We had the opportunity to attend our first in person lecture at University along with a guided tour of the pop-up units in the Piazza Centre where the exhibitions are going to be held. This was also the first opportunity we had to meet all of our team members. This on campus briefing was very beneficial as I personally thrive best in an academic environment surrounded by other creatives. Despite this, I think we have responded very well to the current challenges of Covid-19 so far as a group and have successfully created a brief that accommodates all creatives.
During our tutorial session with Roddy, we discussed our proposal in preparation for the formative presentations in November. We received positive feedback which suggested we were on track with the project. However, we were advised to be clearer with how we word our project and what it involves, as we alternated between the terms ‘virtual archive’ and ‘virtual market’. Roddy also asked us to clarify if we were planning to only create a virtual space or whether we were going to exhibit work in a real-life format. Due to the difficulties surrounding social distancing and the pending possibility of another lockdown, our group decided to remain with our initial idea of only creating a virtual exhibition.
It was very insightful to have the opportunity to walk inside the Temporary Contemporary space and and view how other artists have gone about hanging their work in the pop-up spaces located in the Piazza Centre. I think this aided us in envisioning how the virtual space is going to look once it is complete.
After our tutorials, I had a one-to-one meeting with Roddy as I was personally struggling to figure out my personal contribution to the project. He advised me to develop an approach that would link my style of fashion and portraiture photography with archiving the market. He suggested I research into Hungarian artist Hajas Tibor’s Self Fashion Show. This is a short film taken on the busy streets of Budapest, in Moscow Square in 1976. Tibor utilises the street as a backdrop, opposed to shooting in a studio space, and asks passers-by to stop and stand in front of the camera. The purpose of this being to detach the subjects from the environment and bring awareness to how self-conscious people feel in front of the camera. This initiated my inspiration to organise a fashion shoot inside the market. In doing this I would be utilising the indoor area to create work, not just as a space to exhibit art. Unlike Tibor who asked strangers to pose for his photographs, I would like to organise a fashion shoot with different models, using the market as my backdrop instead of a studio setting. In terms of archiving, this would showcase the building and incredible architecture of Queensgate Market, along with showing how Huddersfield utilised this space for creative to showcase and create artwork.
(Tibor, n, d.)