16th July 2015:
My work: Images on the two sides of the flyer, the poster and the leaflet plus a poor image of the installed work…
The Show as a whole looked very good I thought with things working together well and curated very well indeed.
There was a wide range of materials and presentations and I enjoyed both elements much more than the previous years and found all the work to be thought provoking.
It’s hard to look at fellow students work objectively but I thought everyone displayed their work appropriately and to the best advantage…..apart from ME!!!
I made a seriously bad judgement I think….but with the very best of intentions…maybe it would have worked better in a gallery not a college show?… too much to see and this was possibly ‘top quiet’ for this arena…
I chose to display printed flyers with the image below on one side ( a ‘still’ from the video- though it was actually a manufactured image as described previously) and an image of The Reading room on the authorised.
This later was not a particularly ‘good image’ and not really intended to be… more a throw away type casual image than a carefully taken and processed one.
I did this to represent it’s actual state rather than a more perfect representation…but I think it may have just looked crap.
The idea of having the image on the other side was a bit literal really but represented the other side of the Reading Room’s position in the village… close to the RAF Base and centre of Communications whereas it has none of this and still operates in the past.
I displayed them in a plastic display holder so that people could take them away and look at them, throw them away whatever and they were not commodities but Freebies for dissemination.
Along with these there were leaflets as below which were intended to intrigue and provoke people to call me during the Show.
I would then have a personal conversation and the interaction would be part of the work.
I hoped to put people in touch with each other, provide references to the Reading Room and send Pins for the location so that there map of the area could be investigated on tablets or phones by people themselves.
The text gave some background history to my investigation of The Reading Room.
I also displayed a poster for the event the Saturday. Same as the poster I displayed in the village.
I had chosen a Font closest to the Font used by Newspapers in 1903 when the Reading Room was built.
In fact the Daily Mail was first printed then, so examples were easy to find and Download. I used recycled Cartridge paper to make it look older but then with references to Mobiles and tablets to highlight the contemporary.
I hoped that the audience at the Show would take copies of both the image flyer and the text, call me to find out more about The Reading Room and then I could also put hem in touch with people on the day of the event 18th and send like to Soundfiles and videos if they were interested.
I’d got What’s App, FaceTime, Snapchat, text, phone, email and also planned a Google Hangout Youtube Live stream from The Reading Room, if possible.
At the Private view I noticed very few people actually taking the flyers away so I sent a label to stick on the plinth.
No-one!!! No-one!!! not even my friends or fellow students called the number…..!!!
(Or if they did it was on the Saturday and there was no phone signal at the Reading Room so I didn’t know!
No Broadband for the Hangout either……)
I need to analyse why.
What I do know is that I should have shown a video at the same time.
In fact I finished the video after the installation and showed it first at the Reading Room.
This felt right but what I could have done is show it on the Saturday at the Show simultaneously with the Event.
I really did think that people would call the number… I think I would have… but maybe only if I was sufficiently engaged by the work displayed….
Also I described the work as a pice of Participation Action Research.
When I thought of this term to describe what I had done, I didn’t know it already exists as a Research Methodology, but it does. See Here
Strictly speaking I don’t think my work is the same as it possibly did not involve the community enough and … but it is an interesting Methodology I’d like to investigate further for community based work.
Regarding selling work and pricing I thought hard about this and decided that although it was intended not to be art as commodity, that I would set a price as a piece of research and charge as if for my time setting up the actual event so £1000 for £200 for a 5 day week.
Below are some images of fellow students’ work and link to Final Year Students.
Here is the link to the Final Year students work
I found Ali Clark’s work very interesting when I went back later and could watch carefully.
Not that sure about the soundtrack though…..
His piece in the Camberwell Space was perfectly projected so small.
Other students work: