Apr 23rd ~ 27th
Monday- Group Crit. Spent all last Saturday experimenting with weave patterns and construction of a parallax clone, made this time with found objects. I had originally thought of bicycle wheels but I dropped into Fish’s workshop and scrounged a couple of aluminium motorbike rims. The rims worked out really well but I had to feed the fishing line through the spoke holes not hooking them like I usually do, this was a nightmare and lead to lots of tangles and not a bit of swearing. Because the ally rims were quite light I laced a piece of heavy wall 7 inch steel pipe to the lower rim to give it stability and mass for better momentum when spinning.
I drove down to Cork late Sunday night so I could get in nice and early to set up. I didn’t have time to get black material as a back drop for the sculpture, the fishing line looks very insubstantial against the white walls of the studio. Had a few line breaks during transit and I had to pack the pivot arm up with scraps of wood but it worked out quite well. We all went outside to see the final stages of Francesca’s performance; her intensity and control were outstanding. She told me later that the grimaces she was pulling weren’t intentional, the pulling rig was a little out of adjustment and the bit in her mouth was digging in, she pushed through it like a trooper, regardless. The crits went quite well, I managed to wander off from my notes and missed a couple of points I wanted to make but I finally feel that I’m making some progress in my studio work.
In the afternoon I cycled up to the Blackrock Castle Observatory. I didn’t really know what to expect from the site, I was considering it for my Situations presentation but after a scout around I was finding it hard to envision where I could make my intervention. I had a quick chat with the receptionist and she offered to contact someone from the research lab to come down to me and to possibly have a look at the dome and telescope. I hung around until their last tour of the day had completed and was met by Alan Giltinan, He works as the Systems Manager for BCO Labs. He showed me inside of the dome and its impressive 16 inch telescope. I got a rundown of the facility and the research he is connected with, a great trove of information that I’m sure will be useful.
Tuesday- Everyone gave an overview of their situation proposal, I was at sea about this for the last couple of weeks but it came to me just a couple of days ago. One of the spaces I’ve been fantasising about was right on my doorstep: The County Council buildings in Wexford where I’ve spent so much time installing artworks for the Arts Centre. After discounting the observatory I decided on this space for the presentation.
Wednesday – Friday: Glasgow. With the upcoming Situations presentation on Tuesday I won’t have time to write up our trip. I’ve got so much material it deserves its own devoted post.