This was a four day group project focussed on creating work based on our course inputs on artifice, site and place. During our presentation we spoke about our week long "trip" to spain, showing photographs, postcards and souvenirs from our travels. We also recounted interesting anecdotes about the journey. In the evening we organized an event around the "Spain" trip, exhibiting prints of our tourist photographs, postcards and a video of our journey to the airport. We also sold "Spanish" food, beer and candy to recover the cost of printing and attract a wider audience.
At the Loarre Castle, in Huesca, Spain
At Bournemouth Airport.
At the La Falla festival.
Outside the exhibition space.
Postcards and souvenirs
Video collage of airport trip.
Detail of costume made from Spanish candy by Mimi He.
Photo collage by Rodrigo Munoz and Aditi Kulkarni. Photos and videos by Taro Marimoto and Mimi He.
Reactions to the work were varied. Some commented that the spanish trip was obviously fake and therefore made the audience feel like they were listening to a lie, also making them uncomfortable. Most of the audience laughed throughout the presentation, which was our main aim, to entertain and tell a good story. Others enjoyed the "tongue-in-cheek" retelling of our experience. Overall we created an artifical journey by producing digital collages of real pictures taken by one of our group members in Spain, and pictures of us digitally added into these "real" locations. We also aimed to comment on the tourist experience by bringing in cliche souvenirs such as the spanish bull. Overall, the audience felt that video was the most believable evidence of such a trip.