Did you see Grace Kelly and Peter Rabbit at the V&A?
How about Architects Build Small Spaces or Exposed at the Tate Modern?
Here’s a little look:
1:1 Architects Build Small Places
The great thing about the V&A is the amount you can see for free, and its not just the static exhibs but commissioned ones too! 1:1 is an excellent one because it allows you to actively discover all the parts of the exhibition around the grounds of the beautiful mighty V&A.
This exhibition features the work of architects designing small places that examine refuge and retreat. 7 out of 19 submissions are on display for you to discover. Me and my two friends found 4 including this amazing bookcase named Ark which you could climb to the top of to reach more books – thats alooot o readin’… and Ratatosk (below) which was built from tree trunks cut in half and ‘stretched’ apart to create a new fun climbing space with a message engraved inside. We also explored a confusing spiral staircase and a tunnel like wooden structure.
It was a fun start with brilliant examples of secret cameras used in the 40s/50s and fascinating early paparazzi shots in ‘Unseen Photographer’ and ‘Celebrity & the Public Gaze’.
These move on through the rooms to display photographs of ‘Voyerism and Desire’ where the innocent spying of everyday posh ladies on the bus morph into some pretty sexually explicit perving (but not on posh ladies, other types of ladies).. Maybe a section to miss out if you see it with you gran!
If that didn’t make you feel a little queezy, please move on to ‘Witnessing Violence’, it promises a bit of a slap in the face. Here we viewed secret and journalistic imagery of horrific deaths in history which will leave you concerned with the state of society. Luckily, your newly shocked state is calmed a little with final ‘Surveillance’ section of satellite and cctv imagery. Whether it was the effect of the previous rooms or the fact that the last bit was really a bit boring, I found this to be a muddled collection which seemed least linked to the rest of the display.
Over a refreshing lunch, me and the girls discussed the shows strengths and weaknesses and concluded that we had certianly learnt a lot about history and the most strange and unknown types of voyerism but a very large chunk of content was potentially missing: The effect of exposure on our modern celebrity-obsessed and social media exploding culture. This should really have been explored and challenged but then again, it probably deserves its own exhibition.
To read about this venture from a Fine Art point of view, please see Chloes’ brilliantly written art blog!