ALBSA.ME - What Do You See?

  • Harry Martin
ALBSA.ME: What Do You See? Artefact #1

ALBSA.ME: What Do You See? is a micro-project that focuses on institutional critique undertaken at Stow College, Glasgow School of Art as part of a larger curatorial project - ALBSA.ME (www.albsa.me). The project's aim is to translate contemporary conversations from the ‘curatorial’ - what Irit Rogoff describes an ‘event of knowledge’ - occurring from the harmony of multiple public ideas - into a cohesive exhibition surrounding a made up central theme. The project has two phases: 'What Do You See?' and 'Taming the Demon'. What Do You See? asks four questions:

What is the shortest form of an exhibition?
What do you want to see most in an exhibition space?
What is the shortest form of an exhibition?
What does (x) want to see most in an exhibition?

Based on these questions, What Do You See collects participants' data and translates their views of temporal and spatial conditions into a cohesive display. This brochure was an artefact intended for physical display within the degree show, elaborating on the project’s development and documentation of the strategy taken in presenting its theme.
ALBSA.ME: Phase II - Taming the Demon. Artefact #2

'ALBSA.ME: Taming the Demon' is the next stage of the What Do You See project, following the events of social isolation across Europe, and the general transition of activities from institutional to domestic spaces. The aim of this phase is to review current online discussions and activities, comparing how societies (as well as participants involved in the What Do You See project) are evolving new spatial and temporal relationships with others in a digital institution, away from the Glasgow School of Art.

This video has been selected for Summer Academy Venice's BÄNDIGUNG DER DÄMONEN (Taming the Demons) online exhibition, with artwork from other finalists of the academy from the last fifteen years:
https://www.sommerakademievenedig.com/de/baendigung-der-daemonen.html
ALBSA.ME: What Do You See? DS2020 Simulator

ALBSA.ME: What Do You See? can be experienced in VR, thanks to the tremendous efforts of Benjamin Hall and his programming team. In the DS2020 Simulator, exhibition architecture, gallery furniture and artefacts intended for the degree show are all emulated through its spatial and temporal imitations of Stow College, Glasgow School of Art. Consulting Artefacts #1, #2, and the possibilities of the simulator, justify the project's aim of harmonising artists' voices in institutional critique of the ideal exhibition space. It also envisages the developments of social isolation that followed the transition to domestic institutions away from the Glasgow School of Art.

DS2020 Simulator (Credit - Benjamin Hall et al.):
https://ds2020simulator.com/
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