[June 26, 2012]
Lucy’s contribution is from a year-long project – 1 x Polaroid.
In 2008 Polaroid announced that its instant film was to be discontinued. On January 1st 2009, I decided to take a single Polaroid for the next 365 days. My aim was simple: to make an image every day, to improvise and respond to a particular moment, without planning ahead. This rule was sometimes broken. Either if I was somewhere particularly eventful (resulting in more than one image), or if I ran out of film / couldn’t find a way to respond to the day, (resulting in no image). These days are represented by a blank Polaroid.
The two images selected for OA come from East London and Chicago respectively. I’m often drawn to abandoned, yet arranged objects, similarly objects which are adapted in order to deliver a message, (and sometimes, perhaps, a message more ambiguous than intended!).
Lucy Cash has offered a ‘visual interpretation’ of the term: Object abuse.
Each one of these visual interpretations adds insight and depth to what exactly Object Abuse might look like. This question is by no means obvious when you think about it, who is to say the object in question is passive and not active, where does any variation of abuse originate from? And what is an object, or can we really say with any certainty what is not an object?
OA’s intension is to provide a platform to question the very nature and orientation of objects. The aim is to readdress the unquestioned drives of our collective pursuits, to turn the tables on the object-subject dynamic.
If you would like to offer us a visual interpretation, please go the our Contact page and let us know.
OA began as a symposium, now it is housed as a website and next it will become a network, with events; presentations and exhibitions.