Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Strings in Tokyo

Each participant chooses a length of string.
Holding one end, the participant gives the other end to another participant next to them.
The participants form a chain, a circle, a collective.
Walking through the streets of the city, they stay attached, negotiating the built environment, strangers, trying to work together.
To be a social sculpture.

Working with students at the Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Textiles in Newcastle

Walking through Newcastle, on a sunny spring day, my attention was grabbed by this textile addition: a hand-sewn cloth sleeve slipped over a signpost. The knitted intervention softly interrupted the hard-edged geometry of the urban, inviting my touch onto the surrounding surfaces: I couldn't help but fondle the cloth, following its weave and wondering as to its origin, its catalyst, its design. Such sensual tactilities bring to the fore a consideration of all the surfaces and materials lining the streets, the buildings, the steps and benches through which we come to know the city. A moment of domestic softness seemed to fall from the sky and wrap itself around the signpost, to texture my own meandering thoughts with warmth.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Resonator, AV Festival, Newcastle

Resonator is a procedural performance-workshop and idea exchange which investigates diverse artistic, materialist and spiritualist practices that converge around the importance of vibration as a means of making sense of the universe. Vibration is a phenomenon that affects all matter yet is also understood as passing beyond matter, affecting the soul. Resonator aims to investigate the points of contact, convergence and dissonance surrounding the scope of vibrations in different thought and belief structures through working with sound and related practices.

Nurit Bar-Shai
James D'Angelo
Yolande Harris
Martin Howse
Brandon LaBelle
Kanta Horio
John Stuart Reid
Ann Rosén
Ryu Hankil
Will Schrimshaw
Jamie Allen