19 Mar 2013

White Paintings

“To suffer is one thing; another thing is living with the photographed images of suffering, which does not necessarily strengthen conscience and the ability to be compassionate. It can also corrupt them. Once one has seen such images; one has started down the road of seeing more- and more. Images transfix. Images anesthetize. An event known through photographs certainly becomes more real than it would have been if one had never seen the photographs- think of the Vietnam War. (For a counter example, think of the Gulag Archipelago, of which we have no photographs.) But after repeated exposure to images it also becomes less real.”
Susan Sontag (from On Photography)

16 Mar 2013

What is the role of fiction in understanding what is 'real'?

Yesterday I attended Bedwyr William's Starry Messenger symposium in anticipation of his representation for Wales at the Venice Biennale, curated by Oriel Davies and Mostyn. There were some fantastic talks from amateur astronomers, artists experts and enthusiasts. By the end of the day I felt decidedly insignificant in the grand scheme of the universe and was reminded to look up and notice more. One of the speakers, Darryl Green, brought a beautiful book to my attention- 'The Moon: Considered as a Plant, a World, and a Satellite' by James Nasmyth. In it, were some amazing lunar photographs, all of which were fabricated as it photography wasn't advanced enough in 1874 to provide first hand documentation. These photographs of models he'd made based on his observations were therefore actually three times removed from what Nasmyth originally saw in the telescope. Fascinated by this artistic documentation which although being technically false, still offered scientific insight, it made me consider how important it was for documentation to be 'real'. Is our belief in images a choice? In this instance, it is perhaps enough that the image evokes wonder and admiration regardless of the reliability of it's origin. One question asked at the end of this discussion has given me food for thought- 

What is the role of fiction in helping to understand what is 'real'?


12 Mar 2013



natural is quite inaccurate

/completely crippled by debts has the right to keep: bailiffs/
we move about in the midst of, our ambient milieu, the space

...a voice (off)

letter by letter, a text forms, affirms itself, is confirmed, is frozen-
               immaterial; extension, the external, what is external to us, what


Deep in thought at their tables, writers are forming lines of words.


An idealised scene
                                                                   While everything found outside this,

Easily verified in practice
                                                                      (Open space)
A few other banalities
There is nothing for example, to stop us from imagining things?

Collage of George Perec text

9 Mar 2013

that written,


Adjective Consisting printed, matter.

Noun. A matter.

a television of /ˌdäkyəˈment(ə)rē/

Adjective Consisting factual that /ˌ

report. /ˌdäkyəˈment(ə)rē/

/Adjective Consisting /ˌ

pieces or pieces of a

record report.

radio / official

a factual record matter.

Noun, A .

or or of pieces other or or

or that factual printed, /ˌdäkyəˈment(ə)rē/

1 Mar 2013


Found photograph and George Perec text.

communicate: transmissie: you

Communicate: Transmissie: You
Carbon on paper (concertina book)
Dimensions variable (A5)

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The word 'communicate' is translated using an internet translation service 66 times, from Afrikaans to Yiddish and back to English again, where the end result transpires as the word 'you'. The type-face words are reproduced by hand using carbon paper, a material that describes repetition and trace.  The concertina book format is read on both sides, becoming sculptural in it's form and providing a gradual development of language as information gets manipulated and eventually, lost in translation.