Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Scatter brain

This arrangement of camera parts displayed in an LA camera store reminded us of Giovanni Intra. One of his installations (shown at the Auckland Art Gallery Chartwell exhibition Nine lives in 2003) called for the parts of a camera to be scattered on the floor. This witty deconstruction of photography is also reflected in a paragraph he wrote as part of a report for artnet in 1997. ‘Princess Diana's "untimely death" is certainly a major event in the history of photography, as the "most photographed woman in the world" is suddenly lost as a photographic subject. What's more, photography -- or rather, the euphoniously named paparazzi -- stand accused of murder. But it's not photography's fault! Photography is behaving just like it has always behaved.’