This module has been a very challenging but rewarding one. We started after Christmas as a group of friends who’s work was vaguely related in some way. We set up a facebook group to allow us to communicate freely; we came up with the theme of self reflection and compiled a proposal containing ideas for what we would like to exhibit. After weeks of coming up against a brick wall with Wolstenholme, we opted to hold our exhibition in the student union and unfortunately in the process lost a few members of our team.
Our group held regular weekly meetings to keep ourselves on track where we argued about the style of our poster, the name of the exhibition and who was going to exhibit in what space. We eventually came up with a plan of action regarding advertising and got numerous posters printed, created an event on face book and had our poster put up on the TV’s around the Art and design academy.
We visited Jess Green in the student union to find that our idea of holding and art exhibition was totally different to hers and that we had unintentionally given ourselves the challenge of turning a very anti art establishment in to a very arty one. We took over a whole floor of the union, disrupting foreign exchange programs and dismantling makeshift learning centers in the process. The relationship between the LSU and ourselves didn’t develop in to a loving one like we had hoped but instead a relationship of pure resentment. We resented the union for allowing us to use the space but under such strict time constraints and I imagine the union resented us for invading their conservative environment with art.
The exhibition itself exceeded expectations. My two video pieces worked together perfectly and received the exact response that I’d hoped. The majority of people who saw my installation came out looking bemused and exhausted saying things such as ‘Bloodey hell’ and ‘wow that made me feel really dizzy’. I had various conversations with members of my audience about my work and found it very rewarding and interesting to get different insights.
The opening night was a success with a slow start but busy end and the feed back we received was nothing but positive. The only near set back occurred when the building manager came upstairs telling us we had to be out the building by 9 o’clock. After negotiation and explanation that we had booked the building until 11. She explained that Jess had not even told her there was an exhibition-taking place. Which Pretty much sums up the whole experience.