Practicing the unremarkable: the photograph as performance

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dc.contributor.advisor Gough, Richard
dc.contributor.author Brostrom, Cara
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-22T15:56:42Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-22T15:56:42Z
dc.date.issued 2010-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/4867
dc.description.abstract The Performance: A teapot, a stranger, a very clean house; diary of the unremarkable is a participatory enquiry into photography as both time-based medium and phenomenological encounter. Prior to the installation, 15 participants were invited to contribute short texts based on a series of images. The artist then created an image in response to each text. The process culminated in a series of photographic works inspired by everyday narratives which were anything but unremarkable. The project constituted a curious collaboration between everyday objects, participants, language, artist, technology, image and spectator. The installation was divided into two parts: The first room contained a collection of artifacts, assembled to evidence the process which scored the photographic practice. The audience was invited to peruse, contribute, lift the lid or open the cover and peek inside. The inner room held the series of images created in response to each participant’s contribution, as well as the artist herself. There was also an audio component to this part of the installation. These audio guides were distributed at the entrance to the inner room. The Commentary: Much like describing a photograph of oneself, Practicing the Unremarkable: the Photograph as Performance attempts to describe the creation of diary of the unremarkable from both inside and outside the process, making use of theory and personal observation. A narrative account of the creative process is interwoven with both photographic and performance theory concerning construction of identity, concepts of time, and the tension between truth and fiction in photographic documentation. These elements serve to compel the reader towards an understanding of the ultimate aims of the creative project; those of addressing an engaged viewer in the final installation. A reflection on a process guided by intuition, as well as the specific curatorial choices made for the installation, further situate the photograph itself as the site of performance for both photographer and viewer. The commentary goes one step further in considering the life of the photograph beyond its role in this performance. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en
dc.title Practicing the unremarkable: the photograph as performance en
dc.type Text en
dc.publisher.department Theatre, Film and Television Studies en
dc.type.qualificationlevel taught masters en
dc.type.qualificationname MA en
dc.type.publicationtype thesis or dissertation en


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