Within Berlin there are posters everywhere, it is hard to ignore them. They are all piled on top of each other where the older posters are hidden behind and more or less forgotten, as the newer ones become priority and stuck on top. The layers bring the posters off the walls, pillars, traffic light poles and anywhere that there was space, making them 3D and stand out. We went on an unplanned journey and explored different locations in Berlin.
As a group we focused on mass media and mass culture, in different locations. We explored into the comparisons and connections of the diversity of culture within today's society. The collaborative project explores the contrast between the culture in Berlin and Plymouth. One way this can be shown is through the distribution and the art and social advertisement between the two cities. In Plymouth, putting up art or posters on the streets can be seen as vandalism or an illegal act, due to the council or local authorities being against this. Whereas in Berlin, it's a way of expressing or informing the community - it's seen as art rather than vandalism.
We wanted our piece to be interactive where you were able to get up close and even walk on top of it. We placed Berlin and Plymouth posters next to the posters we created, showing the comparison between the two locations. By placing our piece on the floor you were able to see it from different places and angles, representing the posters in Berlin where wherever you go within Berlin you always see posters plastered up.
When searching through Google images, you can scroll down pages and pages of basically the same picture of a certain location, the only difference is, the time of day, devices used to take the picture and the angles used within each image. Keeping with the theme 'Out with the new, in with the used' which was the name for the exhibition, where our photography or moving image pieces were being presented, my piece focuses on the new, which is of the original photographs and people taking the pictures. Which are then being replaced with the used, introducing the pictures on Google Images, where people feel the already taken images are as good as being at the location.
When looking through Google Images, you can type in 'the most photographed barn in America' and it comes up with pages of images of the barn. The only difference is what the person used to take the photo and the angles, what time of day and the lighting used in each image. This therefore, makes each image unique. There is the destruction of having loads of 'basically' the same image and it is accessible to copy and save these images, such as off Google, and to see this popular place without actually visiting the barn in person. However, this popular location that was once attracting viewers may be decreasing because of the accessible photos on the internet. Google Images is a good way to see the barn and other places without having to go there in person. This is much easier as it is a click away.
The Exhibition was held at 'Comma 5' a space in Plymouth. It gave me the opportunity to present my photography piece. In my exhibition piece, I collected a lot of images from one place at different times of the day and differences within the angles and distance. I wanted to take photographs of a place or building which is seen as a normal everyday place - just like the barn. I displayed my creation as a scroll that falls and crumples onto the floor. It shows the amount of images on Google, where you can scroll down and it feels like the images are endless.