Anneke Pettican Lecture

Today was our first lecture with course leader Anneke Pettican. Interestingly, Anneke doesn’t just limit herself to Graphic Design, and instead is very passionate about experimental art. Some themes in particular are: public and private space, time, liminal gaps and perception.

“Doubling offers another disturbing yet familiar set of personate in ways of telling the self; permutations of inner and outer selves catalyse uncanny plots about identity.”

-Marina Warner, Fantastic Metamorphoses

With his glass in his hand he returns to the garden, ou les infants regardent grand (where children see enlarged)

-Gaslon Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

“A photograph is not “an interpretation” of the real; it is also a trace directly stencilled off the real, like a footprint or a death mask”

“A photograph is never less the registration of a amantion- a material vestige of its subject in a way that no painting can be.”

-Susan Sontag, On Photography

Reflecting on this quote, Anneke, asked us to take a picture of the person next to us. I took a picture of Joe, as he took a picture of me. My photo of joe doesn’t show his face, therefore, his identity is unknown. only I, the photographer know that it is Joe.

The artists interests is the necessary tension between suture- the effort of holding together the edges of two different realities and the hesitation at the heart of our experience of the opposite realisation that it is not possible to bring them completely together.

-Louise Milne

Anneke then moved on to talking about the Dark Matter exhibition, in which her and two friends contributed to. She spoke about the projects she and her friends at other universities have been working on. They create photographs, typographic pieces and installations. One piece spoken about was when they had placed a neon sign reading “Trespass” in public places, such as Manchester airport. These places were usually in restricted areas. Anneke and her friends would all dress up in black clothes and take on a different persona.

Anneke moved on to another piece of work, in which they used 3D printers to scan themselves. They firstly tried the traditional method before experimenting with movement and output. The work they produced was rather innovative. Even though 3D scanners have been around for years, they are never used for artistic expressive purposes and mainly used for manufacture. From these models, they printed them, creating these miniature figures of various subjects and used them in an installation. By situating the models on a table, and using a train track with a torch moving round; they created shadows which would bounce and move onto the walls changing in size and morphing.

I found this lecture rather enjoyable. It was refreshing to hear a tutor talking about their practising work. It was quite interesting to hear what she has done with other artists, what opportunities came from it, and what she learned along the way. I also liked the way that the lecture was taught. Anneke used methods of interaction and elements of fun such as drawing to keep us engaged. I look forward to the next lecture.

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