U2 W22

May 21, 2010

Final MA Project Update:

The last few weeks have been extreemly stressful due to personal circumstances. And I have been worried sick about completing the final project

Things came to bit of a head earlier this week. In one respect it came to crunch time with the projector I had be awarded from the college lottery when I found out I would have to collect the projector in person, and in order to do so I would need a student card which I haven’t got and would need to get to Wilsons Road to pick it up.

The whole thing is too unwieldy especially combined with my ongoing circumstance.

I was talking this through with my sister who suggested showing in Durham and documenting the work and holding open the possibility of a live stream broad cast.

So this is the plan.

I have arranged with Empty Shop to show the final piece in the gallery/work space over the 12 and 13th June and document it.

So am arranging with Empty Shop about using the building for the live cast later in July.

Also made the decision to drop Korsakow as it just it wasn’t happening. That factor was a real worry. It is a great open source soft wear, but I really wanted to make the final project a direct physical response to a space.

A major part of this decision is it is how I work. Trying to do something different in such pressured circumstances was a bad decision.

Went back over the references to walking in music as a reflection of how embodiment of the use of our bodies as sites of social inscription are woven in to daily life.

Here are some of these references:

Walk like a man (Frankie Valli)

Just walk a mile in my shoes (Gladys Knight)

Walking on broken glass (Lennox) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj4SfIcR6Mw

Walk don’t walk (Prince)

I walk the line (Johnny Cash) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7K4jH7NqUw

Walk on by (Stranglers)

Not your stepping stone (Monkees/Sex Pistols)

Walk this way (Aerosmith/Run DMC)

Strolling (Prince)

Walking on the moon (Police)

Walking Blues (Champion Jack Dupree)

Walking the dog (stones/Rufus Thomas)

Here comes the Hotstepper (Ini Kamoze) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0crujosNNo0

I decided to take ‘I Walk The Line’ as a starting point.

Listening to it made me think about having to do what you think is the right thing/ acceptable thing/being kept in by society’s expectations/ taboos. I think there is an element of darkness in this song which is more present in Cash’s last recording ‘Hurt’. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmVAWKfJ4Go

Today at Empty Shop workspace I put electrical tape on the floor to make my own line to walk and spent an hour walking the line.

This will be part of the final documented work and hopefully be live streamed for the show.

Need to think about the tape. I would like it more visible. Red might be a better colour, or wider tape if it’s available. I used a mix of coloured tapes and quite liked that but need to pay attention to detail.

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