‘Between our words I will trace your presence’: 

artistic practice as a means of writing silence.

Introduction


 


 

The archive's material is presented in chronological order, on a series of discrete "pages". To access any of the archive's contents, either click on the word contents, at the top left corner of the screen (this takes you to the main contents menu) or select any individual page directly from the scrolling 'Contents' menu at the top of this or any other page. 


 

This collation of material created between 2016 and 2020 and contributing to the development of my PhD (Artistic Research), represents an archive of selected ‘art objects’, installations, exhibitions, performances, presentations and papers, which have in different ways contributed to the development of my research.

 

Although some of the archive’s contents can be experienced as digital artefacts in an online setting as richly and as fully as my intentions for their audience would desire, many of the archive’s contents rely on various forms of documentation, which while offering an impression of the work, inevitably create variously and inevitably attenuated experiences.

 

The archive does not represent an exhaustive record of my research, instead it focuses for the most part on specific events, activities and artefacts, which in retrospect have come to be demonstrably significant in the development of my research-practice; its themes and its methods.


The process of creating this archive has inevitably been a reflective, selective and partial one, involving decisions both about inclusion and exclusion and about the “narrative” I wish to create about my research.

 

In many cases the significance for my research, of the works outlined here, became clear only slowly. In many cases it has changed over time; only becoming apparent now that I’m able to see the fuller sweep of my work’s trajectory. Often, this retrospective, reconsidered significance has been quite different to my original intent. In places, I have added as concise as possible a retrospective appraisal of the emergent significance of specific works. I have also included a number of blog entries and other fragments of writing which elucidate particular facets of the archive’s individual artefacts.

 

This archive as a whole, has something hermeneutic about it. In the sense that seeing all the individual objects gathered here together and considering their trajectory as a whole, creates a new understanding of my research's trajectory, which in turn, changes the significance of the individual objects within the archive.

 

Quite often individual works and papers have been the impetus, catalyst or focus for significant shifts within my research, my practice, my understanding of the objects and themes of my work.

My research is concerned with instances of the unspoken and the unheard; with silences that are not only perceived or experienced, but also enacted, performed and motivated; with the relationships that surround such silences and give rise to them, and - crucially - with art-practice's potential to identify and explore these relationships, these silences and what they conceal.”   

 

(Andy Lock, PhD project description, 2020)

Introduction

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Oct-Dec 2016, rolled bedding, recently vacated apartment room, Nygardsgaten, Bergen. Photograph 

 

Oct-Dec 2016, unoccupied rooms, forensic investigation training house, Nottingham. Photographs

 

Oct-Dec 2016, unoccupied room, forensic investigation training house. Video

 

Apr 2017 recently vacated room, asylum hostel, Voss. Photograph

 

Apr 2017 recently vacated room, asylum hostel, Voss. Video work

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Feb 2017, 'Birdsong'.

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Mar 2017 material from PKU Spring Forum, first presentation

 

Mar 2018 PKU Spring Forum, second presentation

 

Apr 2018 paper delivered to 2018 SAR conference, Plymouth

 

Mar 2019 PKU Spring Forum, third and final presentation

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May 2017 'A performance after a performance', Voksenåsen, Video work

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Aug - Oct 2017 video work: coats in corridor, chairs in gymnasium, nr. Helsinki; rolled-bedding, recently vacated apartment, Bergen

 

Nov 2017 the empty walls of DH's studio

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Oct 2017 'Between, Before, After, Elsewhere'. Exhibition at Kunstgarasjen, Bergen

 

Jan 2018 KMD, image and situatedness

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Feb 2018 'The objects perform themselves', Bergen. Photo & Video documentation of performance

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Mar 2018 CCFT fieldwork, Agios Sozomenos, Cyprus

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June 2018 initial tests with hospital ventilators. Video documentation

 

Apr-May 2019 'It's only when I rest that I sense your presence', installation, HKS, Bergen

 

Apr-May 2019 It's only when I rest that I sense your presence, text work, HKS, Bergen

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July 2018 'In silence', performance, Berlin. Audio realisation of performance and photo documentation

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Nov 2018 A Foreign Body: Absence, a denial of presence. Transplanting a Sitka spruce tree. Tælavåg. Video work

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Feb 2019 'Foreign Bodies, Empty Rooms', Bergen Natural History Museum. Audio-visual realisation of performance

 

Aug - Oct 2019 'The Wrong Bodies', installation, Bergen Natural History Museum

 

Aug - Oct 2019 'The Wrong Bodies', text work, Bergen Natural History Museum

 

Oct 2019 The Museum's Wrong Bodies, presentation at Bergen Natural History Museum

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July 2019 'Between our words, I will trace your presence' (1st iteration) performed at Cracking the Established order

 

Oct 2019 Between our Words... (2nd iteration), performed in UN Buffer Zone, Nicosia, Cyprus

 

Feb 2020 'Between our words, I will trace your presence' (3rd iteration) performance at Borealis Festival. Audio documentation

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Feb - Mar 2020 abortive (pre-Covid) plans for final artistic result at Bergen Natural History Museum.

 

May 2020 Lecture on revised work in progress toward final artistic result, to staff and students at KMD

 

October 2020 Artist's book, The Wrong Bodies, based on work on the body and institutional silence, at Bergen Natural History Museum

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Artistic Result

 

Reflection