19 October 2013

Austria. Selected pictures from 26 to 30 September 2013

Here are some pictures that I took when I was out in Austria to see my work presented at the 8th International Biannual of Ceramics, Kapfenberg 2013.

These pictures were mainly taken from Vienna as I spent most of my time in that area. It seems like the time I spent out their just flew by so quickly, then again I was not out there very long, but there was just enough time to do some exploring and experience something new. Looking back at that memory know feels quite unreal, like a dream in a way.

I enjoyed my time in Vienna the city is very clean, and the air was very fresh, it was difficult to smell any fumes or pollution and the sky was always very blue. It seemed like a lot of the architecture was quite traditional and so the city has probably retained a lot of its heritage, in fact it was a bit difficult finding any built spaces that looked modern. However the transport is very modern and easy to use and navigate.

Within the time I had out there I managed to do quite a bit of sight seeing, I went round the city to different areas and checked out some museums and a contemporary art gallery. There was not really any particular plan, in a way I just stumbled onto things that caught my interest. Perhaps this is also captured in the pictures as the photographs documented my experience out there, however in some way I think it is an experience that in some way is quite universal.

The photographs can be seen as recognisable to a specific area for example through the style of architecture or reference to place but at the same time they could be seen as spaces without subject matter. Is it then a way of documenting my experience through the built environment that can be recognisable but also on the other hand questionable. I think these pictures makes me think about my place in this world and how I interact with built spaces and the effect it has on me. I would like to think these picture could convey the unreal within the real therefore bringing about an alternative perception about the constructed world we create for ourselves. I think this is something I will continue to investigate upon.

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