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Self aesthetic: towards an audience of one


Curran, T, Self aesthetic: towards an audience of one, Proceedings of the 2013 ACUADS Conference: locations of practice, sites for creativity: from the studio to the cloud, 25-27 September 2013, University of Sydney, pp. 1-11. ISBN 9780975836095 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper traces a recent participatory studio residency up to its development as a finished place-based portrait. Through this case study, the role of the studio is considered, as a site of making and experimentation, both throughout the residency and in post-production. In 2012 I was artist-in-residence at the Museum of the Riverina in a project titled Identify, Identity, Identikit, which used the forensic form of police identikit as the basis for producing an interactive group portrait of the region. Community members were invited to sit for the project and have their eyebrows, eyes, lips or noses drawn and archived for the production of an identikit. In this process audience and subject were collapsed as the intimate process of the work overshadowed the forensic design of the portrait project. A physical and a virtual identikit were produced and donated to the museum’s permanent collection and these identikits were subsequently reworked into an app for Smartphone and tablet to increase the project’s accessibility and engagement. Rather than loading the application onto devices in an exhibition installation the app was released for general distribution onto the user/viewer’s most private form of display, their phone. While museums and galleries are under pressure to increase audience participation and public engagement the public programs that end up produced by institutions tend to have a focus on groups and masses. My intentions, however, are to use these participatory forms to engage individuals.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:portrait, studio residency, digital media, practice-as-research, audience engagement
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual arts
Research Field:Fine arts
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Curran, T (Dr Anthony Curran)
ID Code:150104
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Art
Deposited On:2022-05-23
Last Modified:2022-07-12

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