PHO705: Week 20 Reflection

Practitioner Feedback

A practitioner was approached for feedback and this turned into an immediate request to see the portfolio online. This seemed too soon as the different activities have still to come together into a whole.

Initial indications are about the work being striking and original and as test prints, at 4×5 inches they would be better viewed at greater than A4 size. A3+ posterboard on order has now arrived and is ready for printing.

Looking at the care instructions I was surprised to read the small print. Matte posterboard being a heavy-duty option compared to gloss photopaper requires more care. It has to be covered in an absorbent paper when taken out of the printer. It then needs 24 hours to fully dry and for the colour to fix. Then it needs mounting behind glass.

I’m glad there was time in the plan to allow for this unexpected activity.

All of this because the size of the images matters. I’d normally go to A4 so the prints are going up in scale.

As mentioned elsewhere , I’m willing to give it a go. It could be an expensive failure and I might have to revert to my standard A4 on 40x50cm mountboard.

The cancellation of the exhibition means it could all be counterproductive anyway. The revised intention is to film the setup on iPhone and add a spoken narrative. I’m going to have to deal with iPhone stabilisation issue, but I’m sure that can be managed.

I can see me doing a practice run with a planned and edited spoken word displayed on a teleprompter. These things require a team effort because so many hands are needed and the delivery requires practice. If I’m pressed the video might be released. My concern is about introducing new technology at this stage on top of 3D modelling tools Sketchup, and Vectorworks, Generative art software Processing and P5.js and Wordclouds. I really need to concentrate on the marked elements of the course.

The poster-boards will bring a whole new challenge to taking the work public regards unfilled white space. The finish is matte (when glossy was my intent). Size is large (when my original intent is memento based). Then there is the need to re-layout the images and there is the increase in size and weight for 30 prints.

If this goes badly wrong at least I should have some nice individual prints over and with enough mount-board ordered I can repeat the whole exercise on A4 gloss. This variation from plan doubles my workload and in circumstances where an exhibition may be postponed with the current virus threat to society.

Another constraint is the supporting material of which video and exhibition guide are examples that require time and effort and may not get to be appreciated or shown even in public.

Re-emphasis, as now expected by the University, is towards the book. This was never meant to be the main public deliverable only an artist’s book dummy as a keepsake from the exhibition. Taking the book to the main deliverable makes this a serious concern that normally requires collaborative input and the design assistance of a graphic designer. It is widely known that photographers on the subject of their own work are poor at bookmaking in terms of selection of edit, layout, graphics design and writing.

Would it be wise to follow this direction as the work is not going to be shown at its best as working with a graphic designer and printer requires three months elapsed and there is only 6 weeks or less remaining?

This global virus pandemic is really destabilising the end product quality. It is a killer in the normal sense of health but is also a killer with the additional contingency planning and actions and new methods of making required. It is a great shame to have a two-year build-up to the end of the course and then have this destabilised in the planning and acting at the final stage.

All this effort and the prospect, not so much of a good outcome that reflects engagement, but the question and doubt, will the outcome even be a pass?

Exhibition Re-planning

The exhibition is in an advanced state of planning and now for contingency planning as the global alert has increased over potential COVID-19 pandemic. Update: The WHO has now declared a pandemic. The Falmouth Vision 2020 event is still going ahead thus far/ did go ahead – I decided to avoid the risk.

Yesterday it was announced that the NEC Photography Show is to be postponed until September. Over the next month, the situation has the scope to change even further.

The current state of 3D modelling has been advanced again this week to include the first photograph on display. Here is a more simplified model and detailed model.

Layout identical to the summer exhibition except triptych layout becomes a run of six images

Titled deja vu as the 3D render is eerily like being at work. There are still some simplifications such as walls that are hidden so as to aid both construction and the ability to walkabout within the 3D space. The final edit has yet to be decided but when ready (soon) my photographic images will appear within the mounts. One is shown at the moment.

Narrative Quotations of Past Present

I’ve researched some narrative quotes for my Critical Review of Practice and front stuff in the Artist’s book. I’m going to choose two from the three I think, probably eliminating the harder to follow. Let’s see.

  1. The Moment of Hearing

“The moment of hearing appears to be the moment of writing, for it is only in the recapitulation that he hears the bird.  Experience is an a posteriori reconstruction that does not make the past present to consciousness but projects it into the future: “O you demon, singing by yourself projecting me, O solitary me, listening never more shall I cease imitating, perpetuating you” 

2. Memory

“Memory, as philosopher James Booth states in his recent book Communities of Memory, “memory is centered on an absence, tries to make it present, and in this effort answers the call of the trace. “Traces are markers pointing to “a past that dwells in the hollows of the forgotten” I call these traces “memory texts” in any form, be it a map, a story, a landscape or a building or a monument, or a ritual, a performance or a commemoration,  …  You and I participate and share these memory texts, feeling that “the call of the trace” makes the absent past present. A memory text is nearly always a space of contestation: different people attach different meanings to the same semiophore, they remember the same event differently. The … collective memory of the … War is shared by people who have not experienced the war or the anti-war”

3. Back in Time

“… practices performed by the family members produce movements in three directions; it transports the members of the … family back in time as well as it makes the past present and, last but not least, the image itself makes sure that the family is remembered in the future. Finally (hopefully), in the end, the portrayed members of the family will be granted a place in heaven.”

Quotations chosen from English Web Corpus enTenTen15 under SketchEngine with CQL query [word=”Past”][word=”Present” & tag!=”V.*” ]

The query eliminates the Verb Intransitive form of Present.

Exhibition Ticketing and Announcement

The announcement was created for the exhibition including a description thus:

“Past-Present explores the experience of identification with an ancestral past linked through the modern science of genetics. The author’s genome is decoded and shown within the work mixed with a trace of healing glow. 

The family previously unknown from “Galloway’s Great War” who fought in the Royal Black Watch, are reconnected with, in a commemorative work that bridges to history over 100 years ago. As a photographic work, there are visualisations throughout of imaginings and fading memory of childhood of places common, including agricultural and coastal lands. The science connects trace of human healing glow with wounding suffered by those injured who returned to battle and were lost in the Great War.

A style of word cloud visual, inspired by a genre of poetry known as Recombinant Rhymes and helps guide the narrative. 

Opening times 14:00- 17:00 on public days Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th and Monday 13th April.

With the kind support of Simon Ellingworth multi-genre multi-award-winning professional photographer and studio owner at Amersham Studios. Part of Trade Secrets Live, trainers for Royal Photographic Society workshops and premium training by international photographers and digital artists.”

Contingency Planning

In case the Easter exhibition has to be postponed, some options are being considered without yet knowing what would be best at satisfying the course requirements:

  1. Continue with handbound artist bookmaking but make a public offering via one of the commercial book sites.
  1. Extend the 3D environment I’ve part built this week for the Studio/Gallery space and send a link for viewers to browse the installation. I’m not sure if this will require viewing 3D drawings in SketchUp Pro 3D via the downloadable SketchUp Viewer or move everything over to VectorWorks software which allows browser viewing. Taking this to the next level of Augmented Reality AR would be a push given the time left in this module.
  1. Set-up the studio space as planned (football is currently being played behind closed doors) and provide panoramic viewing or live Whereby access. Potentially I could record an artist talk (an unrecorded one was given at the summer trial exhibition, and feedback was recorded.
  1. Still, go ahead with the new commercial website https://turnerphoto.art and academic portfolio website https://www.michaelmturnerphotography.com/shop-11
  1. Still, go ahead with the moving still presentation with delivery via Vimeo.
  1. Expand the facsimile print exhibition in a box and send out a package to specified reviewers for their critique. It might require that a PO box of some sort be set up for privacy. 

Bibliography

enTenTen15 (2020) SketchEngine. Available at: https://app.sketchengine.eu/#concordance?corpname=preloaded%2Fententen15_tt21&tab=advanced&queryselector=cql&refs_up=1&itemsPerPage=100&structs=s%2Cg&refs=%3Ddoc.website&default_attr=lemma&cql=%5Bword%3D%22Past%22%5D%5Bword%3D%22present%22%26tag!%3D%22V.*%22%5D&operations=%5B%7B%22name%22%3A%22cql%22%2C%22arg%22%3A%22%5Bword%3D%5C%22Past%5C%22%5D%5Bword%3D%5C%22present%5C%22%26tag!%3D%5C%22V.*%5C%22%5D%22%2C%22active%22%3Atrue%2C%22query%22%3A%7B%22queryselector%22%3A%22cqlrow%22%2C%22cql%22%3A%22%5Bword%3D%5C%22Past%5C%22%5D%5Bword%3D%5C%22present%5C%22%26tag!%3D%5C%22V.*%5C%22%5D%22%2C%22default_attr%22%3A%22lemma%22%7D%2C%22id%22%3A791%7D%5D.

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