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Some thing I found this week

Sometimes the thing that you want can obscure you from the thing that wants to find you. That was this week’s discovery.

I was lent a book this week entitled ‘How are Things’ (Droit) – a philosophical discussion on the things we have in our lives and their potential significance. Yes, pretty similar terrain to the one I am currently exploring and thus I was very pleased upon recieving it even if it is just to keep me company for a while. But for all it’s wonderful and detailed analysis of objects, I like this book for another reason. ‘How are Things’ reminds me that frustration and a sense of hopelessness in the face of one’s artistic ‘material’, is a normal part of the process. In this honest account of his attempt to find meaning in everyday objects, Droit frequently talks of how fruitless the assignment is beginning to feel and explicates on how he feels surrounded by all these things, none of which are ‘talking’ to him. But then, a mere page or so on, he begins to ponder on the remote in his hand, the wheelbarrow he is pushing or the paper clip he is fastening and just like that, he’s back in the game, finding something wonderful in that specific object: letting the magic of the thing reveal itself.

And that’s what it’s all about really, well for the moment at least. Letting it be. Learning how to create a space where the thing can find you and in return reveal something about ourselves. For I have realised that if I keep forcing the truth out of the object, not much truth will come and not much will be revealed.

I have spent weeks staring at objects and yet I continue avoiding them entirely, despite (or perhaps because of) them being the focus of my project.

So as I stare at the stapler in front of me and expect it to somehow jump on the stage and show me it’s stuff, I must remember to let it be for a while and failing that, do a whole lot of crazy things with it and find out through playing when it feels comfortable and content to be in this space and time.

Yes, I know my comments here are nothing very new, not to me or to you I suppose either; I don’t feel I am contributing much to the scientific, philosophical or theatre community when I write this, but I suppose they are just a few comments to say that whilst once these thoughts were ideas, they are now becoming a little more life-like and that, for me at least, is worth writing about.

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