As with my critical essay, this emerging body of work (photographs, but also: text, performance/practice) seems to sit rather closely within analogue practices; or possibly more correctly: at a tracing of the transition between analogue/digital.
– This does concern me (possibly unduly so), and I want to, in this post, trace the two emerging lines of research/development of the project so far.
The project is a double project (assignment 4 and 5, with 4 presenting the initial research, the tutor feedback then leads to the resolution with completion of assignment 5).
Two trajectories are most relevant for me at this moment:
(a) existing notes in photographs: These Summer Images; Shadows; #reflectiontypo
These Summer images presents a fairly extensive body of work of environmental practice, self-portraiture, exploration of boundaries and relationships within the frame of a 6×6 analogue photograph and the construction of author/subject/audience within this. It took place alongside the public/private discussion of the Critical Essay during June-August 2016.
Since then, I have used my phone camera to record a series of themes and sketches, some of these related to the MF images; others, notably around the shadows that emerge of myself in the nighttime urban environment (Shadows), and an ongoing enquiry into the role that reflection plays in my work (#reflectiontypo) and emerging WIPs.
(b) online identity constructions around FB and my own negotiations of that.
I have for the past 15 months used Facebook rather extensively as site to explore and test: my usage, my own interactions, the relationships that emerge onsite/offsite, the types of disclosures and veiling that I engage in with regards to personal matters.
Notably, between September and December 2016, I explored a private matter rather intensively and in detail within a controlled and enclosed FB setting, at various points testing and attending to the boundary enclosure of the setting, to issues of leaking, unveiling, but also to the interactions that emerged with people on the inside/outside of that enclosure. – This presents my primary body of research and material in relation to online/ digital identities (I also used flickr and Instagram to some extent, IG more recently so, but the issue of group control present in FB, and the ability for more varied input/post within the enviroment, meant that I focused my attention on FB only).
I want to bring these two together… I don’t yet know how but I have a sense that there is a terrain where they may meet.
For (a), the plan is:
– write up note on #reflectiontypo
– do research on Warhol’s Shadow prints (done, 8-10/Feb)
– develop own imagery around this: what interests you?
– Partick X and ghosting
– blur and transitions on analogue long exposure
– the nighttime city and my moving within it
started to collate both digital and MF images (January 2017 onwards)
>> a first set of contact sheets is included in this post here
<< is there potentially something about that activity and my online drifting? – scan the remaining images from These… and develop a set. – write a bit more about that set similar to how I talked about the original PK in late August – print and screenprint (screenprinting course booked at Edinburgh Printmakers for 4-5/3/17)… before the SP course: what is the role of the emulsion layer and the screen in this? For (b), the plan is: Some initial research questions (and these are going to relate to essay and my reading around FB public/private in that relation) – how do boundary construction work in FB: – what are pressure points, transgressions (what is being transgressed, to what effect?) – who is involved in this? – what selves are present in which facet (deliberately, accidentally) – how can any of this be put to work in a visual project? >> who has done so how?
– Erica Scourti
– Leah Schrager
>> what is the relationship between (a) and (b)?