subject/field progress

my ideas for the final show are starting to crystallise.

4 elements, hopefully with a good balance between each:

  1. solar etcher images
  2. don’t panic book
  3. laser drawing lightbox
  4. 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.

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