A Snapshot of Two Cities #7

27/8/2015, 18:12, Kyoto, Japan

Ah sunsets. Is there anything more glorious? Perhaps being able to see a sunset in Kyoto from my chair via the interwebs! I love the golden rays on the pavement in the foreground, the stripes of the crossing, and the bike in front of the tree. Hope you had a fantastic time in Japan, Isabel!

NGV Installation, 30-8-2015, 12.34

12:34, 30/8/2015, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

I went to the NGV over the weekend for a meet up with one of my all-time favourite groups of people – the Blog With Pip gang! (There’s a blog post in the pipeline, don’t you worry). I took quite a few shots that day but, for some reason, wasn’t really feeling it when I looked back over them. I had hoped I’d take a stunning cityscape photo or something for ASTC but no. This was one of the photos that just made me smile when I looked at it. In the gallery foyer, a network of cymbal mobiles had been set up (there’s always something cool in the foyer). I think what I like most about this installation is that it really showed how timid people can be around art – particularly art that has been specifically designed to be interactive. While we walked around the gallery, we would occasionally hear someone tentatively hit a cymbal, and I noticed it seemed to be mostly children that were willing to walk up and have a bash. On the whole, people seemed to enjoy staying in the role of a spectator rather than being a player – myself included! I love the idea of art being used to try and break down social norms. Cool stuff.

A Snapshot of Two Cities is a collaborative project between myself and Isabel from Nanjing Nian. We take a photo of something that catches our eye each week and post the photos on our blogs. We hope you enjoy looking at the differences and similarities between the two cities and cultures, and also just some pretty pictures. You can read more about it in the first posting.

Jacquie

Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.

8 comments

  1. Isabel

    Hey Jacquie! That’s interesting what you say about people being timid around art. It’s true isn’t it…we see art as this thing to be revered rather than to interact with, but it can be both! I went to an art exhibition in Kyoto, actually European paintings from the Louvre gallery. One was a famous Vermeer work called The Astronomer, it was pretty amazing. The gallery was packed with locals soaking it all in. Quite fun to see European art in a Japanese gallery with lots of Japanese people!

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    1. birdandfox

      Yeah! I found it so intriguing. I didn’t particularly want to go up and interact with it either but maybe I would have on a different day, in a different mood?

      That art exhibition sounds incredible! I was in awe of the sheer size of some of the paintings at the NGV. It truly boggles my mind to think about the logistics of creating such a detailed and massive piece of work.

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  2. Naomi Bulger

    Love the idea of this series!

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    1. birdandfox

      Thanks Naomi! I enjoy it myself! I’m so glad Isabel asked me to be a part of it ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. Lila

    Fantastic series! I love the images!

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    1. birdandfox

      Thanks so much Lila! It’s a lot of fun ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. Carolyn

    I love this photo Jacquie. I have always liked the gallery foyer space. I think it was last year that they had an installation with plates floating in a pool of water which, as they collided, created music. It was lovely seeing young children intrigued by the movement and sound. Looking forward to your BWP post.

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    1. birdandfox

      Oh wow! I didn’t see the plates in the pool but that sounds amazing. The foyer space is always good fun. Art is so interesting!

      Thanks, Carolyn – I’m looking forward to sitting down and writing it, hopefully this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for stopping past and commenting!

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