Last time we were at the Innovation Campus was 2 days ago (Saturday 11th November 2017). We had spent the day today going back to the same escalator to take more photos to finalise the work. In this process it had come to our attention that our original plan was to take roughly 1000 photos. It has now easily capped this and moved toward the 1200 photo mark. This was okay because it worked more in our favour of being a balanced work. The work has maintained throughout this process to consist of everything as a multiple of 4.
- 4 locations
- 4 days
- 8 hours a day
- 1200 photos
The 8 hours a day and 1200 photos was a coincidence but a nice one at that. It had allowed the work to flow neatly into each other and to add another aspect of depth to it.
Officeworks was a bit quicker this time as there were only 80 photos to print this morning. Walking into the Innovation Campus however we were left to this:
Roughly 50 photos had fallen off the wall and also stuck to one another due to the double sided tape. This was an issue because it had torn some photos and also left a sticky mark on the outside of the photo. There was nothing we could do about that at this point due to the fact that submission was tomorrow and it was not morning so the photos would have been a different shade to the light ones which would have taken away from the time-lapse effect that we had gone for.
We spent another 2 hours putting these photos back on the wall and putting up the final ones that we had taken today. The bluetack idea was definitely a better option as shown in the photo that the bottom photos were still in their spot on the wall, it was the higher ones that were the issue (the ones we had begun with).
But at last the process was finished:
The final outcome was better than we had anticipated. It is exactly what we had expected and wanted from the work. It was a deconstructed time-lapse each photo presenting a proportion of the day, a micro-time of space. We were also very happy with the decision to lay it as we did and to do the scenes in order as shown. The beach photo was a lot of water and sand there there was not much of ‘leading line’ within the photo. This from a distance actually looks like a large scale landscape photo and the water/sand makes it look like a sky. Its almost perfect that the array of these images had almost created a large scale abstract shaded image in itself.
From an earlier blog I had stated the question I was hoping that the work brought to the audiences attention:
“Are these photos all the same etc?”
One student had come and asked questions about the work in regard to what it was about and why and how we had gone about it. The questions were almost exactly as I had written them a few weeks ago, which was brilliant.
If we were to do this project again we would definitely leave more time for experimentation for final submission and definitely make sure that we had the right amount of photos instead of going back and fourth to Officeworks in order to print. In regards to double sided tape, we think that this process would work just fine if the wall wasn’t a textured-like wallpaper as used at the innovation campus. We believe that due to this texture the tape just couldn’t hold on or hold on for long enough for that matter. It was a poor choice but one we had learned from. Although bluetack was a procedure that took a ridiculous amount of time, we believe that it was a better choice and the extra time spent using bluetack it would have just evened out with getting the photos off the floor and putting them back into their position. Speaking of which, in the process of picking the photos off the floor and placing them back on the wall, I am under the assumption we have misplaced a few photos due to lack of concentration and there are a few where the shades have mixed a little more than we wanted to. However, this is all due to the process of experimenting at the same time as presenting the major work. The method that we had put in place for placing these photos on the wall was to have a table nearby and a step ladder. Paniti would sit at the table, taping (and then bluetacking later on) each individual photo which was the handed over to me to place on the wall. At the beginning we were quite slow and the tape and bluetack was very ‘fiddly’ however it got faster and faster and was a good method to have throughout the process.
In regards to looking and helping other students research their work or give some feedback… Due to the fact that our work was placed outside the gallery, it did not give us much opportunity to discuss and converse with the other students. This meant that the works of the other students weren’t seen or spoken about either. There was a lack of interest and an awkward moment where there had not had an opportunity to grab this moment over the last couple of months. As a result of this issue, I don’t believe I could give any feedback as a whole in regards to their work because of the lack of information exchanged among one another. Although this may be seen as an issue, I think it was a good thing in a way because we knew that our work and their work was each of our own ideas. There was no opportunity to be “inspired” or to steal from each others ideas that had been exchanged. As well as this I think that it has given the works among the individuals and the groups a time to be different and to stand out from one another. For Paniti and myself especially, I don’t believe I have seen a work that is the same or remotely close to what we have presented this semester.
However, I am happy with the way that Paniti and I had worked together this semester and especially over the last 2 semesters. Last semester was a project that worked with a type of data collection between us as individuals and this semester again furthered that research and that particular topic and did more data collection among our local community. Data is an interesting thing and it is all around us. It is a time to reflect on no matter what figures you are collecting there is always a different, interesting way to present it (as shown in our last 2 submissions). We have had the opportunity to create a perspex structure, and the opportunity to photograph particular actions and happenings within our local community with an abstracted wall-based time-lapse. It’s been a lot of work this year but it has given me more opportunity to explore different types of medium and a further interest into how to go about researching a type of work or project. The words spoken by the tutors Jo and Mat as well has given an insight into a different direction behind anything and everything. They are always thinking outside the box and it is awesome to bounce off that and to take it out into the field to produce something special. I believe we have done exactly that!
As for the artist statement, although it will be placed on the left-hand side of our work, here is a written copy just in case:
We call this work:
Artists: Joseph Bird (5151077) & Paniti Thongsima (5087417), 2017
Media: Time-based Form
Size: 3m x 8m
4 days, 8 hours a day. Deconstructed time-lapse of 4 separate locations, with a total of 1200 images. Presented as black and white photographs and placed on a wall in order according to shade spectrum – this was to show the time we spent photographing from morning to afternoon/evening. An attempt to blur the lines between past, present and future by taking photos of the same nature. This shows a collection of data to certain movements and actions within our local community. Maintaining a multiple of 4, (4 days, 4 scenes, 8 hours, 1200 images) throughout the project to keep the work as balanced as possible along the wall.