Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Superheroes on the Wall

Previous Mudd Show
          After working on this project for so long, continuing to hone, edit, and refine my photographs, it was very satisfying to be able to actually place them into an art gallery. After receiving my magazine (as mentioned in the last post) from Magcloud, I was able to view my series as a set on paper. I enjoyed the objectness of it, and was excited about the magazines being on display at the gallery. Facebook was used a tool to promote the Mudd Gallery exhibition. Considering Mary Ann Doane's concept that "technologies of mechanical and electronic reproduction, from photography through digital media, appear to move asymptomatically toward immateriality," suggests that immateriality and use of digital media on computers is potentially the preferred media for viewing art in today's society. After experiencing the "Watching" gallery opening at which all twelve of our magazines lay out on pedestals for the visitors to touch and hold, it was clear that immateriality was not preferred for these visitors. Several visitors attended the opening and it appeared that most of their attention was turned toward the magazines. It was obvious people were interested in being able to actually pick up the magazines and interact with them directly. After selecting the final key images from our projects, the Mudd Gallery was a very successful venue to present them to the public, especially paired alongside with the magazines. 


  1. There is really something special about being able to hold and interact with the artwork. And I also noticed that people were drawn toward the magazines. But we have to remember that digital media has given amazing opportunities. Millions of people can view the same artwork all over the world.

  2. I feel like touching and holding the magazines was a very important part of our exhibit that kept people interested. I noticed several people went in twice because they wanted to look at all of the magazines, but they couldn't because so many others were looking at them. This allowed them the opportunity to talk with the artists and the other exhibit goers. It seems like digital media is allowing us to share art more effectively, even in exhibitions and not just on the web. If you were to go into any well known art museum you are only able to touch a few select pieces of art (if any) and digital media is allowing us to share that with many people without the fear of degradation that was once there.

  3. The descriptions of viewers interacting with the magazines is noteworthy. Making art something we can touch and hold is something the digital medium can do by easily replicating artists' concepts economically. Handmade objects reveal the hand of the artist, but the objects are sometimes so precious that viewers are not allowed to touch and fully experience sequences or the material which in this case if very of the moment. The Indigo print may change into something else or become obsolete soon making these magazines rare objects indeed.