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


 

This very slight piece of writing has proven significant in the development of my research. Creative, speculative writing and more specifically what might be described as a tentative practice of “site writing” had already begun to become a part of my practice by the time of its creation; not least with my presentation at the Bergen Natural History Museum, in February 2019, but the creation of this short piece represented a novel approach to my artistic writing, which had up to this point focused on a longer form and on a conventional, albeit playful narrative, which was nonetheless written to unfold a thesis, using a relatively unambiguous voice.

 

Although my writing has always been a tool for allowing me to think about my research, here, not only the form of the writing, but also its orientation to the research process has become qualitatively different.

 

I found myself writing not only in response to the process of making ‘It’s only when I rest, that I sense your presence’ (the ventilator installation, I created for HKS), but also in response to my own experience of the completed gallery installation; the words of my writing becoming a part of the process through which I learned about and from my experience of the installation.

 

Rather than try to use my writing forensically, to pin-down the precise nature of that experience, here, my approach became deliberately allusive and fragmentary; the voice adopting the position of an often imperative first person singular; an “I” whose position and identity (possibly human, possibly machine) is not clear.

 

 

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It’s only when I rest that I sense your presence

 

 

  

 

Bodies in space;

Bodies in space, breathing; My body in a space, breathing.

 

 

Pause!

 

Listen,

 

Count,

 

Breathe.

 

 

The body activates the space;

My body; This is not my body; What are these bodies to my body?

 

 

Hold your breath!

 

Listen,

 

Count,

 

Breathe.

 

 

Between speech, between breath, between the occupation of a space;

In the intervals, in the gaps, you and I are becoming.

 

 

Pause!

 

Listen.


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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