Practical Task 1: Artwork that Challenges Generally Accepted Behaviour in Your Local Area.
"Free the Nipple Campaign" FREE THE NIPPLE IS A GLOBAL CAMPAIGN OF CHANGE, FOCUSED ON THE EQUALITY, EMPOWERMENT, AND FREEDOM OF ALL HUMAN BEINGS. FREE THE NIPPLE HAS BECOME A PREMIERE VOICE FOR GENDER EQUALITY, UTILIZING ALL FORMS OF MODERN MEDIA, TO RAISE AWARENESS AND EFFECT CHANGE ON VARIOUS SOCIAL ISSUES, AND INJUSTICES.
THE MISSION BEHIND FREE THE NIPPLE IS TO RAISE AWARENESS, AND AFFECT CHANGE, IN THE AREAS OF THE INEQUALITY OF MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE STILL BEING EXPERIENCED IN THE WORLD TODAY. IN 2012, A FEATURE FILM WAS TITLED “FREE THE NIPPLE”, WHICH FOLLOWED LINA ESCO AND A SMALL GROUP OF WOMEN IN THEIR EFFORT TO RAISE AWARENESS ON THIS ISSUE. THE FILM QUICKLY SPARKED WHAT HAS BECOME AN INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT THAT SEEKS THE EQUALITY, EMPOWERMENT, AND FREEDOM OF ALL HUMAN BEINGS. THE FREE THE NIPPLE MOVEMENT IS NOW RAISING AWARENESS AND IMPACTING CHANGE IN COUNTRIES ACROSS THE WORLD.
The Gursky at the Haywood Centre
Hayward Gallery reopens with the first major UK retrospective of the work of acclaimed German photographer Andreas Gursky. He was well known for for his large-scale, often spectacular pictures that portray emblematic sites and scenes of the global economy and contemporary life, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant photographers of our time. Driven by an interest and insight into ‘the way that the world is constituted’, as well as what he describes as ‘the pure joy of seeing’, Gursky makes photographs that are not just depictions of places or situations, but reflections on the nature of image-making and the limits of human perception. Often taken from a high vantage point, these images make use of a ‘democratic’ perspective that gives equal importance to all elements of his highly detailed scenes.
Fast- Shutter Speed
Artist Inspiration: Philippe Halsmann
He was friends with Albert Einstein, and shot the front cover for 101 issues of Life magazine, and collaborated on numerous occasions with Salvador Dalí. Despite never having receiving any photographic training, Philippe Halsman was to become one of the most memorable portrait photographers of his time. Born in Latvia in 1906, Halsman studied electrical engineering in Dresden, and first discovered photography after finding his father’s camera and developing glass plates in the family’s bathroom sink. He described the process as a “miracle,” and quickly took to the craft.
He says: "Starting in the early 1950s I asked every famous or important person I photographed to jump for me. I was motivated by a genuine curiosity. After all, life has taught us to control and disguise our facial expressions, but it has not taught us to control our jumps. I wanted to see famous people reveal in a jump their ambition or their lack of it, their self-importance or their insecurity, and many other traits."
Artist and Me
Slow- Shutter Speed
Artist Inspiration: Laurence Demaison
The photographic work of Laurence Demaison is constituted by self-portraits from 1993 to 2009. Since 2010 she occasionally uses mannequins or dolls. The used techniques – shot, development, print – are analogicals and realized by the author.
Pushing the Limits of Photography
Expectation 1: Focus
Artist Inspiration: Ralph Eugene Meatyard
Ralph Eugene Meatyard made his living as an optician. He experimented with various strategies including multiple exposures, depth of field, motion blur, and other methods of photographic abstraction. Two of his series are particularly concerned with focus and depth of field, both stretching the expressive potential of photography, film and cameras when looking with the ordinary world.
Expectation 2: Exposure
Artist Inspiration: Darren Almond
Darren Almond’s diverse practice incorporates film, installation, sculpture and photography, to produce evocative meditations on time and duration as well as the themes of personal and historical memory. Darren Almond was born in 1971 in Wigan, UK. He lives and works in London. Almond is interested in the notions of geographical limits and the means of getting there – in particular, culturally specific points of arrival and departure. Since 1998, Almond has been making a series of landscape photographs known as the Fullmoons.
Expectation 3: Composition
Artist Inspiration 1: Ute Barth
Uta Barth (born 1958 in Berlin, Germany) is a contemporary photographer who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Barth is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow and a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004‑05
Artist Inspiration 2: Mark Borthwick London-born, New York based photographer Mark Borthwick molds love, art, life, music and even food into the other to create work that is like no other. He forgoes digitized perfection to capture intimate moments in the lives of his models, family and friends, usually in the throes of happiness and love. By experimenting with overexposing film, he creates an almost otherworldly light that saturates the images. Borthwick was a defining photographer of the 90’s, helping then-fledgling magazines like Purple, Self Service and AnOther traverse the interstitial territories between art and fashion that’s almost taken for granted today. He celebrated the recent release of his retrospective monograph with Rizzoli, ‘Not In Fashion’ with a weeklong series of performances at the Journal Gallery in New York that mixed poetry readings with live performances in a way that generated a communal intimacy, much like his work doe.
Around 1948, photographer Irving Penn began making unusual portraits of a number of writers, artists, musicians, politicians, dancers and other celebrities. Each one was asked to position in a small corner (sharper than 90°) created with two studio flats pushed together and a carpet on the floor.
The photographic studio was no longer a neutral environment but became an active agent in the creation of the photographic reality. Irving Penn had already allowed the studio to have a presence in his images. In some of his other studio images we see electrical cables and photographic material scattered on the floor. In the portrait of Georgia O'Keefe (below) we see the supports for the corner flats.
Within the corner portraits, the studio becomes an architectural limiter of the subject movements and the resulting compressed and claustrophobic environment isolates the subjects’ personalities in an abstract, artificial corner of the world.
He once explained. “The walls were a surface to lean on or push against. For me the picture possibilities were interesting; limiting the subjects movements seemed to relieve me of part of the problem of holding onto them.”
Strand 1: Freedom and Limitations of Clothing
Artist Inspiration: James Mollison Over three years, Mollison photographed fans outside different concerts. He was fascinated by the different tribes of people that attended them, and how people emulate celebrity to for, their identity. As he photographed the project, he saw how the concerts became events for people to come together with surrogate 'families', a chance to relive their youth or try and be part of a scene that happened before they were born.
Strand 2: Freedom of the youth/ modern society
Strand 3: Thoughts trapped inside of you/ Freedom of sexuality? [Inner Thoughts and Opinions] [Mental Stability]