As a creative who’s studied object theory before, I really enjoyed my tangential dive into the history of the typewriter and it’s effect on women and women’s education. I had no idea that it had such a significant role in opening up new opportunities and spaces for women. It was fascinating to discover “its invention was, [a] key event, the catalyst which sparked this rapid social change” (Hoke, 1979).
As a artist, it seems natural to me to chose a meld of video, audio, photos and print resources. I primarily work with the visual, and this is only the third narrative video I’ve ever created to date (the longest by far), so I did struggle with it a bit. I found that there was a continual negotiation happening between myself, my writing and the different aspects (pros/cons) of each medium. I began with text, yet finished with visuals and orality, and quickly found my writing too complex for oral communication. My penchant for the visual meant that I had far more resources than I needed, and had to scale things back a bit to make my goals possible. Given what I’ve learned throughout this course, this need for mediation makes much sense, and I found myself more conscious of the different decisions I made as a result of the different influences of each medium.
Since we were very pressed for time, I opted for the quick application of Windows Movie maker, Photoshop (to manipulate and adjust images) and my iPhone voice record to achieve a better sound than the microphone available on my laptop. I added many different voice clips, transitions, effects and dubbed in music where appropriate. I enjoyed the exploration the most, finding myself lost in the research rather than the medium, which was nice change of pace.
Full script and references located here.
Hoke, D. (1979). The woman and the typewriter: a case study in technological innovation and social change. Business and Economic History, 8, 76-88. Retrieved from http://220.127.116.11/~business/bhcweb/publications/BEHprint/v008/p0076-p0088.pdf
Image source: Pauline Mak. (2011). Typewriter at this awwwweome stationary shop at Brunswick. [Image file]. Retrieved from Flickr under CC by 2.0.