ContemporaryArtist

Naming Collection of Receipts

Potential name for the collection of receipts, including anything that is shown along side is Performance of Consumption.

I like how this could be interpreted in three ways

  •  economic terms, the financial performance of products/services

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  • physical act of me consuming the receipts.
  • And in between is the act of buying/consumerism itself, with a receipt as a physical record of this action..

Tehching Hsieh - One Year Performance 1980–1981

A comment was made during a tutorial, comparing my collection of receipts with Tehching Hsieh’s piece One Year Performance 1980–1981.

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Receipt collection.

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The year long performance involved Hsieh inserting a ‘time cards’ into a ‘time clock’ every hour on the hour of every day for a full year. From which he displayed the time cards and a single film frame from every punch, in a similar chronological order as I’ve done/intend to do with my receipts.

Both have this repetitive/linear nature. With the receipts the repetitiveness is not only in finding the receipts or even people discarding them, but the repetitive action of consumption. There’s a guaranteed that someone somewhere has bought something…something new, which has been documented.

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What is actually on the receipt or where its from is not important(though this is what I image people to be most interested in) it is what the receipts represent. A record of purchase, of consumerism, of a transaction of money given at a point of sale. The idea that I could have do this collection, during any period in anther place (in UK) and have a simialr outcome.

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Tehching Hsieh Website

Banal, menial task, performing the same task every day. Is this life? What life has become? A documentation of living? Tehching Hsieh says ‘art is life’ and this piece clear mergence of life with art, in the way the work demands enormous physical and mental endurance of living for a year.

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The passing of time can be clearly observed by the length of Tehching Hsieh’s hair grows.

On December 31, 1999, Hsieh claimed that he would probably no longer make art. It appears that his art and life have merged so seamlessly that art has disappeared from his life, and his life has disappeared from art.

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I see similarities in this performance and that of working in a factory, both the clocking-in and the repetitive nature of labour. I get the sense that Tehching Hsieh could have been doing any other action, all repetitive act are worth the same.

I also get the notion of loneliness and isolation, with the thousands of images of Tehching Hsieh on his own with the same blank expression.

Something interesting was the document of ‘missed punishes’ found on Tehching Hsieh’s website.

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Artist’s Website

This presenting of ‘missed punishes’ would tie in well with how  I was deciding what to do with with the days I missed collecting receipts, for different reasons. Either not finding any, or not being in Huddersfield town centre, or simply not found any receipt with a certain date.

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The way his work is describe here I find quite helpful when it comes to describe/label mine and also wht was display along side the photographs and time cards.

Tehching Hsieh, One Year Performance 1980-1981, Installation View,  Photo: Luke Walker Courtesy of UCCA

Tehching Hsieh, One Year Performance 1980-1981, Installation View,  Photo: Luke Walker Courtesy of UCCA

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Other documentation, the clothes he wore and the clock machine he used. Again something to consider along side my collection of receipts,

I find it quite interesting the two sides of this art piece, the performance part of punching the cards and the display of the documentation of pictures and time cards. This got me questioning whether the collection of the receipts was a documentation of a performance as well. Would I call the collecting of receipts a performance, after all it follows rules and actions (collecting receipt only from ground, only with the location of Huddersfield on the receipt, collected everyday and only collected on my way between home and the studio.)

Plus there is also the performance of people discarding the receipts in the first place and you could also mention the performance of buying, of consumerism.

Ecology

- the interrelationship of all forms of life in their diverse environment

"   Art changes the way people look at reality   "
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"   Who’s going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?   "
Mierle Laderman Ukeles, 1969 
Presenting Receipts

For a while, since the 27th of February I have been collect discarded receipts from the streets of Huddersfield, particularly from the route between my house and the studio at the University.

The collection I getting quite substantial at the moment and is something I would like to contribute for the graduate exhibition in June. This requires a lot of thinking and questioning of how to present them.

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Currently, as seen above, I started to present the receipts quite high on the wall, due to space, in chronologically order by date starting at the left and moving round to the right, with receipts with the same day date overlapping on the same pile.

However this is not how I would like to display them for the exhibition. I’ve been thinking about there positing on the wall (horizontal or vertical), height on the wall (eye level or at the bottom), the spacing between them, or do I have them on the floor or a shelf and do I want them accessible for the public to be able to go through them?

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I tried exploring ordering them vertically (above image), as I’ve not seen them like this. I did wonder how long the collection would be as it will be longer than the height of the wall, but I do like the idea that they come down the wall and out across the wall.

Overall I just don’t like the look of this display, I prefer the horizontal display and the way, for me, they have connotation of a line path/route or a street, which relates nicely to the receipts origins.

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This Idea of origin of the receipts lead to me thinking about their relationship with the ground and so I laid them out on the floor to get an perspective and to see how it would look.

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I do like this lay of display the receipts and is quite contemporary, reminding me of a piece I saw at the Tetley at the end of 2013.

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Smooth Flow by James Clarkson

I am concerned about maintaining the receipts like this on the floor, as they may get blown around from people moving around or may get handled and mixed up, they’re in a fragile position, but I feel this emphasises that connection to the street, the ground and been discarded. Is it too obvious as well?

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So I thought about having them near the ground but still being on the wall. At the same time I added a background colour, using grey duct tape, to make the receipts stand out from the wall for the viewer as they are quite low. I like the way the grey colour blends nicely with the grey tones on the receipts and also refers to the concrete/steel of the town, where the receipts are from. 

Being this low could pose a problem from the viewer to be able to see them, I think I need to decide whether I want to the viewer to be able to have this interaction. Relating to the Cleansing piece I’m currently doing as well, I want to apply this highlighting of an object in the same way with the receipts. Therefore I may need to consider having he receipts displayed at eye level.

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Something else I was thinking about is the route I take to get to my studio, in which I collect the receipts and the possibility of including this in someway. Perhaps the way the receipts are displayed, rather than just a straight line. Though with the straight line I think this emphasises the progression of time and the constant discarding of receipts. So maybe a mention of the path somewhere else?

There is no need to highlight the location of where the receipts where found as the receipts do say on them their location, which is based in Huddersfield.

Also I was thinjing about was the start date, the collecting started and when to stop collecting? What is the emphasis on the start date or would people read too much around this? I need to find of way display the collection though it is a section of a never ending series. So having the collection filling a full width of a wall, as though no more could be fit on? This would also help the issue of spacing between the each receipt as well.

Finally in the collection there are so blanjs, now this could be read in two ways

  • No receipts where found on that day
  • I didn’t go on the route/collected any receipts that day.

This could be something I need to point out to the viewer in someway!

Table Display

After visiting the MAC in Birmingham and seeing the Walk On, 2014 exhibition, I noticed some similarities between some of the works on display. Particulary what I notice was the types of works, books, drawings, objects, sketches and maps and how they presented them, in various displays.

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Images of various works at the MAC.

I thought it  was interesting to display say an artist’s sketchbook or rough drawing, then again it resonates back to what Steve Swindells said to me in a tutorial that ‘everything you do is art’. These pieces are just as important as everything else an artist does.

So I thought it would be nice to display a collection of development/art works along the way piece, in say a table display, thinking about my maps and my many photographs, with some notes of thoughts.

Due to the fact that my main art piece Cleansing will be outside the gallery space so it would be nice to display something in the exhibition as well.

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Something similar to this table, above image, would be something nice to incorporate into the exhibition, however while thinking about how to make a wooden box with plastic cover, I thought firstly about how much is was going to cost and also how to ensure that it connects with the message of the rest of the work.

The way I present my work relates to what my work is about. My practice is heavily based around the found/waste objects and I do like the idea of creating something new but  rather using existing material to use for display, such as this glass cabinet I’ve used many times to present objects inside of, found around the university.

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So I had the intention of using something found, a pre-existing table with a glass top to insert images and document underneath the glass.

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However this is something rather specific to hopefully come across on the streets of Huddersfield, so I was prepare to make something similar out of found material.

Luckily I heard about a collection of rubbish at Queen Street Studios in Huddersfield, so instinctively I had a nosey down.

There was many table tops, in all different sizes. I didn’t need anything too big but equally big enough to show a decent display of work. I was draw towards the square classroom desk, as it had existing working legs. However the square top was rather small. I needed something bigger or something else I could swap the table top for. I found this architects board.

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So I had the main parts to create the table, but I was still on the hunt for something to protect the work once laid out on the table.

Instead of swapping the table top, I thought I would be easier and to save time to simply place the architects board on top of the desk and use something to hold it implace but also removeable when needed.

Using some found nails I attached them to the architects board, so that the desk would slot between them.

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I managed to find some Perspex, that belonged to an old clip picture frame in a store cupboard, to be used as the protective cover of the table display.

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Once measured up against the size of the table.

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I Manually cut the plastic using a saw, I had thought about using a laser cutter to cut the plastic however this would have taken up time, to design the template on the computer, book the laser cutter, using the laser cutter ect.

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I sanded down the edges and corners to ensure that no one would cut themselves.

I have been thinking about maybe securing the plastic somehow to the table, but not sure how to do this at the moment or if it will be need as it is quite secure.

Next step is to decide what to display on the table!

Choosing the Right Path

The process of collecting objects to ‘cleanse’ was simply walking around Huddersfield and picking up rubbish I came cross, seen in Attempt III.

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Objects cleansed from Attempt III.

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Route taken for Attempt III.

For the Final Attempt, I have intentions of walking around most if not all the streets of Huddersfield in the town centre, inside of the ring road A62.

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When I started collecting objects for the Final Attempt, the route taken was not planned, neither was the next coupe of routes I took, only a general area/direction was planned long the way.

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1st route taken on the 6th March.

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2nd route taken on the 8th March.

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3rd route taken on the 10th March.

However now after doing a few walks, and covering many streets I have decided I will need to start making decisions before hand, for the route taken to collect the objects, ensuring that I have objects from most the streets.

So I made some plans for routes/paths to undergo over the next couple of weeks.

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I need to make the decisions whether to do redo the same route again, if a insufficient amount of objects was collected, ideally I want as many or a wide variety of objects of possible. This means I may to rethink how I record the routes/paths and objects. As up until now I’ve named the paths based on the dates they were made.

  • 6th  March
  • 8th march
  • 10th March 

Perhaps I should rename these paths, I, II, III, IV etc. or do I just name the days I went on the paths. Do they even need a name? How relevant are the paths? Should their been more focus on the locations, where I find the objects.

→ Cleansing

The final web situation and presentation of the interactive map, representing locations and images of ‘cleansed’ found objects.

Interactive Map

I’ve decided just to focus on the ‘Place markers’ rather than create ‘Paths’ on the interactive maps, I came to this conclusion due to other methods of displaying the Paths, physical representations or diagrams.

So going back to representing the Place markers, I started to use Google Maps Engine in the same way I used it to present the Paths and instead of creating a ‘Layer’ for the separate dates and routes, I will keep all the Place makers as one layer.

I’ve plotted Place markers of the found locations of the rubbish from my third attempt at ‘Cleansing’ onto the map, including and a interactive image that expands when clicked on.

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Map Link 

I’m quite happy with how this has turned out, however I am worried that the viewer/participant could click on other buttons/links, especially on the top bar, that could lead them onto different webpages. I would prefer a more restricted access.

So I though I could try something, say exporting the map onto a website, such as Wix, a free website builder, where I could have more control over what the viewer could do.

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I copied the HTML code of the map I created on Google Maps and pasted the map onto a blank Wix website template. Already most of the buttons were removed, though there still some elements I would like to hide, such as the dark strip directly above the map, which could again direct the viewer away from the map.

So by using a few tools on the website builder I could hide the elements I do not want display  and also change the dimensions and focus of the map.

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Website Link 

I very much prefer the layout and presentation on the map lie this, there are no distractions from other button or links, its quite minimal and profession in my opinion.

However the main downside of using an free web builder, is the bombardment of advertisements, on the bottom of the screen and at the top right corner. I was tempted to leave it like this, thinking there would no solution to remove these ads (unless I bought a ‘Upgraded' version of the website builder), but me being me I sought after a more economical alternative.

I’m not sure how I came across it, perhaps from playing around, but I knew web pages, like the one I just created on Wix, have HTML codes. Similar to the one I copies from the Google Maps and if I could see the code I could find the part that produced the adds and remove it.

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But what would I do with this code afterwards, I would need to do something with it. Well I jnew that Tumblr, use HTML codes as well to build their blogs. So I thought about creating a new blog on Tumble and customising the codes.

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By sieving through the HTML code, and a bit of trial an error, I managed to find the part of the code that created/built the adverts that I wanted to remove.

I was also able to change the Favicon, the small icon on the tab of the browser, to link to the one I’m using on this blog. 

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The next step is to complete the map on Google Maps, with the relevant Place markers from the forth coming weeks. As well  any updates on this map will appear automatically on the Tumblr.

Inteactive Map link 

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Interactive Map - Attempts

Something I noticed on Google Maps is that is shows photographs taken by various people. By uploading them to Panaramio, it locates them on Google Maps, from experience of using it in the past.

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So I tried this with the images of the objects painted white. However they were not selected to be place on Google Maps, which meant I would have to create my own map.

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Panaramio Account

So I searched for an online map service, where I could create a personalised map. I came across Zeemaps where I was able to include pins on the map where I found the objects, and when clicked on expanded into a image of the object in that location.

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Website Link 

There is also the options to include other media, such as links and videos, however I was unable to include paths, which is an important part of what I wanted to show, plus the map includes adverts and generally isn’t as sharp or professionals as I would like.

I thought I would give Google Earth a try since I was already familiar with it and had it installed on my computer. I’m able to do features such as a create paths and add placemarks, that included images.

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Personalise them, changing the styles, colours and sizes. Plus Google Earth includes a Record a Tour function so I can record and follow paths I create.

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Full Clip of Tour

However as this is map is created on my Google Earth it wont be accessible on other computers or online. So I wonder whether there is a way to upload this map online, posting it on a website perhaps?

I came across this webpage that explains how to embed a Google Earth Project onto a website, I tried this approach and creating a webpage on Wix, however it just didn’t work, my paths and placemarks didn’t show.

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So next attempt would be to try create an online map, again. I had a nosey round newer versions of Google Maps, and I notice my maps. So I created an account and create a new maps

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I managed to create pretty much the same items as I had on Google Earth with the benefit of being accessible online.

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Map Link 

However once again I hit another problem. I was limited to the amount of data I could attach to the map, meaning I wouldn’t be able to add any more information over the next few weeks.

So what next?

Since I already Wix website, I thought I would try create a basic map. A fixed map that I could add images, links the videos and include information from online social media.

Interactive Map Inspiration

I came across this website for the Grand Depart and it shows in a very similar way the type of interactive map I what to create. 

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The first thing I noticed was the animated path/route that follows the route of the race and plays automatically when you click onto the website or you can use the bar at the buttom to move the path along.

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Also I like the use on the location pins, when you click on one a box expands with information regarding that pin, this could be a great way of including images, film and links.

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Another interesting feature was the integration of social media onto the map. There is a link to images posted on Instagram, which are mapped on the website by tracking images tagged with  #TDFYorkshire. This could be a great way to include live responses to my work especially the objects I position outside the studio. 

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Cleasning - Interactve Map

So I’m currently collecting rubbish from around Huddersfield town centre, with the idea of painting them white and returning them back where they were found.

The main part of the work will be the white around placed around town, that are free to be interacted with by the public and nature. As this is based outside, I was thinking about display inside the studio, say some documentations of the process, finding the objects, appropriating and returning them.

I have images of the objects in their found location, before and after being ‘cleansed’,

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maps of the found locations of the objects and the routes/paths taken to find and collect the objects,

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 film recordings of the these paths and of the objects being painted white.

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Video Link 

So I was thinking of one place where all this information could be stored and represented.

The above diagrams were made on Photoshop, using a print screened map from Google Maps as a guide to located and draw the information.

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I quite like the use layeres on Photoshop, this mean you could play around with what you wanted to see, either the paths, location, different map types.

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And I would like this same interaction for the viewer, were they can play around but also includes images and videos as well. So perhaps an online map or website could be more suitable to  represented this information in a similar way.