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