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Trip to London

MA group went to London. We visited the Freud Museum and Camden Art Centre. It was useful in so much that we managed to talk and chat and discuss different ideas that each of us had. We had the opportunity to see how and why curators curate a show.

The Freud Museum was curious. It was his home for a little while. His study was set up with books, artefacts and Persian carpets. It had a strange feeling, opressed but sort of cozy and errie. His famous couch was on display, but yet it was uninviting- something one wanted to avoid.

The uncanny show hosted objects behind glass and a blurb. It seemed more museum like rather than art. It was informative and illustrated the point well. We looked specifically at these dolls which had substituted limbs and inverted heads and mirrored eyeballs. It was bizarre and slightly disturbing.

The installation room was most scary, odd and emotionally oppressive. The whole house in fact had the feeling of oppression, but this installation in particular. There were three mirrors on the walls which had masks behind them and over the course of time it wouldn’t be impossible to see through the mirror as the lighting changed. There was errie talking which added to the distressful atmosphere.

During a talk it became clear that Freud was very anti-faith in particular anti-Christianity. Could it be his harsh separation of his self and his spirit have led to his theories and thinking? That if there was nothing behind himself the only higher power was contained in the mind? I wondered if being an intelligent person whether (possibly out of boredom) he ever messed with people mentally just to see their reactions or so that he could sit back and observe as it unravelled? or perhaps have an experiment of his theories? surely if one is committed to investigation then one would pursue it at all cost?

The second venture was to Camden Arts Centre, this was interesting. Telegraph poles, tiles, mosaic, water & copper, handbag shoes, doors, jewellery and pigment made of money. Now this last one I must tell you about, I found it incredible. It was this large large canvases made up of one pale tone. It looked like some art like Rothko but plainer as if attempting to be chic. I like it instantly but there was no wow factor. The colours were pretty that was all. After reading about it, it turns out he had made the pigment form € notes. Each colour had been made by grinding the notes up €5 for one canvas €500 dollar notes for another and so forth. Isn’t it curious the pale colours in contrast to greed. the the way the colours them selves absorb us just as a like do money would but in a different way. On the opposite wall was canvas the same size but this one was grey. On closer inspection elements of notes could be seen, security marks and stamps, shiny parts and writing.

The trip was good. I am not sure how I can apply it too my work, but what I have taken is how as a curator the full story is held back and for me I feel the need to tell the viewer exactly what they are looking at when I fact It is not needed so much.

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