Brain Storm for Library Project
Mind Map of different ideas that connect with 'Library Project'. This was used to explore our three words: Akatre Studio/ Body/ Amplification. We explored other words to see if they connected to Akatre Studio. However we settled on body and amplification because we felt both words were included in their work.
Perrine Valli // 2011 // Akatre Studio
Unlike the previous two images from Akatre studio the human shape is explored. The exposed limbs seem to be the source of light within the black background. However we loose identity by hiding the face, a theme that we have found within our research is the covering of the face. By removing the part of the body that you most vividly concentrate on it makes the viewer focus on form. When amplifying the body removing the face makes you look more objectively.
I can't help the way I feel // 2003 // John Isaacs
This leads us into BODY. This piece is on permanent collection at the Wellcome Collection. Isaacs grotesque form is also faceless, there is not emotion and it is purely reliant on the viewer to put their own attitudes to the human body on this piece. Personally I found this very disturbing. The level of reality and accuracy that is shown in this wax work makes you believe that this is a real person. It shows the body, arguably, more accurately then a lot of portraits. Which sounds preposterous because the figure is anatomically impossible however it reflects our own opinions and our own fears. Or in my case anyway.
Acts of Faith // 2003 // Julian Walker
This piece is a large scale grid of homeopathic medicine that have been carved into the body part they are trying to heal. Homeopathic medicine relies on the patients personal belief that it works. This is very visual. It relates to this project because medicine could be considered an amplification of the body, from the inside. The scale is the size of your finger tip and the intricate detail that has been included parallel that of the human body. The eye is so small but holds an inordinate amount of cells.
Tattoos : ancient traditions, secret symbols and modern trends // Doralba Picerno // CSM
This facial tattoo is a body modification. It is an amplification of the skin through art. This man's face tattoo isn't trans formative of his features but it amplifies them. He is a spectacle because of his tattoos. Tattoos have the capability of amplifying oneself through their skin and that is very relevant to this project because we are looking at modification.
Homme peinture // 2011 // Akatre Studio
Similarly with the last piece we see the change in human form. By mixing the colours it, again, becomes inhuman. You are removed from what you know about your own species which is slightly disconcerting. This piece is purely for photographic purposes rather then preformance so note that the colours remain individual. If the colours had merged (as to expected upon movement) would the effect be as strong? The fact that the man is still shows that the focus of the piece is not human form but rather what it can change into.
Painted Bodies // Roberto Edwards // CSM
Moving forward and using Akatre Studios as a source of inspiration, this idea of using body paint as a way of amplifying the body is really interesting because the shape of the body is not changed. By showing human form but amplifying the surface we see skin amplification. This is more interesting because you have to physically change something without being able to add shape to it.
Human Slice // Wellcome Collection
This is not an artwork however it lends itself to this project nicely because it deals with the human form. If throughout this research we see artists taking away identity and replacing it with amplification then this slither of a human body is the pinnacle. Inside we are all the same, exposing this is not revolutionary however the act that went into this makes you shudder. Although this piece is very gripping it removes you from the person it once belonged to. Similarly to the other artists it removes the viewer from the human expectation but it also grounds you. This slither is not amplified in anyway, it is a true human shape however you are still disconnected from the identity of this person because the form is overwhelming.
Man as Art // Malcolm Kirk // CSM
This book explores the tribes in New Guinea. Here we see a man loosely clothed with a mask on his face. This mask draws attention away from the body however. The photograph was taken to appear scary and creepy and it has worked to full effect. Seeing the face means that you can better understand the person, masks change all of that. Unlike other pictures where the face is non-existent or hidden, here the face is amplified.
Male to Female "La Cage aux Folles" // Vivienne Maricevic // CSM
Drag is an amplification of oneself. By changing ones appearance you are creating an illusion of the opposite gender. When a persona is taken on board as well then we see a complete 'drag queen'. This character is of course within the performer and it is an exaggerated character, as is the makeup is exaggerated and the hair is exaggerated.
Rouge // 2011 // Akatre Studio
Upon choosing Akatre Studios their book 'Zero to Five' became most helpful because it was the only book they had produced. This piece is one in a series that deals with covering the human form and thus 'amplifying' it. The colour and the shape that this body creates is beyond human and as a group this really interested us.
Painted Bodies // Roberto Edwards // CSM
The limited use of colour here is what transforms this body. The fluidity and movement of the composition makes it clear that this is human form. Contrastingly to the last picture it is not statuesque at all. This painted body is loud. The harsh contrast between the face and body contrasts to the gradual change into yellow at the feet. This implies a division between face and body. The theme that runs its way though this research project.
The First Printout of the Human Genome // 2007 // Wellcome Collection
This is also not a piece of artwork but relates to the human body. This is the coding for the human genome. To it's core this is what we are however it is so distant to what the human is. This shelf of books is the human however it lacks identity and culture like the rest of these works of art. In its own way this shelf is also representing human form but like the 'slice' it doesn't amplify it at all.
Stage Makeup // Herman Buchman // LCF
Makeup is used to transform and amplify a person, this book shows different techniques for stage makeup (which is very dramatic). The pictures here show a very striking transformation. The lines and contours amplify the features of this actor and makes him look much older then he is in reality. This could be considered a type of 'body modification'.
Berlin Mix // 1993 // Christain Marclay
This piece of work by Marclay explores sound in a space. There are a number of instruments free to play and the sound is amplified all over the room. Normally when discussing amplification you talk about sound and music. Marclay takes both of these ideas and merges them with audience participation. This piece is very interesting because of the overwhelming quality of it.
Body Style // Teresa. M. Winge // CSM
Hair was used to show social standing in the past and to some extent still is used to show it. These are all illustrations of different hairstyles retaining to that era. Amplification of social standing was very important because of the harsh conditions that you were subjected to if you were to be seen as working class. Classes have had the highest regard and one way to show it was through your fashions. There are many forms of amplification: hair, sound, skin, persona, form, etc.