IN THIS SESSION……..Breaking down language/deciphering words
‘Now that you have learned how to read (interpret mentally, convert or be able to convert into; to deduce or declare, by following symbols with eyes or fingers), deconstruct (method of critical analysis of philosophical or literary language), and decode (convert into intelligible language) objects presented to you in an institution (museum), you will learn how to reverse engineer (turn the other was around; arrangements, plans, organisations, those things you wish to orchestrate or contrive) this process by writing a proposal to curate (construct) an exhibition/screening/display around an object (a material thing that can be seen or touched, or something that can be sought after/aimed at for a specific purpose) of your choice’.
This will lead to a 2000 word essay – in which you will apply what you have leaned in these sessions to conceive (think, imagine, fancy, formulate, express, form in the mind) your own curatorial project, relate to your own practice and expand some of the researched theoretical concepts.
Reading through the brief, I decided to break down my responses into a number of headings/questions:
WHAT OBJECT OR CONCEPT DO I WISH TO CURATE/DISPLAY/OPEN TO DISCUSSION?
WHAT MESSAGE DO I WISH TO CONVEY TO THE VIEWER/PARTICIPANT/AUDIENCE?
HOW AM I GOING TO GO ABOUT THIS?
HOW IS THIS TO BE RELATED TO MY OWN WORK/PRACTICE?
Possible introductions/titles to my curatorial idea/concept….
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX
*My initial reaction when presented with the brief was one of panic, confusion and doubt, but eventually a determination to understand and assimilate new concepts and ways of looking……..’things are what we encounter, ideas are what we project’ Leo Stein, The A-B-C of Aesthetics (New York, 1927), p.44
*Phenomenology is a philosophical doctrine proposed by Edmund Husserl based on the study of human experience in which consideration of objective reality are not taken into account.
*Hierarchy of objects: display a number together without a specific light source; remove number of objects, leaving just one or two, and subject to spotlighting.
OR……Could I begin my essay with a quote?
‘WE BEGIN TO CONFRONT THE “THINGNESS” OF OBJECTS WHEN THEY STOP WORKING FOR US: WHEN THE DRILL BREAKS, WHEN THE CAR STALLS, WHEN THE WINDOWS GET FILTHY, WHEN THEIR FLOW WITHIN CIRCUITS OF PRODUCTION, CONSUMPTION AND EXHIBITION HAVE BEEN ARRESTED, HOWEVER MOMENTARILY’. Bill Brown, Thing Theory, Critical Inquiry Vol 28, No.1, Things, Page.4, 2001.
The above quotation, taken from Bill Brown’s ‘Thing Theory’ resonates strongly with the problems I encounter of living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and how this affects my everyday life (especially my lungs/respiration.