'You are to produce a piece of work no bigger than 20cm in any dimension.
This work should be a synthesis of your experiences and make a statement about yourself'.
Being open to new ideas that come naturally and spontaneously in a given 24 hr period, and which often represent a significant and unexpected departure from premeditated solutions was also significant to the making of this piece as shooting this film was not a premeditated act. Something in the way my reflection was appearing and disappearing in the glass panels of a building whilst out cycling caught my eye and resonated with the essence of my thinking around this project. Here I was shown a spontaneous solution to the visual representation of my thinking, where I was participating in the act of creation in more of a direct way and unselfconscious way.
I've noticed and become interested in the meditative quality that arises in my practice when I am directly documenting or interacting with the world around me and the present moment e.g. taking photographs, drawing from observation, or as with 'changing states' cycling on my bike and filming. Through these acts of recording, my experience is being directly mediated, I am present and my mind is clear, engaged and concentrated. In this instance I also become a tool of mediation with eyes that see and select and a mind that is able to make conceptual connections.
The process of deciding what to exhibit in the Mini Works show was also an interesting learning experience. Here I had the choice of either showing the book or the unedited film as the final piece. Through discussion with my class mates I decided on the book even though the film also has a potential I would like to develop. In this instance though, the film became the primary research and the selection of the frames and the making of the concertina was the development that resulted in the final piece.
As I was making the book it became clear that this particular form complimented the concepts behind the work and hopefully helped to communicate them. In particular the ideas around framing, repetition, absence and presence. Watching the film I became excited by the idea that time cannot not be measured in physical space and that therefore this 4th dimension had the potential to subvert the brief we had been given. I felt that this subversion was also manifest in the final piece as the concertina folded up or opened and leafed through as a two page book complied with the 20cm by 20cm restriction but if opened to it's full length, which represented the stop motion passage of time, it contravened this restriction. A physical contravention to represent the subversive nature of time.