During the making day I took some time to plug away at the AR video overlays for the collage series. Each moving element involves editing an individual video clip, before layering them and masking the unique shapes, which depending on the number of complex curves, can take up a bit of time.
I found myself feeling really uncertain about the areas I was choosing to mask, and had a bit of back and forth trying different videos and areas, much like when working with the physical collages, but settled on these after deleting and editing many options. I want to leave parts for the physical collage to peak through, but also play with the in front/behind feeling of these images to create depth. I think these works are coming together in the direction I was hoping for, but still have some consideration to make in how it translates to the zine format.
I am honestly having a hard time focusing these last few weeks, and my work from home situation has resulted in very little divide between life/studio/work. In addition to moving house it has not been possible to completely unpack the studio, as I will moving again in 2 weeks, so I think at this times I think it just makes sense to focus on wrapping up my digital work for the semester.
Keynote with Annabel Dover
I really enjoyed the keynote presentation Annabel gave, and I felt that her talk touched on a lot of topics that could relate to almost anyone int he cohort’s practice, but she also spoke about specific areas of interest I have/had.
In the parts of her talk about working with archives, I was curious about her approach to working with both the personal and public archives she had access to, but how in the end, they both came down to personal relationships to objects. The way she recognized how gender is related to placing value on objects and caring for objects as subjective acts, and linking them to narrative is what made the work exciting to me. Taking a kind of scientific approach to the documentation and research of the objects, but then opening the work up to the emotive and personal responses one can have to the objects themselves. The subjects of her work become vessels for the narratives they are a part of, telling the stories of memory and trauma.
I am really looking forward to being able to read Florilegia. https://www.waterstones.com/book/florilegia/annabel-dover//9781913430047
Museums and The Web
The Museum and the Web conference happens annual focusing on research and applications of digital practice for cultural, natural and scientific heritage. This year the LA based conference was shifted to online, but that also meant I was able to attend as a member. They brought this conference together really quickly
I really like how at this conference there are opportunities to see big trends going on in the digital museum world, but also they provide a platform for smaller institutions to show their projects. it is not always about the most advanced technology, but rather how innovative projects are using digital and online tools to make effective projects happen.
It is no surprise that almost all museums have switch to focus on online platforms currently, and there has been a lot of discussion about how to work with artists in this new way. This is definitely something I have been thinking about for a while as an artist and in my job at a gallery, but this very sudden change has meant that efforts have ramped up, and the value in online programming is now really apparent. I honestly think this is something artists need to think about, not only in a crisis, but just as a fact of the increasingly digital world we live in. Our reach can go so much further than gallery walls, but we have to be willing to work in new ways, and institutions need to be ready to back this up ($), too.
MuseWeb has a great archive of videos from the past 23 years of conferences and it is a great resource for museum workers, technologists, students and researchers that grows every year.
Currently Reading: Digital Transformation: It’s a Process and You Can Start Now, by Jack Ludden. https://mw20.museweb.net/paper/digital-transformation-its-a-process-and-you-can-start-now/