POINT OF VIEW
FELIX & FOAM
29-8-2014 / 28-09-2014
Felix & Foam was a temporary project in the Felix Meritis in Amsterdam by Foam. Curator Kim Knoppers invited several collectives, in- cluding Polly’s Picture Show to each occupy the & Collaborate space in the Felix Meritis for the duration of a month. During the first half of this month the space functioned as the collective’s workspace and during the second half of the month the space would be transformed into an exhibition space. By doing so, the public could follow how each collective collaborated and how their pres- entation emerged. Each presentation offered an insight into contemporary developments in the field of photography.
During its stay in &Collaborate Polly’s Picture Show created the installation Point Of View. Point Of View can be seen as an exploration of the limits of photography. The collective creation of an image were both the subject of the project and the working strategy employed.
Starting from scratch, the empty &Collabo- rate space functioned as a blank canvas. But this complete blankness caused blockages and chaos. So the wish for a framework or
a certain set of rules arose. Therefor Polly’s Picture Show made the room on the fourth floor of the Felix Meritus into its framework and the four walls that surround the room into its absolute limits. This concept mirrors the main principal of photography: the defin- ing of a framework and position.
Polly’s Picture Show marked a specific posi- tion in the room, in order to allow the audi- ence to view the creation of Point Of View as through the lens of a camera. However, there existed many viewpoints and subjec- tivities. Would the viewer take one step to the left or one step to the right, the original image would change, the reality would shift, and the construction of the picture would be revealed. Polly’s Picture Show created a three-dimensional installation that addressed the limitations of the two-dimensional pic- ture plane. Would the spectator choose to leave the designated ‘point of view’ and wander into the installation the experience changed from a harmonic two-dimensional composition into a three-dimensional play of scale and trickery. The spectator now be- came part of the installation and could sud- denly feel too small or too big for his or her surrounding.
The installation showed the difference be- tween the harmony of the deliberate com- position of the flat image versus the role of change and unexpected relationships in the three dimensional construction.
The limitations set by Polly’s Picture Show are:
The frame: The designated Point Of View The
The space: The space will be transformed from scratch The result: Unknown