Above is a video of a piece Jason created in his final stint at Working Title, using his previously made golf chair, the viewer/participator must place the ball into the structure in front of them.
So I write this after 4 days into my second stint at ‘Working title’ so really after 11 days of working with junk to make other stuff with. So this is kind of a stream of consciousness and also after 2 pints and half a can, so forgive me for my honesty and bad english. So as I have said before in a previous post i’ve found some kind of creative freedom. I have responded to the objects that have been brought in – I make them talk to me and they tell me what they would rather be – not really.
I am not an artist, i’m not allowed to be an artist cause I have not trained to be one, (god he’s got a hang up) but pretending to be one has been liberating and fun. I made a light yesterday which I would never dream of making normally, as it is a one off. As a designer if I spend time designing a light it’s got to be repeatable, safe, sellable and profitable. This assemblage is not repeatable or safe so it usurps the other things. But it exist now and it works – so it has to be art, right? – if so maybe it is sellable….
In the first week I put a lot of objects out of context on the wall. Some worked and some I returned to, to do more with like the toaster, It’s like maximising there potential. I’ve now grown in confidence from every new thing I do and i’ve also fed off other artists. Some may say – he’s now cocky.
The last loop I made was this sound loop with the toaster that was sat on the wall all week saying “you haven’t finished me yet”.
Using old headphones from the junk I made them into a microphone and then plugged them into an amp. Turned up volume to cause feedback which then caused the toaster to vibrate inside and so creating an endless sound loop. Visually though it looks like the toaster is listening rather than talking.
Loops from last week ( I do like simple themes). In my first week while I was playing/experimenting with the junk/treasure I tried to develop some themes. ‘Loops’ was one that had some milleage as well as the different meanings, it got me thinking about different kinds of loops. The closed loop – the idea that information could go round and round… This also connected to another theme making fake objects i.e. objects that look like they work. This is evident in the plug socket and ceiling rose connected – it pretends that there is an electricity supply in the wall creating a loop. The socket is also fake because there was only a blank in junk so I cut off the pins to fix plug on. (is anyone interested in these details?) but it was pleasing to find things that could connect together to form loops, whether it works visually is another matter…
So it’s been 5 days of playing at Aspex Gallery and it’s been great, I guess the overwhelming feeling has been ‘creative freedom’. This sounds counterintuitive as we only have a pile of junk to work with to create new ideas and objects. I normally design & create functional objects which take time to develop and resolve, but this project has given me the freedom to explore other themes…
Only using the objects that have been collected is changing the nature of my work. I might want something else that isn’t there for an idea or assemblage and I have to use something similar to complete it. This has in some cases strengthened the original idea, so making do can really make it better and also make you think freer. (I never used that word something really is going wrong)
temporary interventions – tube balance and wheel arch.