For the May study day I set up the installation of the prints as envisaged in Assignment 4. This meant one wall which started with Site 1 (Partick Cross) on the left, moving into the middle part, the main images of sites, movement, individual images of the project, and on the far right Site 2 (Whitworth Grasses).
This was the first time that I had set up the whole project as intended. However, the setup time was effectively too short (just under 30 mins), whereas before I would spent far longer on setting up the middle part alone and then over a series of days rearranging the relationship between the images.
The installation was accompanied by a series of single page short texts, where each participant received a different text to act as an introduction to the project, and then was invited to explore the installation.
I also recorded the installation with a video. Unfortunately, my video app has some issues with what it shows on screen as recorded frame compared to what it actually records (which means the recording has a less than desirable framing; which I only realised too late to re-record).
After the viewing, everyone received the remaining sets of text, plus a context note.
The main feedback from tutor and participants as follows:
- too many images: I obfuscate the content and purpose
- not enough of mine in this: use my own voice to narrate the text that I handed out (over a still image) [see earlier presentations which used my voice in various ways]
- vary the print size: print the key images as 8×10
- construct this as a wall drawing: if these are connected, explore ways in which drawing marks can act as connection (see Richard Wright‘s installations)
- go back to Della Porta’s Domestic Slavery for how some of the starkness of the context can be activated within this
- various very strong images; liking the ability to select entry and exist and to explore the multiplicity of images, routes through these, also: appreciation of the subtlety of context and content (one feedback: ‘I knew this would be challenging material and it is and I really enjoy what you have done with this, how you approach the darkness in it’)
My own thoughts relating to the installation and discussion:
- I was nervous about the rush of setting this up, and that the images would not strongly enough relate to each other
- It was good to hand out the very different texts and gauge some of the difference in responses >> that is a really insightful means to open up a piece of work
- through this entire setup, with both geographical locations in place, I am excited to see how the two locations suspend the middle part, the movements from one to another, somewhere between and back and forth rather effectively.
>> the two locations are very different, more static configurations, my visual analogy was that of two magnetic poles, and iron dust being suspended between them
From this, I pursued the project pretty much exclusively in the video plus narration form as to what became the submission for assignment 5.
The plan is to explore the wall drawing installation separately and independently of the module/ assessment.