Virtual Exhibition/magazine article Task – Working in groups of
4-6 you will create a virtual exhibition/magazine article based upon
one of the themes covered in your lecture series. You will plan,
curate, choose a location, and market your own group exhibition/article. You will research and choose a series of artworks to include in your exhibition/article; you will support your choices with relevant critical discourse and information to inform your viewer. Your exhibition may be a traditional gallery space, an unusual venue to see artwork, or it could be created in the form of a magazine article. Ideas can be discussed with your lecturer and the only restrictions of the outcome will be your own imagination.
Group Progress & Plans
Working with Saskia, Shannon and Abby, we have collectively decided to explore ‘alternative processes’ for our presentation task. We aim to create a magazine article, investigating subjects such as, cyanotypes, daguerreotypes and film photography.
Abby – Photogram
Myself – Cyanotype
Shannon – 35mm / Medium Format
Saskia – Daguerreotype
These choices were made based on which areas held the greatest level interest to each member of the group specifically and which we felt we could write competently about. I chose to research Cyanotypes as part of the presentation, as having dabbled with them before I felt I had some knowledge and interest to pull in. I was wanting to investigate the process further and learn more about one of the first recorded photographic practices.
From this point forward (until our regroup in January alongside our return from the Christmas break) we will be working individually with communication via text group chats. We will be focusing on our contributions to the article the later later collate into a magazine format.
Over the coming weeks we have also decided to primarily research the key factors of the process, the steps required to complete the process and artist of whom contribute to the process.
My Independent Research – Cyanotypes
Invented by Sir John Herschel in 1841, 3 years after the “official” announcement of the discovery of photography, cyanotypes were the first non-silver technologies used to create photographic images.
Cyanotypes is an Ultraviolet (UV) sensitive contact printing process, that requires a negative the size of the final print.
The chemicals used, ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide react and are responsible for the cyan-blue print. Anna Atkins created a series of cyanotype books that documented ferns and other plant life by placing the specimens directly onto the coated paper, allowing the light to create a silhouette effect. By using this process, Anna Atkins is considered the first female photographer.
In a typical procedure,
- Ferric Ammonium Citrate 200 gm
- Distilled Water to make 1000 ml.
- Potassium Ferricyanide 160 gm.
- Distilled Water to make 1000 ml.
This mildy photosensitive solution is then applied to a surface, such as paper or cloth, and allowed to dry in a dark place. Cyanotypes can be printed on any surface capable of soaking up the iron solution. A positive image can be produced by exposing it to a source of ultraviolet light (such as sunlight).
When rehearsing for this presentation, I discovered how my nerves effect my performance. Usually I am not one to shy away from talking in class if I need to, or shying away from expressing an opinion of mine.
Despite this, when something is labeled as a presentation and timed, this seems to effect me greatly. I made a decision to read from my piece of paper and rely on that, as opposed to talking freely as I wanted to solely focus on getting my information across and that it was 100% accurate, instead faltering and breaking up the flow.
We decided that Abby would do the introduction and then follow on to her own slot of photograms. After this, it was me with cyanotypes, followed by Saskia with Daguerreotypes. Shannon then would with 35mm and Saskia would then finish with the outro.
- Lack of information
- Could have been more confident
- No indication of target audience
- Lack of context
- Poorly organised
Although I feel that the feedback given by tutors was particularly harsh and unrelenting in some respects, comparative to other groups who faced and had similar issues with presentation, I did find it constructive somewhat. In the matter of the organisational, contextual and other criticism I did agree with them. More effort could have been put into this project as a whole and I believe that that is evident in the work produced.
Having done a practice run of the presentation and seen how disastrous that turned out, due to all of us being incredibly nervous, I was pleasantly surprised on the day, although it was still pretty mediocre. Abby, Saskia and I were all jittery, losing breath and stumbling on our words. I feel if we had to redo the presentation, we would have taken a different approach using different tactics.
In regards to the actual magazine itself, I feel abby produced was good and visually pleasing, however it was not fit for purpose. Comparative to other groups we did not have the right aesthetic for a ‘professional magazine’ more rather a ‘Zine’