I have been working in Kingston for the past few months and couldn't miss the opportunity to visit the Eadweard Muybridge exhibition.
Muybridge was born in Kingston in 1830 and after travelling most of his life he bequeathed his personal collection of his work to the town when he died in 1904. Along side an exhibition at the Tate Britain, Kingston's own museum is showing a small exhibition of Muybridge's work. I had the place to myself and was able to take my time reading all of the information on offer.
Eadweard Muybridge and his inventions were so important to the world of photography and moving pictures. He used photography and his Zoopraxiscope to show both people and animals in motion. Muybridge was originally acting as a scientist and his work was not instantly praised and appreciated for what it could show. And so Muybridge became a showman manipulating his work to make sequences that would appeal to his Victorian audience on a humorous level and earn him fame and fortune in return.
The exhibition showed many of Muybridge's original Zoopraxiscope discs as well as explaining how they were made, the equipment used to the project them and the way in which Muybridge made his name in Victorian times. At the end of the exhibition you are invited to sit and watch Muybridge's sequences projected onto a screen, they have been created to replicate what a Victorian audience would have seen.
The only thing missing from the exhibition was a little more technical information on how Muybridge created his original photographs but after asking an attendant at the museum I have the contact I need to find this out myself if I choose to. All in all this was a great, free, exhibition.
As well as this exhibition titled Muybridge Revolutions, there was another exhibition showing at the Stanley Picker Gallery by a contemporary artist responding to Eadweard Muybridge's work.
This exhibtion by Trevor Appleson titled, The Dance of Ordinariness contains four large screens that show a series of films simultaneously. Combined with sound these films show a women in a black studio completing every day activities. The motion has been slowed down and so allows the viewer to see details in these choreographed events that they would not normally see or possibly care about. For me this exhibition gave me a small impression of how a Victorian audience may have felt watching one of Muybridge's moving sequences.
All images shot on 35mm colour negative film using my Contax T2
On a sunny day off, myself and Helen visited Kensington Palace and the exhibition, The Enchanted Palace. The palace is under construction and is closed to the public and so this exhibition has been set up to keep people visiting. The idea of the exhibition is to combine fashion and set design with state apartments to tell the stories of the seven princess' that have lived there. Visitors must make their way around the apartments and look for clues to try and name the seven princesses. The highlights of this exhibition could be found in almost every room, the sets created were indeed beautiful and at some times very eerie. With collaborations from Dame Vivienne Westwood and Paul Costelloe this was a beautiful way to learn about history but there just wasn't enough for me to read, I thought the exhibition was very expensive for what it was and I didn't feel as though I had learnt a great deal when I left. However I am glad we went and spent a few hours enjoying the last of the suns heat for this year exploring Kensington Gardens.
One sneaky photo from inside the palace.
Huge dolls created by designer Paul Costelloe
for the room of a sleeping princess.
Decorations to tie in with The Enchanted Palace exhibition,
you can see the palace under construction behind the gardens
Sky Mirror by Anish Kapoor from the exhibition Turning The World upside Down
This exhibition included four mirrored sculptures set up around the gardens reflecting the sky. Very stunning to come across.
Beautiful, beautiful day
Albert on his memorial in the gardens
We also visited the Serpentine Gallery.
I was not taken by the exhibition by Klara Liden but the gallery is
very nice and I will be keeping an eye out for what is on.
All shot on colour negative film, using my Contax T2
I was able to go back to the V&A museum on my day off and explore the Architects Build Small Spaces exhibitions in more detail. I find architecture fascinating but know absolutely nothing about it but this exhibition had real structures that I could investigate and interact with as well as small amounts of written text and short videos exploring how the designs came about, evolved, and were built in the museum. Below are a few pictures from the day.
Ratatosk by Helen & Hard Architects
This is a fun space made for grown ups to travel back to their childhood and a time when they would have climbed a few trees. I found this space utterly beautiful in its simplicity and being able to touch and feel the inside if the half carved out trees.
Woodshed by Rural Studio
This is a very basic but resourceful space made from the wood left over from forest thinning. This material and building method are both extremely in-expensive but are also a way of helping to grow and sustain a forest full of great quality trees.
In-between Architecture by Studio Mumbai Architects
This space was overwhelming. It represents a home for a family of eight, built in Mumbai in-between existing buildings. The space is unbelievably small with narrow claustrophobic rooms, stairs and passageways.
Beetle's House by Terunobu Fujimori
This space is stunning from both outside and inside. The charred wood causes the exterior to jump out at you and once you have climbed up the small ladder and through the tiny hatch in the floor there is just enough room for about five people to sit inside and drink tea.
Ark by Rintala Eggertsson Architects
This is another fun space and for me one of the most stunning. They have built a huge bookshelf sitting inside the stairwell that leads to the museums library. With wooden stairs that run inside and two seats at different levels you are encouraged to sit and read a book or two. However once reaching the top the entire structure does start to move a little so I didn't sit around for long.
I am now waiting for my next visit to my favourite museum to see the new exhibition Shadow Catchers: Camera-less photography.
I have been living in London for three weeks now and today visited one of my favorite places in the world, The V&A museum. I loved the small display of the original Peter Rabbit illustrations and self-published books from 1901. I got a quick glance at the Architects Build Small Spaces exhibition and saw five of the seven small builds scattered around the museum, very inspiring. I also got to visit My Generation, a photography exhibition by Harry Goodwin who worked on the set of Top Of The Pops when it began in 1964 until 1973. One afternoon is not long enough and I am looking forward to my next visit.