This week has mainly been dedicated to cleaning the studio. Talking to Jeb about how I wanted my work to be presented has enabled me to visualize it and helped identify what I liked and didn't like specifically.
I was offered a wall with a cut-out space, from which a computer screen could pop out, and asked about labels and statements. I liked the space, but in response to the latter questions, I felt that such curation - accompanied by a statement and label would be too conforming of the 'art specifications' - though I can think of ways of incorporating these aspects in the video itself, so that it can emphasize and somewhat justify the mockery, as my project deals with the issue of art criticism and curation itself.
The proposed wall space seemed to put give a spotlight to the video, isolating the supposedly artwork, whereas my intention is to create an immersive experience of the art exhibition for viewers to partake while at the exhibit and thus requiring an installation that blends into the space.
I decided that I will be displaying my work on a computer on a desk (with a chair), in the middle of the exhibition space. Jeb suggested that I place the set up on a wooden board, but it conflicted with my intention of making the work 'blend in' - though if I truly wanted to mock the set up, I could elevate it.
Here are a few things I would like to consider, and might even possibly analyze as part of the 'tour':
Do I choose a paint stained work table?
What effect would that have? What impression would that give?
A paint stained work table would make it very relatable for other members of the foundation course, it is evidence of the accumulation of a year's work, just like the uncleaned floor and etc. However, to an outsider attending the exhibition, it would perhaps appear kitsch - for the reason artists are usually associated with paint marked clothes and disorderly work studios. Galleries and exhibitions, epitomized by the art foundation one, usually erase all traces of 'work in progress', as they want to curate a space that puts focus solely on the final work presented. I think that this is an interesting idea to be explored by my tour of the space.
What effect would a clean, office desk have? Impression?
A clean office desk that complies to gallery specifications aims to blend into the 'art exhibition environment', one that is polished, well-considered and perhaps what one would even say 'posh-friendly'. Both 'work table' and 'office desk' are working spaces, but the desk is at times given more importance simply for the reason it is cleaner. Are they equally useful / suited for their purpose?
Different work being produced. Whole point of an office desk is to be clean/tidy/organized.
Museums are like filing cabinet of art, nice and neat. Exhibition are curated to be tidy, straight to the point and easily accessible.
For practical reasons, an exhibition containing diverse work would need to give each piece enough tidy and polished space, so that the audience can quickly grasp 'the essence' of the piece without distractions. There is little (artist's statement/label) to no contextualization to the artwork, and hence anything superfluous(such as evidence of work in progress) in the presentation would be effaced.
In solo exhibition/retrospective , more focus may be given to the process, the growth of the artist rather than their crystallized, purist final piece.
Some artists may not want process to be seen.
“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
― Albert Einstein
I will choose an office desk, but I will explain the reason behind my choice.
Do I use a brightly colored studio chair? Should I use a black office chair? A stool?
How comfortable should the viewer be? How would this affect their experience?
I think that it is important to consider in what state of mind I want my audience to be, and for how long I want to have their attention. Since the video will be interactive, I hope that each visitor can stay for 5 minutes, curiously entertained.
If chairs were to have an hierarchy, it would be office chairs at the top, then common chairs and then stools. Though I think that my choice of the chair would be affected my choice of whether using a desk or a worktable.
Statement? Visitor book? Instructions?
As with everyone's work in the exhibition, I have been asked to write a statement about my work. I think a statement or at least a label would be quintessential to the art gallery experience, though I am not sure whether the content needs to be as 'rich' as what is expected.
Computer screen and mouse
How to ensure security of the mouse. I would borrow a USB plugged in mouse and a mousepad.
How to ensure headphones security?
Tape around the back of the computer?
Do I allow the work to blend in, or do I want to make it more reserved?
I think that for the purpose of the tour and having something to talk about, I will use tape to make the work stand out, though I will also criticize the tape for giving a sense of exclusiveness.
Elevated set up
For the purpose of 'making it look worthy of being deemed art', an elevated set up had been considered, but in order to make the work accessible by all including wheel-chair users, the idea has been dismissed. The art world tries to be very inclusive in those aspects.
Information written on the floor
As with the reflection I made about the statement, I think I will comply in to the 'fencing off', but I don't think that information on the floor will be very effective.
Waiting line and statement
I am tentative to make a waiting line as that will emphasize even further the exclusivity and adds to the pretense. It is within my intention to make the set up very pretension, as it will match with the contents and voice of the video.