Punctum week of experiments.
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: Wednesday 22st July, 2015
My experiment for the day: Something from nothing cont. (duration>duration)
Last night I decided to continue with the stone circle this morning, and then once it was done destroy it as quickly and effectively as possible.
I built again for another hour and a half until the circle seemed complete. While I built I though about it’s destruction and where I would go from there. It needed to change that was certain, but flinging the rocks into the bush or kicking them away didn’t quite fit with my mission for meaning.
At completion I still had some patients and endurance left, and I had already ruled out destruction. After documenting the circle I stood back to look at it and thought of how I really preferred the idea of the documentation as the work rather than the stone circle, or the action in the bush. Further to this I wondered if a sculpture could exist in time instead of space. So I made an hour-long hand-held video of the circle. I decided hand held was important as the work was an exploration of duration for the artist, meaning my body is one of the central aspects of the work, so hand-held was the only logical option.
I had some ideas on what to do with my rocks, they needed a new context, and Adrian from Punctum kindly gave us all a lift to the White Space, but more on that tomorrow.
The lessons today were:
One: Adrian is very patient and helpful (I already knew this).
Two: Although process has been a big focus for me this week today I realised that the outcome(s) needed to be considered just as carefully. These outcomes would be different to those initially imagined as, through the process of making the work, I have come to understand it a bit better. I now know that the experience I have creating the work could not be understood by an audience in the way I had first imagined, and so I need to consider what the work looks like from the outside.
Thank you for reading,