streetflowers from Gemma Draper on Vimeo.
As expressed in panmetallism, metal is coextensive to the whole of matter, and the whole of matter to metallurgy. Even the waters, the grasses and varieties of wood, the animals, are populated by salts or mineral elements. Not everything is metal, but metal is everywhere. Metal is the conductor of all matter. —Deleuze and Guattari
While seating in a terrace with my Endotic team colleagues, at the end of the last day conference presentations, I’m called by a luminous sign blinking from the corner of my vision field. I grasp the phone, turn the camera on, and run to capture what seems like a ghostly dream.
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
Today I have been introduced to these beauties!…Thanks to all the technicians at the product design workshop… you are the best!
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.
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.