Despite the recent Periscope app update which now allows permanent archive of Broadcasts with chat, I made the decision to allow auto-delete after 24 hours.
The ephemerality and impermanence is an essential component of my work and process, highlighting the concept of dynamic socially created space.
Traces of previous broadcasts are now no longer visible as they were previously
Paradoxically, the events below are heavily documented through Screen-shots from the Broadcasts, created within the 24 hrs before they became unavailable.
John Ruskin – Work:
I read aloud from John Ruskin’s lecture ‘ Work ‘ delivered at the Working Men’s Institute Camberwell in 1865,( which is now the South London Gallery……..?)
to link my location on Crouch Hill in Oxfordshire with Camberwell. This also served as a point for further reflections on work, labour, art and relative positions in contemporary society.
There were 130 in the Lifestream audience at one point and generally retention was better with people usually sticking it out for a while on each brief Scope.I’m finding the stats interesting to analyse despite not searching for ‘Likes’.
I decided to leave the tent up for the duration of the Show, over the weekend and for the rest of the week until Tuesday evening.
I wrote a note to explain and left it in the tent. I left contact details as well, out of courtesy.
Often, teens camp-out and sometimes just leave the tents.
I didn’t want it to be damaged, removed, offend someone unnecessarily or occupied by another person!
Martin’s parents are Lord and Lady Saye and Sele.
William FIENNES (1st Viscount Saye and Sele).The only son of Richard Fiennes, 7th Lord Saye and Sele, he was educated at New College, Oxford, and succeeded to his father’s lordship (barony) in 1613. English politician and promoter of colonization in America. He was a Puritan in religious sympathy and a leader in the House of Lords of the opposition to James I and Charles I.
I invited Martin to Crouch Hill, where he spoke of his visions for the preservation of areas of countryside, whilst accommodating the need for housing into the future. He also talked of his imaginings of the Puritan and Royalist troops, noisily riding up and down past the foot of the Hill along what is now a busy B road, prior to the siege of Banbury Castle, and the Battle of Edge Hill in 1642.
It brought the past alive for a moment or two, and changed my visions of the present.
He was surprised and amused by the 249 viewers.
Dozing in my Tent:
I just started to broadcast and lay down in a warm tent for a doze…showed the sky to over a hundred people…Strange this periscope business…
33 comments! and a surprising number of viewers.
also found a note when I opened the tent…. it said ‘PLEASE DON’T ‘
I wasn’t sure what they wanted me not to do?
Some dog-walkers came past and had a chat
I’d invited Paul to talk as he has a deep knowledge of the Quaker Civil War history of the area and an involvement in peace activism in contemporary conflict.
He forms a link from this final work to my initial investigations in Croughton , the Reading Room and RAF Croughton.
In fact, when he arrived he didn’t want to talk about those topics at all but lead a popular walk around the Hill discussing local geology and its implications.
This was the anniversary of Edith’s death in 2011. A violinist, teacher, noted musician and critic.This is a recording of her playing Hindemith
I told the story of how my father became friends with Edith and her family during WWII, following their movement from Vienna to Britain.
Also their subsequent correspondence whilst my father found and located in Japanese POW camp in the Far East, and following his release.
This family correspondence continued, even following my father’s death.
Her kindness has enabled me to pursue this Post-Graduate study.
(Along with a Vice- Chancellors Scholarship from The University of the Arts London).
iChing and Philip K. Dick
I am interested in the link between subjective evaluation involved in Divination practice and ritual with the binary code which underlies all things digital.
See this article here in The Guardian
and this J Proteome Sci Comput Biol. 2012; 2012(1): 3. Published online 2012. doi: 10.7243/2050-2273-1-3
I had hoped to use yarrow stalks from the Hill but the season was late and there were few available.
I’d also thought of using Glo-sticks but their popularity at the Public View put paid to that…everyone wore them home..
So I used the cards I’d used in previous broadcasts.
The whole event became ludicrous…more so than other Scopes, as Tia and Purdy, the dogs belonging to my ‘assistant’ were in playful mood.
In the end one of the dogs, Purdy, selected one of the cards…
I read from Philip K Dick, the visionary writer, who cites the iChing in The Man in The High Castle.
His alternative outcome from WWII, and the implications, are worth re- considering now, I believe. The sun set, the moon was almost full.
In total with Louise’s simultaneous broadcast of the event, there were over 750 viewers..
These were the cards selected.
4 Meng: INEXPERIENCE
Humbleness and sincerity when comprehending will increase knowledge.
9 Hsiao Ch’u GENTLE RESTRAINT, HOLDING BACK
Dense clouds suggest postponing the action till after the rain.
56 Lu: THE WANDERER, THE TRAVELLER
The steadfast and persistent traveller will have good luck.
Make of that, what you will….
I went to the Final Crit with my cohort at Camberwell. Saw many of my colleagues and enjoyed seeing the Show.
It was odd walking into an exhibition containing my own work but where I had delegated set-up to colleagues. They had displayed many of the bowls around the building but as these are now empty they had been removed.
The last remaining had been give a plinth, two bowls placed one inside the other with a top light in a dark space. It looked tremendous! Donald Takeshita-Guy had been mainly responsible and is keen on developing his curation skills.
It worked really well
Later, Clara and I met with the collective of artists to talk about plans for our residency in Norway in 3 weeks time. Very exciting.
Little Venice Studio with Clara Duran, Keir Williams, Dave Meckin, Alice Helps, Joe Fairweather-Hole
and then…..NORWAY RESIDENCY and Neptune Developers Camp, Melbu, Nordland
and as Manuel from MAFAD said
” So long and thanks for all the fish”
Its been amazing, Jonathan K!
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