A photograph of an inanimate object, the photograph of the exterior or interior of a building. Taking and sharing a photograph of an inanimate
object activates the object by lending authenticity, credibility and signification to the objects purpose and meaning. Visiting, working, and occupying
a building causes a constant re-contextualizing and re-coding of the buildings purpose and meaning. This daily exposure of people to an
inanimate object exterior to their bodies provides those things with a real sense of life. A building, monument or sculpture is activated by our
presence, responding to our activities inside and out as evidenced by its construction, maintenance and deterioration. An individual’s presence
and engagement with everyday inanimate objects codes, contextualizes and lends authenticity to the objects and ourselves. Through the infinitely
continuous repetition of ‘presence’ an invisible discourse slowly amasses, inevitably causing significant and recognizable change in both our
thinking and physical approach to how we interact with our surrounding environments. Intersection and Dumping Ground is a series of projects
that over time addresses the intimate relationship and interconnection between animate and inanimate objects.
The intersection of a person and inanimate object is a point whereby one can attain introspective moments of self-awareness and identity. The
transforming activities of the inanimate and animate (both in a states of growth and decay) parallel one another and advance in a linear
progression or digression through space and time. Over time the parallel becomes more pronounced and the identifying traits of the inanimate
and animate are shared.
Intersection and Dumping Ground proposes the simultaneity of the inanimate and animate acting as a single organism. Coalescing and lending
attributes between both states of being. A building’s life expectancy is dependent on its occupants and occupation. A building is a reflection of us
by our occupation and activities. By moving through a building, personal identities are shaped and occupants take on the attributes of the
surrounding structure. It is a subliminal reaction to our environment and in turn our reaction is to act on the building itself, to utilize its space and
keep it functioning. A building or inanimate object lends a level of stasis and routine to our daily activities. Buildings and other constructed objects
are a part of our natural landscape and sustenance, an extension of nature in proportion to our nature.
Charles Livingston Studio
Intersection, 2004 -2010, digital images, video
Dumping Ground, 2004 - 10, digital images, video