a little late with this final report.
Nicole Bachmann’s recording was finally played in its entirety. This piece had been growing for the duration of the project, with live recordings being made each Saturday with performers being cast from those present in the space.
We had a vigorous and slightly chaotic discussion over lunch in which the problems of multiply identities rose to the surface and all sense of coherence collapsed. Once again we returned to issues of responsibility and communication, someone gets called on being a fascist, at one point or another we all get angry. One area of discussion involved this review of the previous weeks workshop, again returning to the supposed dichotomy of art being either for itself, or for the audience. We propose that a plural and nebulous reading of the field is more appropriate, phases and sections of the whole will serve parts which make up each of these groupings regardless of intent. Perhaps indeed these groupings are inconsequential? Perhaps they are of consequence but in a manner that is somewhere between unhelpful and oppressive?
A recording of this discussion is available at archive.org here.
The event folded in on itself with a series of performances beginning AAS draining the drone accumulator, the music of Dolly Dollycore and a reading by Verity Spott.
Proof perhaps that outside the bifurcation that defines ends as either “bang” or “whimper” there rest a third state which involves a sustained roar and a deep sense of unease.
apologies for camera work…
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) http://www.folkstreams.net/pub/FilmPage.php?title=107
Welcome to Spiveys corner: The National Hollering Contest -‐ Directed by Kier Cline (1978)
The glass eye maker -‐ Directed by Tomas Leach (2010) http://vimeo.com/8320480
Ernest Wright & Son Ltd -‐ Making Sheffield Scissors -‐ Directed by Paul Martins Handmade
Go pro Sheep shearing with Nick King (2013)
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
Hannah Arendt “Zur Person” (full interview)
Jim Henson on making puppets
Yesterday was the third Saturday Workshop of Landmark Seizures 2 (Aid &Abet).
With little need for exterior direction the colour of the day was settled as orange.
Herman Hase led conversions with Amy Feneck and DGGNGNTHRTH on community and use before the ghost of Joseph Beuys was summoned. Beuys’ recommendation for pre-death artists was to have sex with as many people as possible in order that they would have a significant mourning party at the time of their passing and have the best chance at fame. A number of thesis on this topic are currently being proposed at universities across the country.
The audio from this discussion is available at Archive.org here
Video to follow.
Weathering the storm of technology complaints which we have come to see as the reassuring undertone of this entire project, Bad Timing got the Raspberry Pi to hold a stable operating system.
The Film Room Retains an Element of Mystery.
The Soup of the Day was chilli carrot and tomato.
One in every two bottles of “DGGNGNTHRTH N(e)TTL(e) B(e)(e)R” opens with the full force of the coming revolution.
Beatriz completed her installation (an animation is now on its way).
Thank you to everyone involved for making the lunchtime conversation the marathon that it was, and to Amy for proposing the question:
“How do we reclaim artists “usefulness” (from market?) making it a sustainable option for a way of life?”
The audio from this discussion is available on archive.org here.
Yesterday saw the second Saturday workshop of Landmark Seizures. Phase 2 of Nicole Bachmann's audio work began, and phase three was recorded live for those that saw it by Gareth Williams at around about 1pm. Various DGGNGNTHRTH activities continued. Drawings appeared. Also sculptures. Spinach and Stilton was uneaten due to lack of time or dietary restrictions. Bad Timing saved the day as Sitting Room University built their Raspberry Pi media hub. 3pm discussion was foreshadowed by torrential rain as the group discussed the SRU-posed topic "Should art create rational objective knowledge?" the full recording is available at archive.org here
Landmark Seizures one was a book.
Here is the account of the book, written in December 2011:
This is a demonstration
Landmark Seizures is the strata of works by five artists and writers, printed in blue soy based ink and bound rather crudely together with some staples. Instability and the need to negotiate or wield a hidden unknowable material is a common concern within these works. Images and language are not simply faltering and flawed but used as such to a means beyond themselves alone. Rather than a play on the surface each artist here involved is trying to deal with something underneath.
If things are unstable, as they undoubtedly are, then among the strategies to deal with this involve perhaps a mutual de-stabilising. However, historical attempts have demonstrated that it is not enough to simply scatter the pieces in protest against the tyranny of reason and ideology. Equally we have been shown that it is not enough to offer commentary upon the indistinction between scattered and ordered pieces. The artists who’s work makes up Landmark Seizures are engaged in different ways with the uneasy acts of poiesis in which their own agency operates alongside an awareness of the raw material they deal with and its inherent potential for generative disorder.
Ultimately though, it is important to remember that Landmark Seizures is just a demonstration. The standardisation of its form, the limiting of artists working within video, performance, sculpture to 6 pages of monotone print is an intentional hobbling of the above described processes. Landmark Seizures is both an object and a proposal for (but not a representation of) work outside itself. A combination of super-works not yet realised across five artists in a space as yet undetermined.
The hidden unstable space of Landmark Seizures is the unstable exhibitions that it will become at locations yet to be fixed.
Nicole Bachmann (CH) completed her MFA at Goldsmiths College London in 2010. Her recent shows include “Performance as Publishing” at the South London Gallery, “Ha, around the corner” a solo show at Perla Mode, Zurich and a performance at Kunsthalle Basel in January 2012. In 2008 she won the Prix National and had a solo presentation at the Young Art Fair, Liste Basel. She also publishes the fanzine series “Me and My Friends” which she presented at “The New York Art Book Fair” in 2010. www.nicolebachmann.net
“I work across the expanded fields of drawing, sculpture, video and publishing. I graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2008. I am interested in the agency of matter and the corruption of language as tools against misplaced power. I believe strongly in instability and the beautiful potential that reason has served to obscure. I wrote this in December 2011.” Ralph Dorey.
Beatriz Olabarrieta is represented by MOT Gallery in London.
Gino Saccone is represented by Galerie Gabriel Rolt in Amsterdam.
Evan Calder Williams does a number of activities concerning communism, horror, ornament, and cinema under the project Socialism and/or Barbarism. He is the author of Combined and Uneven Apocalypse, Roman Letters, and Escape From Venice.
Title: Landmark Seizures
Authors: Nicole Bachmann, Ralph Dorey, Beatriz Olabarrieta, Gino Saccone, Evan Calder Williams
Publisher: Sender Brocken
Size: 210 x 148 mm
Federal blue risograph print on cyclus / evercopy recycled paper.
Printed by The Hato Press.