Installation – Episodes 2 to 5

Installation : Final Major Project

MA in Photography, Falmouth University, Module 5

The first day spent hanging at the gallery created a residual anxiety.  I enlisted the help of a friend for day two, which proved invaluable.

Much progress was made with spacing all of the concrete tables but also rehanging them on new wires and new hangers which created a  far more satisfactory practical and visual solution.  A laser level was applied throughout the day and this created an opportunity to perfect levels on the tablets, prints and projection mapping.

Three timelapse videos were made, the first – Episode Two – shows the rehanging of the tablets, thus;

The second – episode Three – the hanging of the cloth on the grey walls (from the hanging rail) for projection in the anti-space, projector testing and tuning using MiniMad Raspberry Pi controllers, then the rehanging (using Velcro applied to the rail and skirting board to create a tension and reduce the creases) and the final set up.

The third – Episode Four – illustrates the final hang and leveling of the concrete tablets and prints along with the installation of the spotlights.


Learning Points

Working in three media creates three sets of challenges with the install, each has to be tested, thought through and in many cases revised and solved.  This takes time and thus allowances have to be made.  Whilst complex the final solution actually looked relatively slick and simple, proving, for example, my belief that simplicity is manifest out of much refining and often complexity.

I had allowed ample time in the production and installation but had I been allowed only one day for installation that would have resulted in failure, without a doubt.  I estimate the ‘person hours’ on install to be a total of 22.


Final Preparation

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The clean-up, fig 1, was done on the launch day (14th June 2018) using micro-fibre gloves.

Before people arrived I shot a short film on the iPhone, see Episode 5 below. It opens with a view from the spiral stair down into the lower gallery space where I was pleased to be able to mount a concrete tablet onto the wall, reversed to show its texture (which proved a subsequent talking point to viewers)


Image Credits

All short films created via a Go-Pro type tripod mounted camera shooting every 20 seconds.

Fig 1, Helena Singleton






Final Preparation

Installation : Final Major Project

MA in Photography, Falmouth University, Module 5

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A short journal entry on this occasion.  There are two activities noted here.

The first was a moment of good fortune.  The parallel movies of 40 still images each, created and edited in iMovie and Madmapper were planned to be transferred to a MiniMad (Raspberry Pi based controller).  Yesterday (6.6.2018) I decided to ensure that this was all feasible.  I discovered that the MiniMad cannot dual-stream content.  Fortuitously, I had decided to import two MiniMads from Switzerland two weeks ago, with one to be used as a back-up.  I now need to save a movie on each of the two MiniMads and take my projector, fig 1, to the installation to use alongside the gallery’s kit.  There is an advantage, it means that two images can be larger when shown side by side as previously I was framing two landscape formatted images within one projector frame.  I have had two 4 sq m off white sheets ironed this week, purchased from the Birmingham rag market, to be pinned up on the walls of the gallery to lighten the background, thus overcoming the light absorption problem

The second activity has been a schedule of items to pack in readiness for the initial hanging on Saturday, 9th June, fig 2.  A multi-media show requires so many things to be listed.

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Images, Philip Singleton, iPhone