Ritratti di Cannaregio (Portraits of Cannaregio)

TR Flaxton

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‘Ritratti di Cannaregio’ (Portraits of Cannaregio) was formulated to explore the core research question that was part of the original AHRC bid for my 2007 Creative Research Fellowship: ‘In what ways will High Resolution Imaging change the work produced in the convergence of art and visual technologies and consequently, our experience of that work?’ To answer this question I formulated the idea of ‘Quantum Resolution’ which proposed that audience immersion deepens with quantum as opposed to quantitative increases of resolution – that is the effects of deeper immersion would be felt with larger increases of resolution rather than incremental increases of resolution. Initially I formulated 3 practice as research portfolios as differing strategies to uncover the effects (if any) of increased resolution. These three were a) to examine everyday moving images of the world immediately around oneself, b) examine iconic moving images of the world and c) examine human portraiture and by way of this examine ideas around the human gaze. I argued that each work would be a building block in a developing argument to examine my hypothesis and that all of the works would be presented together in a major exhibition as the overall thesis – this occurred in December 2010 in collaboration ‘Ritratti di Cannaregio’ is the second work of the 3rd Portfolio which had as its base idea to investigate the re-presentation of the human portrait in front of an iconic object or landscape. The images were shot at 4k resolution (some 4 times the resolution of High Definition). This work was funded by an AHRC Practice and Applied award for £20,000. To take account of this level of detail I became involved with the community of Cannaregio and convened a shooting period and asked the portraitees to stand still for 1 minute as a reference to early photographic exposure times where holding still was an important part of photography and portraiture. I also asked each portraitee to bring something that spoke about who they were or what they did in life – this is a reference to portraiture in general from 16th century onwards. This work was first presented at Scarabocchio Studio Grafico, Cannaregio, Ponte degli Ormensini, Jewish Quarter (Venice), in the community that this work was created within – community relation and dissemination became an important impact issue as the series developed. I also showed the 1st portraiture work there (Glastonbury) plus I also showed this work at the Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury as exporting central issues of community into other communities also became important – beside the research issues within matters of high resolution and digital issues generally. Also, the series of works that followed have been shot in China, America and the UK and subsequently I have spoken of the research outcomes in articles and papers at various international conferences. The excerpt at the url above is vastly shortened and is accompanied by music - in exhibition however, this is displayed 20 foot x 10 foot so that the subjects are life sized. At an exhibition in 2010 6 portraits projects were displayed as a 60 foot triptych with people represented from around the world. URL to documentation of Making of this work: http://www.flaxton.btinternet.co.uk/imaginiststalking.htm
Translated title of the contributionRitratti di Cannaregio (Portraits of Cannaregio)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationVarious (1st Exhibition, Venice)
Media of outputInstallation
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2008

Bibliographical note

Medium: High Resolution Digital Installation
Event title: Various (1st Exhibition, Venice)
Other: Part of the 3rd Practice as Research Portfolio from the 2007 - 2010 AHRC Creative Research Fellowship


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