Archival Educational Slides and Slide Projection
Slide projection is a technique in which images are placed within a small frame and placed inside a machine that passes light through them to project the image on a larger scale. It is a technique that is now outdated and has been replaced with more modern forms of projection. I chose to utilise this technique within my work as I found I could easily get hold of educational slides from their archive. I had a previous interest in using educational teaching ephemera as I knew it could be used as a literal reference to education within my work and exploration of the future of art in lower education. Slide projection is a really good way to do this as its outdated nature in education, references how art could become outdated and no longer in future education due to funding cuts.
I have two sets of slide projections that I feel are relevant to my work. One set are educational diagrams to teach perspective, colour, tone, etc in both drawing and photography. These are important to my work as they directly reference how art is taught in lower education. Using these in my instillation creates a narrative around what these images are teaching the viewer and how the overlay of fire talks about physical removal of this form of imagery and teaching.
The other set depict The Festival of Britain, a celebration of the mutual importance of the arts, sciences and technology. These slides explore the way art was treated in the past to make the viewer look at how it is treated today and could be treated in the future. The Festival of Britain in 1951 was government funded exhibition of art, science, industrial design, architecture and technology as a post war regeneration projects and celebration of achievements in these fields.
The image above depicts an overlay of my film and a slide projection image of The Festival of Britain. The fire from my film merges into the slide projection, making it look in this instant, as though they are one image and that the festival is being destroyed. This overlay creates a singular narrative structure throughout, the fire is a destructive tool and it is removing the content of the projected slide images. This transforms the meaning of the slide projections and creates conversation about what their removal means.