Every 2 years the local Banbury Museum holds an Open Exhibition.
I usually enter 3 items and one is accepted. Mostly the work selected is fairly traditional, well-crafted paintings, drawings and sculpture with some occasional exceptions.
I submit work for a few reasons
- It is my local art show
- I like to gently challenge the way entries are restricted by the means of display
- I want to offer more conceptual work and encourage others to do so
- I don’t mind being rejected!
This year I struggled to find work which may be acceptable as I recognise curation is important and creating a cohesive show is essential.
I was going to submit a couple of edited video sketches made in the first term ( Michaelmas and Number three )
However, one used background soundtrack of Sibelius’ Finlandia during the video recording (it was important for the work that this was not an overlaid track but part of the performance).
I didn’t have the original CD used during the performance and so there were copyright issues…not picked up incidentally by YouTube.. so after much searching the studio I couldn’t use it an acknowledge the source ( A lesson learnt to record the sources of material used…or beware!)
Then I decided to edit the video piece The Reading Room as I thought
- It was too long for the audience
- It was too site specific for this location
I edited it down to about 5 minutes and I realised, too late, that it therefore meant nothing!
Don’t change the work for the venue!!!
I also submitted Ordnance Survey ( re-made after it was stolen from the Trig Point)
The curator, Dale, was very interested at submission and helpful with providing a plinth which served as a make-shift Trig Point for display of the laminates fixed on to the chain and padlock. I also submitted a couple of Images of the Scopes for context. I couldn’t take photographs during the submission so here is a reminder
They weren’t really geared up for viewing video submissions without me taking in my own projector for viewing and the other video sketch, Michaelmas was labelled a month before the making cut off date….Daft..
Lots of lessons learnt and this time none of the work was accepted.
When I returned to pick up, though, I did get some feedback despite this not usually being given…
They were fascinated by the work which provoked a lot of discussion, especially as it relates to local history…..but they felt it was not appropriate for the exhibition, only as a Site-Specific work, rather than a piece with documentation from Periscope images.
Good to get the work seen if only by the panel and cause a discussion
What was also interesting is that I happened to have the Flash Drive in my bag when I went to teach at the Care Home, got into a conversation with one of the Staff and lent her the stick.
She was fascinated by both pieces of video and ‘got’ them without any real explanation… A useful crit. from an unexpected viewer….
Maybe I’ll unleash some other work on them next time….things may have changed by then…