Classic or custom motorbikes get ’recycled’ - often passed on to new owners or modified, customised and upgraded. They represent not only a nostalgia for the past but a model for the re-use of objects. Caryn Simonson’s work exploits the use of old objects and found materials to render the functional dysfunctional or transform the readings of objects causing us to re-think their context often in relation to identity and gender.
This conference paper explored a series of my digital photographs (exhibited at the conference) depicting motorbikes which are customised using fabrics and found objects from charity shops, personal junk etc.. Semi-documentary portraits are staged in ways to open up questions around individuality or group allegiance, fact and fiction. The paper contextualised these works in relation to these themes and photography, truth and evidence, portraiture and issues of sustainability.
|Type of Research:||Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:||classic motorcycles, recycling and sustainability, photographs of motorcycles, gender|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Chelsea College of Art and Design|
|Copyright Holders:||Caryn Simonson|
|Funders:||CCAD research, UAL|
|Event Location:||University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA|
|Projects or Series:||Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)|
|Deposited By:||Caryn Simonson|
|Deposited On:||21 Feb 2012 16:22|
|Last Modified:||15 Jul 2014 14:05|