All posts filed under: Explorations

To take a mirror for a walk. Displacements

I’m interested on keep exploring how objects might set its context’s conditions. To do so I decided to take our bathroom mirror outside the intimate space of the house. The mirror acts as an immediate interactive canvas, intense and indomitable in this plein air situation. It performs as a wild and overwhelming representation machine. I’m carrying a medium size mirror but feel like riding an untamed horse. If its materiality is already a body of given limitations and possibilities, how can I address any idea of displacement? Or, if there is a sense of completeness that wraps any object up, how to interact if not by transformative contamination or by destruction? Where is the “now” of an object to be found?   “Consider the use of things as analogous to the speech act within the linguistic system” Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, 1980

A Journey to Kashmir

A Journey To Kashmir. In collaboration with Michael Hall, coordinator of the Art and Design postgraduate studies, and Paul Grace, PhD candidate at the School of Arts and Media, we proposed a short project to Future Design master students with the aim to get them out of their studio/computer routine. We named it A Journey To Kashmir and asked students to explore a route on a journey to a place (Kashmir Foods in Middlesbrough) that is a locus of things that have arrived there from distant places. We asked them to return with their impressions from a three parts exercise journey: Leaving “Home”, Returning and Communicating, and to later develop these into a proposal, for a visual work that communicates their experience of the journey. In the video Sara, one of the master students, explains us the uses and rituals around of one of the sweet products we find in Kashmir Foods.  

OBJECTS DEFINE US? Reading in the Office

The book, and my lunch box “The difficulty with such an apparently simple phrase as ‘objects define us’ is in defining what is, simply, an object.” First sentence of Detours of Objects from Antony Hudek. The Object. Documents of Contemporary Art, 2014. It is very tempting to keep adding…What is, simply, an us?…What is, simply, to define?. But much much much useful to keep reading, I guess.