SlideFest has come and gone. It’s a relief really. I am not much of a performer, and somewhere along the way ICP-Bard’s annual event to showcase first year work turned from a slide presentation to full-on theater. It says a lot about the experimental and creative nature of this program.
For me, I needed a work-around for the fact that I am awful at documenting my work. Most photographers have it easy—digital files or scanable negatives—my large-scale photographic chemical abstractions aren’t as easy to digitize. I also don’t feel like I have the right words yet to describe my process. Or at least to make it sound more interesting than: something about photography, experimentation and the sheer pleasure of being in the darkroom (it’s sexy).
Marvin Heiferman has been a great inspiration for all of us this semester. Slidefest has been a collaboration pushing and moving us as a class. We realized that being busy together we would agree much more on decisions and trust one another as colleagues. I feel we have improved in pure process. Each of us has our own unique qualities, others can learn from. My own work has developed during Slidefest and the group show: from at first being set on The Idea on interviewing everybody from ICP on how we today move between Mix Medias. How we do not neccessarily have to do photography to do a MFA. I would have liked to hear voices from everyone on that subject. But moving with the development of my own work I found that it was more relevant to ask myself these questions, digging deeper in my own process of creating. I ended up doing a 5 min.’s video on my current work, filming silkworms in their process from the creation of their cocoons, their transformation. Moving towards questions and ideas such as: how do we live today? – how do we move and how do we live ? How we follow patterns created by others and how we have let ourselves been placed in boxes.
Instead of placing silkworms in my cell sculptures, I have placed people, almost as a nest of people. We move in sections and all of us are doing the same as animals. We eat- sleep-love-create-transform- build and die like silkworms.Slidefest has giving me a deeper insight of my own work. and made me ready for the summer and the next semester, allowing myself to let my work explore and be free in my process. That i’ts ok to shift and change plans to allow yourself to float with your inner stream, learn and transform.