Apr 16th ~ 20th
Today’s Group crit was rescheduled until next week. This tutorial with Ailbhe picked up where I left off with last week’s assessment. I described some of the research and artists I’ve been looking at recently, in particular Trevor Paglen and his metaphor of Dark Matter when describing secret military operations, they’re both invisible but are inferred by the footprint they make in the normal world. I also mentioned some earlier artists that included the night sky in their work like Van Gogh and Munch and their inclusion of it as an element of the landscape for its own sake. I described my interest in the points of departure for science where its application gets left far behind and the purity of investigation forges ahead. I am interested in where the application of the lens gave birth to the sciences of enhanced seeing.
Ailbhe reiterated the importance not getting bogged down in formal experiments and suggested developing the experiential element of movement with the Parallax sculpture and allow for happenstance similar to the happy accident I experienced the first time I constructed it. We also discussed the inclusion of a contextualizing element as a companion to an artwork and what that might look like. Ailbhe reminded me to look up Mark Garry’s work here he uses coloured string to demarcate space and described a former student’s work where she displayed her highly detailed formal drawings with architectural photos from Bulgaria where she was born, she described their success as a point of entry for the viewer. I was encouraged to prepare a development of the sculpture to present for next week’s crit
Tuesday – A quick tutorial with Lucy this morning, I’m still collecting research and no closer to a thesis premise. We had a meeting about the upcoming Glasgow trip, Lucy had a basic list of the ‘must sees’ and recommended we expand on it to cover stuff we’d like to see individually. For Placing Practice myself and Pim retired to his space for some peace and quiet to develop our ‘artistic question’. We managed a good synergy between my interest in science and his in Neo-liberalism and proposed ‘What would science look like outside the current economic model’. This also relates to my interest in utopias/dystopias and alternate timelimes. Jesse asked us to chose a text that we could refer to during the research, I had been recently going through some old notes looking up a Fredric Jameson quote and found a PDF version of his book ‘Archaeologies of the Future’, Pim won’t thank me for choosing that one!