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.