Going

Lock, Andy (2002) Going. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

Going, a photo-based installation/exhibition, was commissioned by staged for the 10th annual ‘ROOT’ festival in Kingston upon Hull, UK, hosted by Hull TimeBased Arts (HTBA). The installation, funded by HTBA, was the conclusion of approximately eight months of Arts Council England funded practice-based research into the contemporary possibilities offered by primitive photo-imaging techniques and the spectacle of their public display. The Going installation combined elements of performance, time-based screening/projection and conventional photographic genre work (portraiture) to realign an audience’s relationship to and expectations of the public display of photographic images. By radically accelerating the photograph’s inherent tendency toward entropy: toward disappearance and ‘loss’, the work began to explore the impact of this decay and loss on the viewer. The installation, which drew on Lock’s earlier work, ‘Last Night in the Kingdom of Shadows’ was comprised of six 6ft x 3ft panels. These were coated in a phosphorescent "emulsion" and each "exposed" to a projected (photographic) portrait (the subjects for these portraits being drawn from the audience for the work). These unfixed and inexorably fading images were displayed, hung in a large, otherwise darkened, space. The audience moved among the images as they began to fade and degrade. Each instance of the installation typically lasted approximately 1 hour. Subsequent to the 2002 RootX festival (25.10.02 – 03.11.02) Going was also installed at Impressions Gallery, York, UK (10.04.03).

Item Type:Show/Exhibition
Additional Information:Going, a photo-based installation/exhibition, was commissioned by staged for the 10th annual ‘ROOT’ festival in Kingston upon Hull, UK, hosted by Hull TimeBased Arts (HTBA). The installation, funded by HTBA, was the conclusion of approximately eight months of Arts Council England funded practice-based research into the contemporary possibilities offered by primitive photo-imaging techniques and the spectacle of their public display. The Going installation combined elements of performance, time-based screening/projection and conventional photographic genre work (portraiture) to realign an audience’s relationship to and expectations of the public display of photographic images. By radically accelerating the photograph’s inherent tendency toward entropy: toward disappearance and ‘loss’, the work began to explore the impact of this decay and loss on the viewer. The installation, which drew on Lock’s earlier work, ‘Last Night in the Kingdom of Shadows’ was comprised of six 6ft x 3ft panels. These were coated in a phosphorescent "emulsion" and each "exposed" to a projected (photographic) portrait (the subjects for these portraits being drawn from the audience for the work). These unfixed and inexorably fading images were displayed, hung in a large, otherwise darkened, space. The audience moved among the images as they began to fade and degrade. Each instance of the installation typically lasted approximately 1 hour. Subsequent to the 2002 RootX festival (25.10.02 – 03.11.02) Going was also installed at Impressions Gallery, York, UK (10.04.03).
Keywords:Fading, Photographs, Photography, Performance art, Painting
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:1096
Deposited By: Jill Partridge
Deposited On:03 Sep 2007
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:16

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