Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Unit 3- Tableaux Vivants

Last weekend, I had a quick read through the brief and found a term that I wasn't familiar with. After I have done a few research and with the help of this 2 first lectures of unit 3, I was able to understand it a bit better.

Tableaux-Vivants - Is a french term that relates to a living picture, an ambiguous picture that not only shows an undefined part of the subject but allows the viewer to apply their own thoughts and perceive it the way they want, building their own narrative. Its a picture that evokes something that is not explicit.

Tableaux-Vivants Artists:

Edgar Degas:

Edgar Degas, Ballet Rehearsal, 1875

Edgar Degas' works carry information not only in the picture but also outside of it, by the use of cropping in this picture we perceive that somebody is watching the ballet rehearsal but is a element that is not explicit in there.

Edward Hopper:

Hopper's artworks are based on indication, where the spectator is lead to the main information by clues made by small objects or human gestures around the picture.

Office at Night

In this picture, we can only find clues to perceive maybe what's happening in that scene, while the spectator eyes are lead to the secretary backside, a little hint suggests that is about to happen something that we don't know, added to the paper that can be seen on the floor near the table. Once again, the action is not there explicit, it only builds inside our head.

Sun Worship

While in the 1st picture the artist gives clues to what is the intention of the actions, in this one the spectator sort of invades a private space in the woman's worship, but in fact she seems indifferent, it seems like its a thick glass between the spectator and the subject, which connects but doesnt interfere.

Russel Sorgi I:


Sorgi's picture creates a really disturbing feeling to the spectator, it freezes the moment giving the spectator the opportunity to see the 'calm before the storm', in this picture we can perceive how calm the street is, and how it will change in just about seconds, it was a lucky shot but really disturbing.

Jeff Wall

The Destroyed Room, 1978


Jeff Wall's work is quite similar to what we have to produce, creating sets to evoke something, for example, at first the first picture, looks from a real scene but as we perceive it better small clues help us to understand that is a made-up set. However, we aren't able to create humans in Maya just yet, the use of shadows or digitally paint them is a possibility.

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