Monday, January 24, 2011

Repair and Space

To repair the body with the space and the space with the body

Simulate the body with materials used to repair/ create space


The problem with my idea of repair of body/space is that there is no wound to which I am responding; Doris Salcedo created a wound in the Tate Modern (or rather exposed a mental wound by creating a physical one) the repair I love so much was not possible without this wound.

But perhaps it is the decay, the dying that I am chasing, and not the act of repair per-se.

If this is the case, then it is particularly interesting that my thesis show will be in a museum; it has been said that museum and mausoleum share not only an etymological root, but a conceptual one as well. The desire to protect and preserve cultural remains from the wear and tear of the world.

So perhaps embracing my thesis space as a body contains within it the implication that it is in fact a dead body-- I would wish that it were a dying body rather that a dead one; this distinction is perhaps contingent on the success of the audio installation, which makes the space breathe, although that breath is tenuous and troubled.


"Museums, cemeteries! Truly identical in their sinister juxtaposition of bodies that do not know each other. Public dormitories where you sleep side by side for ever with beings you hate or do not know. Reciprocal ferocity of the painters and sculptors who murder each other in the same museum with blows of line and color. To make a visit once a year, as one goes to see the graves of our dead once a year, that we could allow! We can even imagine placing flowers once a year at the feet of the Gioconda! But to take our sadness, our fragile courage and our anxiety to the museum every day, that we cannot admit! Do you want to poison yourselves? Do you want to rot?"
-exerpt from The Futurist Manifesto, F.T. Marinetti, 1909


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