This was another excellent study day at ECAT led by the photographic artist, John Williams
It was stimulating how JW made photographs that were in themselves 3d artefacts.
Chris Burden then led a thought provoking discussion on the act of seeing - how by seeing merely the surface something deeper, emotional is also perceived/ communicated. He went on to observe that our viewing is pre-conditioned and organised through our native culture.
He went on to liken the vocation of artist and priest to being that of seeing and haring - to see things and people as they really are and to share these insights - to lead others out of Plato's cave. This I found very affirming and encouraging as it seemed to resonate well with my aspirations for my own practice.
In the afternoon we built and experimented with simple camera obscura; and it was enlightening to see how a small slit rather than a round whole can be used to distort the image. This has really intrigued me and I have noted this as an avenue for future exploration as, at present, it does not seem to be a relevant process for my current work. I was interested to see how this effects the way that other animals will see, such as cats that have [slit] elongated elliptical rather than circular pupils.
However, the thought of being able to distort the image, as it is either made or projected through a slit, does seem to have potential to critique the blinkered distorted view of the world that most of us have. We see it from our own viewpoint, which is distorted by our own preconceptions, experiences and interests and perhaps even of how we would either like it to be or fear that it is.