Handbook Reading notes.
The only link that worked was Duckrabbit – a site I know well. I use both YouTube and Vimeo for short videos. During my initial planning for Assignment 2 I experimented with a ‘road’ video, including ambient sound. It can be viewed here . The iPhone is very useful for short videos and I mainly use Filmora Wondershare to edit them because it’s user-friendly and has a good variety of effects available for use.
Exercise 5.4: Online exhibitions
In her blog post Sharon Boothroyd looks at the difference between virtual Exhibitions and ‘real’ ones. Her points are very interesting comparing the felt experience of walking around an exhibition, including the experience of the surroundings and the way a show is curated. We talked about this at a recent Thames Valley OCA meeting and this is something very important to take into account when preparing for an exhibition in a physical space because it’s not just about the images but the gestalt of the whole Exhibition, including the influence of the curator who may or may not be known to the exhibiting artist.
Boothroyd then wonders about the influence of the online curator – how much input does the online curator have to the viewer’s response; how do they pull the viewer through the collection and what are they intending to convey; what kind of experience do they hope the viewer will have? The link to the online exhibition doesn’t work but I did find an online article in what I think is an old website of his (2005-207) . It’s in the form of a Q+A and was originally published in Flash Magazine. Adams describes how his site FlakPhoto.com had developed over four years with expansion from a photo a day to a monthly Weekend series and photography book section. He refers to a wide cross-section of people in the photo industry who are his audience.
One question was, Does the internet function well as an exhibition space for photomedia work? Yes – selection process the same, work reviewed on a laptop; nearly every photographer has a website “so an online exhibition, if properly executed, can provide unique opportunities for a spectator to discover more of an artist’s work”. Adams doesn’t argue that the experience is the same as experiencing physical prints in a traditional exhibition and he doesn’t talk about anything that really fits with Boothroyd’s questions. For him it’s all about “presenting experiences for a global, online audience while providing a platform for them to interact with and learn from each other”, at least in that particular interview. His Flakphoto site is no longer in existence but a found a video of the online Exhibition Looking at the Land – 21st Century American Views.
I can see how he’s linking shapes but there doesn’t seem to be any other reason – they’re in different places in different time periods I think it’s too long for a slidsehow and maybe would be better with commentary. The pacing was fine on one hand but, on the other, there were some images I would have wanted to flip over in a book or walk past quickly in a physical exhibition and others I would have wanted to linger over so I’m at the mercy of the online curator here except, of course, that I can pause the slideshow but that’s only just occurred to me and I’m half-way through which shows how I’ve fallen under the spell of the slideshow.
Another internet search under “curating an online exhibition” brought up quite a few entries. This one by Daniel Temkin (2016) seemed useful advice looking at five challenges.
- Develop the concept and content
- Build/find the platform – with a warning that its more likely for an online gallery to be taken down
- Curate the work – being very clear about deadlines and expectations and two months is a good amount of time to get ready.
- Get the word out
- Document and archive
This site listed Exhibitions up to November last year . The November one looked like an Exhibition on Second Life to me (I did visit a couple whilst being a resident there) but the one before it had a video introduction with explanation and statement . It was interesting because pressing enter took me into a road where I could click into various sites. I think that’s a very good way and a very different kind of Exhibition. A technique to bear in mind.
Analog Forever Magazine has a monthly online Exhibition. The January 2020 one “The Future’s So Bright… “ was curated by Bree Lamb who also chose a winner. Her introduction demonstrates how she responded to the theme as a curator and her method. The Exhibition is a gallery style slideshow where one image clicks to another so the viewer can spend as long or as little as they wish on each photograph. It’s also possible to click on further information on each photographer. I couldn’t see any particular logic in the sequencing.
Photograd also have an online gallery supporting photography graduates, with Instagram takeovers I’ve certainly found this site and others on Instagram to be very useful in introducing me to new photographers.
Finally, I looked at Shirley Read Exhibiting Photography which has a useful Case Study by Katrina Sluis on exhibiting online. (S. Read. 2014:284-296)
Read, S. (2014) Exhibiting Photography: a practical guide to displaying your work. Abingdon. Focal Press
I’ve made notes in the previous exercise on some audio-visual slideshows and what I’ve learned which will be very useful.
I have previously merged still photographs into a video and here is one where I merged several photographs together to show myself ‘emerging’ from a tree. I had used some free music for the earlier experiments but, on the advice of my then tutor, I included ambient sound.
I haven’t yet thought about whether I would use a slideshow for any of the Assignment work for this Landscape Module but will add a relevant link if I do so.