Photograph by Miranda Driscoll

                                                                                                                                               Photograph by Miranda Driscoll

One hour performance/installation/text titled Trance-Form, as part of an event called Space of Appearance by Ncad Masters 'Art in the Contemporary World' class with Vaari Claffey (2013). More information on the event here. 

'Space of Appearance is a two-day event of discussion, performance and exhibition concerned with examining the value of objects as artworks and the thought processes that such examinations might provoke. Space of Appearance refers to Jan Verwoert’s use of the term to describe moments where a group might convene with “shared intuitions…to make something appear…and create a moment of artistic and intellectual significance”. This one-off event will open up the decision-making processes that inform an exhibition at the Joinery and, in Verwoert’s terms, allow participating individuals to address the issue “together in ways not solicited by the usual structures of authority”. '

On the 7th of February, a live event involved invited participants to 'whittle down thirty-two objects down to one via five fast-paced rounds of discussion.' The evening also involved readings and screenings. 

On the 10th of February each participating artist/curator took the object selected by from the first part of the event and 'curated' it for an hour in the gallery. 

In Trance-Form the chosen object is activated with a poetic text inspired by Georges Bataille in his essay The Cruel Practice of Art. The invocatory text was printed in the event program in the place of an explanation of what was to occur. 


Deep in its interior,

What dreams of ashy origin,

stir the shadows of its end,

what flickers back and forth

between withdrawn and unseen?

Consume tomorrow's order

Exhaust desire's ruin

And when the trap is opened,

Let the bait transcend.  



                                                                                                                                                   Photograph by Miranda Driscoll

                                                                                                                                                   Photograph by Miranda Driscoll

                                                                                                                                                 Photograph by Miranda Driscoll 

                                                                                                                                                 Photograph by Miranda Driscoll 

The performance involved a voudou inspired rhythm created from the selected object, in this case a marionette, which played for the duration of the event. The marionette was placed in a configaration with wood and ashes to evoke an imagining of its birth and death.