Plastic Vanitas led to a variety of responses in the form of Pop-Up Exhibitions by Arts University Bournemouth students.
Animation by Julio del Castillo Vivero
Julio del Castillo Vivero, BA (Hons) Photography student, worked alongside Neudecker in the photographic studio. Subsequently he made an animation of all the images taken in the process of making Plastic Vanitas. He said of the experience that it brought home to him:
The importance of taking the necessary time to achieve ... a great final shot, in one word, patience.
Julio del Castillo Vivero
An average of 80 images were made of each still life from which the 'chosen' image was selected. This animation charts this process: composing the still-life, tweaking the position of individual objects, exploring different lighting effects, and taking the images.
Exhibited at WestBeach, Bournemouth
Bournemouth Arts Festival By The Sea, 9th & 10th October 2015
Sian Hutchings in collaboration with Paul Richardson and Emily Riddiough
The Sound of Still Life
Sian Hutchings, a BA (Hons) Fine Art student, created a sound sculpture that captures the sound of still life made from field recordings on the Dorset coastline. It draws parallels with Plastic Vanitas and the work of the Dutch painter Balthasar van der Ast, who specialised in painting shell life. The sculpture, made of clear resin over copper, houses the speaker. The copper is used to resonate the sound through the shell's form while its resin exterior pays homage to the MoDiP collection. Plastic Vanitas exposes the audience to new ways of seeing whereas this work exposes it to new ways of listening.
The Art of the Still curated by Paul Finnegan
8 October 2015 - 5 January 2016
This is a pop-up exhibition at the Arts University Bournemouth with contributions from four of the curator's third year BA (Hons) Fine Art Students. Each response was individual.
Doctor Superior Nurse, Toy Train, Only Boys, Untitled, and Fountain of Youth
Tom Sharp, using found objects, presents plastic as an aspect of contemporary disillusionment through its prolific use in design for children.
Uncovered Stratum: Core Samples
Nina Giles' piece reflects on the preservation of these often transient objects within a museum through a concept of them as fossils from the anthropocenic geological stratum.
Katie Bligh draws a parallel between the living objects that will die found in Vanitas paintings and the preserving potential of formaldehyde an ingredient of some plastics.
Still Life with Melancholy and Perspiration
Katie Inglis was struck by the actual and the emotional darkness of the Plastic Vanitas images. Her work references flies found in Vanitas paintings by the presentation of the mortal in the form of a living water melon and the immortal through its representation in fibreglass.
WestBeach, Pier Approach, Bournemouth, 30 October 2015 - 29 January 2016
Photography series: Trinkets
Larissa Bone was a MA Fine Art Student at the Arts University Bournemouth 2013-15. She was inspired by Plastic Vanitas to make a series of still lifes of grouped porcelain rather than plastic items. She also created videos on a related theme: Life is Still I & II.