SCHOOL TRIP – JAVIER MARISCAL AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM, LONDON
OLD FILM – NEW OPPORTUNITIES!
As I mentioned in my previous post FIELD TEST – WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GIVE A VERY SMALL CHILD A CAMERA TO PLAY WITH? I mentioned that I batch processed about a years worth of films after having delayed so for lack-of-financial reasons! On one of the 35mm films, I found some shots taken when being a “responsible adult” on a school trip to London. First stop was the Victoria & Albert Museum for a general peruse, followed by a visit to the Design Museum to see Super Contemporary alongside a Javier Mariscal retrospective.
As always, I have little or nothing to say about the exhibitions – if you were interested in that, you should have gone yourselves 😉
But I did take a lot of photographs that day, which is much more interesting. isn’t it?
SCHOOL TRIPS TO LONDON AND THE PAIN OF COACH TRAVEL
Taking a coach to London is generally a rubbish idea. Nobody does it, apart from 1) old people on a day out, 2) broke people who are using Megabus and of course 3) school trips.
It is slow, uncomfortable and ultimately frustrating. Why anyone would choose it as a method of transport is beyond me – when there is another means, take it! That’s what I reckon.
Anyway, as I was on a school trip, there was little choice – but at least I had a camera for company and being one of the “responsible adults” I got to sit at the front under the watchful gaze of the vast windscreen, which provided almost constant entertainment from its reflection.
If it wasn’t for putting the bus driver off, who probably thought I was some kind of coach spotter, I would have taken many photographs of it.
THE DESIGN MUSEUM, LONDON
To be honest, I wasn’t that interested in visiting the design museum! I went on the trip as it was a day out, generally speaking – I find graphic design a bit of a dull thing to view in a museum or gallery environment.
Ignorant I am sure – but I see design around me every minute of every day and it does little for me in this setting. I am sure it is because I am missing something and I get why good design is artistic, important and clever – but it usually leaves me a little dry.
But, where there is dullness – there is always interest. The eye wanders and spots a line, shape, shadow or colour and the whole trip has been made worth it. Luckily, photography means the whole world is your museum and anywhere you find yourself, something interesting will find you.
JAVIER MARISCAL & SUPER CONTEMPORARY
Come on then – lets mention something about the exhibits on display. First up, I can remember little or nothing about the Super Contemporary show! I seem to remember there was a few interesting pieces of design in there, but generally – I wasn’t that bothered by it (see above!).
BUT – Javier Mariscal, yeah that was actually rather brilliant. Whilst I was aware of Mariscal’s work, I had no idea what his name was or who he was! I had simple absorbed his illustrations in various guises and various mediums.
Perhaps one thing most people might know his work from is Cobi – a cubist dog that was adopted as the mascot for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Reports have it that Cobi soon became the most profitable mascot the games has ever seen. Cobi went on to have his own cartoon!
All in all, Mariscal’s work was playful, colourful, highly diverse and highly prolific! It was a joy to see and a bit like stepping into the mind of a slightly deranged child! Brilliant.
Check out his work (http://www.mariscal.com/) as it really is worth some investigation and is colourful in a way only the Spanish seem to be able to pull off.
Nice! I love school trips. Not only do I get to see art and get paid for it, it is also a great chance to go to our fair capital city and take photographs…and get paid for it! Long live the rule of the technician.