In his chapter, Archive Noises, Joan Fontcuberta (2014) attempts to define the role and purpose of photography in modern society. Since its existence was announced at the Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Fine Arts, by scientist and politician, François Arago on the 19th August 1839, Fontcuberta (2014) defines modern photographic practice as a discourse between documentation and experimentation, and between memory and forgetting. In other words, the photograph enables us to capture details which the human eye might miss, and serve as a prompt to recall visual data, which would otherwise be forgotten.Read More
OCA tutor, Wendy McMurdo, uses photography to document the relationship between children and technology. She is currently exhibiting 'Let's Go to a Place', at the Edinburgh Museum of Childhood. It is inspired by the Pokemon Go craze that took the world by storm in the summer of 2016. The GPS-based app enables the user to use the camera on their digital device to view Pokemon characters in front of them, and enter a parallel world.
McMurdo has digitally manipulated the faces of children's portraits from her daughter's class. The distortions remind me of Julie Cockburn's portraits, however McMurdo's shapes appear to be more varied. They remind me of the pixellated shapes of the Pokemon Go characters that they would encounter.
The viewer is unable to see the child's complete face, because they are not completely there. These digital natives have both an offline and online existence.
I am really interested in McMurdo's approach to the impact of new technologies on children. Her other work includes Masks II, which explores identity and play in a post-digital world. This will be useful, when studying the Digital Identities part of this course.
Task: Use readily available images to make a short narrative series of four to six collages based on a recent or contemporary news event.
A year after Britain chose to leave the European Union, and Article 50 triggered, it seems as though no-one really knows what it will involve. Ever since David Cameron decided to call a referendum, Brexit has featured in the news. Both Leave and Remain campaigns denounced each others' claims and the main political parties have been divided. David Cameron stepped down, Theresa May replaced him, and announced that David Davis, Boris Johnson and Liam Fox would oversee Britain's Brexit negotiations.
The collages below are my interpretation of some of the issues surrounding Brexit.
'Coalition', the theme for this part of assignment 1, was inspired by the current political climate. Following on from the shock of Brexit, the Americans chose Donald Trump to be their president, despite apparent interference from the Russians, and the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, scraped past the finishing post to remain in power, with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party. These unpredictable times have starred a variety of political adversaries, who have many opposing views. The outsider often sees these figures portrayed separately in the media, and depending on the media's political preference will determine what sound-bytes the viewer hears. I was intrigued to explore how their images could be merged together to create one entity, which focuses more closely on them as individuals rather than parties.Read More
Today, my family and I went up to Game of Thrones country, on the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland. The first stop was The Giant's Causeway. It had been 8 years since my wife and I were last there, and it would be the first time that our sons will have seen the UNESCO World Heritage site.
The National Trust visitor centre was very impressive, and something that was not there when we last visited. The sleek modern columns of the building was a contemporary interpretation of the geological rock formations of the causeway. Also, the grass-covered curved roof echoed the National Trust's commitment to conserving the environment.Read More