Dr Mark Wright and Rory Macbeth (2/10/2019)
As I am returning to this lecture a few weeks later, I looked back over my notes and saw a phrase from Mark that connects directly to a suggestion one of my classmates made while we were reviewing our worksheets at the Walker (15/10/2019). Augmented reality Where Mark’s work is looking closely at the concept of gender and the way we can experience out-of-body experiences using artificial reality, we also talked about accessibility. Particularly in galleries and Leonie suggested using AR to ‘step inside’ a painting/photograph, to be able to walk around it, and experience it as though you were a part of it instead of simply an observer, which then fed into another area of research Mark talked about. Where his collaborations that utilise the ‘Phantom Hand’ phenomena to facilitate a tactile experience of museum artifacts. The idea of being able to interact with pieces in museums or galleries that have a purpose beyond being looked at yet because of their fragility or importance must be kept behind glass to preserve them, using the basis of the experiment the objects could be better understood by their tangibility and placed better within the context of their own narratives.
Rory on the other hand is all about exposing ridiculousness in society, I love the ‘obvious’ uselessness to the artwork he makes - although I may never be able to forgive him for turning books into piles of pulp… he raised the topic of collaboration in a different way to Mark, using friends to find the confidence to take part in bold, outrageous, hilarious performative and non-performative artworks. Rory explained the development of his art practice as being influenced by time, or the lack thereof, that he had to work on his art, having a long commute meant most of his time as spent on the train - therefore his work moved into the type of art that can be completed on a train. Such as the translations of books done without the assistance of any kind of translation material, instead Rory stared at the paragraph until he was certain he understood what the paragraph meant, then displayed the book with the original text, the accurate translation, and Rory’s translation. As much as I really enjoyed all of his work, there was one that was unforgivable - he mulched books and displayed them as a blob on the ground - sacrilegious, even more sacrilegious than the time he alphabetised every letter in the Bible.
This lecture did make me realise how lucky we are to have such diverse lecturers available to us at the university, it’s brilliant to be be exposed to so many different practices - keeps you from being stuck in a painting-first rut.