Flotsam on the Clyde

February 20, 2017 § Leave a comment

Yesterday a walk on the shores of the Clyde River at Helensburg, waters which feed into the firth of Clyde. There were many mussel shells, empty and brittle, cracking beneath foot, creating smaller pieces still on their way to sand. Lots of detritus, industrial, from the maritimes. Sea glass, all shades of green that I could see.

Inspired by shapes here, voids, the nesting of items together and items out of their natural element. The colours muted, with gradients. I like the idea of slipways. The idea of boueys adrift, unanchored. What is it to be ‘unanchored’ or set adfrift? Cast away, come loose? ¬†Unsecure, lost, lost at sea. Never making it to sea.

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Songs

September 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

I sing, an improvisation of sorts, within a five-domed concrete sculpture Tvisongur by Lukas Khne. Each dome produces a different tone, and the sculpture can be seen as a visualization of the five-tone harmony tradition. Tvisongur is in Seydisfjordur in the east fjords of Iceland. It is a 15 min hike up the side of a hill.

I took longer recordings, to be used as sound for an upcoming video work.

Mechanics of work

July 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

The start of a reading list, looking at work, bodies, industry, machines and machination/mechanical process,particularly in primary industries. If you have any suggestions – please leave a comment.

  • The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature from Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature – William Cronon
  • The perception of the environment. Essays on livelihood, dwelling and skill – Tim Ingold
  • Work and the Body in Hardy and Other Nineteenth-Century Novelists – Elaine Scarry
  • Some moral and technical consequences of automation – Norbert Wiener
  • The Human use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society – Norbert Wiener
  • Industrial work and life. An anthropological reader – Mao Mollona
  • Humans, Animals, Machines Blurring Boundaries – Glen A. Mazis
  • Copying Machines: Taking Notes for the Automaton – Catherine Liu

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