Sunday, November 13, 2011

Collections - Methodologies

The current collections visually represent the interaction between people and objects. I am consciously considering the functionality of this interaction between the two when I start the collecting process. My process begins with ‘fieldwork’ of observing types of objects or a particular activity that tends to have a specific utility. The ‘fieldwork’ coincides with socially and culturally based research.
Borrowing from material culture methodologies such as visual anthropology and observational cinema, these methods contribute to an image-based inquiry of the body and the senses with an ethnographic practice.[1] Documenting the interaction between a person and an object exhibits the functionality of the process instead of an object from a certain time period that tends to interpret the history or social relations of a pertaining culture. Documenting the process on a sterile background maintains the focus on the process by isolating something that otherwise tends to be a daily routine.
For my art practice, the medium of video is new. Considering past experiences with materials and processes to produce artwork, I am fully aware of the limitations of employing one medium to visually represent my concept on collections.

[1] Anna Grimshaw and Amanda Ravetz, Visualizing Anthropology (UK: Intellect Books, 2005), 6-7

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