Early dispatch


Dear Aid & Abet,

we have arrived at the final week of the project, starting in just under four hours from now.

It feels as if things have accelerated slightly in the last week, with more questions being raised through the group discussions and beyond this through other media. Central issues have remained throughout the project, for example that of the desire for narrative. If the project’s honest ideal can be described in any terms it is that of the formless. It isn’t a glimpse into the artisan’s workshop though individuals are welcome to view it like that, likewise it isn’t an act of resistance against commodification, or argument against the myth of the heroic individual, or a reasserting of art as a thing of use (or indeed the inverse of this). This isn’t to pose an extreme relativist reading, which honestly feels like a bit of a cop out, but to say that the hope is the show can be a situation where each and more of these things can happen at points and at times yet none of these can define it as the principle narrative overall.

The best consensus we ever get is a rough average, there are always the fringe elements, the slopes of the bell curve and the wild anomalies. All which frequently make up the majority when added together.

We easily think in terms of dominant narratives but I hope that Landmark Seizures has proved to unwieldy, unstable and unaccountable to take on such a form lightly. The reasoning for this is not a desire for complexity for its own sake, but for a situation where different kinds of value can sit side by side and not be rubbed out by the language of the majority. It is also an attempt at avoiding the project being taken over by that dominant pair of questions with which we can’t help but rate most things under our dominant philosophies:

What is it trying to do?

Does it achieve this?

The reason being (and I’m aware of the contradiction here…), there’s more to action than intent. Going further I’d say intent and art have an uneasy relationship at best, and often intent is the very opposite of the creative act…

And with that crude statement, here’s week four:

Thursday. Becky curates the final Thursday Film Room:

23rd May 2013 – Quiet Action

Main feature 5pm Sleep Furiously – Directed by Gideon Koppel (2008)
Hand catching lead – Created by Richard Serra (1968)
How to build an igloo – Directed by Douglas Wikinson (1949)
The last shovel maker – Directed by Jack Ofield (2006)
The cameraman has visited our town – Directed by Tom Whiteside (1989)
The monument of big chief rolling mountain thunder – Directed by Allie Light and Irving Saraf (1983)
Welcome to Spiveys corner: The National Hollering Contest – Directed by Kier Cline (1978)
The glass eye maker – Directed by Tomas Leach (2010)
Ernest Wright & Son Ltd – Making Sheffield Scissors – Directed by Paul Martins Handmade Revolution (2013)
Go pro Sheep shearing with Nick King (2013)
The turning of the kite – New British Art (2010)
Stewart Lee on university funding and the arts (2010)
Climb without ropes – Waldo Etherington (2013)
3 minute wonder: Jeff Koons “Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank” – Directed by Mike Figgis (2009)

Hannah Arendt “Zur Person” (full interview)

Friday. The ongoing drama of the Friday (Self Curated) Film Room reaches its climactic final act!

Saturday. Nicole Bachmann‘s soundwork is realised in it’s entirely with all 3 parts previously recorded by persons in the space on previous Saturdays now playing together alongside the original reading by the artist herself.

DGGNGNTHRTH action continues

Dolly Dollycore performs throughout the day

Likewise poets Verity Spott and Caitlin Doherty

As always soup happens at about 2pm and the 3PM Saturday Group Discussion stays true its name. Final discussion question to be decided.

The Raspberry Pi does something…

Then at about 7pm the closing part starts with the performance and controlled demolition of the Infinite Drone Accumulator by AAS followed more more things.

Relics of action litter the space, some continue to act.

As always, details subject to change…


see you later

SB —–


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