My three year old had me up last night around 1am, so I had a little thinking time. I spent that time thinking about how I might make some Art which is somehow related to my earlier remarks on cultural change and the potential effects on the future economics of photography. I know, I know.
Still, if I am to take the problems discussed by Lewis and Ben seriously, there it is.
The basic unit of the work is a set of four versions of the same picture.
The first is large, maybe a classic Fine Print, maybe a Richard Prince style Instagram appropriation printed big but with all the Instagram crud left surrounding.
The second is small, snapshot sized. It's the same picture, removed a step. A photo of the large print. A photo of a phone with the picture on Instagram, Facebook, whatever.
The third is an illustration, a drawing based on the picture. Something simple. Also quite small.
The last is just a textual description of the picture, and perhaps the smallest of all.
Expand the unit to five pictures (somehow) or contract it to three (somehow). What about framing/presentation? Does the text get the biggest and flashiest frame? And why would it, or would it not?
Make a bunch of these. 3, 4, 50. There's a conceptual exhibition for you!