I was fortunate enough to apply and be awarded an Arts Council England Grants for the Arts which will take me to Pervasive Media Studio to research and develop my digital practice. Here is a sample of my blog from there.
Standing on the edge of the water I close my eyes, open them again, close them briefly, open once more, a last look around at how things are, scrunch my lids shut, breathe and jump in….
sometimes you just have to jump in, no good walking in slowly – ankles, knees, thighs, higher, deeper and the gradual taking over / going under / immersing / giving yourself over to it slowly
breathe and jump in….
I’ve jumped into a world I’m not fully conversant with or understand. I’ve been given the tour and induction and feel welcome enough, more than welcome – some places are terrible hosts – (don’t get me started on that one) – PMS knows how to host.
With all that said – I don’t know the language of the studio – i don’t know the language of technology – i’m a digital immigrant not a native and way behind the curve – i don’t know the codificiation of the studio, the unwrittten cultural nuances – I’m learning on so many levels. I’m not even that good a swimmer.
I had a residency at the studio last September with Unfixed with Australian Network for Art and Technology and Unlimited so I have a feel for things. That was the catalyst for applying for my Grants for the Arts – I had looked through the crack in the door and seen a whole new world which I want to explore. Here I am.
A new Lexicon
I don’t know exactly what I want from my year here. I am thinking about my practice where I am and where I might want to be. How can I use technology to support my work and ensure it doesn’t become my work? I’m a bit at the unknowable unknowable stage – how can you be interested in something if you aren’t even aware it’s a ‘thing’?
In my first week I had some great conversation with studio holders finding out about their practice and I appreciate the generosity of time, spirit and knowledge. I learnt loads and I’m still processing stuff a week on – though I imagine that is going to be a permanent state for me.
Sitting at desks in an officey desky kind of environment is taking a bit of getting used to.
My practice is based around conversations, site as research and I make responsive works. A lot of my work is about emotions and I love the weather – I love emotional weather and the language of both.
I like chopping wood, I like my chainsaw and handcrafted swedish axe – I’m a conflicted backwoodsman who likes being in the city.
I look forward to meeting, chatting, working and immersing myself in the studio over the coming year.