an isolated moment.
in formation of movement,
observing this interaction.
In front of the audience
as i make this place
a stage like any place
all of us
this is ours
differences celebrated in meaningless enjoyment
a show of all of us together
all of us love a fool in front of us
from out of our very midst
puppets given life for the breathing
our collective great big funny smelly arse!
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