During our student visit to Bristol in October 2013 we had visited Motorcade Flash Parade, BV Studios and saw the resulting exhibition of our tutor Steven Paige’s 8 week residency there.
The piece on display was called Moral Development, 2013 and included videos, projections, televisions, furniture and publications. The title and influence of this exhibition was taken from from “a re-enactment  of the infamous Stanley Milgrim experiment  on ‘obedience to authority figures’” (Outcasting, 2013). The projected film in Paige’s work is a further re-enactment using the script of the experiment with an actor answering the questions and “the authoritative ‘voice’” is substituted by subtitles (Ibid).
I was particularly interested in this work in connection to my current CURA300 project. In Paige’s exhibition he has used an educational film as his inspiration and further highlighted the educational properties in his use of objects. By doing so, Paige has created an environment which may evoke feelings of familiarity within the audience. There were several recognizable classroom style pieces within the exhibition – including the plywood tables, projector stand, desk, factual publications and desk lamp. In terms of phenomenology and perception – one could make connections to ideas of learning and knowledge by simply looking at the furniture – without first witnessing the projection.
In a similar vein to Paige’s exhibition, I also wanted to create a classroom environment or feeling by using recognizable furniture. By doing so, I hoped the school desk and chair would create a sense of nostalgia and memory as well as complimenting the film I had produced and give the overall installation more context.
Outcasting, (2013). Screening / Totally Devoted. [online] Available at: http://www.outcasting.org/screening-totally-devoted/ [Accessed 5 Jun. 2014].