What to do When Lost in the Woods at TuckUnder


Posted on July 16th, by mborman in Uncategorized. No Comments

Tuck­Un­der Projects is pleased to announce the exte­ri­or instal­la­tion Melis­sa Bor­man/What to Do When Lost in the Woods. What to Do When Lost in the Woods is a three-part instal­la­tion of text, large-scale pho­tographs and found branch­es. The instal­la­tion uses the famil­iar theme of being lost in the woods to point to the shifts and slip­pages that occur when infor­ma­tion from the tan­gi­ble realm of print­ed text is processed through dig­i­tal media. The work is inspired by and uti­lizes text copied from a scanned U.S. For­est Ser­vice fli­er orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished in 1946. The prac­ti­cal, yet sur­pris­ing­ly poet­ic fli­er advis­es hik­ers on how to sur­vive when lost in the woods. The work exploits the ten­sion between the words them­selves and the way in which they are dis­played- draw­ing atten­tion to the dis­tinc­tions between the tex­tu­al and the visu­al. The frag­ment­ed text is recon­tex­tu­al­ized and repo­si­tioned with­in the mate­r­i­al world as advice for nav­i­gat­ing a con­struct­ed copse of con­tem­po­rary anx­i­eties. Jux­ta­posed with exces­sive­ly enlarged, dig­i­tal­ly altered pho­tographs of crows in tree­tops, the work chal­lenges our abil­i­ty to nav­i­gate phys­i­cal space, dis­tort­ed images and writ­ten instruc­tions.

 





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