|Images, from left to right:
1 Entering the gallery
2 Metal text
3 Registers to be signed by former pupils and other visitors
4 A signature in the Pupils Register
5 The blackboard
6 Tumbling paper decorations
7 Room book
8 Notebook containing miscellaneous items donated by pupils and visitors
|Work informed by the Salt Gallery's previous life as Hayle Kindergarten and Preparatory School, exploring learning and repetition. Conversations with former pupils of Hayle Kindergarden and Preparatory School early on in the project, inspired thoughts around the theme of 'learning by rote'. This method of learning through repetition was examined through a series of different works. Information was memorized, transformed or lost through a variety of processes. However, concurrently, by re-presenting this past in an altered context and form, another generation also became privy to a version of this story. And so it continues.||Laser-cut text gave visitors instructions on entry into
the gallery space. The text was made from mild-steel specifically so
that it would gradually corrode throughout the course of the exhibition.
Names were employed as a simple means to remember a collective past. The handwriting of the participants became both a reflection of fundamental rules drummed into us from a young age and
a conscious decision to relieve ourselves of those same conventions.
Any visitor who had been a pupil at the school, or knew of someone who had, was asked to sign their name into the Pupil's Register. Visitors were also asked to create their own book on a photocopier using an image that degraded each time it was copied. The book could then be taken home as a souvenir of the show.
|Exhibited at: Once More, with Feeling, The Salt Gallery, Hayle, Cornwall.|