We received an email today from Professor Susan Lambert with regards to an online national photographic challenge. We thought it may interest some of you so here are the details:
The background is that the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) recently ran an Arts Council England supported residency with the artist, Mariele Neudecker. It led to the creation of 49 photographs, entitled ‘Plastic vanitas’, which presented plastic things from the collection as still life photographs in the spirit of Vanitas paintings (paintings that present the accoutrements of everyday living as symbols of life’s worthlessness). ‘Plastic Vanitas’ is currently touring and will be shown at the Lighthouse, Poole, from 29 October - 26 November 2016.
The National Photographic Challenge complements the exhibition. In essence it asks participants to collect together things made of plastics to make some kind of statement– it could for example be rubbish picked up in the park or plastic things found in their bathroom – and to create from them a still-life. They are then asked to photograph their arrangement and post it on the site: http://plasticvanitas.co.uk/. The aim of the challenge is to make people more aware of plastics and what is good and bad about them. The site has a voting facility: each month one photo is featured as the ‘Photo of the Month’ and is used to advertise the challenge on the MoDiP website.