Sewer World; Final Master’s Project 2017
Sewer World 2017 by Lana Charara Duration: 8mins.
MA Illustration Final Master’s Project Arts University Bournemouth
I’ve used Windows Movie Maker and Mac’s iMovie before, for recreational purposes in making short movies involving a basic level of editing and combining video with music. Using the ‘Ken Burns’ cropping effect, I take the viewer’s eye to exactly where it needs to go in order to understand the technicalities of each transition from one scene to the next, thus subsequently mapping out Sewer World in their minds.
I gave myself guidelines to abide by when using the ‘Ken Burns’ effect in order to ensure the ‘camera’ pans made sense and fluidly follow the visual ‘directions’ or ‘current’ of each image. For example, in some images, I’d follow a waterfall’s direction; in others, I’d go with a visible ray of light; sometimes, I’d even ‘walk along’ wooden planks to show viewers the rest of an image before zooming out and giving them full view access all at once.
Concerning the aquatic audio, you may notice that a soft splashy sound occurs when the camera pans down to the water or as it moves across the water level, and when otherwise you could only hear the rain-like sound falling down on the metal pipes, among other surfaces. This was also created to help aid the viewer’s subconscious mind get immersed into Sewer World; as if physically exploring the setting with his disembodied eyes moving around the room and his disembodied ears listening to how his active presence is impacting the audio in the room (as his body splashes around in the water as the camera pans down).
For my Final Master’s Project I chose to create more of what became know as Sewer World; a spinoff of my Master’s Project 1 Plastic E-scapes. Sewer World basically was continuing the world Alluring Sewers theoretically came from.
After participating and winning 1st prize in the LOGI Art Competition I was contacted by one if the event’s jurors Tanja Van Deer and asked if I’d be interested in submitting an artwork(s) for Rusted Radishes’ theme Underground, of course I was excited. Alluring Sewers‘ setting was chosen as a response to their theme, but its style and allure was because to myself, I was also making yet another Plastic E-scape for my Master’s project 1 series of pictorial sceneries. Out of all my Plastic E-scapes, during my presentations my tutors and fellow course-mates all chose Alluring Sewers as their favorite and insisted I carry on with this strange but enticing world of the Sewers, and that’s how Sewer World came to be!
Sewer World is inspired from the ancient ruins of the Mediterranean and Levant region. I’m Lebanese and so I wanted my final work to pay homage to my culture’s history and geography.
Where is this ‘Sewer World’?
This world is neither on the same planet, universe or dimension as our world. What these images are meant to evoke is an eerie feeling that questions who was, and what happened to whoever that must’ve built this now vacant and ancient-like world.
Certain architectural elements found in these locations were substituted by lookalike elements I’ve abstracted from the sewer system. Pipes evoke columns, marble and stone is replaced by rusted metal surfaces, and finally frescos and mosaic floors and walls are represented by tile work.
Concerning the film Sewer World that I made, the viewer’s journey retraces my own exploration of this world as they see how each scene leads to the next or how it reveals either a new or previous location.
Lana Charara owns the copyright to & is the Author of & the Artist who made both this short excerpt on Sewer World and Sewer World (a series and film of artistic digital pictures) all made in 2017 (the excerpt, the film and the series of pictures).This blog represents her self publishing of said research paper.