Week 2 – Tension between chaos and Imposed order

With my initial exploration of the separation of the factual and fictional realms which mainly stressed on the fragmentation of emotional spaces along with exploring the tension between chaos and imposed order I thought it would be interesting to try and bring these ideas into a 3 dimensional existence. The object I am aiming to produce would represent these qualities (hopefully).

As with Janet Cardiff, she uses the existing city as a base upon which she can, in fragments, build up a fictional background narrative.  ( A story which I am guessing is of the last victim of Jack the Ripper, Mary Jane Kelly, who was rumoured to have long red hair ), Anyways, what I felt would be an interesting move forward from this would be to do a similar breakdown like Janet, but of an already fictional reality. And try and come up with a narrative of my own, which in turn gives rise to art/object/model showcasing these thoughts in an abstract form. I was looking at the movie Metropolis and the separation and surveillance the ‘upper world’ had over the ‘lower world’ and how this would be interesting if within that world of imposed order , chaos was introduced and kind of represent that bit of chaotic fiction as if frozen in time.

Layering fiction upon fiction to try and create an alternate reality as Janet does with her walk.

As of this moment I have come up with an idea of how I aim to represent this but only in sketch form.  I would be introducing different materials to represent it.

Although I feel it would be interesting to venture into this I would love some feedback/reading as I am not as confident with it.

The sketch was quick so doesn’t quite bring the idea across clearly. But will be updating on the progress soon, right after I come up with a steadier scheme.

2 thoughts on “Week 2 – Tension between chaos and Imposed order

  1. Did you forget to upload the sketch? Im curious as to what your object will be – I like your analysis of Cardiff’s walk and how she uses the city as her base to build a narrative of facts and fictions interspersed. Perhaps the object could be a way to read the facts and fictions, using your strategy of colour or black and white, triangulation versus a freer path. I think a compass sort of wayfinding device could be useful but instead of directionality, its main function is deciphering fact from fiction? Or if we use the filter you applied to your mapping, it would differentiate the present from everything else as a new way of understanding how space is altered and read across time.
    I would be wary of inventing an entirely new narrative of your own since it adds a further layer of complexity that might not be necessary. That said, the Metropolis reference is good, and the way they separate worlds into upper and lower strata – but perhaps this is too linear a relationship and your relationship between the present and everything else could be more sophisticated and intertwined. Upload some sketched ideas and we can comment again?

  2. As Manijeh said it might not be necessary to create a completely new narrative layer. Perhaps you could continue to work with weaving the complexity of the fact/fiction tension created between you and the walk if – as you suggested on Tuesday – you place yourself as the filter between fact and fiction.

    There is a great story by Borges (which we mentioned in the studio presentation) called ‘Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius’. The story begins with the discovery of an encyclopaedia entry on the unfamiliar land of Tlon. Throughout the story the narrator finds more accounts of Tlon until objects from this seemingly fictional world appear in reality, confusing the boundary between what is real and invented. Could the additional ‘layer’ you add be a manipulation of factual and fictitious objects crossing between yourself and the walk? The story is quite short, it would certainly be worth having a read.

    To further thinking around the idea of ‘fictitious’ objects you could have a look at the work of the artist Matt Hoyt.
    Hoyt fabricates small objects which suggest that they have been uncovered in an archeological dig or are some broken or natural object that we cannot quite identify. These objects are laboriously crafted from a wide range of synthetic materials.

    Could you create the additional fictional layer by working with qualities of artifice, fiction, and ‘trick’ in the development of a 3d object that passes between Janet’s reality and your own?

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