LB x a-n Artist Bursaries: Daksha Patel – Part 2

Posted on 24 June 2021 by Guest Blogger

LB x a-n Artist Bursaries

As part of a shared commitment to supporting artists across the UK, Liverpool Biennial 2021, a-n The Artists Information Company and Open Culture have joined forces to provide five support and research bursaries of £1500 each for artists over March – June 2021, within the 11th edition of Liverpool Biennial.

The selected artists are Youngsook Choi & Taey Iohe, Grace Collins & William Lang, Sophy King, Daksha Patel, and Rain Wu.

In Focus: Daksha Patel

For her research period, Daksha Patel was based at Invisible Flock’s studio in Yorkshire Sculpture Park where she was mentored in the use of LIDAR scanner technology.

Daksha first updated us on the progression of her research a few weeks back; her account highlighting the different scientific equipment she was learning about and considering for her project. You can read Daksha's first blog post, here.

The update below summarises the culmination of her research at Invisible Flock’s Studio, read on to discover more. 

Today is the big day! I have been editing all the footage and sounds I’ve gathered over the last few weeks and tonight we project it upon the lake. Not sure whether it will work. How long will it take before it’s dark enough given that it’s nearly midsummer? Will we be able to find the sweet spot when it is dark enough to project upon the surface of the water but still have enough light to see the trees surrounding the lake? How will the water surface change the footage? Will the projector be powerful enough? Questions, questions…

The footage includes Lidar scans, photogrammetry scans and some video footage of water on the second video (I’ve made two versions of the video, one uses more of the Faro scans and the other uses the Ouster scans).Some scans are relatively low over the surface of the water, whilst others were created from drone footage of the lakeside and use a much higher vantage point. I’ve been editing the scans using Unity software, to create a tracking motion to give a sense of time. I will be using a circular frame for the whole video; a rectangular formant didn’t feel right for the work, especially for the night projection on the lake.

Here is a still from the Faro (all scans were converted to black/white):

And a still from the Ouster:

We used a drone to capture images of the lakeside, which were then converted into photogrammetry scans using ‘Reality Capture’ software. I have been introduced to a range of new software in a very jargon free way here at Invisible Flock, which has been very empowering. This will definitely have a long-term impact upon my practice, as I intend to continue building upon this knowledge. I’ve also used hydrophones to record underwater sounds, and aiming to apply this to my next project.

Pictured below is Klavs setting up the scaffold by the lakeside, and the structure captured later in the evening:

Below is a screenshot of the projection: it was very magical and quite entrancing! At times, it resembled the reflection of the moon on the water, and as the footage changes, it becomes something eery and strange. I love the way the images seem to emerge from underwater. The work takes on such a different dimension once its projected on the water. Very very happy with this!

Daksha also recorded various footage throughout the duration of her research bursary, see the submissions below: 

Find out about the six additional artists in the Bursary Programme via our Liverpool Biennial 2021 portal here.