Degree Show Installation
by Beauchamp Art
Documentation of the final set up of my work (TFHDR, HVGS, and a jacket) for the Degree Show.
Documenting the installation and set up of my work in PS5 for the Degree Show.
The first phase of the installation involved painting my exhibition space in PS5. This did not take the full week, as I managed to do all but one wall (from the stair well into the main area) from floor to ceiling by the end of the first day, and by the second I had gone over the remaining wall with two coats, and applied another to the other wall where the projector will be facing. Cutting in around the floor was also fairly straightforward, though as I know the painting of the floors can be fairly messy, I painted up to around a foot away from the wall, so hopefully there would be not splatter.
The stairs were not to complicated, though a certain amount of jumping was require to reach the high points above the steps where the ladder would not fit. I also painted some sections of the corridor, mostly the gaps between the broads, as I believed that they would otherwise be overlooked. Additionally, I gave my plinth another layer of white, to cover some of the scuff marks it has received over the year, and drilled in another hole so the projector can be locked down, and the wires more discretely hidden.
As I had done a thorough job in preparing for the installation of my work, both in the painting of the room and in testing the means of display out in the space prior to the main installation process, I believe I was as prepared as I could have been to being setting up my Degree Show work.
These images serve as the final documentation of my work, Twenty-Four Hour Delirium Rhythm, Hi-Vis Green-Screen, and a hanging hi-vis jacket, for the Degree Show.
Additional Photographs: Degree Show Install – II – TFHDR
Once the hooks were in, the wire taut, and the screens hung, the main video projected onto the layered surface of the voile fabric filled the centre of the space most effectively, the layered imagery becoming more obscured with each sheet. However, this does not mean it could not be improved. It I was able to purchase the fabric on a wider role, this would have been beneficial, as the screens could have ben larger and engulfed the viewer as the walked into, presenting them with a sublime environment of immaterial images hanging in the air before them, moving with the air of the path. Indeed, and alternative means of resolving this issue could have been to purchase twice the amount of fabric, and stitch two 1.5x2m sheets together for each of the three screens, then hanging the the fabric along the stitch line.
However, this may have prevented the audience members from being able to walk behind the work, which I felt was important, to see the ambient light of the video illuminating the moiré of the weave. Although this shimmering effect worked well as an optical phenomena, adding to the intrigue and complexity of piece, the fairly cheap fabric is not especially durable, and even after only being used one, the edges have begun to fray, and the dimensions warp after a light ironing to remove some of the creases. Additionally, the throw of the projector coming off the edged f the material was not wholly desirable, but without having sequentially bigger screens, or finding a way of bending light that does not require a minor deviation from the laws of physics, this was essentially unavoidable. Had I access to a projector that does produces more defined tonal contrast between the solid black and low-light tones, this could have meant that the top and bottom edges of the projections could have been matte, rather than a luminous dark purple. But again, this is a technological limitation that I was aware of prior to the installation, and I am fairly certain it will not undermine the overall integrity of the work (they may even communicate a subtle narrative about the loss of meaning on the peripheries of perception, or the information that is lost though a television news report and the irreconcilable fallibility of the media.
But overall, the projected video when combined with the layered hanging screens did produce a critically well informed piece and aesthetically rewarding means of display.
Additional Photographs: Degree Show Install – II – HVGS
After a brief discussion with my tutor, the decision was made to reposition the TV, so rather than being flat against the wall, facing the audience as they enter the space, it would sit across the corner at 45 degrees, approximately the same angle as the project and the screens, so as one enters, one is lead through the space and the movement around the hanging material is more effectively encouraged. The green light from the screen all fills the room with a radioactive glow.
Additional Photographs: Degree Show Install – II – Jacket
The hi-vis jacket hangs above the doorframe on a single hook by above the entrance to the installation space, as a small indicator to passing audience member as to what resides within. It was observed that its position resembled a trophy head mounted on the wall when it was positioned across the two extruding nails, and after some consideration and adjustments, it was thus reposition to hang from the centre of the collar, on the left hook, so it is most visible when an individual peaks around the corner. The high visibility jacket also sees to have become an unconscious class symbol, on that political figures are always keen to don when on the campaign trail, to make them look like they are one of the people, that they understand the needs, desires, and problems of those who would traditionally be referred to as ‘Working Class’, but may now be described as ‘at the lower end of the economic scale’. Though a lesser component of the installation
All three works three works together should provide a invigorating atmosphere for those audience members who decide to peer down the narrow stair case, catching a glimpse of the lone jacket handing above the black curtained door, catching the sound of the rhythmically oscillating crowds, peering through the doorway, lured by the ominous glowing hue, and stepping into the room, to see three screens suspended in the middle of the space, and consider how these various intrigue factors relate to one another.