2008. február 26., kedd
Our thinking has moved in another new direction. We are now looking at the idea of the urban gallery in a 'found' context. By titling every day scenes they are put in an artistic context and given significance. This has included creating puns or enticing a line of thought through loaded, yet ambiguous words. The 'significance' of labeling a scene invites the public to become defamiliarised with their environment, to remove themselves from a scene and become reacquainted with the city. Being visitors in Budapest gives us a different outlook on the city and there is much we notice that perhaps the residents takes for granted. We have also taken photographs bought from the Ecseri Piac and paired them as diptychs to invite a narrative or relationship. This effect is furthered by leading and loaded language applied at the scene.
Art in a gallery context is permanent. It is an asset, continually sold, presented and represented in a bleached environment. Our project is temporary, almost disposable and challenges the price tags put on art in galleries. It means a piece can only be viewed for a limited amount of time before it is eroded, destroyed, vandalised, stolen etc. It also means that it can be added to and interacted with by the general public. However, this freedom and open environment can also be the downfall of a piece, for example when we were sticking the words 'The Apology' to the ground, our original composition was destroyed as it relied on the presence of a cart which was removed by the shopkeeper because it was closing time. We therefore had to adapt and change our original idea.
The main difference between what we are doing now and how we were previously working is that our connections between visual imagery and words is more instantaneous. Whereas before we were taking photographs and adding language to them later upon revision, now we are applying language (written and visual) to the environment as we find it. This is a much more spontaneous way of working and means that we are more alert to our surroundings and our connections between word and image are based more on first impressions. This means we don't always necessarily have our own interpretation on the 'meaning' of a piece. The weight of our work is in the ambiguity of the labels and the meaning is created by the viewer. Ultimately this can make the piece more personal (see Propositions entry ).
The rest of today's images can be found on Flickr.