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The window to ‘the other scene’   Series: The unconscious and live art

The window to ‘the other scene’ - photo

2009

20 Colegate Exhibition, Norwich, December 2009

A durational performance; exploring the boundaries between abstract and physical spaces.

The inspiration and research material throughout the duration of this unit was drawn from my own personal exploration of the unconscious. I realised that my life and my practice cannot be separated; unconsciously my work will always represent what I’m feeling, thinking and experiencing; for me this is inevitable. A free session in which I created an ‘on the spot’ performance resulted in the inspiration for this piece. I nailed a picture frame to the wall and leaned a ladder against it; I then climbed up as if to pass through the space between the frame. This idea of looking inside, discovering yourself and trying to understand was represented in ‘the window to the other scene’. I created a physical space in which I could examine the abstract space of the mind. The window was the threshold between the consciousness and the unconsciousness and the transition from one to another created the main structure in this performance. Due to the durational element of this performance the structure was based around one action in the space of three hours; this freedom to explore within the bracket of the performance resulted in an unpredictable outcome. Having equipped myself with the tools to carry out certain actions I was surprised by the unexpected uses of these tools. While some actions were planned the majority of effective tasks were thought up in the moment of the performance. The live art process then lends itself to exploring the unconscious, and can represent something of the unconscious workings of the mind.

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