Image: Aideen Doran courtesy of the artist
Artists undertaking Connect/Exchange residencies will be posting regular blogs about their thoughts, processes and actions here. In the meantime, have a look at what previous artists wrote during their Connect/Exchange experience from the Pilot Scotland Strand.
‘I now shift my attention to the photographs by Diane Arbus that are hung above my computer at Stills gallery, namely Identical Twins, 1967 and A Young Man in Curlers at Home on West 20th Street, 1966. Whilst these works have been widely discussed and criticised, most notably by Susan Sontag, for their purported voyeurism I begin to ask myself questions about how ‘sucessful’ they are as documents and how far they activate their subjects beyond the plain of the photograph? We understand that as an observant outsider looking inwards Arcus’ motivations towards her subjects are perhaps questionable, however I wonder what the implications would be if the work hadn’t been produced at all? In many ways I’m greatful for Arbus’ motivation to document, to capture moments that would otherwise slip away unnoticed by no more than a hand full of people, providing the opportunity of mainstream exposure and recognition for her subjects. Conversely though, how far can we assume that the aim of any marginalised community is to find representation or acceptance within the mainstream at all? If I may ask a more pertinent question, how far does ones sense of community and identity derive from ones sense of being ‘queer’?’ from Industry Standard – Thomas Walker 19/08/2014
‘It was apt that AXIS emailed to inform me that Toby Lloyd’s artist profile had been reactivated on their new(ish) website, as I spent a lot of time googling his name. During this process I learnt that this activity is known as Egosurfing (according to Google). Other Toby Lloyds include the Head of Policy at Shelter (the homeless charity), a fourteen year old swimmer and a young lad on youtube who just loves making videos and talks to himself a lot (sounds familiar). All this searching enabled me to build on a script I have been thinking abuot a lot in the last few days and has started to take shape. More soon.’ from Work from a Former Life – Toby Phips Lloyd 18/08/2014
‘It’s quite difficult to identify a clear point of transition where my initial experiments and ideas began to crystallize into a clearly formed work, but somehow my encounter with the story of Oblomov was significant. I came to this novel in a strange and circuitous way, through my research into the uses and abuses of time – how we might use the language of time and time measuremne to define and measure our productivity or our slothfulness. I was (and remain) fascinated by the introduction of a standardized, widespread clock time during the industrial revolution, and the prevailing concept of time as a finite quantity is ‘spent’, rather than passed through or experienced. Prudent use of time became nothing less than a moral standard. Benjamin Franklin – notable as one of the found Fathers of the United States as well as a skilled clockmaker and polymath – encapsulated this attitude toward time neatly when he wrote; ‘Since our Time is reduced to a Standard, and the Bullion of the Day minted out into Hours, the Industrious know how to employ every Piece of Time to a real Advantage in their different Professions: And he that is prodigal of his Hours, is, in effect, a squanderer of Money.’’ From The Trials of Oblomov – Aideen Doran 11/08/2014
‘I’m back at Stills after a few days spent trawling through archive footage in Belfast. I’ve been mainly looking at images shot in the 60s and 70s, and was lucky enough to come away feeling quite hopeful. Archive is a misleadingly simple term for what can sometimes feel like an impenetrable world. The ownership and origin of material determines whether you can view, let alone use it, and navigation and exploration demands a certain degree of tenacity and tact. The treasure-hunter in me takes real delight in this soft-soled chase, but there are lots of dead ends, and eventual costs can mean that you have to leave the treasure where you find it.’ Archive Diving – Leah Miller 22/05/2014
If you’re interested to read more about the previous artist’s musings have a look at Creative Future’s website.