my ideas for the final show are starting to crystallise.
4 elements, hopefully with a good balance between each:
- solar etcher images
- don’t panic book
- laser drawing lightbox
- cyanotypes/stitched circuits/leds
recurring use of materials, techniques and formal motifs should hopefully tie these potentially disparate pieces together:
- (overarchingly) drawing with light, 1, 2, 3, 4
- (also) spheres/arcs/spirals, 1, 2, 3, 4
- ball lenses used in 1, 3, 4
- square format, 1, 3, 4
- dark grey book cloth used in 2, 3
- visible electronic circuits in 2, 4
- common components e.g. using same hardware across (e.g. mechanical) elements.
the curation issues i’ve so far identified include:
- low light area (esp. for 3, 4)
- seating/table for book/speaker (long audio, encourage viewer/listener to linger)
- lightbox for transparencies w/rack and pinion mechanical movement of a ball lens loupe (to be constructed)
- to show or not to show my workings? showreel vid could showcase the e.g. cameras and apparatus used to produce exhibition work. do i physically want the machines present? interactive or under glass? museum aesthetic.
i think i surprised pip with my description of my idea of the show as an “office” setting. call it a home-office, study or library, and i hope that makes more sense. late nights, smoke, components, computers, defunct technologies, there’s a comfy chair under that pile of printouts somewhere…
specific points i’d like to address are how to achieve the atmosphere i’m after. i have a set of matching 1970s tan leather swivel chairs that could work well with the book element. it may be possible to include one of my dad’s chairs, i really like the psychic significance of that as part of the show.
also in terms of psychic significance the idea of a library makes me wonder whether to include the (3) source material books in the show. one on dna, one on astronomy and one on meteorology for glider pilots.