Or is that Outsider Art?
In a world where just the intention can be the art, can the unintentional be the art.
I ask as a trip around a corner of The Whitworth Art Gallery brought me face to face with a post and a sign. This being right in the middle of a Francis Alÿs exhibition I wasn’t sure whether to question it, look for cameras and a Fox, or even just cameras, maybe I was the Fox?! I spent a good while watching that Fox on a previous visit, maybe someone will watch me with the same intrigue one day?! Yeah I guess not. Anyway, the point. Rather a beautiful set up I thought. A don’t come any further this is a fire exit sign, juxtaposed with a clear fire risk. just look at all those plugs into that extension reel! Then there’s the clear fanning of the flames that would transpire, the exit itself full of trip hazards. And all beautifully lit. Yes, the unintentional can be art, and this is it. Oh and the bike tyre on the tree, that’s it too!
Oh, if you haven’t, you should go to the Whitworth
It’s got some lovely stuff on at the mo, especially the Francis Alÿs stuff, Nightwatch which is best seen in all its glory on multiple screens, Duet, Guards and of course Railings. Which is projected onto three screens in a darkened room so totally submersive in both sound and vision, plus of course peak around that corner and see some lovely unintentional art! Just don’t tell them or they’ll put some wall or screen in or something and spoil the delight of that little other world.
Well what is?! the International festival has died down a little now. If you didn’t see 11 Rooms, well shame on you and shame on the International festival for not making it imperative that you see it. It was.
However this Saturday there’s going to be something really quite strange to see in our town, something that will touch people who have not asked to be touched. I guess this is what happens when you let New York free in Manchester…….”Join Alison Ward for an interactive performance taking the form of a parade through Manchester city centre, ending on Canal street. The big idea is to reconstruct the Hen Party as a Dionysian procession; in ancient Greece this procession was made up of wild female followers who dance and cavort in the streets. The god himself is drawn in a chariot, and Ward has constructed her own chariot for the event, in the form of a white, cake-like wedding dress on wheels.”
Now that is about as much as I know! Don’t Google Hen Party Performance piece without the Alsion Ward bit, as you’ll get all sort of nonsense. But anyway to save you that, here is the blurb from Islington Mill, skroll down! ArtRabbit seem to have more, well a bigger picture in the literal sense here, you know I didn’t know who ArtRabbit where until five minutes ago!
Anyway, all that done I for one should be going to see this, although I’ll maybe skip the chariot bit!
Join Alison Ward for an exciting evening beginning at Islington Mill onwards
It’s a dog eat dog world out there. No no one wants to help you, no one is nice to you, or so you would easily believe. But it’s just not true.
For a few years I’ve used Blinkbid software to structure and keep track of my estimates and invoices to clients. Software that has done me proud, stopped me from making mistakes and ensured simple things like always having my terms and conditions attached to my invoices and estimates. Something that is essential in this world where it is so easy to steal your photographic work and intellectual property. A fact probably not just true in the photographic world.
So imagine my dismay when faced with a failing hard drive I’m about to lose the program/data/the will to live. A change in direction with me at University, meaning buying the new version of Blinkbid impossible. Money and being a student just don’t go hand in hand! Not doing the amount of photographic work I used to, just meant I was going to have to lose this program or have to cobble something together somehow. It was years ago, 4-5 years ago I got it. In these present times you can’t expect back up so long after the event, it’s not like it cost me a fortune in the first place! If I remember rightly it came with a nice big discount at the time as I was a member of The Association of Photographers! The version Blinkbid now run is a whole new version on from the one I have, so what could I do?
An email to Blinkbid?! Help! What do I do?! I’m a poor student, I’m hardly doing any business, I am up that proverbial creek.
Well it appears I’m not up that creek at all !!!! A simple email from Blinkbid, Don’t worry. We’ll help you out. Download the new software, make sure you’ve backed up and all is good. So now I have the all new whistle gongs and bells version of their software, all my old data, no problems no hassle. Plus most importantly for me in my situation, No charge.
Sometimes business can drag you down so easily, a harsh dog eat dog world. But this is a lesson in humanity I guess. Some people out there in the world are just nice, and will help you out when you need it. Perhaps it’s that California sunshine with these guys, who knows! But what seemed like a mountain of a problem became something that will keep me smiling for an age!
It sure did. And what an experience. This was the second dry run of The Institute as a working project by Gabrielle and I.
It gave us an insight into just how we are presenting this work, and how we need to refine it, and just where we can now take it. The Free Arts festival is its next place of call, and I’ve got a few other places I’d like to see us run it. The site whilst working and looking well, could maybe do with some money behind it. So that will need finding!
But Facebook has to be a good place to start, so Doctor Invasive has to have a page, so now you can be his friend. Plus you can be a friend of The Institute either by going straight to the Facebook Page or by going to The Institute site and using the Facebook link on the FAQ page.