This is a poem taken from my mum’s journal mid 1970s. It is similar to Zen poetry in that it captures something uncapturable: the moment, time and being. It resonated, as I use meditation as part of my process. It also reflects discussions on meditation I had with mum, who was a lifetime practitioner.I am currently collaging this work onto tissue paper and board. I am exploring the flight of the moment and an abstracted fluid representation and expression of this theme.
A reworking of 1984 titled 1984.1 was read to us at breakneck speed without pause or varied intonation. It was reading the unreadable as described at the time and challenging to listen to and follow. I came away with some notes that I am trying to make sense of such as ” the unique personification of universal suffering”, in my notes I’ve written “change final word” so that art can be the unique personification of many themes: grief, love, feeling, intellect, being, nothingness …. I was aiming to find
Art is “a contemporary discourse on the notion of identity”, it
Amongst the thought provoking questions that were asked:
“How do you make a work of art that’s lying?”
Perhaps all artwork is fiction that expresses truth.
Truth -> interpretation -> fiction
“What are the conditions that presuppose your production of a work of art?”
Time , space, intention, creative fire, tools, evolving vision.
Actually in the YouTube video: My Place: Jake Chapman.
He says that ” You have to submit to wasting time before anything becomes purposeful” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94_7_QwKp9Y
So maybe I’ll add wasting time to that list of presuppositions.
The idea of ” a dialogue across time” resonated, as I believe an artwork to be a record of time and intention, which stops at a certain point of completion and thus begins its outer communication during its existence.
“How does a work of art work?”
- We choose to do it because it expresses something important
- Political: critical discourse.
Jake Chapman paraphrased Modern Art being a retaliation on bourgeois taste. Yet Modern Art still subscribes to it. YBAs were also described as being a wing of gentrification. Dichotomy.
I was interested in how his change of environment had affected his process and asked him such. This tied in with a question about creating utopias as opposed to dystopias. Interestingly he answered that utopia has an element of dystopia.
I subscribe to the higher synthesis and dialectical process of art. Creative
I found the Q&A session thought-provoking, particularly the question that was so
Maybe I’ll add universal bafflement to the list of conditions that presupposes the production of art.
However, as this book was suggested both in a film clip I watched pre-talk and during the talk. I decided to buy it.
A thousand years of nonlinear history, by Manuel de Landa
The next step is to read it….