Research Topic: Intimacy and the Public Artist — looking at my process and progress so far

How does the public frame within which the artist speaks about his/her art influence narratives surrounding art and its making and what is the role of intimacy? This multi-layered question is at the heart of my current research. Alongside this research I have begun developing an installation whose core material are audio recordings from my many interviews with both artists and walkabout attendees. Each piece is produced with an experimental adaptation of a radio form in mind as well as a conscious effort to meld together a feeling of fiction and documentary.

Below are two excerpts taken from an audio piece, developed around an interview I completed with artist Raimi Gbadamosi and one from my interview with artist Usha Seejarim. Both are based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Below the audio excerpts are a few photos of art-making / production. A concise summary of my research can be found on the Project Anywhere website, a peer review project for “art at the outermost limits of location specificity”.¬†


The music track used in the excerpt from Raimi’s piece is titled N√°ufragos Piedras, and is produced by Stidiek. The track used in Usha’s excerpt is titled Broken Heart, and is produced by NICOCO
studio space

studio space

painting production of my 'listening table'. Golden stripes laid down. The table will be used to interview / speak with those engaging with the installation. This continuation of the interview process will also be documented via audio recordings which will then feed into the works development through additional audio constructions.

Painting production of my ‘listening table’. Golden stripes laid down. The table will be used to interview / speak with those engaging with the installation. This continuation of the interview process will also be documented via audio recordings which will then feed into the works development through additional audio constructions.

Golden stripes revealed

Golden stripes revealed

Final table stripes added

Final table stripes added

Final 'listening table' revealed.

Final ‘listening table’ revealed.

Piecing together text which will be included on my mobile gallery wall as part of the installation.

Piecing together text which will be included on my mobile gallery wall as part of the installation.

Preparing paper mache base upon which gallery wall text will be placed. Additional text, quotes and captions will also be prepared and pasted to my mobile wall.

Preparing paper mache base upon which gallery wall text will be placed. Additional text, quotes and captions will also be prepared and pasted to my mobile wall.

final text 'look'.

final text ‘look’.

final text 'look'.

final text ‘look’.

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to match rhythm (a poem)

mouths_poem

some men are able to just let go with grace
as if to pretend of forgetting meant it never existed in the first place
he said they would always leave her
in preparation for his eventual fade

he cannot feel her heart dropped to the base of her throat
he never said ‘go’
he didn’t

what of it
what of it
he is tired
he works too hard
and his memory fails him
the world just loves him too much
loves him in rhythm
like she simply cannot do
loves him in rhythm
like she simply cannot do
her love is too serious for this time
her love whines
like a crack in the sky

handed a platform through this wake
some men are able to pretend of forgetting
and are given this grace

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the shape of sound – linda kaoma

Heading out at 7am I had the most beautiful morning photo-shoot with poet and Badilisha Poetry Project Manager, Linda Kaoma. Below some photos from our trip to the sand dunes along Baden Powell Drive.

road through fog

The light was perfectly dispersed through a thick fog

car and landscape at duneslinda in car2_MG_5934linda performslinda performs 2linda - dress detailred truck at dunes

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pack up your politics. place it under spine.

sketch from the IN CONVERSATION series

paint this town. throw it, throw it around.

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in conversation – #2

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the studio / within process / towards the feeling of The Shape of Sound

The very brief history of this blog has seen it gradually swing its focus; from promotion of one specific project and commentary on photography and its process to a studio of sorts. Change is something I find I often clambour for – new topics, new venues, new situations – and so it has been distinctly reflected here.
As an artist I now find myself shaping this space into an online studio as a physical studio, at this point, is not available. Although I am an incredibly solitary individual – that physical alliance with other artists and physical exchange is something I am attempting, in my own difficult way, to find.
For now this blog, as sometimes studio, sustains my desire to publicly reach out and talk to my own art and art process. I see process as one of the most interesting things about any artist.
Below I have posted a photographic animation that would be included as part of a larger work entitled The Shape of Sound. The jarring sound track is an incredibly important aspect composed of three elements; the ambient sound of the space, the breaths found between the words of the performing poet as well as a few excerpts from the poem scattered throughout.
I am attempting to project a sense of the bodies intentions, thoughts and screams being actively silenced. By withholding most of the poem I hope focus will be directed towards the bodies gesture. I would like to reflect an enquiry into how the body is then framed, judged and only allowed to exist in particular spaces dependent upon whose body it is and how categories flatten out particular existences.
The poems themselves would be included within the larger work, but in a different format – printed on paper and suspended. One of the poems can be found a few posts below this one.

Test The Shape Sound from Erin Bosenberg on Vimeo.

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in conversation – a series

Visuals and audio below comprise an expert for a larger series I have begun to produce – titled In Conversation.
In Conversation – politics of social interaction, networking – those associated power dynamics, body language and its implications – connected obsessions – importance of the right obsession, the right look, the right people.

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