Last week our MA students made a trip to Liverpool to view several new shows which included a visit to the World Museum.
They very kindly allowed us to view their incredible collection of archive images by Charles Bell, taken in Tibet in the early 1900s.
We also visited the ‘time and motion’ exhibit at FACT and the latest shows at the Bluecoat Gallery.
A few of my thoughts to add to your own …
Note how the voice of the photographer / collector / curator is always present, whether we look at exhibition displays or the photographic albums of Charles Bell. Sometimes it’s quite difficult to peel away those layers and view the artefacts in a different context – and we always have our own viewpoint / cultural heritage / baggage to contend with.
Did you see the series of TVs that showed how long it takes to earn £1? I think it was about 3 seconds for a financier in the West and over a day for a farmer in the developing world. There was a strong narrative thread despite the fact that it was on a loop i.e. no traditional beginning, middle and end.
There were some interesting ideas about shape and silhouette in the work of Edward Chell that reminded me of the silhouette portraits that were very popular in the West from the mid 1700s through to the Victorian period.
I also liked the installation upstairs with the huge projected image of the motorway underpass and the very effective soundtrack, though a more developed visual exploration might have been interesting.