Thursday, 15 May 2008

back to stephen pippin- pioneering pinhole camera enthusiast

from tate website,

"Pippin's work between 1982 and 1991 involved the conversion of pieces of furniture, architectural spaces and diverse objects into elementary cameras. With these, Pippin developed a practice in which he created a strong relationship between the constructed camera and the subject of the image. He used a fridge as a camera to photograph food and a wardrobe as a camera to photograph clothes."

this works with my ideas about processes matching materials and site- garden spray bottle holding the photographic developer and begs the question- what would be appropriate for a garden shed to photograph?! temporality of the dying image with dying organic or redundant matter?

i also like this write up found on the spank the monkey site as it makes this point about Laundromat, his 1999 Turner prize entry (image above);

"Unfortunately, the problem with Pippin's work is that the process is infinitely more interesting than the results. "

not that i like the use of the word unfortunately- although in a product driven art world this statement may fit the writers' analogy?, but the process of a horse or man running up and down in a launderette, adapting a washing machine into a pinhole camera- marrying the process of washing clothing with the process of processing a photograph, showing the tech drawings and devices of adapting the machines into cameras- is this a possibility for my documentation??? the set up for the event experinces as I won't have filming of the experinences?

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