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Hidden Exhibition
January 25, 2010, 11:33
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Here is a photograph of my final exhibition piece in situ. After numerous photographic sessions I edited down the images and printed in A3 format the ones I thought worked best. The experience of setting up the exhibition was most certainly a learning curve, it required a great deal of organisation and dedication from the entire group. My piece needed a space large enough to be shown in the correct composition, which had it’s difficulties. Being on a wall meant that I couldn’t pin my work up and images have become damaged as they keep falling down despite numerous efforts with double-sided tape to keep them up. This was a worry to me as I realise now how much time, effort and careful consideration needs to be given to the presentation of work. Despite the expense the process of mounting my images onto black foam-board added a great deal to my work, it looks a lot more ‘finished.’

Hidden Exhibition Label

‘The notion of ‘non-spaces’ that we encounter in our everyday lives was a concept I wanted to explore in relationship to Hidden. These spaces are often visually quite interesting and can have unexpected beautiful details, and yet because they serve no actual ‘purpose’ we pay them little or no attention. In consequence to this also started to explore the hidden ‘space’ within my recently broken external hard-drive, trying to make use of this now useless object. I experimented with paper manipulations to express this hidden space but without much success. I finally decided to re-approach photography with the concept of framing in mind which I later emphasized with the addition of yellow card. I hope that this aids the viewer in admiring the hidden beauty of the individual shapes that then begin to draw relationships with objects in other images. I feel that the pieces work best as an entirety, with the colour of the central image’s broken yellow torch being mirrored in the surrounding ‘framed’ photographs that then in turn frame the central image.’


Perspective Focus Scan
January 18, 2010, 11:04
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Attempted to use a large A3 scanner, and despite the outcome being interesting, it definitely wasn’t quite what I expected. This was one of the first photos I combined with paper manipulation. Although it’s quite hard to see here the solid black lines that frame the building are in fact made from card sitting on top of the photo. What’s impossible to see is the fact that it’s actually bright yellow card! I like the grainy quality of the scan but feel that my for the exhibition the colour yellow is of great importance to catch the eye and highlight the detail. I also think that I need to have a number of good quality photographs, not just a few, the pieces are stronger together as can explore and compare the highlighted shapes.

‘Don’t think just keep going…’
January 12, 2010, 18:36
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My final tutorial before Christmas left me feeling a bit better overall about my project. I realised that you need to have faith in yourself and keep going in order to discover more. Your head often also needs a break from a project so that when you re-approach it you have fresh eyes once again before you continue. I’d made a few more paper manipulations but didn’t feel like I was making particularly good progress.

Discussion about playing with the concept of ‘framing’ within photographic compositions I found most interesting- cutting out the image to reveal something else, cropping/framing/playing with the quality of black within the rectanges etc. I have since taken further photographs going back  to the ‘non-spaces’ and focussing on the often unfocussed. I’ve printed out a few of the photographs I was most pleased with and think the next step is to re-approach the printed versions and assess the success of each, thinking about further manipulations and various ways of display that might be able to best get across my ideas in the exhibition.

Hidden Ideas
December 18, 2009, 14:04
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I’ve been struggling a bit recently. Got into the research side of the project initially and although I felt pleased with my general direction in terms of non-spaces it was the symbol of the black rectangle representative of my hard-drive that I felt I wanted to tackle the most.

The thought of making my hard-drive useful again in some way by creating work relating to the incident seemed to make the loss of work a lot easier to handle. Hopefully it would create an interesting project at the same time. I wasn’t sure whether to approach this by taking screen shots of all hidden symbolism within ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, looking out for all the rectangles as ‘hidden symbols’ but I felt it was time to start making again.

Paper manipulation is something that I’ve only looked at a little bit in a previous project but it seemed to be fitting to work in 3d in order to capture the sense that something is within the depths of my hard-drive.

Julien Vallee is an artist I was introduced to recently whose work I thought was rather slick, and the geometric shapes he uses is useful to look a† in regards to the rectangle symbolism I was using in my work also.

Below are some not so wonderful photographs of some paper experiments I did with my hard-drive.

The Black Monolith
November 27, 2009, 12:48
Filed under: Hidden

These ‘non-spaces’ got me thinking about the space contained within my broken hard-drive and how it holds so many invisible items within its black case. These items are very precious and hold a definite mystery about them. This might not be an obvious jump to many people but this hard-drive now reminds me of the black monoliths in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. I love how Kubrick builds the tension within this film with the appearance of these alien monolith objects and I think the eerie music that comes in around the 2 minute mark has a great deal to do with that in this scene.

The use of symbolism within this film is something that has become to really intrigue me when reading in more detail about the mystery behind the ‘Black Monolith’. There are theories that unconscious symbols are used across Kubrick’s work to effect audiences directly, so I’m interested in looking into the semiotics and steganography of Kubrick’s other films also. I like the concept of these ‘hidden’ symbols effecting us indirectly. The music that appears every time we encounter the black monolith throughout the film is of extreme importance, we also hear it at the beginning of the film and during the interval against the black cinema screen. What I found fascinating to discover was that at this point we are in fact looking at the surface of the black monolith, so the monolith is in fact a representation of the cinema screen itself and if we rotate the monolith 90 degrees we see that the dimensions between the two are quite similar.

The Rise of The Non-Space
November 27, 2009, 12:14
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Hidden Spaces
November 26, 2009, 21:07
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The concept of hidden ‘space’ began to interest me during a walk that purposely took me off of the ‘beaten track’. In the historical and critical studies part of our course we discussed how space often isn’t ‘free’ although this is largely psychological because we grow up with certain relationships to different spaces. The rise of the ‘non-space’, my own examples shown above, made me think about how the space within this vast derelict warehouse was somehow hidden. ‘Hidden space’ is a contradiction I still can’t quite get my head around but the spaces themselves are quite inspiring as being around them conjures up such a range of emotions- fear, excitement, intrigue, isolation. These feelings change as your relationship with the space changes and you move through time, through that given space.