Catalogue Statement – My current practice consists of the visual sound of isolation. Drawing on my recent experience of isolating myself in foreign countries for an extended period of time, being constantly surrounded by sound but also being very separated from it and also my unusual relationships at home. Within my overall practice I strive to create emotional responses within my audience, however now my current practice stems from me allowing other people to interact with my experience and emotions. My overall vision within my current practice is to use performance to try and create a sense of belonging, through the use of collaboration within the medium of performance, which allows me to show the nature of interaction. Therefore isolation becomes a shared experience through communities that are created in small time periods and have lasting effects.
Show Statement – My current practice consists of the visualization of the sound of isolation and using it to create interactions between people. Leading into this installation is an abstract sound score traveling towards the screen in the corner, which through my past work, explains how I used the medium of performance to try and create a sense of belonging, through the use of collaboration. This allows me to show the nature of interaction. Therefore isolation becomes a shared experience through communities that are created in small time periods and have lasting effects.
This installation is a reinterpretation of the mark making and gestural images that where created through interaction with other people and groups within different performances and by reinterpreting them I have been able to show the collective work that has been produced throughout this series.
After 2 weeks of building, decorating , cleaning and creating the work the show build is finally over. After a few hiccups regarding the space I was given and several moves around at last minute I am quite satisfied with the final outcome. The first move was one out of necessity as I started with a very small wall but wanted to create a more immersive experience that would be able to surround you and direct you into the video documentation playing on a screen. The second (slight) move that was made one the day before the deadline was that to double my space. This was very much a exciting and encouraging move as I wouldn’t be sharing the space and I was able to create much more work on the walls and and fully make the space my own meaning I was able to reach my goal of a fully immersive sized show.
Here you can see a couple of the coloured bits used to show the work of collaboration with other people that I scalped out of vinyl compared to the sources material I used from my pervious performances.
Looking back if I had know about the size changes I would have laid out the work diffrently and started much earlier as I was only able to do small bits of the coulour on the walls due to late notice and a time consuming making process. Also I think that knowing I would be having a very large space the show I would have set up a section in the centre where people could sit and relax together, talk, listen to the music or just look at the work from the centre of the space.
I decided to complile all the video footage form my perfoemnces into one video to show all the different meeting between people thoughtout my work and also show how they worked together to create so much divers sound and visual art.
After much debate about the idea of me creating a cd to give away and sell during and after my degree show I have decided to create them as a piece of art which will act as a continuing tool for connection back to this work and to the social connections that have been created but also create new interactions and relations. Whether that is thought the physical giving and receiving of the cd or that of the shared experience of hearing the tracks and being transported into the sensory experience of isolation that was created through collaboration.\
The cd being titled insularity the same name I have given to all of my work this year. The collaborative name being Alucidos – being something something alcid and not quite tangible referring to concepts in fine art. (dos being the tow of us that created the album). The track names 125 Detachment referring back to the long periods of time I initially spent hiding away recorind noices in order for all of this work to have been created. Myopia -lack of foresight or intellectual insight (short sited). Autarky – self sufficiency/ independence. Sonance – A sound with no musical quality. Live – The first performance of my degree work.
Looking at different cd case designs to see what would best fit my ideas.
The cases of the cd’s are made out of the scrolls they are created from therefore also offering a piece of one off art work to those that have allowed me to discover the power of collaboration.
During my next performance I plan on giving out a cd to many of the viewers and to the people that have helped me realise my concepts and joined my collaboration within the performances. (Forever continuing on the performances but aways from the critical sight of an audience).
As part of my final assessment on Monday it was suggested that I do a performance to fully show the extent of my final years work in its full intensity. With this I feel like I have a final shot at manipulating my performance to reach new goals within the ascetic and artistic principles but also within the realms of the collaboration and interaction side of my artistic practice and the performance. With these ideas I have decided to carry on with the idea of responding to the music visually but where as that was normally the outcome of the performance I want it to be the start and the outcome. Using the drawings to fuel the sound performance and the sound to influence the mark making. This why the performance will solely rely on the interaction and collaboration between the performer and the viewer and will also question who is the performance and who is the viewer throughout the performance.
From my pervious performances I want to shake up the process of it like I have done every time with a new performance (including drawing etc). For my newest and my last performance rather than the band performing from some of my previous old work I would like the whole process to be contained within the time farm of the performance. Therefore I will be encouraging the audience to begin drawing and then the band to create music from the shapes and marks they make. I will also suggest that the audience take inspiration for their mark making from the sounds and music that band is creating. Therefore creating a full circle of viewing and responding and putting into question who is the spectator as the participants with in the band will also be watching and observing the audience as if they are the artist of the performance.
This allows more emotional connections between people as everyone is on the same level of viewing and being viewer, this allows for a deeper more complex understanding of the main goals of my performs which is connecting with people and using the advantages that comes with performance art.
The use of my website franchambers.co.uk will help me display my work to a wider audience allow a quick and easy access to all of my work, shows and projects. To boost this I have also made smart business cards and will be handing out and selling my cd’s for my current work as part of the concept for the degree show but on the back stickers with my web address will allow other people that access the cd to also find and explore my work further.