Park 16 - Down here on the ground
Time Management, Collaborating, Networking and Documenting skills.
PARK was an opportunity to work site-specifically and collaboratively. The project 'Down here on the ground' was organised by fellow classmate Antony Dixon and working with 14 other classmates each of us set about to cast a plaster slab. Together we chose points on the map between Wimbledon College of Art and Cannizaro Park we worked together to each take our own individual cast from our specific location in Wimbledon, the casts were then combined with an embedded object or picture to further reinforce the concept of movement across different territories.
It was an interesting yet fairly simple project, and for me it felt that the taking part was more important than the final product. Working together to get a cast taken for everyone meant that we had to keep to the time frame and we had to help each other. It was an enjoyable event.
Separately I met up with Juliet Haysom the overall organiser of Park 16, to discuss the idea and themes, the general workings of it and a rough agenda, Juliet was also recruiting for volunteers to help with the running of the event. I put myself forward to Document the Cannizaro Park part of the show and my proposal was accepted.
So as well as having work in Park 16, and documenting the work and it's progress for our collaboration under Antony Dixon's supervision. I also gained the experience of documenting new work for artists I hadn't met before as well as documenting a large scale exhibition .
The brief I was given was to make sure I documented all the artists work and got some photographs during the group discussions. The agenda was to meet Tutor Rosie Potter on the lawn at the entrance of Cannizaro park, next to the aviary at 2pm and to walk around the park discussing all works we passed on our way around. I was also to document the private view from 5pm.
This was a great learning experience, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the ideas and themes behind all the pieces, meeting and networking with new artists and capturing the whole event. I took a lot of photo's throughout the day and made sure I got everyone's work, everyone with their work as well as an audience engaging with the work.
Because this exhibition was larger than the usual Park show's and covered a larger area, it was only on for one day. To keep the event fresh in everybody's minds I edited all the photographs and had them sent back to Juliet within a day.
It was a long and very time consuming task, I have documented events before but not to this scale but it was do-able, I think the key was knowing exactly what shots you are looking for and sticking to the brief and keeping a time frame in mind.