2008. március 13., csütörtök

Our Final Outcome and Conclusion

The following are the better interventions we have created. We wish them to be regarded and assessed as works in their own right - as opposed to a piece of photography. The images of our work are only documentation. The weight of our work lies in the trail of frames and labels we have left around the city of Budapest.

Cellar Door & Through the Looking Glass:


No Sugar:

View Through a Train Window:


We were asked to explore the relationship between the word and the image. Our initial response was destructive; we wanted to separate the word and the image. As we put it, "It is only through recognition that objects and words acquire significance and through interpretation, their meaning. " We wanted to challenge the everyday attachment between the images we see and the labels we attach to them in our minds. We found this difficult to articulate and lacking in depth, so our work took a shift in the opposite direction. We wanted to lead people through the marriage of word and image.

We used labels as a device to contradict and undermine the visual. However, labels alone were not strong enough to demand attention and were easily overlooked. At Ecseri Piac we were struck by the containment of objects within cages and the effect this had on the overall composition - we were able to see artistic value within found assemblages. This related to Louise Bourgeois' Cells. In order to make our observations more potent, we were aware of the need to draw more attention to our found compositions and therefore had to frame what we saw. In the same way the cage acts a device, "frames... create a fixed composition and invite the viewer to see exactly what we have seen."

Additionally, we had a parallel line of exploration that addressed issues to do with the context in which art is displayed, whether in a gallery or in public. We wanted our work to be public but incorporate tropes of the gallery, thereby bringing the gallery into a more open environment. We feel a gallery space is as much a 'frame' as the border around a piece of artwork. In Inside The White Cube: Notes on The Gallery Space, Brian O'Doherty discusses how "We have now reached a point where we see not the art but the space first". This affects our interpretation of the work and also its accessibility, when we take into account people's preconceptions of the private gallery.

We have chosen to label our work in English because there is something exotic about foreign languages, coupled with the fascination Budapest's inhabitants appear to have with England. A piece of art in a gallery by a German artist would be titled in German, a French artist in French, etc, and so therefore we felt it more appropriate to title our work in English. The majority of Hungarians speak English, so our work is not exclusivist.

The work we have created takes the form of interventions spread around the city of Budapest. In order to present this we have taken photographs for documentation purposes, but it is the actual physical compositions that are the work. What we have created are living photographs within a living gallery, isolating a view and presenting it as art. By placing a frame around the physical thing and giving it a title, the viewer can see exactly what we saw in its real life context and is invited to consider it in a certain way. Jacques Derrida said "There is frame, but the frame does not exist." The frame marks a differance between the inside and the outside of the frame, simply by it's relationship to it.
Although the works are titled, they retain an ambiguity that makes the work more open and the viewer is therefore able to interpret them in their own personal way. This is important because we did not want to tell the viewer what to see, but to suggest that there was something to be seen. We are simply asking people to engage with the environment and works and we feel the process we have used to achieve this is simple yet effective.

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shaun írta...

Ok Angus and Laura

We'll assess this post and stuff proceeding stuff. What I will say, is it would be good to see you carry on with this work. It seems to be working really well, and you can base your critical studies essays on it - there is certainly a critical approach emerging. Have a good weekend!