Saturday, December 5, 2009
I have finished and been out of school for about 1month, its a strange feeling not having anything to do, no essays to write, no emails to check or images to upload or print. I haven't gotten any of the images from the gallery install as of yet but I've attached some pics of the final works.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
The postcards proved to be a pain. I Looked high and low for 250gm paper (thin enough for the printer and coppier) to no avail - i have no idea where i got the first few sheets - so printed them on 200gm paper - a bit too thin for my liking, but, substatinaly cheaper and i think that due to the thiness they will get a bit more character into them - they don't look so thin on the wall only to the touch. I removed the printed address in favour of people writing it in their own handwriting, the cards were also stained in tea to remove the mass produced bright white from them, much better and now there is some tonal variants in them which hopefuly will prove intresting en mass.
Now all thats left to be done is:
- give out all cards
- get back all cards
- catalouge boxes
- create catalouge both hard copy and online
- investigation report
- essays :(
I'm breathing a little easier now but still scared!
I have recived a nice total of 60 synchronised travel pics from other people! Now begins the task of formatting them into a book.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
eeeppp off to school .
Monday, August 3, 2009
Martha Rosler’s, “The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems” (1974-5) introduces the Museum’s approach to “neighborhood” and contextualizes artists’ significant engagement with the area. The work offers a poetic, humorous, even elegaic interrogation of the concept of the Bowery as urban blight. Refusing the style of documentary or journalistic portraiture often used to personify poverty through the degraded human subject, Rosler concentrates instead on the evidence of an absence: empty liquor bottles and assorted detritus that suggest alcohol infused vagrancy and mark the passage of time. Juxtaposing these images with lists of synonyms for drunkenness or drunks and the words “dead soldiers, dead marines,” the work amplifies the void of representation while alluding to the unknowable path traversed by the so-called “Bowery bum.”
I love this idea of the evidence of an absence !!
Since i have been back i've been badgering people to submit and upload their synchronized travel photos - its working - - - slowly.
have given a deadline and a prize as intensive which might speed people along.
First day back and i forgot my pencil case - was a blessing in disguise as i ended up doing all the bit's n pieces that are dull like gridding up my paper, doing the photocopies etc etc etc.
Through doing some of my theory research was reading a collection of essays or chapters i guess called "the return of the real" by hal foster - there was a chapter in it discussing the artist as ethnographer which contained some interesting artists -
Silvia Kolbowski - Enlarged from the catalogue - feb 1990
Monday, July 13, 2009
So still looking at how things are going to all fit together - got some shelving units from bunnings (only $22 each so not a huge waste if they are not used) and have started stacking the boxes up on them, they are all covered in brown paper - but different types of brown paper. I looked at archiving systems and they seemed too sterile for what i wanted to archive. Found this work by boltanski - Archives of the Carnegie International, 1896-1991 (1991)
Thursday, July 2, 2009
They will already have the postage on them and I'll invite people to do something to them - write me a note, colour it in, stick a sticker on it, cur a hole in it and then send back to me.
Its a bit of a struggle to do the synchronised traveling everyday but I am finding new nooks and crannies around my neighbourhood and school etc. Trying had to keep it organized. the flickr site was well worth paying the extra $30 US to have heaps more space.
Things have died off a bit with others contributions to synchronized travel - a lot of people say they will do it - and I'm sure that they will someday but I think that life gets in the way! Am starting an email campaign to encourage slackers! While it is a pain to do it everyday day its so nice to explore your surrounds rather than just walking through it.
Thought as it was the first of the month yesterday that I would start a new thing of taking a photograph of my left hand as this is where i write my things to remember.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I am so tired - was ill all last week and didn't take good care of myself on the weekend AND its rainy so i'm trying not to feel lazy.
Review was ok - I felt better with my ideas and presentatio going into it than I did with the mini one with Lynne and Marge. Was intresting to get some feedback from Charles and Michael who were unfamilar with my work. It ultimatly lead to the point of "Now What" - you have all this stuff which is intresting in itself but how is it going to all work together? I've been researching people and looking at Susan Hiller's work - I like the way that she involves people in her work - but as I was thinking about things I realised that I can't really rely on people to do the projects that I have layed out for them - so whats another way?
I'm going to set myself challanges that become my rituals - something that I do everyday and collect the evidence from. I was thinking that every morning I would do the 10 sychronized travel steps, but rather than just taking a photo I give myself a preset challage - draw a picture for every stage. Take a self portrait at every stage and so on, collect an item from each stage ect.
Utimatly I want to end up with boxes and boxes of archived material that is stored within the computer and in storage / archive boxes and books.
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Thursday, June 4, 2009
I'm please with how things have progressed this far - but I just need to clarify what i'm doing.
I looked into other artists that use a collaborative expericance
Learning to Love You More - a site that poses a series of assignments for followers to participate in and they publish the results online and more recently in a book
The Tract House a artwork inviting people to submit their own manifesto that was printed up into tract (advertising cards it looks like) that were distributed
and PostSecret where people are invited to post in anonymously a hand made post card with shares a secret ranging from the bizarre to the painful.
Monday, May 25, 2009
I planned to make 10 drawings/maps one reflective of each step of teh sychronized travelling steps.
After the drawing was finished I wanted to fold the paper into a - folded map - I tried it with the thicker paper - stonehenge that i used alot last year - but it tended to rip rather than fold - i then used canson paper - a cream colour that was flexible enough to fold but warped when i used any water or paint on it which i was useing to lighten the photocopy transfers - I got a big posca poster pen that put a fine layer of paint over them instead to eliviate the warping - when i finished one drawing I folded it - and it looked a bit underwhemling - so have so have continued on with the maps but not folding them as of yet
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
I found a blog that was devoted to all things maps and have found the below artist through this blog - The Map Room and also found through that site this site - Hand Drawn Map Association which is a site they are collecting a collection of maps : As a new feature here at the HDMA, we're inviting various individuals to curate a collection of 10 things. These things will include hand drawn maps, links to map related resources, and general investigations of the importance of place in our lives.
I was looking at creating maps from them - drawing in my own style - with the photocopy transfers etc but with the idea of maps and travel, so this morning I'm looking at artists that deal with maps - found this artist on a blog all about maps ;
“Based on road maps of the U.S., routes my father often traveled, and an invented conglomeration, mutation, and fragmentation of those passageways, my works on paper help me piece together the past and make up the parts I cannot know.” From the interview: “I was looking at an old atlas my family had given me, and I discovered that these maps resonated with me and the stories of my father’s travels. Elements of these maps had the potential to be the jumping off points for my images.” At right: constellation #1 (2009), 16"×16½", ink, collage, graphite, and gouache on paper.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Mixed media collage on paper, 12 x 9 inches
Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
"I’m more interested in [the personal] aspect of the visual language, how an image can speak to you in a very touching way that is both charged with knowledge and with memory. It can trigger so many associations because it’s not clear about what it’s trying to say- but you actually attach yourself to the work, and it becomes experience."
- Arturo Herrera
Arturo Herrera - 1990s
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Bored? Synchronized Traveling allows you to see your city in a new light, rediscover your neighborhood and travel with friends when you’re far apart and without a passport.Go to synchronizedtraveling.blogspot.com
in the hope of getting a few people that I don't know doing it aswell.
I worked on the photobook today and its looking ok - I'm keen to get it done and publised asap to see if it's somethig that i want to persue -
Monday, April 27, 2009
Have finally finished photshopping the pics of the found objects - I'm now looking at how they are going to go together in the publication - I think I might need to go to the library to check out some of the layouts that they have - I've not sure how much text i need to have in the book - if it should be more or a visual guide - or should it be an explanation of whats gone on - I want to combine the site photos as well as my diagrams as well as the photos of the objects etc etc etc - i was looking at drawings of objects - for tomorrow - deciding the layout - doing a shawow drawing pic (ah la tool rack shadow thing).......
It's the last week of school holidays - I have been working heaps - unfortunately at my other jobs and not my art - I have slowly worked through all the objects that i dug up at dads - I've cleaned them all up, bagged them and tagged them there is about 45 in total, i took photos of the objects after they were cleaned but the lighting wasn't the best on a lot of them so I have to do them again today- my computer has been running painfully slow, so that's putting a damper on things - but I think after disk clean ups etc its working better.
Monday, April 20, 2009
The exhibition organized these objects according to location in a large mahogany cabinet, alongside photographs of the beachcombers and tidal flow charts, classifying them loosely according to type (such as bones, glassware, pottery, metal objects), in seemingly unhistorical and largely unexplained arrangements: antique items were shown alongside contemporary items, ephemera and detritus were next to objects of value. At all stages, the artist and his assistants took on the role of actors in a form of public theatre, inviting all onlookers to question their own ideas about archaeology, scientific classification, relationships, and knowledge of the past.
I took some photos at dads as i was excavating - but today I want to clean, re-photograph and catalouge the objects and work in the studio tomorrow looking at the best way to display them - at the moment I'm thinking in small cardboard boxes that are devided up - one for each strata location?
I guess what had sparked this investigation into the past as a path to memory was sparked when i read a book on Christian Boltanski by Lynn Grumpet - I wrote the following passage in my diary when I read it but forgot about it till Alice (whom I share a studio with) borrowed the book and marked the same passage for me.
- its in relation to a box of old family photographs (not his family though) that he found and was looking at ways of investigating the family delvign into their lives but as he went on he "Realised that these images were only a witness to a collective ritual - they didn't teach us anything about the family....but sent us back into our own past"
Friday, April 17, 2009
In my honours year I’m exploring the idea of the evidence of a collective experience. Through this I’m trying to organize a series of interactive ‘invitations’ for you all to participate in. The first one is based on an idea I found in the book “The Lonely Planets Guide to Experimental Travel” which is also based on an idea of LATOUREX Laboratory of experimental tourism. It’s a way to travel the same path as someone without doing it together and to experience your surrounds in an unusual way.
APPARATUS: Notebook and camera.
METHOD: Participants travel around their chosen locations using a 10 stage set of common directions. Participants will take photographs and write notes to record their experiences at each stage. Where the directions don’t match your environment, improvise.
THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
At each stage write a note and take a photo of what you see.
1. The first stage is your starting point
2. Walk in any direction for 50 paces and look up
3. Continue walking in the same direction till you can go left.
4. Go left and keep walking till you see somewhere to sit
5. Walk in any direction till you see something that looks like a 2 or 7
6. Carry on walking in the same direction till you see something that looks out of place
7. Walk 100 paces in any direction
8. Keep walking till you see something red
9. Turn 180 degrees and walk till you see an interesting architectural feature
10. Walk home but keep your eyes out for something shiny
you can check out the face book group to see some of the other photos have put up and you can do you yourself! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=166341500264 I think that this will take you too the site! or just search the groups for Synchronized travelling
Through my last year in my BA i was looking at how memories can be triggered from a small scrap of paper - a movie ticket, a receipt and then I looked at how images can inspire different memories from each person - so someone looking at a horse might think of their first pony ride, another may think of a horse statue they have at home another the book Black Beauty. This year I started off this way but then I found that I was interested in the collective experience of objects. As I looked into the brain, into memory etc I was amazed with all the different levels of memory that there was, memory that stores things for a 10 of a second, memory that we use and access continually – ie the memory of how to speak. It was a subject that was way to deep for me to investigate on any substantial level in my honors year. However while investigating I become drawn to these categories – and how we categorize memory. In the stairwell exhibit I had a piece “ I keep my receipts for tax purposes” I asked the viewer to select a date of significance to them and stamp it on two pieces of paper one when into the show and the other into the pocket or wallet of the viewer – it represented the idea of the evidence of a common experience, so I’m taking the show down today and will use the tickets that people left and organize them into some sort of system – not sure exactly what sort of system – but a system none the less