Atelier Wunderkammer presented many deliverables that were to be completed as a team or individually. As individuals, we were tasked with finding our own agenda by producing an illustrated and deeply researched article that responded to the Atelier Wunderkammer theme. We took inspiration from the British design and architecture magazine, ICON, which was established in 2003. We had to think of this piece of innovative writing as a double page spread that would be published and printed in the ICON magazine. It had to differ from previous publications by which we had to make it our own creative conceit. Delivering this made it easier to express the point of view that could inspire us as individuals to connect with the shared minds of the 'Atelier'.
"We had better not enjoy the moment, but create the moment."
In the summer of 2019 I visited the Tate Modern in London. This was at the time that the art museum was at its peak of its busiest period with many exhibitions and events taking place. An exhibition that had an impact on myself was Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life. An experience in a creative space that makes you become aware of your senses, people around you and the world beyond. You lose consciousness and imagine yourself as part of the installation; the mind takes a wander. I also had the pleasure of seeing The British Library by Yinka Shonibare CBE. This installation of 6,328 colourful hardbook books arranged on rows of shelving, represented the majority of first or second generation immigrants to Britain. A room filled with individuals stories, that also celebrate their contributions to British culture and history.
I wanted to explore the sense of curiosity viewers experience when in and around exhibition spaces. The content of each space can create an instant response but what about exhibition design, scale of an installation and the pathway a guest is intended to follow to fully appreciate the art and design? Having witnessed a thought provoking sensation at The British Library, I was keen to research and compare another historically connected installation. Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds was a exciting place to start. His installation piece was displayed in the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern which signifcantly differs from The British Library in terms of scale and design. But they share similar intentions of creating a visual metaphor. Exhibitions can take many forms, all of which are designed to achieve one key emotional response. The various techniques can result in wonderous thinking.
An additional task we faced was to create our own cover for the ICON magazine. I recreated Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds by constructing a similar composition in which he has the seeds in the palms of his hands. I took multiple photographs but to produce my hero image I edited the photograph, making it black and white to emphasise the strong contrasts and texture within the picture.