U2 w19

May 6, 2010

Final Show Piece:

To clarify about the form of the final piece for the MA show in July:

There are 2 options

1)      Live broadcast performance / actuation piece

The issues around this possibility are:

a)      Venue. Had a possible venue which has fallen through. Need to rethink about the space/environment.

b)      Personal issues which mean it is not always possible to keep commitments. So being able to provide live broad cast over several days is a gamble.

2)      Interactive Korsakow based piece.


Have used Korsakow previously in unit one for the college interim show, and is a project that has been an ongoing part of my MA project.

Below is a link for a test site. There are issues with compression of file  sizes on the test site which are getting resolved.

There maybe issues around file storage size so have been looking at web hosting for the project. Had  help from my sister  and her partner with setting this site up.


Please scroll down the page to click on a thumb nail video clip.

Korsakow allows  a random element in linking videos which echos the unpredictable nature of the human body.

These are quite different project outcomes.  But the aim is to keep the door open on pursuing the actuation while finishing the Korsakow project in the next few weeks.

U2 W12 (p3)

March 25, 2010

Two short videos filmed at Empty Shop studios open work space this week

It was good to be able to hire  a studio space for a few hours to work in. The space for hire  is lovely and also the light in the building is great and Carlo was really welcoming. The building has really come on since I first saw it and Carlo and Nick have done great things with setting it up and transforming a building that has lain empty for 10 years into an exciting and vibrant arts facility.

I tried to move the ideas in the pieces on in terms of scale and begin to think about creating movement through the pieces. Also to think about how things might work for a live cast.

Empty Shop is in a busy part of Durham City and I was aware of the constant movement of passers by outside which provided a contrast of movement and intention to the balancing pieces I was trying out.

The  contrast  of the two environments and their terms of intention and engagement is something I would like to consider building in to further pieces.

U2 W11

March 22, 2010




Marina Abramovic @ Moma:

‘The body as medium’

‘Performance art is temporary’

The Artist Is Present.


E-smog festival


Julian Priest:

Media actavist/artist… remote connections… attempts at fusing disconnected spaces with connected spaces.

Q raised about desirability of preserving places where you cannot be attached to the communications flow….. and just be in the local…

Julian priest member of Distance Lab Scotland:

Project based in the Highlands, supported by Scottish government to look in to ways of bringing digital technology to geographically challenging communities.

http://www.distancelab.org/projects/handmade/Tele-Trust : The Veil

Karen Iancel and Herman Matt


… Loss of expression and communication…. ‘Use of social skills is also a way to protect

yourself’….. Data veil… the veil is touch sensitive……. ‘Emphasizing the net worked space as an embodied space.’….. protective space.

Back Yard Dances:

Four dancers from different parts of the world in online collaborative choreographic work.

These are research notes from the past week … couldn’t complete the planed practical work as have been unwell the past week.

U2 W10

March 16, 2010

‘Meat  the body, in technospeak. The brain is referred to as meat machine; prostituted women have been referred to as meat puppets. A cynical view of humanity is implied.’  From ‘CyberFeminism.’ Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein.

December 4, 2009

Thinking  about taboos…  also the idea of a performance piece being documented by video or photograph if it needs to be witnessed in order to be a performance piece if the viewing of it can be accidental… and the possible implications not wearing shoes in western society… about Marina Abramovic saying she no longer did pieces about endurance… The shoe throwing political protestor… use of another taboo.

Yes it was bitterly cold, slippery and surprisingly challenging to let myself do.  Very worried about explaining to any other walkers what I was doing and why.

November 15, 2009

Went up to Newcastle this Saturday to visit ‘Coil to Met’ an actuation by artist Alastair MacLennan.

It was both disorientating, being shown in a disused bathroom sales room, with leaking ceilings, and empty display bays. Disconcerting with MacLennan’s disciplined use of his own body; sitting immobile under a mound of old discarded shoes.

The real impact for me was that the presence and involvement of the artists own person of the piece.

I spend a lot of time looking at work on the internet, or in galleries where the artist has absented themselves, left the building, and for me MacLennan’s piece brought a level of impact that I haven’t experienced before.



It has made me resolve to buy a projector for a version of the projection piece outlined a couple of posts back.