like so many before;
wings unfurled to catch the air.
as crumpled beetle
battles decrepit wing;
neither out nor in
and in solace
The film maker and photographer Alexander Michaelis has been filming my studio process and in particular the approach I take towards designing and fabricating pieces such as Puppet Flutter - Flight is a Waltz.
Through the course of the film this mechanical butterfly is disassembled, polished, reassembled and then installed in the interactive mechanical plinth.
I had the chance to share my thoughts about this collaboration with Dominic Harris and my ideas and intentions for future 1/1 scale responsive poetic-mechanical pieces.
This film is currently in post production.
A created kinetic vessel contains and expresses life, such a mysterious and beguiling object demands the empathy reserved for the living rather than to be analysed as an un-breathing object.
The puppet-making-artist renders enough of the essential within the body of the puppet.
So that it is
of the subject,
but an object which in some way blurs a line.
Eliciting delight, as a solid object shivers and vibrates with impossible breath.
(Perhaps reminding us that life is not individually possessed but what we are immersed within)
What do I mean by poetic
some part of what I do has poetic as its essence
some part of essence has poetic at and within its heart
a moving body has soft and hard
through movement each element alters in relative physical relationship
this change is placed within time
outside of time there is no change
all is fluid
all is solid
alteration is potential
shared time is coexistence along time’s passing
the alteration in physical relationship between each element of a body is observed through the passing of time shared
this gifts a union
I share time passing with
what I observe
what I feel
what I see
what I hear
The essence surrounds this shifting
change at its heart
offering a semblance
some iteration of each part
then the poetic would be soft
the poetic is what can soften this solid definition towards the essential
I am in Saskatoon, Canada, teaching a puppetry intensive at the University of Saskatoon Drama Department.
While here I'm presenting three performances at the University Studio Theatre. These are pieces exploring characters I am very familiar with, I continue to experiment with timing, approach and an alive communication between what is happening on stage and those who are in the audience.
After the first of these performance I wrote down some poetic reflections on doubt.
like a solid
before and after
happens through this
and the freedom
holds and this safety
for so long protective
from this floating
whether success or failure
the same is the situation
here in front
The stage is a loaded space and place I find equally familiar and terrifying.
Every move I make is witnessed by the audience.
If I face my natural fear towards this exposure I can be playful and try different approaches.
My favourite stages allow me this freedom and one such venue is The Hive in Hackneywick, London.
On the 18th March I performed within a cabaret at The Hive and experimented with the delivery of hand puppetry, with four puppets familiar to me for many years.
I felt success and failure in equal measure.