Exercise 5.4 – Online Exhibitions

The exercise asks the student to examine the post by Sharon Boothroyd on the WeAreOca website and watch the online exhibition of work.

The online exhibition is Looking at the Land — 21st Century American Views which was curated by Andy Adams for the website Flakphoto.

The exhibition is an interesting view of the American landscape and the lives of the American people and how the interact with the landscape.

We are asked to leave a comment on the WeAreOca page; a copy of which I have pasted below.

Initially, I was taken aback by the silence but quickly reflected on the position of the curator, who would have had the impossible task of finding and fitting a sound to each image. Such as clash would have interrupted the peacefulness of the exhibition.

Watching full screen, in a darkened room, allowed me, as the viewer to concentrate on each image and examine the representation and context of each image. I did not pause or manipulate the timing, but let the Vimeo video to run at the pace decided by the Curator (Andy Adams).

Overall, it gave an interesting view of the ongoing changes within America, while we have suburban views, industry peaked over from the background. Sand dunes representative of Ansel Adams images, had powerlines running through the image, demonstrating the ongoing changes made by man on the landscape.

 

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