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.
For my degree show I want the main eliment to be focusing on the performance aspect of my work. The idea of a performance on the opening night was simple but what I would show for the duration of the show was a counfuing dicission. After having problems with the space I was allocated I was able to move to a more suitable place consisting of a large L shape in which I will display a video of my previous performances with sound within the corner of the space. The large scale drawingings that where created during my latest performance I see now as unsuitable for the level of professionalism of the degree show so I have decided to take the marks made by other people and reinterpret them in combination with my own straight into the walls while listening to the different performances.
The drawings on the wall will start at the entrance of the space and will slowly lead the view into he space and towards the video piece at the far end of the wall.
Using bright colours, similar to that of the participants work from my performance, of sticky back vynl it will allow the collaborative work to stand out more from the work that I have created solo and therefore help push my ideas of showing the work of collaboration.
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.
London’s Lisson Gallery explores this basic construct of art with in a show called Line curated by Drawing Room, explores the work of 15 international artists and their exploration of the line. They include artists like Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, and Tom Marioni. In these artworks the line isn’t always confined to a piece of canvas or paper, instead lines become installations with depth and volume or conceptual experiments.
The artist Monika Grzymala’s site-specific installation Raumzeichnung (outside/inside) explores the line as a 3D scupliture using black tape and clear plastic. “I describe all of my installations as architectural interventions or spatial drawings”
Even with Grzymala’s work being made from tape it has similarities to the lines and mark making within my work. Both share a kinetic energy within the lines that allows to to follow the lines and consume the energy and motion the seem to give off.
Sometimes the line is more minimalistic and and simplistic like Ceal Floyer’s Taking a Line for a Walk. It features a painted white line, the type seen on sports fields, running through the gallery and up the stairs spilling out across the steps until it ends next to the apparatus that created it, a line-making machine.
Within my work the line is not only a physical object and the physical side of my work it is also sound and relationship. The line has its own presents within the work and the space it is shown in.
Drawing Room’s directors Mary Doyle and Kate Macfarlane point out in the text that accompanies the exhibition, it was LeWitt who said, “Obviously a drawing of a person is not a real person, but a drawing of a line is a real line.” This create interest in my work as the lines in my work are not really the music they represent but the physical action of drawing the lone creates sound against the paper/ wall. Therefore the line is a sound and a presence in more ways then one.
After the success of my first live performance and the possible future of me creating another live performance at the degree show the first ting I thought about was creating another live event in which I would be able to correct and improve the work. Such as creating a better machine which will display the work and changes to the instruments. Another idea would be for me to no partake in the musical side but to mark make and create abstract drawings from the live music during the performance.
This would allow more development of my work as well as being able to fine tune the performance ready for a bigger more judgemental audience.
Previously mentioned was John Cage’s perfoemce piece 4’33” in which I was looking into for the role and impact the sound of nothing can have with in a performance but also the lack of silence with in life. With representing visual sound art I looked at graphic and fluxus music scores but when looking into theses I realised that for them to reach there full artistic impact they must be performed. And there has been many diffrent types of performances.
The Fluxus artist movmeant that he was part of also paved the way for a new type of music and art performance. Its artists used a range of media and processes adopting a ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude to creative activity, often staging random performances and using whatever materials were at hand to make art. Seeing themselves as an alternative to academic art and music.
With sound performance not only will I be turing my work back into sound but also doing this publicly and visually. Also with the idea of doing a large group performance I am once again toying with the idea of creating work about self isolation while collaborating and being surrounded and enveloped by people.
Particularly the section where the artist is creating sound/ music from the act of writing, drawing, scribbling on paper.