry and ripe plates and little corners of a kind of ham. This is use. 

Dirt and Not Copper:

Dirt and not copper makes a color darker. It makes the shape so heavy and makes no melody harder. 

It makes mercy and relaxation and even a strength to spread a table fuller. There are more places not empty. They see cover. 

My main focus is rhythm and the idea of pulling words out of her perpetual stream of consciousness. So I tried to convey that through animated type and transitions between phrases. In these videos, I wanted to make the text come together from the pool of thought in the background.


  Comments: 3

  1. dear erika,

    i couldn’t help but notice your blog doesn’t say anything about your concept here? unless i’m lost on your website and can’t find it. which means i’ll be scrambling to recall what you’ve talked about in class. what i’m pulling from these videos is a sense of a whirling mass of words, of background text and thought and idea, and from it are being pulled certain words and phrases. it’s a good visualization for the idea of stream of consciousness writing, which i think gertrude stein could definitely fall under. technically, these look really nice, and i’m glad to see how much you’ve tightened up your timing! all the simultaneity really helps it keep moving, and makes us read it as quickly as you want. i do think that your transition is a little bit conceptually self-defeating, though… i recall you saying that you thought these poems were 100% about the rhythm and syncopation, which is why you arranged your type like you did. having the letters feather in one by one is kinda confusing, given that. maybe looking at having each syllable come in at the same time could help your syncopated typography look more at home. in conclusion: after effects! yeah!

    love, jessi

  2. My interpretation of these pieces is to communicate the amount of information that can be found in steins poems. They can be a lot to process and break down. This motion piece allows for a brief breakdown of each word, causing you to become engaged as forms continuously move and forcefully engage within the frame and shoot towards the viewer. I enjoy the motion piece and the work to create it is evident but it becomes a little “one note” after awhile. The sense of speed is very evident but it would be nice to also focus on moments through that other than the entry and exit of each word form. Nice work.

  3. Dear Jessi,

    I’ve added a little bit about my concept. :-)

    Love, Erika