i drink more and more tea. i propose to keep every tea bag i drink out of and attach a photo of myself drinking it and the time. from this i hope to gather an over view of where i drink tea the most and what emotion do i usually reach for the kettle. gonna see how this goes for a week. but i drink a lot of tea. and may get bored.
I watched The Fourth Kind the other day, a film that supposedly features 'true footage' of evidence of the paranormal involvement of 'aliens'. personally i don't really let myself believe in 'sightings' and 'abductions' but i am very interested how the media and hype can influence how people interpret what they may of previously disregarded as nothing.
"There are people who are prepared to believe almost anything. There are those who hear voices from the other side, believing that there are messages for us in the ether. Others believe they have seen flying saucers, and have encountered beings from distant planets. Extra-sensory perceptions and paranormal powers may be unproven, but someone somewhere is working on them. The collective unconscious is big in some quarters. Some poor souls even think that art can redeem us.
Who is to say what goes on in an artist's mind? Studios are always haunted, by someone or other, or some unbidden thing. The persistence of unproven or improbable beliefs has provided the material for much of Susan Hiller's work. There is, thankfully, more to her art than the spooky or the deluded. Much of her thinking is focused on the creativity of the human mind itself, the tricks it plays, the sometimes curious ways in which it reveals itself through its preoccupations. This, naturally enough, includes the activity of making art itself." Adrian Searle (writing for the Guardian May 2004)
The curious ways in which the human mind reveals itself through its preoccupations.
I explored the process of creating an online drawing by interacting with people i knew over the internet.
this involved facebook, blogging and email.
i decided to ask people to produce a drawing of 'Girl with the Pearl Earring' by Vermeer.
This included people who studied art, people who knew the painting, people who'd seen the film or read the book and people who knew nothing at all of the painting. The piece has different interpretations throughout it's media and it's history, the girl eventually becomes a vague image surrounded by reality and myth. by layering lots of people's interpretations of the image i created a drawing that paralleled this.
by taking many peoples interpretations it had the effect of looking more similar to the painting than any of the drawings did when stood alone.