[SIC] – AN ENCOUNTER AT THE COURTYARD GALLERY, THE COLLECTION, LINCOLN OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2012
“Let’s talk of a system that transforms all the social organisms into a work of art, in which the entire process of work is included… something in which the principle of production and consumption takes on a form of quality. It’s a Gigantic project.”[i]
[sic] indicates that quoted words have been transcribed exactly as spelled or presented in the original source, complete with any erroneous spelling or other presentation. In this project wanted to take my studio as my ‘text’ and install it as a transcription of the studio in the Courtyard Gallery throughout October 2012.
The transcribed studio was a kind of performed activity and it occupied all of the gallery space and comprised various assemblages and constructions, neon lights and studio devices, purposefully informing the viewer that any mistakes or apparent errors in the transcribed material did not arise from transcription faults but had been repeated intentionally.
The piece was reproduced exactly as set down by the artist with the main intention being to indicate a new beginning and a revolutionary act.
[Sic] signalled itself as a work in progress and blurred the boundaries between the gallery space and the artwork, foregrounding a system that transformed all the social interactions in the space into the work of art, in which the entire process was included within the work.
Daniel Buren once said that it is in the studio that the artwork is closest to its own reality – beyond this place it is prone to endless manipulations, interpretations and vested interests.
In [sic] Itried to playfully question the perceived boundaries around the art object and made humorous comment on any institutional frameworks at large, drawing attention to my own mistakes, wrong turns, running repairs, wonky constructions and calamitous assemblages, emphasising erroneous logic in my own (futile?) attempts to resist the commodification of art.