I learnt a lot from the JUNCTURE exhibition in the reception gallery space. The process of being a part of a group show was new to me, and I really valued the opportunity to experience this.
I did intend to show new work, but it just wasn’t as ready as I wanted it to be. I used a sound piece I made before which had only been shown at Tactile Bosch, so I thought it would be interesting to see how it worked in a completely different environment.
When I was setting it up, I think I just thought I’d go with whatever was easiest, so I asked Neil and he helped me loop my track and put it on the Mac already set up in reception for the previous exhibition. So the work was on a Mac with two sets of headphones, on a plinth standing about head height.
I was really pleased – for once in my life I was organised and had set up 5 days early. Sod’s law – no matter how organised you are, things will inevitably go wrong. Anna texted me on the weekend and said the Mac and everything I had set up was gone. Someone probably thought they were being helpful, but it really wasn’t. So on Monday morning Anna and I spent half an hour on a wild goose chase trying to find it.
Eventually we did, thankfully. A space had been left for me on the window sill, so I set up the Mac there. It was there for a few days, and then Angie said to me she thought it should be on a plinth. I asked a few other people and they also said it seemed odd being on the floor, or they didn’t notice it or want to put the headphones on because of the set up.
I think the issue wasn’t so much the height, but how far back it was – all the other works were within the border of the floor vent, whereas mine was behind. Mine wasn’t within the gallery space, and by being directly on the floor it lacked presence. I found a small box in Maker, so I painted it and set my work up on that. By being brought forward and higher, the piece now had more presence – it invited the audience to listen more than it had before, and I was much more pleased with it.
I think it still wasn’t as I would like it to be. I created the piece with the intention of it being in a dark room as an installation with reeeeally bass heavy speakers. I think having it with headphones provides a more personal experience, but it is quite exposed still – the exhibition space with the windows etc just makes you feel like you’re being watched, you can’t properly immerse yourself in the sound.
I’m still really pleased with it however – I got some great experience, and some lovely feedback from people. I think I learnt a lot about the value of exhibiting – I need to show my work more so I can get feedback and progress. I realise now as well just how crucial the curation of art is to it’s success and will definitely account for that more in my creation of work.