I had the opportunity to meet with Nick in my studio on tuesday. He gave me some great advice! About the house, the greater art world, the structure of IP review, the future. Here's what I gathered:
the yarn snakes draped over the studio resemble
70’s macrame plant holders
find out the history repetitive and mind numbing activity
what are the things you think about while you’re doing it (knitting, weaving)
purpose behind the motion (a bird's purpose is to build a shelter, as is a brick layers, what is grandma’s reason for knitting? does she want to kill time or leave her mark?)
direct that motion and interrupt it in the appropriate places
image of childhood stuffed animal or blanket with a gaping whole in its body
representing unpredictable trauma, changing the course of what seems inevitable
regular intervals messed with
image of a deer going to sleep
patting down the area
where the ground resists flattening
repetitive motion, circling around the ideal place until it feels comfortable enough to rest in
check out pig iron—performance troupe in philly
did a show called anodyne
one character lead you from one room to another
research more punch drunk sleep no more stuff
subverting the tone of an audio guide/virtual docent
janet cardiff - audio guide of architecture, central park
skills sets that are appealing to corporate folk!!!!
gaston bachelard (author of poetics of space) was a mailman
what does this mean about voyeurism and his studies of physical space
I’ve always wanted to see inside USPS truck
physical structures and watching refugees, people watching
watching people enter a space with a set boundary that they aren’t supposed to be allowed it, who sets boundaries? temptation and tentativeness
the builders association production of a doll house
idea of a family needing a house… a family doesn’t need a physical structure to exist, and might find more strength without it, or with some nontraditional version
a home can be filled with tension and silence, a safe place terrified of change, a place of unspoken trauma that just is because
autobiographical or collective?
what does it mean to make home with collaborators who have different ideas about what home is?
I recently met a family that lives between two houses, ten houses apart on the same lake. The husband and wife are happily married, but they live in separate houses. They each have four children from previous marriages. They tried to put all eight under one roof at first, but everyone was miserable. They have the money to fulfill this odd system that works for them. I hear the adults are extremely intelligent and successful. My mom said that the dad called the kids “fuck ups.” I wonder when they decided to stop sacrificing.
who has enlarged this hole-
performance installation mid 90s
title based on a note that was left next to some plumbing in the basement
ann sofi siden falling down a flight of stairs
I remember falling down the stairs many times
I remember Bob wolfson slipping on the ice outside our front door after dinner and ending up with a hospital bed in the middle of his living room
I don’t remember anything in between….
I’m REALLY interested in writing or producing some adaptation of Joe Brainard’s I Remember… I think it is really compelling. We did an exercise like that in my poetry class and everyone’s responses were so unique and personal. It was lovely. They all seemed like they went together too. It might be nice to repeat one word or phrase (a la Ginsberg’s HOWL) to unify the variety of tones in call your mom writing. We did something similar to this in THIS CLOSE with the word “understand."
how does plumbing play into A House? What can we say about economics/politics/water/life if we talk about plumbing?
think about how to document (video) with/without interrupting the experience
other things to check out according to nick:
beebah bell - laffayete park
the kosh - immigrant and marginalized communities uk
apply for union for contemporary art
urban center for contemporary art, grand rapids through kendall college
living arts detroit