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The Five Show
So much updating is needed.
I am officially a college graduate. How scary.
The last few weeks have really been a blur. On April 15th we unveiled all of our hard work over the past seven months. I exhibited my work in an offsite venue with four other fantastic artists. Naturally, we called our senior thesis exhibition The Five Show, and were lucky enough to display our work in Nickels Arcade, which turned out to be the perfect location for a pop up art gallery. The opening night was a huge success, and I’ve never been so proud in my life. Feeling the support of all my friends and loved ones was almost overwhelming, and I’m so grateful for everyone that came to celebrate our thesis work with us. In the gallery I had my own little sectioned off listening space, fully stocked with copies of each episode for gallery visitors to take with them. The space was also outfitted with a couch for visitors to sit and listen to the podcasts as they continuously played through the space for the duration of the opening. I especially loved it when my storytellers would wander into the Travelog space at just the right time to hear their own voices being played over the speakers. Overall, the opening night and entire three weeks of The Five Show was a huge success.
As for Travelog. I’m so pleased to say that I managed to finish all five episodes, which I will post soon.
3. Language Barriers
5. Coming Home
I’m definitely happiest with the final episode, Coming Home. Episodes 1-4 follow a very similar format — introduction, stories, musical interludes, stories, narration, music, etc. While the stories themselves are unrehearsed, each episode as a whole is very scripted. Coming Home, however, was the only episode that I did not preplan my narration. Its the only episode where I let my stream of thoughts guide me, with very minimal musical interjections. While it does sound more solemn, it sounds so much more genuine to me. Of course, I’ve never made a podcast before or done any audio editing in my life prior to this project. I’ve never played radio host, never really heard much of my own voice, and never really done any recording of anything at all. This was very much a learning process, and its no lie that it took me until the very last episode to get it anywhere close to “right”. While many people approach IP as a chance to exhibit their very best skills, for me it became an entire process of learning a new trade… tapping into a new realm of creative process, and I must say it was well worth the struggle. I know that these podcasts are not some ground breaking revelation. I know that I haven’t come close to mastering the art of Ira Glass radio host, but what I have accomplished this year is a better understanding of these issues I care so deeply about, and created an intriguing way to document my research and share it with others through the art of storytelling and podcasting.
I could go on about these things for a while, but I’ll just post the final product and let ya’ll fill in the sentimental blanks.
It’s been a doozy folks.
Closer view of the map, which received much approval from everyone except good ol J. Marshall—who only told me I did a shitty paint job on The Five Show opening night. No good job, no congrats on making it through IP, just one last little bitter remark. No surprise, of course.
Daddy Trumpey listening to Travelog.
Listening station. The iPod was nearly donated to the space. Unnecessary amount of foam sticky.