Ballroom Installation

After weeks of planning and preparation, I displayed my installation in the Shaun Project Space this morning between the hours of 10am and 12pm. I had a little trouble with the models as out of the three students who had agreed to model in the installation, only one of them could make it. This resulted in me asking for volunteers from the students from the 3rd floor studios within the building. Luckily this problem was quickly resolved when a student happily volunteered to model the dresses.

Another problem which I encountered was that the lamps were not bright enough t0 light up the room. I resolved this problem by finding an actual stage light and using the coloured stage gels in front of the light to add a strong effectiveness t0 the installation.

After cleaning the space as much as I could yesterday, I began setting up the installation at 9:30am with my props and chandelier stickers. The subject of the installation was a masquerade ball in which the models would dance and curtsy whilst carrying and wearing masquerade masks. I do feel as though the installation could have benefit from more models and maybe a painted backdrop to give more of a theatre performance feel to the artwork. This installation included elements of theatre set design, performance art, sculpture and video as well as photography. I do feel as though the videos and photographs work well on their own as well as evidence of the installation for their composition and representation of a masquerade ball.

In a social context this installation would communicate elegance and wealth with the viewer alongside beauty. If this were to be displayed in an art exhibition, it would be displayed in a white cube environment on it’s own without any other work around it to distract from the performance or scenery.

This is a total installation and influenced by installations created by Ilya Kabakov of scenery inspired by the Soviet Union and his personal life. My ballroom installation however is inspired by fairy tales and the renaissance era and not so autobiographical as the works of Ilya Kabakov.

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