Friday, March 26, 2010

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:

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