Making Some Progress.

November 6, 2011

Here is a quick update in regards to my final project:

The Exquisite Corpse project struck me in a number of ways, one being that the practice of communicating through pictures is something I already do. I live 1200 miles from my parents, see, and they love sending me pictures taken on their cell phones, and I send them photos as well. We show each other what we are up to, or use pictures as a way to tell a story of something that happened that is unusual. So, for my final project, I have been communicating with my mom in what I call a “photo conversation”. She sends me a photo, and I respond with a photo, and, as with a real conversation, one who does not know the participants may not be able to make the same connections between the pictures (that is, the conversational thread). What is important to me is the continuance of a visual conversation over time, so far about three weeks, and the compilation of that conversation that can be viewed all at once.

To do this, I will be creating a simple accordion style book, one that can be pulled apart and viewed as one continuous series of pictures. There will be 2 or 3 images per page, and I estimate at least 40 images, probably more. The conversation will not be censored—so, if one repeats herself (my mom sent the same picture twice), it will be so in the book form. This is important because I want the characteristics of a real conversation to remain intact; and sometimes one repeats herself, or starts a new subject that seems random to an outsider, or picks up where she left off at an earlier time.

This project may be expanded if I can rope in more volunteers—who will probably be close friends and family who I already interact with through cell phone pictures. Of course, in the case that they help me with this project, the number of pictures will be purposely amplified and created specifically for the purpose of conversation. If others participate, I will make each conversation into its own little book, since each will have a different number of pictures, and each is a separate interaction with a special person—also, the character of each person will show through the pictures that they share with me.

Normally, I would show some images from my photo conversation as a little sneak peak, however it seems more important to show the conversation in its entirety when it is completed. ….Sorry! But here is an example of what an accordion book looks like (though mine may be significantly less fancy looking):