The Inceptive project
Invitation to Collaborate
My goal through this experimental project is for you and me to explore ways of creating new possible meaning of what we see, by collaborating and inspiring each other.
The concept is that I’ll send you a random print of one of my photographs, and you can use it any way you like to produce new work inspired by (and based on) the print that you’ve been given. You’re only required to contribute one photograph, in digital format. Although your photograph and mine will eventually be exhibited online as part of my MA course in Photography at Falmouth University, further development of our work will hopefully spring from this collaboration.
I see this more as work in progress, as well as an excellent opportunity for us to connect. I don’t regard the online exhibition as the end of this collaboration by any means.
If you are a photographer or a visual artist and you’re keen to experiment, then you may want to consider working with me on this project.You’re a good fit if you’re inspired by the process of working with still life, like I am, and you like to come up with alternative means of “seeing”, which might involve touching, tasting, or even producing physical sculptures to interact with.
I invite you to make a new object of your own, based on my printed photograph, and thus challenge the way we see the mundane and what it might symbolize.
You will be sent a physical print of one photograph selected randomly from the Inceptive exhibition. You are free to interpret it and transform it into something new, intervene to give it a new meaning and produce a new narrative. Don’t limit your imagination. You are encouraged to use the print and create new work that involves using it or physically changing it in some way, or at least to create a new piece inspired by it.
There is no restriction whatsoever as to how you may choose to use, not use, change, or transform the print provided. You may decide to use your own body, or not. You may want to take a photograph of the print in a way that puts it in a new context, or to produce a totally new image inspired by it. You may want to alter the print, fold it, paint or write on it, burn it, tear it to pieces, or keep it intact. It’s your choice. The goal is to produce an image that’s either your own interpretation of the photograph you’re given, or a photograph that complements it or adds new meaning to it.
Bear in mind that the two photographs will eventually be exhibited online next to each other, so you may want to consider this factor when producing your piece. The end result must be a single photograph, delivered in digital format. Your contribution must comply with the following requirements:
Image resolution: 300dpi
Dimensions: Minimum 2000px on the shortest side
If this sounds like fun, you may request to contribute immediately. The whole process consists of 5 easy steps, which will be completed in September and October 2019.
Call for entries
If you’re interested in participating, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, briefly explaining who you are and what you do (two or three sentences will do just fine). Please also make sure that a sample of your work is available online for me to look at, and provide a link in your email.
Photographers and artists who are considered to be a good fit will be selected to contribute. The criteria for selection are compatibility between our aesthetics and artistic style. If I see your work and feel we’re a good match, you’re likely to be invited to be a part of the project. Selected artists will be notified individually, via email.
Delivery of prints
Each of the participants will be randomly sent one print of one of the photographs from my Inceptive exhibition.
Contribution of work
You are asked to produce one photograph following the brief, and send me a digital copy by using an appropriate method (e.g. Wetransfer).
Each of the submitted photographs will be exhibited online, along with the original photograph that it’s been inspired by. Each photographer/artist owns the rights to their own work and may use it, promote or sell it elsewhere.
This is an experimental photography project, and no monetary transaction of any kind is involved. The point is to collaborate and produce art, exploring the limits of our creativity.
I’d like us to take our work even further, based on this collaboration, and to explore ways of developing and inspiring each other to produce even more innovative and original work in the future.
This project should trigger thoughts and ideas that will encourage us to keep in touch, work together and evolve our art!