2008. március 7., péntek

Framing the Environment

In our Propositions post we suggested that "By bringing some aspects of the gallery into the public then you may give some authority to the piece ... and it may therefore be more readily recognised and considered." This has taken the form of framing the environment. Combined with the labeling we have created a series of little invitations around Budapest, invitations to see something more than what the eye is immediately presented with.

Our labels by themselves are subtleties, like the scenes they are attached to, our frames however create a fixed composition and invites the viewer to see exactly what we have seen. This is bolder, more directive and firmer than what we have previously been doing with labels alone.

The labels and the frames are interdependent. Without the frame, the label could easily go unnoticed, while the frame on its own has no title or meaning. The titles of our compositions retain the same ambiguity they have had previously so that the viewer is still invited to derive their own meanings and narratives. We want to avoid telling people what to see, rather we want to suggest how we can become too familiar with our environment and miss everyday oddities and beauty.

The rest of our frames are in with our Urban Labels images at Flickr (near the end)

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shaun írta...

Hi Again Laura and Angus

As a creative person, all that you are really doing is throwing a frame around aspects of life, isolating them from the rest of the world and removing them from their original context - bring it into a new context, and asking us to consider it as a art work. Derrida writes about this notion of the frame in terms of differance, by saying that what is in the frame is different to what is outside the frame, simply by its relationship to the frame. It is this that makes it the artwork. This is what you are doing, you are isolating an aspect of a view, thus removing it from its original context. By further labeling the frame, or the work within it you are asking us to consider the contents in a particular way. We read the text and then look within the frame to establish a relationship with what is being said. We are engaging with the work - what more can be asked for? The work is conceptually sound and has emerged from a period of development, and is in this respect very strong. However, and I think I have asked you this question before, what is the relationship of the resulting photograph. Is it a documentation of your interventions, or is it something in its own right? What I will say, and this is a simply 'nuts and bolts' observation, is that is the relationship between the label and the frame is key, then what is on the label needs to be explicit. In some of your photographs it is difficult to read. One more question - in terms of a final outcome, is there one, or am I going to be marking a series of interventions?

Don't read my comments as I do not like what you are doing - I do a lot, I am just pushing you to make it perfect. OK?