Takashi Homma's window on todays crafts and thoughts on exhibitions and the viewer

 Looking in: Takashi Homma's 'Camera Obscura Study' Hermes window display. | © SATOSHI ASAKAWA / COURTESY OF HERMES JAPON - https://bit.ly/2uPyyKO

Looking in: Takashi Homma's 'Camera Obscura Study' Hermes window display. | © SATOSHI ASAKAWA / COURTESY OF HERMES JAPON - https://bit.ly/2uPyyKO

An interesting article when thinking about the display or "exhibition" of work, and an "interesting reflection on the state of photography and its current place in visual culture" - JOHN L. TRAN

I had never really thought of the viewer before now, as anything other than the viewer - the person looking. Homma's window display of camera obscure images made in the adjacent building create something closer to performance art by getting the viewer to slow down their daily lives and the watch and look at the display. Also commenting on the decline of analog film and particularly for something seen as an advertisement.

In terms of my own practise, it has given me a starting point to think about how I would like the viewer to participate in my own exhibition. As my work is a personally family album but without the family, I want the viewer to be invited into my home, and into my memories of childhood. 

The idea of the viewer taking something away with them is something I have been skirting around too, as I like the idea that there should be free art. Combining this with a website I found out about that involved buying a disposable camera taking a few images and then passing it onto the next person to do the same gave me another idea of perhaps starting a shared art project commenting on authorship of the image but giving the viewer the decision of where the work gets  displayed next...

More thoughts on that to follow....