Sunday, July 18, 2021

Residency 2, Day 18: 'The world is a strange and wonderful place.' - Laurie Anderson

I did some more work on that film/slideshow:
Part of the usual shtick with me is to not present, screen or exhibit time-based media works that are more than five minutes in duration, and usually, in fact, the 'simupoems' are usually less than 3 minutes long, ideally weighing in at less than one minute. The film/slideshow went on for about seven minutes so I speeded things up and, funnily, the traffic still sounded like traffic. It was possible to 'maintain audio pitch' by, you know, ticking a certain box in Premiere: maybe that is why. I had to cut out some conversation by passing pedestrians though. The film (still work in progress) may or may not appear in the final show but I'm content to have produce it.

It was interesting to chat with John O'Shea of Hard Pipe Design Limited today about whether to do more to reveal that the subjects photographed are in the cockpits of their vehicles, in the traffic jam. Also given his experience at Pfizers and processing plants it was useful to be able to get some advice on the planned arrangement of pipes for Gallery 1.

The forcefield that is Tomasz Madajczak will appeared later for the second of three organised 'crit'-exchanges. The challenge is to discuss work (planned work really) without:
1. references to writers, thinkers, theories.
2. suggesting links with the work of other artists, current or historical.
3. providing ideas for what could, or should, be done.
The walk-around with Tomasz got me thinking about expectations in relation to my work. Offers of actual 3D physical spaces and buildings to show in permits substantial material elements to be presented (as I did with Povera for example). I see the computational network as being directly linked with physical networks such as road systems. That landscape is made up of what appear to be invisible grids and networks as well as surface structures. I need to remind myself of this:

Whilst much attention is given to the algorithmic, the digital and computational network, both the software/apps and the devices and hardwares associated with that, I am interested too in how that is directly reflected in changes to traditional, older heavier networks. Transformation is also palpable on road and rail systems for example, in logistics networks, heavy goods vehicles move materials from distribution centres, through warehouses, courier companies of many sorts are in operation, and all this is analogous to how data transfer works, via ‘packet switching’, and how information flows through communication networks. 

O’Connell, M., 2021. Digital Stalinism. In: P. Borlenghi, ed. Now This: Reflections on our Arts and Cultures. Manningtree, UK: Patrician Press.pp.51–60. 

In addition two numbers are added together, no, Tomasz and I spoke about the value in not resolving everything too early, what devices are used to hold pipes in place underground, whether the IWTs should be on all the time (this came up with J. Swain too), the relationship with real wind farms, the sounds from toy wind turbines ('very powerful'), sponsorship, the word eunuch, the fact that the speakers I was using happened to be ball shaped, the thought that Gallery 2 would contain 'uillinn pipes' (lol). After all that it was time to go off in a boat:

Hopefully it is okay not to be a fan of everything Laurie Anderson does but I did, and do, think this was phenomenal:

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