Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Interim Review References 09 - Representing Internal Space

Brian is working on how buildings are represented, and the translation of three-dimensional space into two dimensional image..
Gordon Matta-Clark  and his work was mentioned, plus the series 'The Places People Live' by Jonas Bendiksen.
Rene Burri's images of Le Corbusier's work also provide an approach to representing inhabited space.

Le Corbusier's Unite d'Habitation, 1959 - Rene Burri

Le Corbusier's Unite d'Habitation, 1959 - Rene Burri

Le Corbusier's Unite d'Habitation, 1959 - Rene Burri

Interim Review References 08 - Work Spaces

Su is looking at workspaces, and the dynamics behind how people space and arrange themselves in public. Examining the work of Edward T Hall and his theory of proxemics through the work of Garry Winogrand, he's begun looking at how camera can expose or fabricate spatial relations between people, those around them and their environment.

Garry Winogrand - From Arrivals and Departures

- Massimo Vitali's photographs of people at leisure in public spaces also explores this subject.

Picnic Alle - Massimo Vitali

Piombino Jump - Massimo Vitali

Viareggio Polyptych (B) - Massimo Vitali

Interim Review References 07 - Representation of Landscape - The West

Orla's project is heading in an interesting direction...
Comparing Timothy O'Sullivan's photographs taken of the American West for the US Survey Project 'Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel' in the late 1860s 
photographs of the Irish West taken as postcards in the Eason Collection of the National Library of Ireland, looking at the visual language, technological restraints and how these shaped the perception of the landscape...

Ambulance and photographic Wagon, Carson Desert, Nevada, 1867 - Timothy O Sullivan

A fuschia hedge near clifden, Eason Postcard Collection, National Library 1900-1940

Interim Review References 06 - Representation of the Man-Altered Landscape

There were a few references in relation to Luke's project - which touches on how man affects the landscape, and how this is portrayed.

- Bill Owens series 'Suburbia'

Untitled, from the series 'Suburbia', 1972

Untitled, from the series 'Suburbia', 1972

- From the discussion, a study into Ansel Adams & Robert Adams with an emphasis on continuities rather than contradictions in their bodies of work might prove the most interesting direction to go in.

Interim Review References 05- Paul Graham

Paul Graham's images from the series 'Beyond Caring' were mentioned in relation to Stefan's project.
They were taken with a hidden camera in dole offices in 80s England and are similar to Evans' subway images in catching the subjects unguarded, unaware and within a specific built environment.

Interim Review References 04 - Oliver Boberg

Oliver Boberg was mentioned in relation to Sarah's project.
His work touches on similar themes of the image, illusion & space as Carl Zimmerman, who had been the main point of reference in the project.


Interim Review References 03

Alfred Hitchcock's Rear window came up in relation to Caroline's project, particularly the opening few minutes. (attached below in bad quality)

References were also made to
-the upper floor of John Gerrard's exhibition in the Gallery of Photography in 2003(a viewing platform presented views onto a landscape)
-Canaletto's images of Venice
-Bosselmann's book - Representation of Places

Interim Review References 02 - Helen Levitt

Exploring Helen Levitt's later work in colour in relation to her earlier work in black and white on the streets of New York may be a good direction for John's project. She captures the city as habitat, its stoops, streets and steps appropriated with a domestic and familiar ease by its inhabitants.


Interview with Helen Levitt here

Interim Review References 01

Thank you to Paul TierneyRos Kavanagh & Gul Kacmaz Erk for a good series of discussions yesterday..We hope to invite them back again for our exhibition of work later in the semester.
Through the discussions, some really interesting references came up, in relation to each of the 8 assignments. I'm going to post them up in separate posts to follow this one.

Below are some books references sent to us by Paul after the session:
Photographs and Photography in Irish Local History - Liam Kelly
Reconstructing Space: Architecture in Recent German Photography - Gerda Breuer, Rolf Sachsse, Neil Leach and Hubertus von Amelunxen
Building with Light - An International History of Architectural Photography - Robert Elwall
Representation of Places: Reality and Realism in city Design - Peter Bosselmann

Also, some films mentioned by Gul & Ros:
The Belly of an Architect (1987) by Peter Greenway
Things to Come (1936) by directed by William Cameron Menzies and written by HG Wells
Rear Window (1954) by Alfred Hitchcock

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Just a note on what I'm looking at for the assignment...
I am interested in the photography of windows, and how it can be used as a means to realistically describe our perception of a space. I was looking at 'Picture Windows' , a series of photographs by John Pfahl, and how each window space is captured in it's individual photograph and translated differently within its series

Friday, March 26, 2010

Space Framed - Interim Review 29 March

On Monday 29 March, we will review the work on the assignment to date with Paul Tierney & Ros Kavanagh at 11am.
Each student has 5 minutes, and should bring books, pictures etc to explain their assignment topic.
Try to address these questions
- What's your subject matter?
- What are you trying to find out?
- How are you trying to find this out?
- How will you know when you have found this out?

Space Framed - Week 7

Fiona Hackett joined us for a discussion on photographic practice-based research in relation to her on-going work in California, entitled Terra Incognita. 
Fiona elaborated on photography and its relation to a mapping/ordering of the world, describing how we can 'never knowingly know anywhere', but how we can use photography to add layers of knowledge to our understanding of the world
This, combined with Hugh's analysis of how he compiled a research paper, relating to the Swarkowski's photographs of Louis Sullivan's work formed an interesting discussion, and one that will inform the work on the assignment over the coming weeks.
Fiona also referred to Taryn Simon, and her book 'An American History of the Hidden and Unfamiliar'
Simon photographed sites and sights in America that underlie the society there, but are unknown, undiscussed and sometimes undisclosed to create this series of  images.

White Tiger (Kenny)Selective Inbreeding, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and Foundation, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Cryopreservation Unit, Cryonics Institute, Clinton Township, Michigan

Transatlantic Submarine Cables Reaching Land, VSNL International, Avon, N.

Simon discusses this work here:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Island of silence
Donata, Wender
published 2006

The fact i am attracted to and identify with many of Wenders photographs rests to a large extent upon shared feeling that we are looking at ourselves in particular moments of inwardness and reflection.

Wenders photographs capture sitters who are generally fully aware of their own presence or lost in their own thoughts. The potographs show diferent age of people in a familiar subject matter. Each of them are reflected through windows, mirrors, images, water and shadows which implies their figurative meaning.

In addition the photographs seem to exist outside a time because of the reduction of black and white and expressive elements.

All these components leads us in the sitters moment of withdrawal which let us think about ourselve in the past, present and future as well.

All the picture seen together create a meaning simply through their recurrence.

Wenders photographs reminds me of the book from walker evans, it is called "the americians". I could try to relate it to them?!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Space Framed - Assignment

Helene Binet - The Shadow Exhibition - Two Photographic Essays 
Series/Serial Imagery

'The series is what gives the individual photograph its interest, ...tiny details within them become very interesting' 
-Gohlke on Ed Ruscha in New Topographics

'All contempoarary usage of Serial Imagery, whether in painting or sculpture, is without either first of last members. Obciously, at one point there had to be a beginning – the first painting of sculpture made – but its identity becomes subsumed within the whole, within the lacro structure. The same principle applies to the last memeber. At any given point in time one work in a series stands last in order of execution, but its sequential identity isirrelevant and in fact is lost immiediately on the work's completiion. The basic structure of Serial Imagery, then, can be likened to a pack of cards, in which every card is the Ace of Spades; all cards are of equal value and all imprinted with the same emblem, which may or may not vary in size, colour or position'
- John Coplans in Catalog – Serial Imagery – Coplans, John (Pasadena, CA: Pasadena Art Museum and the Art Alliance 1968)

Developing our discussions on photographic series,  produce/curate/analyse a photographic series.

Thurs 18 March: Post your intention for the project to the blog 
Mon 22 March: Space Framed - discussion with Fiona Hackett plus practical demonstration, co-inciding with assignment tutorials
Mon 29 March: Review with Paul Tierney & Ros Kavanagh
Mon 12 April: Presentation of work to 'Interior Prospect' Seminar
Mon 26 April: Completion of Assignment/Preparation for exhibition.

some images from our last session...