U2 W4

January 25, 2010

Was watching a documentary about Brian Eno on the BBC iPlayer when he said:

‘The thought of finishing something is the thought of how they connect with the world.’

Think this is a good way of interpreting unit 2; trying to establish the links between the final piece, the intention of the project and its connection with the world.

Came across the term ‘Live Art’ and wanted to find out a little more and how this differed from performance art.

This link is for the Live Art Development Agency:

http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/

And there was a link to the site of Joshua Sofaer

‘A Live Artist may find their concerns rotate around issues of form, experimenting with the possibilities of a performance or an event. They may be concerned with the politic of the body; artists who have found their bodies marginalised (because they are women or black for example) position their bodies at the forefront of their work as a way of taking control of the discourse around their body. In an increasingly technological age, the cyborg artist has extended the body through electronic media; the body becomes just one element in an interconnecting network of processes.’

(Joshua Sofaer ‘What is Live Art?’ August 2002)

When I read the two following statements from the above it gave me a sense of clarity about my intentions and why I’m using my body in my work the way I have increasingly been.

‘….position their bodies at the forefront of their work as a way of taking control of the discourse around their body.’

‘In an increasingly technological age, the cyborg artist has extended the body through electronic media; the body becomes just one element in an interconnecting network of processes.’

This has been an area I’ve been struggling to articulate and has resulted in struggling to be able to give a clear explanation of work.

Have also been trying to keep to the time table and been doing some editing.

Editing is something some thing else I find difficult. As Snow Circuit doesn’t have a narrative, structure or time line one option I tried was breaking the piece in to timed sections.  Not too happy about the arbitrariness of this structure.

There are different issues when making a time based work. There are very basic things like the intention for a piece, which can be inluenced by editing.

Haven’t been realistic in the time I’ve given to this part of the project.  I’m not even sure if I have the capacity/ability to make a time based work.  Will adjust the timetable to allow a couple more weeks to experiment then may have to  shelve the idea of a time based piece.

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