January 23rd, 2012

Ellie Harrison, Tea Blog

It was suggested that I research the artist Ellie Harrison, as her live archiving projects are relevant to the project I am about to undertake.

I came across “Tea Blog”, a 3 year project in which Harrison recorded and archived the thought that was most on her mind every time she sat to drink a cup of tea.

There are 1,650 thoughts recorded on the blog.

I particularly love that you don’t have to read all the entries to gain an understanding of the project and imagine yourself having to do this whenever you drank tea.  It’s very inspiring, and made me wonder whether I should try a website instead, but due to a very limited understanding of website design I should probably stick to what I know best: books.

Anyway, click here for Tea Blog, and enjoy!

Capturing Moments

We have been working at creating our own briefs for this module, taking forwards the strongest ideas from our last project.  I have now put together a very interesting looking brief titled “capturing moments”, which will involve a lot of experiments in recording, cataloguing and archiving events.  The final project will result in a book containing documentation of the next few weeks.

Capturing Moments – BAFA103

“Basically, I want to look back on this time and be able to recall every single detail.”

During this project I will create a documentation of my personal life in the form of a printed book.  I will be gathering, recording and documenting thoughts, actions and items meticulously, including times (to the nearest second).

I will first experiment with different forms of documentation, including photography, automatic writing or streams of consciousness, record keeping, tally charts, graphs and meticulous description. 

I will then move on to collecting a week of this documentation on a tablecloth with a permanent marker.  I will be limited to only writing and drawing on this table cloth with the permanent marker and will not write in my diary, but straight onto the tablecloth.  After the week is over I will document the tablecloth as an artefact and then continue to document different aspects of my life in different forms.

I will be archiving present objects, and creating sentimental value where there is none. 

All these ideas will then be curated into a book, which will serve as a kind of “journal” of this moment in my life. 

RESEARCH:
Artists:
Grayson Perry
Michael Landy
Ellie Harrison

Books:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Lord of the Rings
Kenneth Goldsmith
Jeff Noon – Needle to the Groove
Ulysses