Pulpo, Gabriel Orozco
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Gabriel Orozco, Pulpo, 1991. La Colección Jumex

Following Marcel Duchamp’s steps, the Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco photographs found objects and generates new lectures to that which surrounds us on a daily basis.

Similar to what happens when we look up and imagine shapes for clouds, Orozco photographed some tarnished tubes left under a washing sink and named this image Pulpo [Octopus] because of the shape’s resemblance with the animal. Can an everyday object turn into something else?

We propose the following activity:

You will need:
  • A cellphone, a tablet, or a portable camera
  • Or a paper and a pencil
  • Any space within your house
Step One
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Select an object you find interesting within the space or room you’ve chosen, for example a stack of pans.
Step Two
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With your cellphone, tablet, or portable camera, take a photo of this object. If you wish, you may draw the object instead of photographing it.
Step Three
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Look at the image of your object and imagine: Is this like any other object, animal, or place?
Step Four
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Taking the last question in consideration, select a title for your image.
Step Five
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Share your photo or drawing with other people, and ask them what they can observe from the photo, and encourage them to propose a new title for the same image.

Analyze: What other names can we assign to a same image? Does something happen if we give an object different names?

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