For the Ted Brief, I looked at the TED talk presented by Vincent Cochetel “I was held hostage 317 days. Here’s what I thought about…”
I looked at many different talks, some about social situations and issues, some about science and other topics that were harder for me to understand. I chose this talk because I felt like it was relatable, and that although it was a topic that is so traumatic that it seems completely un-relatable unless you have been through it yourself, Vincent did a beautiful job of attempting to describe how he felt, and I really though that imagery would enhance the story.
Vincent talk is 20 minutes long, and covers a variety of topics, including the treatment of humanitarian aid-workers, and other topics such as depression, isolation, torture, and other kidnapping related issues both personal to him and other humanitarian aid-workers.
I decided to focus on the part of the talk where he talked about his personal experience, and how he felt, what he thought about, and how it affected his mental well-being.
When I began research and brain-storming from the talk, he makes a lot of references about imagination and about the mind making images out of the darkness. I was looking at using these themes and making them exaggerated and ‘alice in wonderland’ like, and so I began researching Alice in Wonderland, including the original story, the film versions of the story, and one off illustrations, and I mainly used Pinterest as my research form.
Although to begin with I was playing about with proportion and checker board and views on reality;
after a critique I had with Chris and a few other students, none of them seemed very taken by work, with the common opinion being that it wasn’t very relatable and it was lacking a style, and so I got it into my head that I should be trying to tell a story, rather than trying to express the feelings visually, I was trying to use the idea of using monsters as characters and express the feelings of being frightened, and viewing the guards and torturers as monsters (non-human), as a comment on how they treated him as just a commodity.
However I didn’t feel like these images were working, and they were almost disrespectful to the feelings and issues being expressed in the Ted-Talk. Also although these images are only sketches, they are cartoonish and rarely purely drawn, and you can see through my drawings that I wasn’t comfortable drawing these.
So I had a meeting with Anna to discuss how to make my talk more sensitive to the subject. Anna thought that I should focus on the work I was doing at the start of the project and develop these, and she suggested that using well placed texts, endplaying about with the proportions and layout of the images could enhance the understanding.
I tried lots of different examples of these images, trying to practice the positions so they didn’t seem to irrational;
I then developed these images further into the final images, and then with these images I enhanced on the computer.
I then showed edited the compositional and printed each image out, with a quote accompany it to create context for each image.
I presented these images in a slide show, presented in front of a group of 5. In this slideshow, I flicked between each image around every minute, summarising Vincent’s Ted Talk in the background. I then followed this with a video of three friends talking about the Ted Talk, and the situation and how they feel they would react.
Below is the Link to my Ted Talk reaction video uploaded publicly to Vimeo;
I will do a seperate post for the feedback on my Ted Talk, given by both student and Tutor, swell as my opinions, and on what I would do differently or would want to have done better.