I am currently participating in the latest iteration of DO IT a project conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist and managed by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The project is a growing collection of instructional works, very similar in spirit to the Fluxus ‘scores’ and instructions. I remember borrowing the first DO IT from the library and it has been an important text for me. The exhibition is running at the SAMSTAG museum in Adelaide During February and March 2015. My contribution to the book is:
Instructions to bake a sculpture
Make a dough with flour, water, yeast and salt.
In a warm room let it multiply, let it rise.
Shape into long strands.
Loop and build them into a structure
Bake in a hot oven until rigid.
Feed to animals
Leave to rotMORE
Unique aesthetic decisions being made in the Adelaide Suburb of Torrensville.
I have just returned back to a very rainy Britain after super-quick 10 days in South Australia. There are many differences between London and Adelaide but for me the most noticeable is the different manners of decay and entropy. Europe in general is a lot tidier and more solid in feel than Australia or Asia. Of all the places I have lived Japan was the most actively decaying, in that most houses are not expected to last longer than 30 or so years, and the humid climate accelerated mould and rot to a high degree. Perhaps the clean and ordered systems and lives of Japanese people result in standing in opposition to these conditions.
Tendency towards stillness, things stay put for a long time and settle into a pattern or position. Dryness a slow attrition, sagging paint fading and peeling, things bleached, withered. Smoothing out gestures on a macro scalMORE