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November 02, 2021

When it came to describe my work over the summer of 2021 for the shivers group show, I elected to describe it as an experimental work, I did so, because upper most in my mind was the fact that this was very much to do with many of the technical questions it asked in it's production. Yet, in addition to this, I was to discover that it was also asking theoretical and research questions as well.

As we regroup, and start the next stage of this MFA, I'm struck by how my practice is evolving to make use of such experimental processes, aleph-null was derived from my work on navagraha which was created as a result of research. In many ways, this research was primarily used in the process of creating inspiration. By framing the question of a world in which techniques of the past, had access to the technology of today (but not the established practices and methodologies necessarily) I was able to create a system in which the ability to generate video and audio from the same models became possible.

Having created two works from this premise, I am now starting to see how further research is both required, and posited by those works. The very cycle of research / practice becomes a much more iterative and recursive process. For me, whilst the initial considerations of the research started on the Harmonograph series of work are still valid (and of course include subjects not fully explored, that still speak to a desire to follow them) the performance of aleph-null has more importantly raised new questions.

As a primarily technical / practical person, these questions initially surfaced as technical challenges - specifically a regret that I treated the horseshoe shaped screens of the SIML as a extra wide canvas on which to create images. During late rehearsals, it became apparent that it would have been interested to try out creating a different immersive space, where each screen was treated as though the wall of a glass box, where those inside could see out into the world I was creating.

When we started to talk about common research topics in out first tutorial, it immediately became apparent to me, how important worlding will become in the development of this world, both in the sense of why am interested in creating an abstract, very personal world to exhibit, and what does this mean - especially from points of view other than my own. Whilst I do not know these answers yet, I can start to see the questions I may want to start asking, to help understand these, and help ake decisions about which way this work continues as part of my practice.

As a first start, I shall be reading Staying with Trouble by Donna Haraway, in part inspired by this short article of particular interest is the callout to Science Fiction / Speculative Fabulation - having read science fiction from an early age, it is only really in thinking about the idea of worlding, that it has become apparent to me that I am seeking to create such worlds, that can represent what I cannot easily describe in words, and in a way that become more integrated, and interconnected with an actual real world, rather than the cerebral one I am used to.

Postscript

Having recently seen Dennis Villeneuve's new film of Dune, and partly in conjunction with it's soundtrack by Hans Zimmer, I've been struck by observing the theme of emerging power in Paul Atreides, of what it means personally to have reached a point both artistically and creatively where I am able to bring forth new worlds, based on my experiences and thoughts - and of how easily we can dismiss this act, and the very importance, and responsibilities it confers - and I see this being an important dimnesion in this strand of research.

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