What people consider to be a collection can vary from person to person. In class we carried out a kind of experiment to see how people grouped things and whether they felt it could actually be put in a group/collection in the first place. We grouped things into most/least important things in terms of being stranded, large/small things, and how significant something was to a persons identity. This was interesting as some people looked at objects for face value and others looked into what they contained or could be used for. For example, when stranded a sketchpad is no use, but the paper in it would be of use for fire.
LETTERS PRIMARY RESEARCH
As apart of my primary research, I took photographs of many different signs. As I was doing this, I realised that I could build the alphabet with the images from along archway highstreet. So I decided my collection would be letters. Below are the first set of images I took too form the alphabet, and I thought it was interesting that all the font styles differed depending on what the sign was actually used for. For example the 'E' was taken from a handwritten sign of a mini independent cafe and therefore was more casual in comparison to the 'G' which was printed in large on a company van. The 'E' was going to be seen by people who had time perhaps on their lunch break reading the offers board, whereas the van's text had to be clear for other people to read/see it in passing perhaps on the road.
LETTERS PRIMARY RESEARCH
JAC LEIRNER, CHRISTIAN MARCLAY, ROMAN OPALKA
Jac Leirner: The End (2016)
Being put together during three nights of a cocaine binge in 2010, this piece was a display of Jac Leriner's ongoing drug addiction. Leriner didnt originally plan for this to become an exhibition and so what I find strange about the artists' collection of her addiction is that it is extremely well organised. With a colour scheme of blue, white, blue and not being planned out, this is something Leirner just decided needed to be done. The fact she 'organised' her addiction without realising it at the time, makes me think maybe subconsciously she wanted to organise herself and end the addiction. One roach by itself i don't feel would've been effective at all as we see them on the streets all the time, but when they're put together and organised in bulk like this it gives them a status, almost showing the persons life and habits in full scale. The piece forces the viewer the artist's personal life.
CHRISTIAN MARCLAY: THE CLOCK (2010)
Taking three years to make, this piece was by far my favourite and impressed me the most upon my visit to the Tate Modern. A 24 hour long film that tells the time as the movie progresses. The piece includes snippets of films/tv that have a clock or someone saying the time, looking at their watch etc. and is slowed slightly to tell the actual time. I found it impressive that this had actually been an idea stuck to, and not half finished after having gotten fed up with the process of looking for clips, let alone putting them together. When I went to see the piece I didn't realise it was telling the actual time until I left and looked at my own watch which had me speechless. The thing that engaged me the most was the fact that the movies were from all different eras, so not only was the time actually changing but it also showed how people/movies/art has changed over the years.
PRIMARY RESEARCH // LEAST NEEDED
Roman Opalka: OPALKA Infinite (1965/1)
Roman Opalka was well known for this painting of numbers created to communicate the passing of time through the numbers and images of his gradual ageing. The paper he painted on was cut to his height and the width to the size of his door frame (so that it was movable). Starting in 1965 and continuing until his death in 201, he had aimed to reach infinity, therefore leaving it as an incomplete project. I think this is an extremely sad realisation that you may not always have tomorrow to finish something, see someone, say something etc. At the point when the photographs started, was the point in the project when it became more personal to him and his lifespan rather than just a passing of time in general. It was no longer just the numbers but a face to associate the numbers with.
PRIMARY RESEARCH // MOST NEEDED
Looking into methods of communication I found morse code fascinating, as it is an international way of secret communication between armed forces, secret services etc. It's something that everyone has access to learning, however not something that everyone knows. I found it interesting that it's like another language but entirely pattern based of dots and dashes.