3-D GRAPHICS: Forming Video in Space

The birth of the idea for this video project came from New Haven’s City Wide Open Studio Anniversary theme of Crystals, because of my 1st year participating I wanted to contribute to this. Initially I was quite hesitant to participate in an idea that seemed to be so far from my own work, but then through research and exploring on the subject I was brought to learn about the very interestingly creation of the city of Brazil by the country’s Modernist urban planner and architect Lucio Costa, and the luminous city of Alto Paraíso de Goiás (High Paradise).

Alto Paraíso is specifically known for its bountiful quarts crystal quarries; and is location to more then 40 mystical, philosophical, and religious groups that give the name “The Brazilian Capital of the Third Millennium.”

The urban planner of Brazil proposed Modern Brazil from a mythological origin that unfolded into a culturally rich ideological plan from beginning to end. Costa’s envisioned Brazilia as an egalitarian, harmonically conceived environment, the city was designed to foster collectivity and integration.

Costa’s Alto Paraíso (Costa’s High Paradise)
HD video stills

Graphic assistance: Mike Schleif

The following video stills are from the middle, 1 of 3, that will combine to make Costa’s Alto Paraíso (note: working title). After reading the Costa’s text and background information on both locations I began to compile visual references to tell a non-linier story. This is the first created of the three and will be use to transition the other bookend videos. While I am currently working on the other two, I try to continue to consider how these pieces can be layered with all the pieces and parts I want them to be filled with, but at the same time, be presented in a simple manner that can be overall easy to enter into as a viewer.



I have currently been rolling the ideas around, almost literally, of using bits and pieces of video from all the places I have called home. Over the last couple of months I have become extremely homesick but it is many places I miss. Since I moved from Tennessee to Connecticut 2 years ago I have only returned to visit twice, due to school and finances I wasn’t able to visit as much as I would have liked. I had thought of Tennesre as a place I had lived in for a number of years but never really as home, my desire began to grow more and more for the place and all the associations of the people and land becoming an homogeneous want for home.

Not realizing this pain of wanting home, the reality of how long I had spent away from Hawaii set in. The place where I spent my more forming years, where my father was born, and much of my family still live. It had been about 9 years since I had left the island and returning brought back more then an emeses feeling of nostalgia but something familiar to the want or desire for home. Looking around I recognized how much I was a part of this place and its people but also how I was not. It is in this idea of being a part and being separate, how being a nomadic person(s) contributes to the connections and disconnections of home. 

This is where the collaboration comes in…I would like to ask fellow artist, friends, and family to send me bits of video footage of their or our home. In this way I can allow my view to grow and integrate with those experiences of others. Bring the places I miss and long for to me, allowing the chance for connectivity once again.

[ If you would like to participate please send me short (1-5 min.) digital video of pieces of your home or things that remind you of home.

These works will be used as small video sections of a cube that will move, rotate, and transition into forms I will use to build with in a larger video piece. They will not be the main video of any piece but rather a smaller part of a whole. ]

Specific focus locations: Tennessee, Hawaii, Okinawa/Japan, and California

Submission Specs:
1-5 min. digital video (up to 3)
1080p preferred (smaller can be used but may become pixilated in final piece)
Brief description and comment on submitted footage

Comment on this post with a link to footage from your YouTube or  Vimeo  account. Video(s) and/or questions can be sent to asuncionlan[at]gmail[dot]com.

If you do not do video still imagery and audio/music can be submitted…I would love to see this collaboration grow into a complex variety of mediums.

(Note: Not all submitted video will be used for final piece)

Pineapple to Sugar

The  imagery in the work Pineapple Girl Series will transform from a pineapple into sugar. The idea comes from the pineapple and sugar plantations in Hawaii and how my father ‘s family worked on both after migrating to Hawaii in the late 1920’s. I am interested in the visual of disintegration that references the culture of Hawaii slowly disintegrating due to the effects of colonization and commercialization of the Islands. It also reminds me of how my past relatives’ cultural histories and traditions  have slowly dematerialized through me a 3rd generation American Asian woman tied to no place or peoples. Video shooting for this project should start this month. This will be the first video work shot in a professional studio using a green screen and implementing Adobe After Effects to edit the work.

Dole Maze