The power of the Every-Day: part 2

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‘The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper‘  W.B. Yeats

A quote from the Exposat 2013 exhibition in South Kensington (Imperial College), London, currently showing.  Here is what it is about –

Exposat: The theme is based on pieces and images suggesting how time and space can be re-presented. The title ‘EXPOSAT’ is an acronym of the phrase ‘EXploring Perceptions of Space and Time’. This is also a Catalan word meaning ‘exposed’ and is linked to ‘exposar’ – expose (reveal, uncover) which is a nice coincidence. The pieces are intended to portray one or many moments in time and space. These images or sequences are intended to reflect events, structures and processes and our perception of them. The objective is to provide experiences that link to the model of events in space / time that the pieces are intended to suggest. The intended mood of the exhibition is to portray interesting and perhaps novel ways of achieving this. The theme allows for exploring different techniques to capture moments in time and space and to record and present them and the linking of these to create a dynamic process of perception and re-perception.

The photographs and video installations show how we’re caught up in our everyday lives not knowing what we pass through.  The quote at the start of this article comes from the set of photographs produced by Kayode Disu, as does this quote:

‘There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception’ Aldous Huxley.

His set of photos show this brilliantly – people immersed in their own bubble and yet part of a whole.  Here is one of his many superb photos – this one shows the bubble of the underground – many private worlds in one public world:

Perspective

It is so easy to form a decision about something or how someone is and yet it would be easier to leave our imagination open:

‘The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favour that theory’ Thomas Jefferson.

Let us turn to Liverpool Cathedral where the expressions of the divine are certainly not caged in!  The striking sculpture on the front of the cathedral has not been made within any framework – there is no theory and because of this, it can be seen through the eyes of anyone:

Christ

Christ

and provokes individual repsonses such as the one inside of the cathedral:

I felt you and knew you loved me

I felt you and knew you loved me

Whether the quote is religious or not, whether the man on the front of the cathedral is Christ or not, when approached openly, the viewer is the one to benefit.

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