Thursday, 11 June 2009

Nicolas Bourriaud - PostProduction - GAPS

Oh Nicolas, Nicolas - how I love your writing style - so eloquent and concise! Now I know this book is about the reuse of existing materials in artists work and therefore doesn't directly relate to my project but I can't help finding relevant information everywhere these days!

How can we produce singularity and meaning from this chaotic mass of objects, names, and references that constitutes our daily life? Artists today program forms more that they compose them: rather than transfigure a raw element (blank canvas, clay etc) they remix available forms and make use of data [to manipulate and present].
Ludwig Wittgenstein - "Don't look for the meaning, look for the use."

Pierre Huyghe - In the 1996 exhibition, Traffic, video, a bus ride toward the docks of Bordeaux. Throughout their trip travellers could view a video that showing the image of the route in the daytime. This shift between night and day, as well as the slight delay due to red lights and traffic, introduced an uncertainty concerning the reality of the experience: the superimposition of real time and the mise-en-scene produced a potential narrative. While the image becomes a tenuous link that connects us to reality, a splintered guide to the lived experience, the meaning of the work has to do with a system of differences: the difference between the direct and the deferred [..] It is in this difference that human experience occurs. Art is the product of a gap.

pg. 73
Joseph Grigely - He reorganises human words, fragments of speech, and written traces of conversations, in a sort of intimate sampling, a domestic ecology.

Thinking about gaps again as I'm transcribing the sound notes of the dreams, there are words I can't distinguish, maybe I should edit those together into something? I need to look into the gaps!

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