Display

Live Installation, 2001

Description

In offsite projects for CGP London, I have produced a series of live installations in my own domestic space, introducing architectural interventions and manipulating the comparative levels of display of ‘the museum’ contents: the visitors and the inhabitants.

In Display I wanted the work to become an exploration of intimacy/emotional engagement/creation of value, by questioning these qualities of our attention and focus.

At the time, I was reading Norman Bryson’s book Looking at the Overlooked (1990) and I was drawn to his comments on how ‘the intimacy of the household is broken apart by display’ in a manner which disguises the human hand and the ordinary gestures of living; my ideas of display were characterised by the distanced, cool and self-conscious aesthetic of a retail space or a gallery where the display was ‘for visitors’. (p161). Bryson’s associated ‘display’ (in still life) with the rich, theatrical, worldly and male. Unlike Bryson, in display, the ‘ordinary gestures of living’ was found in mess and not in domestic order. In my busy and chaotic house notions of housework were often absent. Bryson discusses disorder as traditionally a masculine ‘refusal to harmonise with domestic space’ rather than reflecting a pan-human energy and truthfulness which is what I hoped my own disorder would point to and illuminate.

Fran Cottell in House: from display to BACK to FRONT, ktpresss

Commissioned For

CGP London

Produced For

CGP London

Exhibited

18 Woolwich Road, London

Collaborators

Mike Richards, Maisie Richards Cottell, Lulu Richards Cottell

Credits

Photography: Mark Harwood

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Still Live, 2003
Collecting Time: the Living and the Dead, 2005
A (photographic) Collection of Curators Heads, 2005
4th project, 2006
BACK to FRONT, 2011
Forced Entry, 2017
View, 2001
House: From Display to BACK to FRONT, 2012
A (photographic) Collection of Curators Heads, 2005
BACK to FRONT, 2011
Artist in Occupation, 2003
Still Live, 2003
House: From Display to BACK to FRONT, 2012
4th project, 2006
Collecting Time: the Living and the Dead, 2005

Fran Cottell artwork image: Display - click to enlarge