Today started with clearing out my kitchen of all appliances (except the fridge and cooker) and everything from the cupboards. Because the kitchen is in my student accommodation which i share with three housemates, we left the fridge alone so we still had food. To combat this we decided to project onto the fridge so no one would be tempted to open it, as all the cupboards would be empty and this needed to fit with the theme of this space being functionless.
After clearing the kitchen we were left with an empty space. The back door and window let in a large amount of light, which we thought took away from the sinister quality of the exhibition, so we used cardboard to cover up the door and window, putting the space in darkness. The cardboard looked very shabby, but this fitted with our theme of the disused, somewhat abandoned space well.
In my my kitchen there is also a cupboard by the door, where the bin usually goes, and when emptied out this space looked very run down, with the paint peeling from the walls and the boiler looming over this small cupboard space. I thought this might be a good place for Hilde’s video to go, as it is at the end of the kitchen so would be the last thing people would see after experience Methane, and would complement the shocking video footage with this delicate yet visceral piece of work.
Deciding where to put the projectors and screens was also interesting. There were a few large cupboards, like the one under the sink where a projector could go, and the tubes and shelving could interfere with the projection and make it fit into the space more. Another projector would be on the fridge as previously mentioned, which left Laura’s ipad and a screen left to be placed.
The ipad would be playing a sped up version of Methane, and was small enough to fit into one of the drawers. However the screen was very big, so would fit well on one of the worktops. (this would be playing the reversed version of Methane, which would be one of the first videos people would see upon entering the kitchen, creating a more sinister and uneasy atmosphere) With the other projections being hidden away, we thought it would be good to place the screen in plain sight, so there was some sort of contrast between the placement of the videos.
Now the set up was complete, we played all the videos simultaneously, which produced a very disturbing mixture of sound, and the exhibition started. Here are some images of the completed exhibition.
The light from the projectors illuminated the kitchen space. The light was ethereal and bright, not usually associated with the kitchen. It provided a uncomfortable juxtaposition between the light and dark areas of the space, and accompanied with the noise the kitchen was transformed into an ominous slaughterhouse.
Here are some videos also of the exhibition i recorded;
Overall i think the exhibition went well and worked very well in the small intimate space. The videos were spaced apart enough so that it wasn’t crowded but they were still able to complement each other well. The sound became very very annoying over time but this added to the theme. I think as a group we communicated well and made decisions on how the show was curated in an organised way, not allowing personal taste to dictate our decisions and letting the work speak for itself.