Notes on : an Urge to Fly

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This piece

A dynamic

Kinetic piece

(when you wind it up)…

Is a reflection on

The idea of

Flight and

The fact that we

live in a

universe where

things can take to

the air up

there

and for a brief

time

fly….

 

What is this

Tendency in the

Universe?

 

This work

Considers the possibility

That the underlying

Mechanical

Tendency of

An urge to fly

Is locked in

The simple structure

Of an old

Burnt out

Coffee pot

Driving

The

Rotation

of a

Wooden

Household

Peg…

And this

Is the very

Basis of

Flight

Where the

Coat hanger

Fledgling

Gets

Occasionally

Nudged to

Consider the

Possibility of

Taking to the

sky

fragile bird

This morning while I was

Trying to make

A genetic mutant

Of a mug and

A bird

Realizing how

Inadequate my

Knowledge of

Sticking broken

Things together

is

Realizing

That is

Why I must

I must

I must

Stick broken things

Together to make

New things..

 

Take parts of blood pressure

Monitors and mutate them

Into frames for

Tributes to Rene

Thom

Here mutants arise not only

Because their forms changed so

Much,

But their environment

Became something

Completely new and unexpected

 

In all this struggle

I realise its

Love I’m looking

For

 

And I come at it with

An underlying belief

That its mechanism

Is encoded in the

Underlying architechture

Of the universe

And all the forms

And machine

And odd bits

I assemble are trying to

Reveal that mechanism

In some uncertain

And fragile and awkward…

Because it has to grab on to

Bits that are sticking out

In this jagged world

To reveal itself

 

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Notes on the machine

A key component of my art

is the lo-techness of it

in the drawings / paintings

and in the

repurposed

machines

in our world the

supremacy of the machine

they are perfect.. they direct our

direction

they have none of our beautiful

imperfections

they are designed and built with

the purpose of what they are

meant to do.. in mind.

 

Evolution – and certainly the

Way we work – doesn’t

Work like that…

The wing as an idea on

Birds didn’t start out as

A wing.. its ancestral form

Did something else

In an extinct dinosaur

Its role was

Cooling

It then evolved into this higher

Form on its happy

accident

through time

 

My machines are a bit

Like that – they need to

Laugh at themselves, as to

What they find themselves now

Doing in their new environment

Their maker is no genius

Craftsman

He has

No clear idea and sense of

Outcome in mind

When

Tinkering

And as such the

Extant machine –

In its present form –

Cobbled together with

Old record players

And umbrella bones

And ideas stolen from

Laundry pegs-in its

Present form

Is no perfect thing

But it is optimal for

Whatever it finds itself

Doing / DO-ING.

Change

While trying to get to the root of what I am interested in.. I thought what it must be is change…. Change is at the heart of all phenomena… whether it is the slow steady time scale of geology and evolution. Or whether it is the rapid time scale of these words darting across the face of my computer.. all of this inexorably changes the world we live in.. even the passage of time… time is only the change of an aspect of an event… if nothing changes relative to something else there is no time… My first love… how forms have evolved over the course of evolution is the change that I am fascinated by… what lies beneath these changes…? Are there underlying formulae or processes… which are encoded in the universal architecture that bring about inevitable forms… what lies at the heart of Change? and can I build this process in my lab studio…?

 

The Biologicals 03/10/2016

My new project is taking me in the direction of thinking about how living forms have evolved.. what are the underlying ideas of living forms.. and more importantly can I show –

by building a machine..

how these forms / ideas

may evolve..

is it possible to build into the structure of a machine

the ideas /

a biological heart –

that can beat

in my lab and

evolve ideas

about forms..

and forms themselves…

 

I am experimenting using the short form of the blog to help me communicate (and consolidate the ideas for me.. and you.. as I go along

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