j a kennedy

‘Untitled’ VAR Program Analysis (Disconnected Correspondence)

This project is made up of three parts, starting in Wellington on the 13th of April 2016, moving to San Francisco on the 1st of May – 30th of June (Varda artists residency program). The third part of the project will continue during my RM Gallery research residency from the 14th – 30th of July, where I aim to hold two public programs, develop a publication of this research, and a proposal for an exhibition of outcomes.

Parts:

  1.  The initial interaction exploration utilised an inclusive silent correspondence exercise where participants contributed physical evidence of their interaction onto provided material with provided material. (This was initially intended to describe the connection individuals have regardless of who they are or where they are.)
  2.  The secondary exploration was intended to explore this initial idea further. I employed phenomenological research where the relation of ‘home and global social issues’ were pulled apart and questioned in a context relating to the disconnect between peoples. (The material provided in part 1. was introduced to the people who I worked with in San Francisco, and participants also contributed physical evidence of their interaction with it.)
  3. The final part of this project is to determine my understanding of correspondence between individuals who have a describable disconnect between each other. A disconnect, but dealing with similar issues of self in relation to the outside world, where the description of ‘home’ is descriptive of self, and ‘global social issues’ are descriptive of the outside, what others deal with. (The material provided in part 1. and part 2. to participants in Wellington and San Francisco will be introduced to participants at the first event held at RM Gallery on the 25th of July, participants will be invited to contribute physical evidence of their interaction onto the provided material, with provided mediums. In the second event , on the 27th of July. participants will take part in a ritual which was also undertaken in San Francisco.)

During this research residency period at RM I will be analysing my experience of the phenomenological research undertaken in San Francisco during my time at the Varda Artists Residency Program, 1st of May – 30th of June 2016.

Public Program:

Disconnected Correspondence AKLD #1.
// Mon 25 July, 6pm start. Silent ritual will continue for 120 minutes.

Participants will be asked to sign release forms allowing their likeness to be documented.

Participants will take part in a silent ritual where participants will be directed to silently contribute marks on the provided material (The same material provided to participants in part 1 and part 2.) with provided mediums, leaving physical evidence of their interaction with it. (The space needed on the gallery floor will be enough for the two works, approximately 4 x 3 m, with enough room for participants to move amongst each other.)

Disconnected Correspondence AKLD #2.

// Wed 27 July, 6pm start. Silent ritual will continue for 40 minutes.

Participants will be asked to sign release forms allowing their likeness to be documented.

Participants will take part in a silent ritual where participants will be directed to sit in three different groups in the gallery space, they will be participants in an exercise that was also undertaken while in San Francisco.

(It is recommended that the audience/participants come to both events.)

For more information on this project and an insight into my experience during part 2 of this project, you can look at my personal notes via my website.

A special thank you to Pyramid Club – P-Lab Talks (Wellington), VAR Program and France Dubois (San Francisco), RM (Auckland)