Greycards and the Self: The Personal in an Impersonal Context
14 March 2011 – 31 March 2011
My body is an object all right, but my self jolly well is not! (Farrell)
In philosophy, the self is the agent, the knower and the ultimate locus of personal identity. Some conclude that it is an illusion to think that there is such a thing as the Self.
Andrea Baczynski writes: "During my photographic work creating a digital achieve for New Hall Art Collection I was able to demonstrate with my camera the existence of the Self in cooperation with a group of volunteers assisting highly motivated during this challenging project. The co-workers task was amongst other things to hold up a grey card. A graycard is a middle grey reference, typically used as a way to produce consistent image colour in photography. The volunteers carried on with their work as if the camera and I were invisible. As a result all volunteers felt not disturbed or influenced through the camera settings or by other persons. I strongly believe this fact enabled the Self of all participants to become clearly visible and emerged throughout all these pictures".