A week of experiments at Punctum Day 2 with Klara Kelvy.
Wed, 2015-07-22 20:57 -- Adrian Corbett

Jude wants to know: Does durational process lead to making, or does making lead to durational outcome?

I’ve been thinking about: Repetition, duration and creating meaning; and how human’s contextualise themselves within their environment.

Daily report: Tuesday 21st July, 2015
My experiment for the day: Something from nothing (making>duration)

Last night I realised I wasn’t satisfied with the stone circle I had made that day. It was quick and easy and meaningless. I decided on two things, it wasn’t long enough, I need to push myself into a state of monotony through repetition. And that, if meaning is what I’m looking for and I’ve still not found it, then I need to keep repeating this action.

My plan was to make a video, this time building a bigger circle, with quartz and to keep going until I had to stop.

I found a spot in a park close to where I am staying and I set to work. Soon after I started some kids on bikes rode down a track near where I was working and called out to me. I didn’t reply not knowing how to respond (what was I going to say and how would that impact my video?). But as they went off to play on a nearby hill I began to think about what our conversation could have been. Essentially I was doing something in an attempt to create meaning, I was trying to make something from nothing and some discussion on the subject surely wouldn’t hurt, especially as my work usually has an interactive element.

After about 45 minutes both of my cameras had given up. Despite this disappointment I had some idea of what I was doing and I returned home in the fading light.

What I learnt about my process today was: that I was struggling with how I was thinking about what I was doing, persisting with an idea yet uncomfortable with the framework I had given myself. Only when the kids interrupted my process did I gain a new insight into what I was doing. I tentatively propose that intuitively I have understood that by working with the public I can develop fresh perspectives on what I’m doing.  This could explain why I have always had a semi-public development process for my performance and interactive work.

Thank you for reading,