“It is Doubt (so often experienced initially as weakness) that changes things. When a man feels unsteady, when he falters, when hard-won knowledge evaporates before his eyes, he’s on the verge of growth… Doubt is nothing less than an opportunity to reenter the Present […] Doubt requires more courage than conviction does, and more energy; because conviction is a resting place and doubt is infinite- it is a passionate exercise. There is no last work. That’s the silence under the chatter of our time.” -John Patrick Shanley
While I find solace and invigoration in Shanley’s introduction to his play Doubt: A Parable, the above selection feels especially pertinent and summarizing to my Isadora programming work.
I have been studying immersive and interactive theatre and how to present a final product that embodies traits and inspirations of the companies that I revere. In reflection, the act of creating these Isadora patch programs was both immersive and interactive itself. Of course the interactive media product could be argued to display those qualities but the actual immersing myself in the work, both programming and creatively, was an active way to create the media and the environment it lived in.
It feels important to recognize that after creating and reviewing the video below I realized how peculiar it was to hear a female, albeit my own, voice on the narration. The majority of ‘tutorial’ videos I have personally come across are narrated by the male voices or male identified persons, and while that of course is not indicative of the field itself the representation is quite clear. When I first listened to this tutorial video I felt a difference in the very specific style it boats and how the information is being presented. I also attempted to narrate my progress in a way that melds explanation of both process and creative reasoning. As I am generally new (less than a year) at using this program, so describing what I made in an approachable as well as nuts and bolts way seemed appropriate.
Here is to many more years of successful and faulty patch work. I suspect the fruit from both to be quite sweet!