Se(a) Crossings: Technical Notes

Se(a) Crossings installation, Kresge Art Museum, MSU, East Lansing

Making the Installation:

All of the raw video footage used in this installation is original and was gathered either by Mara Jevera Fulmer or under her direction. This footage mostly originates from two overseas voyages to Fiji that Mara undertook with groups of her students from Mott Community College, one in July 2001 and another in June 2004. Other footage came from trips “back east” (such as the horse-racing from Saratoga, NY). Additional footage was captured in early February 2005 on the north shore of Oahu, Hawai’i. And finally, raw footage from the city of Flint was also captured in February 2005 with the assistance of two of the participants from the 2001 Fiji Study tour, Walt and James.

All still images used in the video and the hanging panels are original and, besides those photographed by Mara, additional photos have been provided by student participants and, in the case of photos of the coup in Fiji (from May/June 2000), were provided by colleagues at the University of the South Pacific and have been used with their permission. All video was edited by Mara using Final Cut Pro 4 HD. All hanging panels were designed and created by Mara in Photoshop CS and the “Time Poem” on the floor of the installation was designed and created in Illustrator CS, while the “book” was designed using Photoshop and InDesign CS. Cameras included a Canon GLII and a Sony TRV11 digital video camcorders. Computer work was accomplished on an Apple 1 ghz. PowerBook 17” G4 with 1 gb ram and a dual-processor 2 ghz PowerMac G5 with 2 gb of ram and a 500 gb external LaCie FW800 harddrive.

All of the audio used in this video is original and was created from audio either recorded direct to tape, or composed by Mara in SoundTrack. The “chant” segment is an original composition by musicians at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture recorded during the 2004 study tour and includes Mott students among the musicians accompanying the chant. The two “Time Poems” (one spoken in the “round” video and one on the floor of the installation) were written by Mara while traveling to Fiji and back to the USA in 2004.