jean mentioned it on her blog. sarah falls invited jane to go. so i got to tag along.
to be honest, i’m not a fan of installation art. i enjoyed viewing some of the displays, but nothing was as engaging as the space itself. in fact more often than not i felt the pieces were mocking the soul of the factory, in the way they put these artifacts on display, deliberately out of context.
i’ve thought about it in contrast to another art “exhibit”, photographs of the japanese island gukanjima, deserted since 1974, but once “the world’s most densely populated island.” in this case the island itself becomes a deteriorating installation, the photographs an interpretive lens, and the world wide web a medium for interaction, dissemination, and accessibility.
i did appreciate one collection of photographs. they were empty walls with outlines of furniture intricately and precisely “stitched” onto them. the single strand of thread was so perfect that my immediate thought was “hair”. conveniently they had exposed the backs of several photos on display, stray ends sticking out and all. *gag*