Creating Meanings on Ice by Photos and Textiles


Northern residents experience the ice as an element which shapes an everyday environment. The ice can be identified also as a physical and multisensory element. These kinds of relationships can also unexpectedly determine experiences which shapes the aesthetic environment. The environment becomes part of the landscape of the soul which has individually and culturally shared meanings. These meanings and kind of aesthetic-physical environments guide perceptions and interpretations of the environment. Different interpretations can be compared with children’s accordion drawing, exquisite corpse. In exquisite corpse the drawer or designer sees only a narrow slice of the whole image, sketch, scenery etc. which invites the following drawer or designer to the play and allow to submit his or hers associations and interpretations. In this case designs, different materials and images are overlapping and form a continuous design process. This process is like a mimesis act where the world will be configurated through endless refiguration design processes. As an example of this process is the public presentation or installation of the photogaphs and videos with mythological interpretations based on photographer’s environmental experiences. The textile artist, in turn, re-configurate her interpretations based on those photos and videos and translate them into new textiles and textures. The viewers take part into this process by giving their interpretations of the artefacts. The re-configuration process is endless. It is amazing how individually experienced and published works of art create new interpretations and artefacts. Perhaps this is a key to understand how the private and culturally shared meanings are encountered. This article examines how the photographer’s ice themed photos and videos are created and how they are changing in textile design process when photographs are captured on jacquard woven fabric. The process is like exquisite corpse

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Eija Timonen, University of Lapland, Finland
Heidi Pietarinen, University of Lapland, Finland

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Conference: ACAH2015
Stream: Arts - Media Arts Practices: Television

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