18 / 02 /2016 puppet introduction
22 / 02 /016 Lecture with Tim Garrett in L1 TASE studio
- Bunraku puppets, Japan 文乐，木偶
- Plato’s allegory of the cave, 4th century B.C
- Manipulated moving images
- Animated objects
- Puppets and performing objects
Our relationships with ‘stuff ‘
Masks and puppets
Puppets visual effects by rob botin
Fragile rock (1983)
The sound of music (1985) bill baird
Thundebrids( 1965) Neal Scanian studio
Spitting image (1984) fluke and law
Faulty optic – rob/ bunralcu – style puppets very theatre style of this
Table top puppets
Complicate- shut kin – bureau style
Richard Teschner, vienna(1879-1948)
theory and practice
1.types of puppet
rod puppets n. 竿, 杆, 棒
indonesian rod puppets
Oskar Schlemmer’s triadisches Ballet, Bauhaus
romantic /modernist era
mr punch,punchinello, guignol, kasperi, karagoz
condemnation of idolatry – the fail of the puppets?
judea-christian ‘stuff’ – the virgin spain
23 / 02 / 2016 researches
Above: oskar Schlemmer’s triadisches, Ballet, Bauhaus
Schlemmer used the human body as a medium, experimenting with pantomime and ballet with this performance. I think it may be a good way to do puppetry, costume and theatre design together.He saw the movement of puppets and marionettes as aesthetically superior to that of humans, as it emphasised that the medium of every art is artificial. at the first part, which takes place on a stage dressed in lemon yellow colors, is a comedic burlesque. the subject of the second part, on a stage dressed in pink, has a festival/ ceremonial air.Finally, the third parts is developed in a mystical/ fantastical way before a totally black background. Three dancers,two men a woman, perform twelve dances alternating forms.
25 / 02 /2016 puppetry workshop with mark and Michael
we have a meet with Mark, who is a good puppeteer. He talked about his experience and basic knowledge about puppets.
what is puppet?
- mechanism 机械装置
- object manipulated 物品的熟练操控
- some relation with human being , physically or mentally
- children and animals : ex. equus , war horse
- provoke the imaginations : big names. Gordon craig, Kleist
- the importance of the joint.
- focus on eyes
- how many people doing the puppets? depends on what we are doing .
- first of all , we should make the head , make it works, then, you can add arms or other things. which means one joint should controlled by one man.
- slight moves, which means, ex, if a head moves, the other body parts should move as well , slightly, to be make it more like a real person.
- then we can think about materials, cubism, maybe cardboard, making method , prototyping, gaffer, webbing , anatomy
- styrofoam, miuiput
- tirantis 4d model shop
- aluminum as a good material
then, in our group ,we talked about the costumes inspired by koledįny costume.
Above:In Poland, the oldest form of carol singers is called “chodzenie z turoniem” (in Polish, “Walking with a Tur”). Boys carry a symbol or a mask of a Polish extinct bison called “tur”.
basically ,Marta talked about that there could be four characters angel, devil, horse and bird, they knock doors and blessing people. we could make puppets as our costume in the scale of 1:1 and make it very exaggerated and maybe set some mechanism inside of it and make it works well. and we give a name of “blessing ” of our team, a song for the performance, which is the op of american horror story because we want to make it very creepy. however, Mark suggested us that just have one creature and design it into different features.
26 / 02 /2016 puppetry workshop with mark and Michael 2
MARK required us to do the structure/ joint of our design in a very rough way with cardboard. With ideas comes from yesterday, I made some drawing of the birds.
so, we are trying to do use cardboard to do the bird head. this is really hard work to figure out. so basically , we want the head of the bird could be move well, and the beak or snout of the bird could open and close. so, we hold a column as a spine,tied around the waist with tape, and use a stick to hold the down beak for moving.
so, with this design, mark suggested us to try a way for improve the joint our our birds. we, tried and he helped a lot, there is a video underside that showing the good structure of our work.
this design is very easy and effective, we just would like to use our hand to control the up and down mouth of bird, and the direction as well. in our group, we would like to make that as our basement and four of us would try to create it’s appearance in our own way.
At the same time, I would there is another famous image of birds which is plague doctor,The plague doctor’s costume was the clothing worn by a plague doctor to protect him from airborne diseases. The costume, originating in the 17th century, consisted of an ankle length overcoat and a bird-like beak mask often filled with sweet or strong smelling substances (commonly lavender), along with gloves, boots, a brim hat, and an outer over-clothing garment.
at the same time, I think doctors in that period symbolized good luck or the hope of life, which refers to our main theme ” blessing” so ,I did some sketches of it.
then, I am really attracted by the skeleton of birds creatures, so I want to make it’s appearance like a dead bird, with skeleton on its face.
next, I would like to test some light materials and fabric to build my bird.
today we developed our idea into a better shape.
we finished the machoism part that the mouth of bird would move by hand, it is very easy and quick way to do that .
so, based on everything we did previously, we want to develp our bird monster in a more detail way. Because we decided a structure of our work which is 1. a head with a mouth could be closed and open, 2. fabrics covered the puppeteer
So I did some research very based on birds.
Above: references by the drawing comes from ???? , I thought we could do something like this.
based on the design and the mouth movement part, with grand’s help, we try to make make it in a real way.
the most difficult part is the movement of his mouth while we want to make tail move as well. so it is that we just have two hands and we want it to be stable and puppeteer can easily doing that .Grand suggested that we can make it into something that could be holded on your body so your hands will be free to do that movement.
so we thought about joint of that hand by small columns, and it is working well, so we also did something for holding .
I responsable for the decoration part of one bird. At first I want to just have a fabric cover body and the head with neck could cover it. However, it shows the shape of my body, so I tried to make it bigger.
here is the final look of the bird.
today we did the last embellishment for our two birds.
I did the grey bird’s back head and its neck. soohyun amd goncalo did the belt thing for holding the bird’s head. tomorrow we gonna have a rehearsal for it.
11/05/2016 – 12/05/2016
we did rehearsal with BA students.