This project came out of Rolf Hughes’ Word & Image class at Konstfack. The box developed from an ekphrasis piece I made based on Andreas Gursky’s 1993 photograph of Montparnasse, featured in Moderna Museet’s retrospective on the artist this spring.
I started by making a two-dimensional ekprhasis piece / concrete poem, describing what I saw or imagined in each window.
Then, I pushed the piece into three dimensions, by labeling a cardboard moving box with possible contents. The aim is to imbue imagination into the rather dull process of packing one’s belongings. (What the hell is up with this font, by the way? It makes me want to write really ponderous sentences…)
So, we have a 3D building (original) –> 2D photograph (Gursky’s representation) –> 2D ekphrasis (of photograph) –> 3D ekphrasis (of building, possible box contents and photograph).
Based on feedback from the crit session, I tried a couple of aesthetic variations.
Developing this project might lead to different sizes of ekphrastic moving boxes and ekphrastic stickers to label the contents.