During our two weeks of travel we were asked to make a collection to curate and present to the rest of the group. This could have been the notion of collections in the broadest sense, artefacts and or images, however I decided to collect sound bites with my phone throughout the different institutions, conversations people had, events and the unexpected.
We are constantly bombarded with imagery, and me personally loving to snap photos of everywhere we go, there is a loss of sense in relation to the physical world. We are so far into this century into virtual reality where everyone reads images through the virtual. It’s one of the big problems that art confronts now, in fact we probably all confront. The virtual denies tactility, it denies your physical presence in relation to something other than a lighted screen. The nature of art has given way to photographs and images and we receive information through images and we don’t receive art through our total senses in term of walking, looking, experiencing, touching and feeling and that’s has kind of been lost.
My collection evokes memories, especially for the people who went to the Wunderkammer road trip, and although photographs can have the same effect, with sounds there is a surprise element, not knowing where you are, but swifly we are confronted with a squeaking wheelchair or coffee machines frothing away and even the noisy kids at the Staffordshire Hoard gallery at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.