Previous Exhibitions

March 03, 2015

Please Touch

May 07, 2014

 

Samesyn

March 26, 2014

 

The Secret Love Project

March 19, 2014

English Edition

February 17, 2014

Lovely Creatures

January 21, 2014

#lookatmydickybird

September 17, 2013

 

#lookatmydickybird explores the nature of contemporary photography under the influence of social media., investigating the way mobile cameras and applications (ie.Instagram), have shifted the margins of photography as an artistic medium.

Featuring new work by Stuart Bird, Michaelis graduate Adam Munro’s intimate prints and matchbox cameras share the space with live feeds and Instagram blocks. Analogue photographer Tarquin Wyeth experiments with Instagram, while Marcus Viljoen produces an exciting on-site work using alternative processing. A changing installation featuring work submitted by you (the public) mimics the nature of the Internet and the idea that ‘we’re all photographers now’.

In 1900 Kodak released the Brownie camera making photography accessible and affordable to the public for the first time: the industry exploded. Users did not have to develop their own film, paying only 15cents to have this done. Photography was no longer a field exclusive to professionals. The scale of this shift changed the future of the medium, and now mobile devices and social media have taken this one revolutionary step further, on a global scale. Mobile photography has become the contemporary version of Warhol’s 1960’s Campbell’s soup can.

Present day technology affords anyone the opportunity to take photographs using mobile camera applications (instagram, etc.), and to improve the standard of their images without necessarily being familiar with the mechanisms of a camera.

Attractive effects emulated by mobile applications have become marketable, overwhelmingly popular and excessive.  “These (mundane) images, appealing in some cases, are mere emulations, virtually effortless and often not well-considered.” (Botha, 2012) Does the utilization of this method automatically discredit the visual products? #lookatmydickybird attempts to help you decide.

Pretend Pretend

July 17, 2013

Meditations – Cape Town

May 22, 2013

Pure Evil – Cape Town

March 18, 2013

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