Egg Rolling: Easter Day

Here are a couple of clips from the Periscoped Egg rolling.

I made these for the Symposium in June but decided to put them in here instead of other stills as they

  • Took a long time to make
  • show some of the essentials of the event… the humour and some of the action

However they don’t show the links and references that underpin the event and locate it on Crouch Hill and near Banbury. I talked about these to some extent whilst we were ‘Scoping so they are available on my Youtube Channel if anyone cares enough to search through all the uploads!

I’m editing this post in June and just almost laughing outlaid at the excessive documentation of this supposed ephemeral event. Essentially, of course, I’ve done this for corse documentation and assessment but then even  this becomes a piece of work…

And it is useful/ essential to look back at the comments and analyse them and the audience.

Reflect on my style of video-making, position of phone camera and its relevance in my practice…

Even if it does just lead to the confirmation of my desire for a handmade, everyday, haphazard aesthetic.

Especially at this stage in my work……1 month to go!

The first is a longer clip which tries to show all the chat for the ‘Scope, its funny and links to viewers who came in to watch other events.There were several references to my location which is shown on the stream, and landmarks which people can see as they drive by Banbury on the motorway.Plus happy Easter wishes. Not a huge audience but  a good balance of audience chat and participation and just watching ‘a performance’ action.

I reduced this down to the bare minimum ( two invisible middle- aged women throwing eggs and a dog chasing after them…..)

but then even this clip was cut from the Final Symposium video…

References include:

Rolling Cadbury eggs…originally a Quaker firm, Cadbury’s though chocolate was an alternative to alcohol.

Banbury, is known as a Puritan, Quaker town, still with an active Quaker presence in the town and the surrounding villages.Now one of the main employers in the town is Mondelez and American company who bought out Cadbury, recently.

Cadbury were originally responsible for Bournville Garden village, Birmingham, a new concept of social housing. So there are links there with Social Space, urban environments and flexible ideas of geography and place

as well as collective memory of the people of the area… everyone talks about the ‘Birds’ or coffee factory

There was a contemporary link too as there was controversy over the fact that the word Easter was no longer used on the eggs… Here  I also included some discussion of Easter and the moveable date, The Book of Common Prayer (links with the Church of England  and underlying, hidden history, historiography and ideology), Easter in other nations occurring simultaneously and ritual processes, celebrations also occurring at this time.

Elisabeth Price: A Restoration

Elisabeth Price’s work at the Ashmolean, A Restoration 

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Image from Apollo International Art magazine April 1st 

To quote the Ashmolean Press Release she has

 created a new work in response to the collections and archives of the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers museums, in partnership with the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, where Price teaches. The new commission is a fifteen-minute, two-screen digital video which employs the museums’ photographic and graphic archives. It is a fiction, set to melody and percussion, which is narrated by a ‘chorus’ of museum administrators.

I went to view the work yesterday and, before I saw it, to a lecture which gave a deep insight into the way Price works, as well as this piece.

She described how the work considers the sense of refuge, and the damage and repair implicit in Museums…the later not generally considered by a visiting public, I guess.

She used existing historical material, books and publications, images from packaging, found imagery and extrapolates from archival material but their is no visible human action only occasionally the artist’s hands ( these often crop up in her work but I didn’t get the chance to ask why?)

I felt this piece was particularly relevant for me, although I always find her work interesting from the point of view of remediated material and use of text and voice.

Because of the source of the Commission ( £60,000 over 3 years) being the Ruskin School, The Ashmolean and the Pitt Rivers Museum it references archaeology and anthropology which link, albeit indirectly in content, back to my research.

Digital Space and Archival Space

She was extremely open in describing her working process and methodology and even used a screen recording of her Desktop files in Adobe Premier Pro to show how she organised her material in folders and how this and the layers within Premier Pro were interpreted by her as a collage.

As if some of her work is buried beneath layers of information, building and stacking as part of the process of making the Timeline.

She described the sense of excavating, building and narrating during the making and also within the technology itself and its use.

The  connections  between Digital Space and the Space of Archive.

She described how ideas of Labyrinth, Chorus and Storytelling recur in her work and  cited User Group Disco  and Sleep as an example of this.

She described how debris exists in digital systems of exchange such as Ebay as well as in Car Boot sales and describes the items as  Objects with Unreadable code’

Whirlpool

She also described Theodore Adorno’s Whirlpool, (which I’ve researched briefly and he seems to use the concept fairly frequently with various associated meanings.)

Price sees it in a Vinyl record…an object which contains other objects, a spiral of sounds and melodies-a reiteration pf information’

She described , I think, at this point, the finding of a Crystal Gayle single which has been a reference in her work since, where the owner’s signature on the sleeve of the record added an ‘epilogue or supplement to the archive’

The ‘real’ archive space

She provided autobiographical references and links to records, their purchase and the collectivity and intimate relationships which resulted during her early years in Oxford and the music business..

She went on the describe how her casual work in the archives of the Bodleian, as a student, gave her access and insight into what she described as, Gothic, chaotic, mysterious and leaky space which was very different from the ideal library structure visible above.

Her Methodology – What she puts in and what she leaves out 

This section made a huge impression on me… for better or for worse….

Price explained how she refuses to or cannot work reductively.She claims that the aspiration to be concise,m in her opinion, can have damaging side-effects and that truly concise is good but a failure is not so good.

She tends to work with Saturation , full and coagulating ( I feel this is more like my way of working… but whereas her work comes across as multi-layered and considered I fear mine is often confusing.

So that she was not driven mad during her process  (and this surely gives clarity of a sort to her work) she uses Architectural structures to give a spatial configuration to her work.

[This made me consider a structure for my work on the Hill/ Something I had already discussed with Jonathan K. Structure to provide access and freedom rather than restriction.I though at the time of a Field Plan, similar to that used when I was a plant breeder, to provide a sequence and layout for the pieces…. but on consideration this may be too geographical 

Edit: April 2016 – I used a Calendrical Structure which fed into the concepts of Rituals and fixed time/dates.]

She also uses Storytelling to connect things together, related she feels to the spiral form of a record, a ‘radically accessible form’, which she described as ‘Promiscuous’.

i.e. as Google says:demonstrating or implying an unselective approach; indiscriminate or casual.
synonyms: indiscriminate, undiscriminating, unselective, random, irresponsible, haphazard, thoughtless, unthinking, unconsidered, casual, careless

I agree with this interpretation as defined- for me the story or narrative is embodied,  then remediated as retold verbally or otherwise, connecting people, place and events just such a manner, which renders it so powerful…and penetrating ..like a meme but one that as Price describes, brings all sorts of things together, together.

I hope this will be evident in my work, in a non-linear form with non-architectural or geographic/ cartographic structure.

The result in Price’s case is a Hypnotic Double Screen video.

She describes : A reckless and dangerous restoration with love,commitment and a libidinal drive with moments of intoxication.

She finished her lecture by saying that ( I think, if my notes are correct)  that it is not necessary to restore.

That it is, in fact, an affront to do so.

 That we must live with this damage.

A powerful contemplation to end with.

 Questions

I asked if Copyright was a problem, using found material in her work…especially in view of our recent lecture etc.

She answered simply ‘Yes’! and that she didn’t own the Copyright to the Crystal Gayle material that she uses so much in her work ( Though not in this piece!)

She also described how she uses the synthesised voice to provide an affectless narrative by using text to voice software…Claro read or similar I guess.

Something to play with in the future….

She also said that making the video ( 3 years work) meant that she was in a darkened room and was now taking a break and painting…feeling the joy of a drop of paint on the end of a brush!

This lecture was key to the acknowledgement of Saturation and as she said…putting it all in.

I decided to go for it, layers and all even if there was no linear or three dimensional structure….and risk confusion as the result if I made the themes too implicit.

George Fox and the Quakers

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This radio programme was repeated on March 25th, Melvyn Bragg, In our Time – George Fox and the Quakers

Very appropriate considering my thinking regarding the work on Crouch Hill and my next event! also interesting as the quakers do not celebrate any religious festival dates, so despite being Christian they do not celebrate Easter.see

 Quaker Faith and Practice

William Morris – ‘Art of the people’

24th March 2016

Today was the anniversary William Morris‘ birthday 24th March 1834 – 3rd October 1896.English textile designer, artist, writer, and socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement.

[It also happens to be my father’s birthday… 1919. I could have chosen to read some of my father’s poetry or writings but feel, although part of my autobiographical memory, they are not relevant to this particular work].

I already had a copy of the book, Art and Socialism (1999) and decided to read from The Society of the Future (1887) originally delivered at meeting sponsored by the Hammersmith Branch of the Socialist League, November 13, 1887.

In it Morris affirms his convictions that the human pleasure of making and using items of beauty and please extends beyond ‘art’ and architecture to the arrangement of farmlands, the planning of towns and aspects of human life and the everyday. ‘Space’ as it may be interpreted from the point of view of social relations.

Here is a clip of my reading, on the 5th attempt because of poor signal… probably not helped by the rain!

I read from chapter The Art of the People, where he discusses art and labour; as below

I believe we should sow the seeds of a happiness which the world has not yet known, of a rest and contentment which would make it what I cannot help thinking it was meant to be: and  with that seed would be sown also the seed of real art, the expression of man’s happiness in his labour – and art made by the people and for the people, as a happiness to the user and the maker.

and The Society of the Future, into which he would like to be reborn…

It is a society which does not know the words rich or poor, or the rights of property, or law or legality or nationality:a society which has no consciousness of being governed; in which equality of condition is a matter of course, and in which no man is rewarded for having served the community by having the power given him injure it.

 

Analysis

I had relatively few viewers for this broadcast (see figures on the video) and the chat was mainly an artist colleague, Clare Carswell  who had just started to use Periscope, was following me and notified about the broadcast, we discussed seeing the Elisabeth Price Exhibition and the owls on my umbrella,

a neighbour who realised  I  would be wet and told me that  the kettle was on’,

and Queen1982 from Essex who liked the chat and Scope and the scenery… when they could see it!

It is difficult when broadcasts ‘fail’ due to connection problems, and the broadcast was very pixelated. I know from experience , it is tempting just to move on and watch something else…

Just as in a gallery setting…

I did get chance to mention in the chat that Louise and I would be rolling Easter eggs on Easter Sunday, 27th; and invite people to join us!

For me, it was as always, an action completed – whatever the consequence : a remediation of Morris’ text, through my body, spoken out loud and broadcast… seeds sown and they fell where they may…and embodied within me thought he action of reading for further dissemination through conversation and discussion at a later date .

Like his contemporary Lewis Carroll, Morris was another scholar and person of influence living, studying and working in Oxford, 24 miles from Banbury and the site of Crouch Hill, but a ‘world away’ in terms of lifestyle and labour.

Banbury at that time ( and until 1980’s) was an agricultural market town,whereas  Oxford, where there is apparently evidence of teaching as far back as 1096, so making it the location of the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s second-oldest surviving university and also of the Bodliean Library one of the workds oldest libraries..

Lewis Carroll, Time and Philosophy

Also on 21st March I read from Lewis Carrol’s Alice through the Looking Glass.

This book is already referenced in a previous post regarding the Johan Grimponprez exhibition.

It was the 151st Anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, so again a tenuous link for the date for a ‘Scope but I wanted to reference Lewis Carroll because

  • Deuleuze ( in his principle of horizontality) discussing  paradox and anachronism and Derrida wrt human written and spoken language both reference Lewis Carroll’s writings in their work 
  • To re-mediate some of Tenniel’s illustrations in this work. I’d referenced the Dodo as a link to fact and fiction; mutability and immutability in my BA dissertation and also there feels to be something of a ‘local’ association as I am placed fairly close to Oxford…. tenuous again
  • Carroll plays with and references time and space in his works and the non-linearity of the story-telling within the main narrative. How there is both logic and ambiguity existing together, with hidden and overlaid meanings. Essentially it was the line quoted in the clip here that really stuck in my memory.
  • The use of Portmanteau  (words) in his writing, where he combines words to produce new meaning... something  I am aiming to do in this work
  • My childhood memory of Alice and the consequences for how I now interpret the world.
  • How Alice has been absorbed into popular culture and remediated through cartoon and film

There may be other reference and links which I discussed on the Scopes but I can’t remember them…..

There are also ‘Scopes on Youtube

There was an interesting audience as you can see below, a combination of local and global .. some returned after disappearing when the planes flew over… see previous post.

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This clip was made for the Symposium  video but had to cut because of time…

EDIT

I also love the fact that I am finishing off drafts of these posts and posting long after the event.. but they are being posted in my timeline on Twitter… NOW… so the whole time frame is mixed -up… inn anachronistic sort of a way 

or muxed-ip as my father used to say.

The Ides of March and Spring Equinox

Yesterday, on 21st March I went up the Hill to ‘Scope about the Ides of March and the Spring  ( Vernal) Equinox.

Really I was ‘pushing it a bit’ from a calendrical, ritual point of view as the Equinox is on 20th March and the Ides, the 13th or 15th but I decided to combine the two events……so more of a symbolic action then a ‘true’ ritual’… but I guess this is debatable in ritual theory

Nothing very sophisticated…I just read some sections for Wikipedia.

I felt the Equinox was significant because on an equinox, day and night are of approximately equal duration all over the planet.

Iranian New Year is celebrated at this time of year  ( seems a lot more sensible to me than the middle of winter) and there are also Pagan and Wiccan celebrations, which seemed to capture the ‘imagination’ of the press this year..Daily Mirror  and Huff Post 

[An equinox is an astronomical event in which the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the center of the Sun, which occurs twice each year, around 20 March and 23 September.]

Theres quite a lot of confusion with Easter at this time as, of course this is a ‘moveable feast’ which changes every year and may coincide with this equinox.

I was interested in this ‘flexibility’ and fluidity combined with fixity.

I was interested in the Ides of March because of my memory of prophecy of the future… from school Shakespeare….The death of Caesar and the ritual of Pharmakos.. and the Derridean link with trace as below

In addition to the monthly sacrifice, the Ides of March was also the occasion of the Feast of Anna Perenna, a goddess of the year (Latin annus) whose festival originally concluded the ceremonies of the new year. The day was enthusiastically celebrated among the common people with picnics, drinking, and revelry. One source from late antiquity also places the Mamuralia on the Ides of March. This observance, which has aspects of scapegoat or ancient Greek pharmakos ritual, involved beating an old man dressed in animal skins and perhaps driving him from the city. The ritual may have been a new year festival representing the expulsion of the old year.

Please forgive these  Wiki entries including  below  but I have read this chapter Dissemination…which is how I recognised the link when I was reading about the date…

Pharmakos is also used as a vital term in Derridian deconstruction. In his essay “Plato’s Pharmacy”, Derrida deconstructs several texts by Plato, such as Phaedrus, and reveals the inter-connection between the word chain pharmakeia-pharmakon-pharmakeus and the notably absent word pharmakos. In doing so, he attacks the boundary between inside and outside, declaring that the outside (pharmakos, never uttered by Plato) is always-already present right behind the inside (pharmakeia-pharmakon-pharmakeus). As a concept, Pharmakos can be said to be related to other Derridian terms such as “trace”.

I had a few attempts at broadcasting as you can see from the Katch below , partly because the signal was interrupted, possibly by aircraft passing by…. two large planes, flying low to Brize Norton I assume from North East to South West of the Hill …and a helicopter ( which is very common) . Other attempts are on my Youtube Channel in the Katch Library

10th March -20th March: Various continuing activities #Crouch Hill

1oth March 2016 

In Shutford: Looking at maps of Crouch Hill and other landmarks; Madmarston Hill, Jesters Hill, The Roman Road,…talking about mule walking, archaeology ….and looking at Claire Winfield‘s continuing Hazelford work, The Inheritors

 

12th March 2016

More map discussion….Can’t remember who with and don’t recognise their hand… Veronica…possibly….?IMG_2921

13th March 2016

I went up the hill in the sunshine, with Louise and the dogs, as usual but this time she had downloaded Periscope and Twitter… so instead of ‘Scoping on my behalf, via my account she could ‘co-Scope‘ as an individual witness… see image of me reading with the dogs nearby

She trialled up on the Hill to test signal strength etc and see what it was like. I was just making notes and thinking…

Later, on the way down we walked back down the field, as it was dry enough and looked closely at the new boundary hedge… considered it’s meaning… and then also pondered the advances of the building plot at the bottom of the Hill in what we call ‘the horses’ field’. It won’t be long now before the work starts….I don’t think we Scoped these ponderings…. can’t remember… maybe they are in my Katch Library on my Youtube Channel….or maybe not…

They were exported when Katch closed, by the and not in date order.. so they are difficult to locate and I haven’t filed ordered/them…

I deleted a couple which I originally thought irrelevant, even process-wise.. but then kept the rest… just a little bit random…

What to save… What not to save…

17th and 20th March 2016

I went up with my new ‘Pop-up’ tent to try it out. The Popping-up and the Popping Down!

Just to check practicalities. Not as easy to get down as it looks. Much laughter. All Scoped….

5 live viewers and 3 Replay on the first day!!! Why?! Also bumped in to some passing dog walkers and explained ( briefly) what I was up to…and a little about Periscope ..here 

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