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on my mind today

I awoke in the night having watched the 4 chapters of 2052 selves films I made for Knole in 2018. Whilst filming I had an interest in the representations of POC in the house and I drew attention to them in the film as a reminder of colonialism. The novel Orlando, which uses Knole as a backdrop, opens with a barbaric and violent reminder of colonial aggression. But watching the films yesterday I didn't feel that I had been clear enough on my position on this - as utterly against it.

on my mind today

Today's concerns.

what I have been thinking/describing my work


A line between the physical world as a cause in itself (causa sui) and the mind (which responds as an impulsive continuous narrator) drives me towards a desire to discard a written text that becomes necessary to make an artwork comprehensible - a codex for a cipher, often found in a booklet or inscribed in vinyl on a wall, shaping how one 'should' think of an artwork.

Rugby Open Call

Thoughts on Form

Content seems to govern artworks currently, mostly on socio-political or identity driven narratives. Exhibitions are framed around meaningful contemporary content. The forms these subjects are represented through, however, tend to fall back onto standard formats.

The aesthetics of installations and audio visual displays are often familiar and default.

Smart Phone and Identity

I have been thinking about the smart phone and its troubled relationship to the tricky subject of identity. There is no doubt of the device's prosthetic quality - of how it insinuates its way into one's procedural memory, steps in where our semantic memory fails and is a storage zone for our episodic memory. Lose the device and bits of life vanish. To drop it, forget it or have it stolen can physically hurt.

Avatar Therapy (written before extensive trials of this method)

There is an emerging possibility that schizophrenia can be cured without medication by an ‘avatar’.

A meeting with Chris Frith about schizophrenia

A Meeting with Chris Frith

A conversation with Anil Seth

Anil brought up the Bayesian equation that coincidently is also in my Human Camera book in an essay by Chris Frith  (who has also peer reviewed Anil’s work). This early equation (1763) recognises the idea that perception and the interpretation of our senses depends on our prior beliefs and factors in an x amount to account for this preconception which distorts pure perception.