Moshe Ladanga

Test Site Shows: Documentation

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I. Abstraction

The test site show we did was instructive; the experience taught me a lot of things about working with other people, and at the same time, pushed me to develop my personal vision (heck, this is the first time to show work in a gallery setup). The pieces from across the MA’s were interesting, the variated takes on the theme invigorated my mind.

Please click on the images to see in full:

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*A comprehensive pictorial documentation is on Flickr as well.

*The catalogue in PDF form: Abstraction Show



Frame Grabs from my piece in the show.

*Please click on the images to see in full.

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The video that I made for the show is a revised edit of the Study of Symmetry piece. I watched the other pieces of footage I had that I shot in the similar manner (15fps, shake-induced smearing) and constructed a dynamic line that builds the experience of progress, the structuring of power edifices and facades. I wanted the beginning to evoke the rise of the architecture like a phantasm of data, built and destroyed, built and destroyed, like history. I also put some parts of the piece in Motion, and experimented with layering; the artefact of the image (the pixels) begins to show at its edges when the footage floats above its own replica.

The piece does have sound, which I finished two weeks ago. I wanted the sound to construct a sense of space, a disembodied sense of a march into the city.


II. Identity

The Catalogue:



Pictures from the show’s private view:

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Documentation of my work in the gallery:

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This is the piece I showed in the Identity Show in Wilsons Gallery.

I also setup Jessica d’Avigdor’s work (‘Taking a Walk’).

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The only thing that was lacking I think in my participation was in curating the placements of the work; the LCD screens were sort of set apart from the other works, and I think Brian Fitzgerald (one of the curators) was very mindful of how the displays can distract the viewers from seeing the other pieces. Perhaps if the screens were strategically placed (like in the Abstraction Show) in between the works, it would create a path that would lead the viewer all the way down the corridor.

What I’ve learned from participating in this show is that it is important to take part in the curation, particularly in this case where most of the works were in traditional media. However, during the private view, the placement of the screens didn’t hinder people from watching the videos. The screens really attracted people, the moving images casting a “spell”- haha:)

All in all though, it was a great experience, and made new friends in the MA courses.


Written by mosheladanga

March 19, 2008 at 6:27 AM

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