Thursday, 25 November 2010

By confining myself so a stripped down studio environment, I wrapped myself in as much bandage as possible, followed by a layer of cling film to make sure there was sweat.

Whilst being bound, I listened to a piece of music that I deem, personally, to be emotional from a slightly melancholic angle.

This was filmed for me, and photograhic documentation was also taken. However, this video itself poses many problems.
The problematic subject of the documentation keeps occurring within my work. This piece for example runs the risk of being interpreted in ways not suitable for the subject I would like to communicate.
The female form, being bound and sexual issues can be associated with these kind of images, along with the documentation instantly being mediated by the music that i used for the performance.

It starts to become apparent that the documentation of my work can be problematic.
It may be that it is necessary for my work to be live performance.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

After taking some time to look at these images ( and the objects themselves ), i began to feel the relevance of the 'diary entry' that accompanies the bandages. I began to consider ways in which I could control these 'scents' that were being emitted by my body.

Situating myself so that I could almost, categorise, the bandages according to emotions, or physical changes my body was experiencing .

Here I first tried it out with someone helping me to film me whilst I was in bed, on the verge of falling asleep.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Collection of human scent

Over the summer my efforts to try and contact Sissel Tolaas ended in failure...for now. However I couldn't stop thinking about the way she handles scent and the transitions that they follow. From having Headspace technology in a lab, she is able to reproduce scents with synthetic components. So after collecting the fresh sweat of wrestlers from their soaked t-shirts in her fragrance, Violence, Tolaas is able to chemically reproduce the components which make up the sweat formula into a tangible object by bottling the liquid.
The final transition of the scent happens when she wears the fragrance at the opening of her exhibition.
She described the scent as being able to unnerve people whilst wearing it upon her skin.

I was interested in capturing this form of scent in relation to my own bodily odors, that may be produced due to how i had been feeling emotionally and psychically at the time.

Wrapping a piece of material around the area in which i sweat most, replacing them every 24hours, was my method for this.

Monday, 15 November 2010