Kelly and I make collaborative experiments that use conversational formats and/or games as their structure.
We met in 2015 when we were both selected for Jerwood Encounters: 3-Phase.
3-Phase offered us a set of outcomes: dialogue, exhibitions, publication, networks, professional literacy, and experience. Within this professionalising structure, the two of us initiated an email correspondence that was more personal: a space where we were able to be honest and share things that were messy or uncertain. A space to ask questions about making, progressing, the idea of outcomes, risk, and play.
In 2016 these questions led to Do Without, a self initiated residency funded by Jerwood.
We went to Low Parkamoor, an off-grid 16th century farmhouse on the edge of Lake Coniston, for 11 nights, and did without running water, electricity, an oven, email, phone reception, clocks, and outcomes.
We made do with whatever we brought with us, and each other.
We devised activities for ourselves that fell back on sharing our inner resources and using analogue equipment. Our experiments took many different guises but ultimately incorporated memory, strategy and partnership, and the tension between freedom and rules.
images: analogue photographs #nofilter
Taking stereoscopic photographs using our film camera. We stood as far apart as we could get whilst still being able to pass the camera between us. We each took a photo of what we hoped was the same view. We got the film developed. We cut up the images and put them into the stereoscopic viewers. What we see is the extra dimension that emerges from our two positions, a microcosmic common ground.
Making Welsh cakes without a recipe.
Experiment #3 (ongoing)
Part One: Drawing our computer keyboards from memory.
Please try this at home and send us your drawings.
We have an ongoing conversation about how gambling on artworld opportunities is like playing poker. When should we keep betting, and when should we fold? Is the game all about odds, or timing, or chance – or pure confidence? Will we ever get into the high stakes game?
images: poker hands high scoring to low (royal flush, straight flush, four of a kind, full house, flush, straight, three of a kind, two pair, one pair)