Saturday, 4 March 2017

Rotor Group; Reflections on a presentation we made to Dr Liam Devlin, Wednesday, 1 March 2017.

The presentation provided to Dr Devlin was centred on the Rotor Group brief to develop a website on the one hand, and to work towards a comprehensive and exciting closing event for the exhibition that he is currently curating entitled "discursive documents".

The presentation itself went quite well I think, there was approximately 20 minutes of time in which we were able to get across our ideas covering research around the website and also closing events in galleries; the development of the site itself; various discussions on the events themselves; and then a summary of the presentation. It was decided that I would open the presentation with an introduction and then bring in additional speakers (Chelsea and Sam) to discuss their findings and work to date. After they had presented their findings, I then closed the conversation with a summary.

The feedback received from both Dr Devlin and Dr Bailey was to look at some of the work by Habermas, particular concerning discussions and writing and the idea of consensus. Another important author in this field is that of the work of Luclas, who comes from the notions of discussion and writing from an entirely different angle, that is dissent.

It is evident from the feedback that we need to consider how we engage. An essential activity for us to progress over the next few weeks is to clarify what the "live" event will be?
How will we stage this?
How will this event "make" itself?
How will we record discussions of people being interviewed as an activity of "live "
The possibilities to engage an interview and mesh/mashing it together for a final film could be interesting. But we also need to consider how we will move around the gallery space.

The crucial thing is to ideate now and then finalise the work over the next few weeks.

It is clear that we need to work towards establishing three key strategies. They are,
social media
imagery and comments
the closing "event".
" to extend the whole exhibition as a final visualised thing at the end of the show.

It will be worthwhile to create a mockup of a proposed live event and give it to the dance group Jerry Turvey, perhaps as an in animation.

In the work that Dr Devlin is doing through the exhibition "discursive documents", he's trying to blur the privileged position of the artist. So it is important that we play with the material in any way we can. The final event is, in essence, a record of the journey. The montage if you like, of the debates.

With regards to potential physical artefacts, each of the team could create a single page of a book and for images to be printed (these can also be text) onto handmade paper. This is something that Tim has completed before and found to be very effective.

Dr Devlin liked the idea of images and the construction photographs that Tim had provided as "making". He is interested in the things that we don't always see. This helps to extend the debate and provides a disclosure of the curatorial process.

We also need to consider authorization and approvals within the next two weeks from the gallery at Huddersfield itself; the University of Huddersfield and the marketing group. Furthermore, ethics forms will need to be completed for that authorisation to be given in a timely manner.

We also need approval from each of the artists to use their images on the website.

Part of the discussion for the closing event could, in fact, be the iterative processes of the development of the site?

With regards to the first of the discursive documents events taking place tomorrow, it is intended to record Alex Beldea, Seba Kurtis, and Andrew Mosley for a short interview to outline the issues that they are addressing and their own individual responses. The further analysis of these recordings will help to feed into the archive.

As recorders of the event, we also need to consider our own position with regards to how we are "participants"? Or are we just mere observers, detached from what is taking place? If the latter is the case, our presence will actually affect the outcomes. We need to decide how we will be involved? As participants or as spectators? In practice, it's likely that we will be participants and will, therefore, have the opportunity to contribute significantly to the discussions.


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