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ONLINE ZOOM TUTORIAL NO.3 [02/04/20]

One of the outcomes of the previous tutorial was to create a 5 minute presentation of our work to date for the rest of our group to hear for this weeks turorial .


Presented below are the notes I prepared for this :



 


Zoom tutorial 3

2nd April 2020

5 min presentation to group

-Initial ideas

-Influences

-Restrictions

-Resolutions / Problem solving

INITIAL IDEAS

1) Looking into the concept of photography’s materiality / Or lack of it as a result of digital revolution…we tend to always view photographs through a screen..how is it different when they are physical?

2) What happens to an image after it is digitized…on the internet

3) Giving ‘redundant’ disregarded images a second chance

4) Everyday photography…aestheticizing the everyday/banal through photography

INITIAL EXPLORATIONS

1) Using found imagery from the internet, on platforms such as flickr, google images etc of things that people tend to capture on the everyday…

2) 3x categories so far… - sunset, fireworks, tourist photography

3) Handprinted these in darkroom to explore idea of reverting a once digital image into a chemically and physically produced print. – looking into indexicality? How much of original image is still present

4) As a result of circumstances, I am unable to continue working physically in darkroom, so this aspect has become redundant…how to resolve and work around this?

5) What to do with these images now? Re photograph? Consider conventional exhibiting techniques in galleries…plinths…framing…sculptural?

6) Begun digital manipulations…See where I can take these initially lost images...(second chance)

INITIAL INFLUENCES

1) CLARE STRAND

Saw work exhibited at photographer’s gallery and attended artist talk.

Work ‘pushes boundaries of photography’ Using the physical image as a starting point, and seeing how far she can take it personally

Interested in the position of the photograph in society…our relationship to it

Blurs boundaries between disciplines…painting…photography…sculpture…new technologies

Work is like Erik Kassel’s but scaled down smaller subtler version.

2) ERIK KESSELS

In particular 24-hour photo instillation at FOAM, commenting on just how many photos we take every day…abundance of images in world

3) JAN SVOBODA– Against the light exhibition (TPG)

Czech photographer working in the 60’s and 70’s

‘pioneer of conceptual photography’

Not interested in photography as means of document

Interested in materiality of the photograph

Looking at the photograph as an object….SCULPTURE

How can this relate to my work?

Digitisation of the photographic image, rarely seen as an object, positive negative?

TOPICAL AS OF CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES, UNABLE TO PRODUCE PHYSICAL WORK

RESTRICTIONS

1) lack of materiality, physicality

2) unable to use darkroom

3) uninspired/motivated to create work due to situation

RESOLUTIONS / PROBLEM SOLVING

1) use opportunity to merely comment on, can always explore this after this is all over

2) Use prints I’ve already managed to produce, Use found images…internet as a source




 

TUTORIAL FEEDBACK AND NOTES : (3RD TUTORIAL)


The overall tutorial, again deemed to be exceptionally helpful and inspiring with regards to creating work and staying motivated in these current circumstances. As aforementioned, we had to present a short informal 5 minute presentation on the work we had created thus far, with relation and links to those that inspired us. It was great to hear how others in my group are getting along, and coping with the situation, as this is reassuring knowing that others are in the same boat as I.


IDEAS DISCUSSED AND RECOMMENDED :


-Positive feedback from digital manipulation..progress by consider layering in different ways? Pushing personal photoshop and editing skills.techniques.


-In doing so, questioning the 'punctum' of the image..has this been removed, and if so consider how and what my personal part is in this process.


-David Claerbout - Belgium artist working with photography and film.


-Blends still and moving image (subtle approach)


-Pushes and questions idea of narrative in work (completed narrative?) (artists role in this creation)


-"Rocking Chair" (2003)...appears to be still image...two images on either side of projection screen...realisation of subtle movement in image...questioning time and movement with the image. - Shown in Corner House cinema, Manchester..look online to source further information..


-"Visible Time" book


- CONSIDER use of SCREEN..blurring boundaries? image? film? Screen as a barrier?



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