“Improvisation is the sap through which music renews and invigorates itself.”
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I have recently returned from China on my latest visit, where, amongst other things I completed another project with longtime collaborator the Three Legged Bird (a collaborative platform for experimental animation and film making) I have worked with the Three Legged Bird on a number of projects now, the most recent entitled ‘The Landscape Scrambler’. Continue reading
- We have to destroy in order to create.
Birth and destruction are a part of life. In order to create we must first destroy.
So often when trying to resolve a painting we must destroy the very element we like most about the piece. In search of resolving a painting, one re-works and re-works the entire piece with the exception of our favourite part, resulting in an uneven composition. When our hand is forced to re-work our favourite element it is staggering just how quickly a piece can come together.
- “We execute a skill best in the place wherein it was developed”.
I read this quote a number of days ago and have found it never far from my consciousness ever since. Creeping back into my thoughts whenever I have an idle few moments.
The context of the quote was discussing the associations formed between environment and the process of education. However upon reading it, I was transported back to an old studio I inhabited a number of years ago. I recall after reflecting on the paintings I’d created in the studio, I observed the pieces were immediate products of their environment, and possessed a’dialogue’ with the environment in which they were created. So much so, that to exhibit them out of their original context would mean loosing much of their meaning and relevance. For creatives especially, the environment one resides / creates in (both physically and mentally), is of paramount importance. It not only has the ability to enhance what we do, through the likes of ambient music for example, but also feed into and grow our chosen practice or discipline.
- The power of the post-it.
The sheer impact that a daily and weekly to-do list scrawled upon the humble post-it can have upon ones life is simply breathtaking.
Observations from a recent meeting:
- A good research project should sought to ‘plug the gap’ left by existing research. The key is identifying the gap in the theoretical and historical framework of a particular field.
Last November I made a post about a recent collaboration I had undertaken with the animator Frederico Penteado at the Three Legged Bird studio in China. Unfortunately both myself and Frederico have been busy with other projects over the past 8 months to create anything final from the stills and footage we obtained, however please follow the link below to visit Frederico’s blog for a short test animation from the collaboration.
We still intend to produce a longer animation from the stills and footage we obtained last year so please check back regularly for further updates.
We are also undertaking a further collaboration in the coming weeks to extend some of the themes from the first sessions. Updates will be posted as and when.
I have always been deeply interested in the shared ‘processes’ between creative practitioners. An observation of the prominent role improvisation plays behind my painting practice led me to explore similar processes in other creative fields and equivalents between disciplines. Continue reading
“In so far as I listen with interest to a record, it’s usually to figure out how it was arrived at. The musical end product is where interest starts to flag. It’s a bit like jigsaw puzzles. Emptied out of the box, there’s a heap of pieces, all shapes, sizes and colours, in themselves attractive and could add up to anything–intriguing. Figuring out how to put them together can be interesting, but what you finish up with as often as not is a picture of unsurpassed banality. Music’s like that.”
Derek Bailey, Derek Bailey and the Story of Free Improvisation, 2004
I have an oil filled radiator. My radiator generally resides in my study / studio but gets moved around between rooms to service the heating needs of my apartment as and when required. Over a period of time I began to observe a peculiar, regular tapping noise encompassing the space of my apartment. Continue reading