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.
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.
With in this performance I wanted to include the role of responding to the music and see other people interpretation of visual sound and how the performer and the audience could interact with oneanother to produce a collaborative live performance but also visiual work that would last after the small time frame of the performance. Asking the audiace to watch listen and then draw onto large pieces of paper.
The interaction between the audience that are drawing and the band is easy to see. Whether that be them drawing along to the sounds or taking breaks in which they are watching and processing the situation and atmosphere. Often the members of the band are interacting with each other communicating what they are thinking or just having fun and creating emotional connection with one another.
I planned on displaying the physical artwork created within this performance within my show as it is a visual representation of the collaboration that has taken place within this this performance but after the performance I realised that the pens I gavce out during the performance where not broad enough to creat stong looking work (too washed out and faint) but I am going to use these large piece of paper as refrance within in my show work.
From my previous performance in which I invited participants to join me and my ideas about visual sound art and assembled a band with similar ideas and created a performance. I invited audience members to join in with us and view and listen to this sensory experience. Now with my new research into the roles of participation within performance I am now invited the audience of my performance to take part and also became the artist by reinterpreting the sound and music from the performance back into visual msuuic scores.
Also for this performance I have given the new joiners of the band children’s musical toys rather then asking them to bring there own internments. This allows anyone to join my small community, not just ones that have there own instrument. But also the aspect of playing and fun that comes with the use of toys and other objects that remind us of childhood. This straightaway broke down barriers and created convosation before the performance had started. (WHY)
The video footage and the large scale drawings that have been created are the start of plans I have towards when I would like to exhibit for my degree show. Rather then only having work created by me within the show I would like to show the collaborative work for the reminded to the audience and myself that the my art is that of community and social interactions/ friendships.
Looking into collaborative work and allowing the audience to become participants and artists I decided to start inviting people to work with me within my sketchbook. I consider my sketch book and working within it a private and intimate thing so allowing someone to work inside it with me was the beginning of a conversation I had with the participant that lead to us making even just the smallest improvement in our relationship. (whether that be closer friends or acquaintances). We both started with the same simple instructions that I have been following for all of my work this year that consists of drawing to what we here.
Using different colours to distinguish between the two different artists within the on piece of work allowing you to be able to see how me and the other participant worked together within the small space. I am defiantly interested in carrying on this collaborative drawing and am interested in taking this a step further into a larger scale consisting of drawing at a live performance. This will allow not only the connections between the band members but the audience themselves and the audience and the band.