My tutor suggested in early July that I could and possibly should try and go for the November assessment, submitting all materials by end of September. I hadn’t considered doing so, felt much was still missing, and notably, with the part-time teaching post and some family commitments that remain uncertain, I felt I had limited time to give extra to the course.
However, the idea grew on me, notably, as he rightly said: much of the later parts focus on things and approaches that I have already started to explore. So, with me concluding part 4 within five weeks amidst a busy schedule now puts this plan a distinct possibility.
So: here my forward thinking: Part 5 Timelines.
It consists of four projects: (a) a busy scene, (b) an artist book, (c) a finer focus and (d) a project which alters the temporal perception/expectation of the viewer. I like how it unpacks time as dimension and want to try to repackage these:
a. I observe a changing scene: the scene changes, I observe and decide quickly, possibly alter (William Kentridge comes to mind)
b. I use the linear temporality of a book that has a beginning and an end, the pages unfold and this hence takes time on part of the viewer to unpack (a flip book does so in speed; a concertina offers the chance to do so in extension)
c. the time taken to produce the drawing requires the viewer to look carefully: detail. — the wild carrot drawings that I did at ECA in 2010/11 took that approach, and much of the large-scale drawing work since: step in, step out; look closer
d. is in some sense a wild card: ‘to make the viewer use time differently’… I am firstly thinking of my videos: the loop of Green: it repeats until the viewer decides to break it off; or the dark screen and emerging audio of Hornet Tree (is something still happening?).
— A lot of my projects take considerable time: they iterate, mature, smoulder. So, the terrain of this part is very familiar. So is also working with movement and change as project 1 suggests, the artist book a familiar form too.
I started to think forward to this project during the final stages of the previous assignment: with the tracing paper having been torn and used in a number of iterations, I explored its folds, reattached it a number of times and eventually stitched it with yarn. At the end of the installation I packed the tracing paper and took it back to Glasgow with me. The coursenotes mention simple folds as a way of making an artist book. I am tempted to use the remainder of the installation for this. (but that is not the finer focus project that I think I should really do).
What I have not done throughout the course is to produce detailed, observational drawings. This is something where I still feel I am uncertain if I am skilful enough. Photorealism never interested me as a drawing skills. Careful observation: yes, definitely. And yet, I would tend to distil and pursue some of the conceptual underpinnings of what it was that I sensed rather than going by surface structures.
As an assignment piece, and as a final development stage before the Parallel Project concludes, I have raised the possibility to revisit my series of Corridor Placements from earlier in the academic year along the corridor. I have recorded these and having moved out of the corridor now I feel that I can revisit them, from a distance and see what is in that placement, that installation as a temporal dimension (as they unfolded; now solely as memory; but perhaps also in a different form as a new presence). I had remained uncertain as to the conceptual underpinnings of that project: I started to do, to fold forward; then made it about my presence, which as soon as it emerged disappeared completely: there was no further project after I signed my employment contract in February. I later found a more empirical, observational focus: the exploration of different timelines, assumed expectations, the confounding of these. So in many ways, the corridor placements were seeking a different space along that corridor. At occasions, they found it, then they moved on, away. It is this which I find remains the intriguing aspect in the project, however latent it was in its unfolding. This aspect became more fully formed during assignment 3, when I left the corridor.
— These my initial thoughts, I will revisit the post and link forward as they unfold (over the next two, two and a half weeks — eeek)