I originally made this video for the Symposium 2 for when we were supposed to present the videos to the rest of our classmates, but as I was just finishing working on it (and despite saving the file every five minutes or so) the Mac I was working on crashed and I lost about 4 hours worth of work. This all happened at 4am, 6 hours before we were due to present to the class, and so I ended up giving a verbal presentation with some of the images I used in the video to demonstrate what I was talking about. This was a very stressful and anxiety inducing situation, but I am very pleased that I did it, and that Jonathan and Ed were understanding and allowed me to present the way I did.
This video is a little bit longer than it was supposed to be, and even that was a struggle, as I found I had so much I wanted to show and say. I am fairly pleased with the outcome though, and I feel that it captures my process and research quite well.
ISMs In The Art Gallery
I have linked my presentation, above, and the photo shows all of my casts so far laid out on the table during my presentation.
During my presentation I wanted to focus on how my river project is about engaging the audience and being more interactive than your average piece of art, and how this links to my research paper topic of classism in the gallery space. I feel that work that is purely visual leaves out a lot of people, specifically those with visual impairments, and can also put off children and those who prefer tactile work, so I wanted to combat this by making work that is meant to be touched and handled by the audience. Engaging the audience in this way can be effective at breaking down the barriers many people, particularly those of different classes, age and abilities, face when visiting art galleries and museums, and I feel this is vital if we want the art world to be a more inclusive and diverse space. I was keen for my classmates to pick up and interact with my work and get their opinions on it, which is why I laid out all the pieces I have made so far out on the table for my presentation.
- Joseph Beuys– “anyone can be an artist”
- Art as communication
- Art is for everyone and should be for everyone
- There should be an inherent value to all art, regardless of monetary value or quality, which is highly subjective
- Can art be used to help people/ bring people together?
- Adolf Loos– ‘Ornament and Crime“- a relatively short read that could be used as a counter argument
- “Social sculptures“- interesting phrase from Joseph Beuys video- using his “social sculptures” to communicate to a larger group of people
– using people’s innate urge to be part of a group or community to get people involved in his projects
– using those projects as a way to influence those people and get them to listen to his ideas
- Using your platform or your skills in a certain medium to engage socially and open up the dialogue- aka musicians using their music to be political, artists using their art to get a message across, writers writing about things they feel strongly about
- Anselm Kiefer– trying to make the people of Germany “feel” again
- Refugees travelling to Greece- graves, life jacket installation
- “History is a material” –regimes can manipulate history as they see fit
- Examining how the societies and times artists live(d) in influence their thinking and work
- You could strengthen the links between post war Germany and the modern day situation with the Middle East?
- Etching idea sounds promising- you could look at Francisco Goya and his etchings of the Spanish Civil War
- I think it would be worth looking at artists making work about refugees and modern conflict (i.e. the Middle East) particularly artists who were or are refugees as they have first hand experience- much like Beuys and Kiefer had first hand experience of WW2 and the aftermath
- Justin Mortimer- wasn’t sure how he relates to the other two at first
- Mortimer creates new mythological narratives through painting collages of seemingly unrelated digital imagery- much like how the first two artists created their own mythologies
- Dream v.s. Hope, the lofty aspiration v.s. the slightly more achievable goal
- How do you take a dream and turn it into a more realistic, but still satisfying, goal?
- “La Mitrailleuse” (“The Machine Gun”) by Christopher .R. Nevinson- artist whose style changed dramatically over time with the changes happening around him- WW1, WW2, ect
- See also Paul Nash
- Have we suppressed the feelings of and memories WW2 too much? Has that allowed the resurgence of Neo-Nazi ideals and the rise of other conflicts and regimes?
On another note, I think you put together a really well thought out presentation- the material was clearly divided into sections, the links were mostly strong, and the videos helped to break it up and make it easier to engage with. You just need to pull this back into your practical work and keep making!