Saturday, April 27, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Installing Video Projector

So we have installed a video projector for the videos that we have been making. Will post pix in a few. We are being ably assisted by former IKEA employee The Shak AttaK. More to come.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Going Mobile

I have to leave for a few hours so we a making a new version of the Lil' Billy Mobile Research Lab. This will allow John to move around while I am away.

Tuesday morning

Tuesday morning. We have been given permission to set up a projector against a white wall between the store entrance and exit, where we'll be screening video portraits of Emma and the family in the previous post.

Mornings at the beginning of the week are very quiet here before things pick up around lunch.

More later. In the meantime, here is the description of the Lack Map that our participants are using to track their movements through the store.

It's Always 10 am in IKEA except when it's not

So today Johan did most of the posting b/c I did most of the talking, shooting, running, etc.  This project is kicking both of our asses, but it really has been amazing.  It's almost 4 am and I am about to get a little sleep before IKEA starts again but I just wanted to post some brief observations.

First Jeng Yi who assisted us yesterday sent us the Chinese characters for Billy Bookcase & Kyla designed our new patch which we are having made right now.  Thanks, Thanks and Thanks again.

Second we finally started making portraits! We almost need another week but tomorrow will have to do.  Our first participant Emma Wong spent more than an hour with us today and has volunteered to come back and work with us tomorrow so that we can get more than two portraits and "shop-drawings" done.  There is no internet in IKEA stores so we can't post any video really util the project is over.  But we have some amazing video to share.  On Wednesday we will go to NUS and get on the T1 line and post video till our the bits are in pieces.

I think that we are going to have a Breakdown/Takedown Party at IKEA Tampines tommorow night @ 8pm after we wrap up the shooting, we will need help with De-John/Johan-ing the apartment which is now filled with our family photographs and lots and lots of cable ties.

Well here are some photo and the new patch.  Good Night!  Also lost of stuff on Facebook too.


We have now pretty much transformed our apartment into a photo studio. In the bakground of the first image you can see Vincent--who is helping us today--working on the maps. We are going to choose a sample of 15 shoppers and each person or group will need one individually made map. In the second image you can see the backdrop for the first photo shoot.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Monday morning

Day 2: today we are going to ask shoppers to track their way through the store using the map we designed yesterday. More on this soon. As the store opens in the morning staff clean up the dlfferent spaces in the showroom area. Here is an image from this morning.

Live from IKEA is ALIVE!

Live from IKEA is a research/art project by Cross Disciplinary Media Artist,  John D. Freyer (ME) and Anthropologist Johan Lindquist. Johan and I are living in the 25m Apartment Showroom at IKEA Tampines  through Tuesday 23rd. We will be taking portraits and interviewing shoppers at IKEA Tampines about what they bought and why.  Come see us in Singapore!  Today we had the pleasure of working with one of Denisa Kera's student from NUS.  Jeng Yi was a total Rockstar of an assistant!  She helped building our Franken Light, she built a Lil' Billy Bookcase on wheels, and designed the Lack Map (below) which is for our "Self Tracking" exercise.   Jeng Yi may also contribute to the blog in the coming days, but until then check out her excellent Instagram page. THANK YOU Jeng Yi!  (She also took all of the photos in the previous post)

We Have Finally moved in! Long Day!

So it took us a few hours to get the second shooting studio set up but it is ready for action.  We have moved into 25m at IKEA Tampines.  Johan is working on the backdrop for the first portrait station, we stitched 15 IKEA yellow carpet squares together. Check back for photographs of customers