Sunday, 8 September 2013

OUR WEEKLY PROCRASTINATION



Photo: Still frame from the video.

Our friends from Kiberó Studio in Madrid headed down to the opening of Dibujo a Domicilio exhibition in Habitar la línea Gallery last Wednesday, and made a lovely video. Have a look at it in Kiberó Studio Vimeo page.


Photo: Mass Observation: This is Your Photo exhibition. The Procrastinator (some) Times.

Photo: Humphrey Spender, Ashington - Washing in road between terraced housing. 
Via The Photographer's Gallery website.

Meanwhile, in London, we visited an incredible exhibition and attended a really nice open panel discussion at The Photographer's Gallery in Soho. The exhibition is called Mass Observation: This is Your Photo, and it's a very varied sample of the photographs, manifestos, newspapers and documents produced by the very unique and insightful Mass Observation Archive project founded by Tom Harrison, Humphrey Jennings and Charles Madge in the UK in 1937.

With a background on journalism, poetry, filmmaking and ornithology, these trio aimed to create a new kind of realism, an 'anthropology of ourselves' through artistic means and collecting anecdotal evidence from people's everyday lives. In their manifesto published in 1937 in The New Statesman and Nation, some of the topics proposed to observed were: behaviour of people at war memorials; beards, armpits, eyebrows; distribution, diffusion and significance of the dirty joke; and female taboos about eating.

Mass Exhibitionism, the panel discussion with Andrew Dewdney, Rózsa Farkas and Haidy Gesimar and Ben Burbridge, -featured in last week's To Do List- focused on the parallelism of the Mass Observation Archive and the digital networked exhibitionism that both digital cameras and social networks seem to promote or at the very least afford. How photography have blended into our everyday lives and how it's inextricably linked to social networking. How is the self being represented nowadays, and how archives are being democratized with the hashtag as a epistemology.

Mass Observation: This is Your Photo will be at The Photographer's Gallery until the 29th of September, the entry is free and I strongly recommend you to have a look because it is a very well curated exhibition of an incredible project.

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