At the end of 2015 this blog will be inactive. This blog was utilized to post my experiences, preliminary research and the process of my interdisciplinary practice. The four year content of this blog, from 2011-15, concentrates on forming my Internet-based collection project. The postings pertaining to research or involvement with individuals/ institutions with aspects of the collections do not intend to be disrespectful of the history or present public institution/ museum practices.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
A Year of Collecting...
marks one year into the collecting process, which has brought development to
the scope of my collection. My interdisciplinary practice contributes to the
approach of the methods employed for collecting and managing of the collection.
The documented management of the collection indicates longevity within the act
of collecting through academic and experiential research. Outlined below are
some of the main areas that I am reflecting upon during this one year time
period. This occasion to consider these approaches demonstrates other future
progression of knowledge and forms of presentation for the collection.
·Methods and Interdisciplinary
material culture methodologies that I employ to form and manage my collection
have evolved over this year. The preliminary research of objects and the
corresponding roles used within my observation research, “fieldwork,” persuades
the forming of the visual ethnography methods employed. As each collection
developed, alterations to these methods were made with consideration of
experience and research. Currently, I am working on an essay from my perception
as artist using the visual ethnography methods. The interdisciplinary approach
will reflect on the challenges of borrowing material culture methods and the
work process of using these methods instead of a completed project. This offers
further investigation of the use of interdisciplinary practice within the fine
art discipline and my personal collection project.
·Exhibits and Restaging
The coupon collection was displayed from June 4 –
August 17, 2012 at the Newark Free Library (Newark, DE). This is the first
restaging in a public institution that invites proposals for private
collections to be presented to their library patrons. The images and the
exhibit statement can be view on the website. Future opportunities to restage
the collection have been proposed to several different venues of public
institutions. I am currently waiting for responses.
·Accumulation and the Archive
Accumulation throughout the year of the video
segments of the collection made me consider the website presentation of them.
As the accumulation of the video clips lengthened the video playing time, I
took into consideration the viewer’s time in viewing them. The collection is
presented with the most recent additions of the collection along with each of
the collections in their entirety to offer options for the viewer.These video clips are archived separately,
because of future possibilities of restaging beyond my website
Interaction With Color
Inquiries for subjects along with documenting the
social interactions between them (people) and objects are a continual process.
There have been indications were the inquiries reach fruition, such as the
luncheonette owner and his hand operated industrial can opener. These inquiries
to participate in the ethnography process have been proceeded with posting on
internet community classifieds and word of mouth through personal network
affiliations. The challenges with working through this process of making
contacts are tolerating the spam emails received from the classified websites
that have no outcomes and to accommodate scheduling needs for everyone involved
in the process.