A Very Long View
Tracking changes in our people’s lives over decades, generations and even millennia, with artist Tom Mosser, sociologist Alison Park and geneticist Eske Willerslew.
How good are we at making connections over time? Remembering our own pasts, or the way history has unfolded, or seeing the big patterns of development, invisible to the naked eye? This week on the Forum Bridget Kendall and guests focus on the long view: tracking the small changes which shape a person over a year, or a society over decades, or which alter the genetic make-up of humans over tens of thousands of years. With artist Tom Mosser, sociologist Alison Park and geneticist Eske Willerslew.
Photo: Artist Tom Mosser and his portrait collection (credit: Tom Mosser)
Tom Mosser created at least one self-portrait per day for
the entire year of 2012 and continued to Feb. 10th of 2013 to create a total of
406 works. Tom created the portraits
using both hands alternately or at the same time. He also created some using only the same
hand. Some of the works are quick
studies while others are larger and more elaborate works. He is repeating the
exercise in 2016.
And you can see some of Tom Mosser's portraits in the gallery on the right-hand side of this page.
Sixty Second Idea to Change the World
Alison Park suggests that we should make time to sort
through the vast array of photo files on our digital devices, choose a small
number for each year, print them out and put them in an album. So in years to
come, when those devices are just a distant memory and we've all moved on to
the next shiny new thing, we will still have that vital visual record of our
past and where we have come from.
Photo: Shan Pillay
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