The writing of blogs always goes by the wayside during the ferocious intensity of the final stages of making and installing. Whatever has not yet been written up here will doubtless stay in our notebooks until some future date, but for a final round-up of Some Patterns of Current installation images and audience responses…
Some Patterns of Current opened on the 8th November 2014 and ran until the 7th December 2014. The works installed included site-based sound; images and sculptural objects.
We wrote text for the entrance hall and arranged it on the walls:
Via the use of tiny, hidden and surface vibrating speakers we encouraged a bookshelf, a mantlepiece and a small desk to speak their thoughts:
Having ceremonially burnt a discarded book, we returned it to the library and set it in an elevated position:
We also invited library users and viewers to take a pause and enjoy observing found choreographies in the library.
And inveigled some images from an early handbook of political gesture into the children’s section:
Altering its scale and orientation, we took a fragment of the fireplace tile pattern and let it frame the view through the entrance hall windows:
On the 15th November Sheila and Lucy gave an artist’s talk about their residency and the making of the work. They invited their audience to shape the talk by requesting a letter between A and Z, each of which had a corresponding footnote that revealed a particular thought or detail behind the work. Through this method they talked about, (amongst other things) FLOW, PATTERN; DEER (and HOCKEY); CHOREOGRAPHY; LISTS OF BANNED BOOKS; (THE) BASEMENT; RAY BRADBURY; VIBRATION; NEGOTIATION and TAGGS ISLAND.
Here are some of the responses that we received to the installation:
“Lovely installation – subtle yet brings out curiosity in the visitor. It made me look anew at views, pictures and spaces. Thank you.”
“Calm, thoughtful, considered and extremely in ‘the flow’ of the surrounding environment. Lovely.”
“I felt connected to a place I’ve never visited; engaged with layers of histories and conceptions.”
“Such a thoughtful, delicately compiled and beautiful piece. I loved the flow between thoughts, words and movement. Thank you.”
“Very thought-provoking – makes me connect with the library, books, stories / lives. And the transient nature of it all. The debt to trees for paper…I wish the writing / stencils on the walls could remain….”
“A quiet, considerate, contemplative atmosphere.”