Christmas Task – Group B

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Object 1 

The Future of the Photography Museum

The Four Curators

In the video ‘The Future of the Photography Museum – The Four Curators’. Erik Kessels idea was to download for 24 hours, all the newly appearing photographs on the internet. He printed them all off and put them in a room that you can walk through so you can be amongst the photos, pick up the images and enjoy them. He wanted to portray the clutter of photos that we live in, in this present day.

Lauren Cornell was the next artist to speak about her exhibition called ‘Circulate’. Lauren says “it reflects on the idea that today an image  is read and remembered not only because of it’s subject matter but also because of its point of discovery it’s quality and it’s context” Lauren goes on to talk about the poetry behind work such as a sculpture by matt Keegan and Jim Richard which reads “Don’t worry, everything that happens, happens without you” which  focusses on the fact that we are unable to wrap our arms around the mass of visual images that surround us every day. I suppose what Lauren is talking about is similar to what Erik Kessels is talking about, in the sense that it is almost as if we live in an overwhelming society with the amount of image making that is taking place every single day. The internet is massive. hundreds of thousands of pictures are uploaded to the internet every day, especially bearing in mind social networking that millions of people are involved in, in one way or another.

Alison Nordström talks about her interest in the photograph as ‘an object’ and refers to them as “those things that we can’t experience on the monitor”. She sees photographs as things and is interested in what we do with them. I imagine she thinks about the authenticity of a photograph to hold in your hands and is possibly thinks of things quite literally.

Jefferson Hack from Dazed & Confused. The three rooms that Jefferson created are to do with technoligy and the relationship that we now have with photographs via screens. He has used some screens in a black room which have the current crop of photographers that are really represent the visual language on Dazed & Confused.

Object 2

Sylvia Wolf – Quote taken from ‘The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Digital Age’

“To some, the glut of photographic images facilitated by digitisation, represents a mind- numbing noise that risks infecting us all with rampant vouyerism and image apathy. To others, the open access to photography and to new audiences that computer technology affords us has spawned a liberating transparency that breaks down barriers between people, places and ways of being.”

I think what Sylvia is trying to say here is that some people view this technological advance as being at risk to a wave of having no privacy (e.g. Being at risk to voyeurism), whereas some people see it as the breaking down of barriers of our society, and that is liberating us as people. Personally I believe there can be greater harmony and understanding. I think this relates to what Eric Kessels and Lauren Cornell’s exhibitions in the sense that people can get overwhelmed by the huge amounts of pictures and information in the media. With this technological advance, we are becoming more and more aware of the potential dangers within the media and being able to see it all in one room within Eric Kesells work, I think really really emphasises that. Being able to actually feel the photos and touch them relates to what Alison Nordström was talking about in the you tube video; seeing the photos as objects as opposed to digital ideas on a monitor.

My Chosen Objects

Object 3  

Question – Are photos that are put online invading peoples privacy and what will it be like in 20 years time?

This video depicts an extreme example of the blackmail and fears that people might have about privacy invasion.

To a certain extent, yes it is a shame but everybody has a choice in how they wish to view media. Yes, you can now read the news online, you can watch the news online and take in information that way. However, you can also still absorb the media in the old fashioned way of picking up a news paper and reading text and looking at photos in there. I think it is just simply a matter of how the world works, before ‘media’ was around people would deliver news through word of mouth. Coming back to social networking sites, people have a choice to put photos online, the people who may have had their photos taken however may not be aware of the fact that they are online. I recently uploaded a photo to my blog of somebody on New Years with their head in the toilet being sick. To me, I was simply documenting the situation. This girl has no idea that this picture of her is on my blog. If she found out she might ask me to put it down. For all I know there could be similar pictures of me online. It is an overwhelming feeling, that there is so much information out there in terms of images but at the same time I do believe it liberates us as people. I think it is unnerving the amount of time, I for one spend on the computer staring aimlessly at the Facebook home screen. What is it going to be like in 20 years time? The internet has been growing massively over the past 20 years and think how many photos there are now as well as text describing some of the photos. I know hundreds of people who have uploaded photos of people they don’t know onto Facebook, my space and many other social networking sites. There is always a worry when you go online after a big night out and have the immediate fear when you see more notifications than you normally would have and then come to realise ‘oh shit somebody had a camera last night’.  At my age in this present day, I see this massive step of digital imaging as something that has only just begun, in 20 years time or even 10 years time, are people going to hold a photograph and see it as the equivalent of what I see as a painting? Time will tell.

Object 4

“When did it happen? That imperceptible inversion. As if the camera no longer recorded but conferred reality. As if the world were the lost property of the camera. As if the world wanted to be claimed and possessed by the camera. To translate itself, as if afraid it might otherwise vanish into the new myth of its own authentic-synthetic photographic memory. As if it we’re a kind of comfort that every random, crazy thing that gets done should be monitored by some all-seeing, unfeeling, inhuman eye. Not to be watched. Isn’t that a greater fear than the fear of being watched?”

Taken from – Out of the World, a novel by Graham Swift

Taken from the article ‘Voyeurism, surveillance and the camera’ BBC News

This quote takes me back to the social networking side of things. Everyone has a choice of what they put up online but they don’t have a choice of what other people put up of them online. I believe that it is a daunting feeling that everything gets monitored. I get the impression from the quote that there is a distressing feeling that technology is getting more and more advance, therefore, people are going to be isolating themselves even more whether it is having their eye up against the viewfinder of a camera or editing photos, or simply putting them up online. This could result in nobody even needing to go out at anymore. We can now order pretty much anything online too, from food to clothes shopping. Obviously this is an extreme example situation but it is the kind of thing we need to think about. It is also the kind of thing I want to think about when creating pictures from now on. Try and look with my bare eyes as opposed to looking through the lens. Once these photos are put online, they are there forever. Soon there could be no such thing as a ‘private moment’ due to the development of our society. There are cctv cameras everywhere. Now there is such thing as street view where you can virtually walk along the street on a monitor and view a detailed image buildings and even people. I looked up my hometown ‘Halsemere’ on google maps street view and came across to guys I know from the pub working outside their restaurant.

 Neil and Dan

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