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For the Moment

Titley The Shave II

The ability to create tools has been a key factor in the evolution of the human species. This project, For the Moment, emerges from explorations of how we shape our behaviour through the use of our personal technology. With our smartphones in particular, we are able to maintain a presence in the online virtual space regardless of the physical space we inhabit.
Our new technology enables us to connect and share, so no longer do we remain passive consumers of imagery but we actively construct imagery along with words to index our physical existence in the virtual space. We can now easily jump from the physical world to the virtual world through the scan of a code with our phones.
As the use of these new tools becomes normalised we define new social practice. Once, when people gathered together, they shared the same experience. Today in such group situations we will talk to people who are present, but we might also spend some time interacting with others who are not present. We are likely to fragment the time we spend with others by attending to our virtual life and not always being “in the moment” with those around us.
The digital camera in all its formats is a key tool of the new technological era. In making For the Moment I have taken the opportunity to look at some aspects of photography that are changing as a result of the evolving digital medium. This includes time as a characteristic of the photograph, the genre of the tableau in presenting social comment, manipulating digital images and using technology to create multi-media work. With this last aspect I endeavour to bring elements from outside the frame into the work itself.

For the Moment has been on show at Thought Atlas the MA Show 2013 at The Cass.

The Cass 2013 MA Show


Fine Art and Photography at The Cass 2013 MA Show


Work has begun in earnest on For the Moment my MA project looking at our how we mould our behaviour with the tools we have shaped. In particular I am looking at the ubiquitous hand held devices that we all own and use and the evolving social behaviour that this is affecting. A recent article by Marina Hyde in The Guardian claims that “the revolution is over: the rude mobile phone users have won”. The revolution may be over Marina, but I think the evolution is alive and kicking.

For the Moment will be shown as part of Thought Atlas The Cass MA Fine Art and MA Photography 2013 Show at Spring House, 40-44 Holloway Road, London in September.

M_INT : MA Interim Show at The Cass


Image Search, a work that has evolved out of 10×8 will be on display at M_INTa show of work in progress by students at The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, LMU.

As well as a preview of work by over 20 students, the Private View on Thursday March 14th will include various fundraising activities; M_INT Photo Booth, Silent Auction and raffles. The Silent Auction will provide visitors with an opportunity to buy work by established artists, and students at The Cass at VERY affordable prices.

10×8 on Show at The Cass Gallery March 11-16 2013

80 images forming a single work called 10x8, 10 versions of 8 images

The 10×8 Project will be exhibited as part of the MA Photography and MA Fine Art Interim Show at the Cass Gallery in March. 10×8 involved 10 artists editing 8 images. This project looks at digital photography on the Web and in particular, image search on the web. It also looks at the process of creating images in the digital era.

The MA Photography and MA Fine Art Interim Show will see 20 students from The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design and London Metropolitan University presenting their work at The Cass Gallery, located opposite the Whitechapel Gallery in Whitechapel High Street, London right above Aldgate East Underground Station.

Made in Hayes

Photo: Geoff Titley – The EMI Shipping Building in Hayes, Middlesex.

The shipping building and surrounding buildings were home to EMI for over 50 years with over 14,000 people employed there in its heyday in the 1960’s. As part of an ongoing project at The Sir John Cass School of Art Architecture and Design, I am undertaking story collecting with people who worked at this EMI site over the years.

The project launches today, December 17th 2012 – “What was the first vinyl you bought?” session with local member for Hayes and Harlington John McDonnell and artist Bob and Roberta Smith.

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