C7 McGuirk, Sperryn-Jones: Making Art: “Becoming, Change and Passing Away”

Tom McGuirk, Joanna Sperryn-Jones

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A short collaborative contribution (circa 15 minutes) consisting of a reading, video, and experiment. A blog containing a multimedia mix of documentation; writing, images, video. An online discussion on Zoom

This proposal addresses the call for proposals theme: “pleasure and playfulness in performance and improvisation.”

Our proposal will consist of a short collaborative contribution (circa 15 minutes) consisting of a reading, video, and experiment. It will challenge the persistent conception of art making as the construction of a permanent, fixed entity. It will present a practice based experiment emphasising impermanence and improvisation. Our presentation will present work against a background environment characterised by impermanence and improvisation and will therefore happen initially with Tom McGuirk in North Wales and Jo Sperryn-Jones at York, however, circumstances may later allow physical engagement.

According to Nietzsche (1888) philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle rejected “the testimony of the senses” because they showed “multiplicity and change,” whereas that argument is inverted by the Heraclitus, for whom the senses produce a false impression of “permanence and unity.” However according to Nietzsche it is “Reason,” and not our senses, that causes “falsification” including; “the lie of unity, the lie of thinghood, of substance, of permanence” whereas the senses are truthful, rejecting permanence, they reveal the ultimate reality of “becoming, passing away, and change.”

With regard to the making of art Charles Baudelaire (1863), identified in modern art an engagement with “the ephemeral, the fugitive, the contingent, the half of art whose other half is the eternal and the immutable.”

Our proposal will address how art making relates to Nietzsche’s truths of “becoming, change and passing away.”

Our practice based project, will involve making work cooperatively but at a distance,subsequently relinquishing authorial control over these works and subjecting them to change and ultimately to destruction. We will record our making processes, send work by post to each other for change and ultimately destruction. This process will be recorded through photography and video. This will be presented online. Accompanying this will be an ongoing written and later recorded dialogue between the participants, comprising a narrated reflection on this process and its meaning. This project will evolve as the environment changes.