In one of the busiest times at lunchtime on the 25th March; I had decided to monitor the amount of people walking past and noticing the exhibition in the Control Room. The time I did this was 12:45-13:15. Within this half an hour we had in total 220 people, within the first 15 minutes we had 103 so it was just over 100 people every quarter of an hour, which was outstanding for one bridge in such a short amount of time.
A few people had peered inside expecting to see something, which of course there wasn’t as the display was just the windows. Maybe next time have zines or books about the theme in that one area where we could see inside so there is something there but not distracting from the main design.
We also had a number of people staring as they went past on their bikes let alone walking, which amused me slightly as they were more interested in this than where they were going.
A lot of people were looking at it as it is so bright that you cannot miss it. It grabs your interest just from the corner of your eye. This was such a good idea to have it bright and visually appealing as it sparks so much interest. After visiting the previous exhibitions there, ours is far the most appealing, as the others were quite dark so when moving past on a bridge in a fast speed either by walking, cycling or driving you will always grab their attention.
I tried asking a few people about what they saw, but a lot were very busy. However, I did speak to one man who was staring for a while so I approached and asked if he was interested in the exhibition and he stated, No, just intrigued and curious, which was basically the same thing I asked him anyway. But it grabbed his attention, which is obviously a positive.
After a lot of time and hard work the Isolation exhibition, at the Victorian Toilets owned by Bristol City Council, went better than I could have ever imagined. The preview night on the 17th February was packed and had a lot of people commenting on how good the work was, how well I had organised it, as well as the speakers being interesting and informative. This was my first director/curator role on my own and had recruited a team to do: marketing, graphics and event/locations. I cannot thank my team enough, they did fantastically and I am thrilled with the outcome.
So I am coming up to my last semester at University. Thinking about my last project at the moment, I’ll be carrying on from something I’ve been working on the last few months. I’ve been focusing on memories, and how we react and imagine peoples memories. I have created an installation based on a counselling room as this is where you talk about your problems and past.
This is the main middle screen, and 2 screens are presented either side of the room to show other places we think of these things. Voices of peoples memories are presented over in the room, and the closer to each screen the more you hear of certain memories. It was a very hard thing to get done in such a short amount of time, but I feel I got to my aim, just feel like I want to expand and move into the project in the theme of nostalgia, as a new defined focus to this.
6th December 2013 was the preview night for our exhibition at The Station Bristol. After months of preparing what themes we wanted, people’s jobs and roles within the making as well as helping put the exhibition up, it finally arrived. We decided on the theme of perfectionism because it led on from our second issue of the Zine. This was a slightly different angle, looking at how we would put on our so say perfect exhibition, so exhibiting the planning rather than the actual thing.
The preview went well, due to the wall team doing a fantastic job on the painting on the walls, it looked professional and ready to exhibit on the night. The projector was one issue for a little while, but temporarily sorted the issue out and was ready to also exhibit at the preview. I was in charge of the catering for the night, so kept an eye on the drinks and food and kept topping everything up so it was available for our guests. I was also meet and greeter with the Zines as well as working with Fiona on this as she gave them information on the exhibition.
The preview was overall a success. Guests seemed to really enjoyed looking around and especially were drawn to the film which was placed near the entrance in a little section so it was off away from the wall art. The comment book was placed next to the film in the entrance, so on exit then they could write something about their experiences in the exhibition. We had people re posting our Twitter post, which hopefully made people more aware of the exhibition being held, so will take a look at some point in the month it is open. This was fantastic for marketing, social media really helped us out here. We had some interesting feedback from university students who have been working on this theme for dissertations which was great feedback.
One thing I think would need to be improved on would be the length of film. It is 18 minutes long which in my opinion is to long for an audience to stand and listen to people talking about their favourite films. We had some great feedback on the film, but I just think it could have been slightly more interesting if was shorter and snappy.
I am looking forward to hearing and seeing more comments being made about the exhibition, and will be planning our next event very soon.
Cannot wait for tomorrow, I am going to continue filming my project based on memory. But in a fine art style. I am going to get all creative and get out there. Positive attitude! Can not wait to see the final outcome june 2014 in LONDON!
I looked at a reading ‘memory in perspective, women photography encounters with history’; chapter, ‘Walter Benjamin and Photography’. This was because I have decided to do a project based on memory, creating a form of installation (video and audio). They spoke about different theorists and pieces of work that all link in with the theme of memory. It made me question how to approach my project, and the process I should take. For instance, ‘leaves the images untitled, viewers start to ask questions of the images and relate them to aspects of their own lives’. This made me think my project should be untitled, not because I don’t know what to name it, but because, It emphasises the whole point of my project, using the imagination to think what is happening and what is going on. Creating a ‘playful’ piece.
I was absolutely shocked this week when I looked in a very sophisticated photographic journal to find a page about the new lenses. IPhone lenses were presented on there. What is this?! This is not proper photography, you cannot use f numbers and shutter speeds on these phones, so this is not proper photography! Definitely was not impressed, they are taking over our industry!
So… today I had my very first tutorial for a project I am doing in my final year of university. My topic was so broad I had trouble shooting because everything seemed just so cliché; I wasn’t happy with the photographs I had taken, I wasn’t happy how everything was not exactly tied in together. All I Knew that this topic had something special and incising about it. With that we had discussions, talking about our memories, people’s reactions to maybe something should had been traumatic, we all laughed, purely because the memory was known to be exaggerated. This then made me realise, it was peoples stories, how they tell them, and in conclusion how our reactions were, this is the narrative and piece I wanted to create. I am now looking forward to creating this piece, with audio and video. Video of an empty space, or an empty counselling room; with audio over the top, making the audience use their imaginations of the people in the space. This could be done as an installation of some kind. These are first ideas, but that one story was so inspirational to a whole project idea.
Photograph: a rough idea what I want the video space to be, empty with chairs, ready to hear the discussions and stories.