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By: Tamarin Norwood
Developing from an art writing residency at Modern Art Oxford, establishing a visual vocabulary of choreography, instruction and transcription. The residency has seen the creation of a new artist book and video installation as part of my ongoing investigation of the gaps between words and things, rules and games, intentions and accidents.
# 1 [23 December 2011]
Not close enough. And the pen moves.
# 2 [26 December 2011]
Better distance this time, but the resolution's all out.
# 3 [29 December 2011]
First draft with a very small 'matchstick' camera, fixed to the pen itself. It needs sound. And what happens when the pen comes away from the page?
# 4 [30 December 2011]
Making shapes: a kind of writing practice. But the pen's still in the way.
# 5 [31 December 2011]
Alright, the pen's moved now. Though it turns the paper upside-down. Nevertheless: here are three athletes.
Mind the stripe across the screen in this draft, the camera needs attention.
# 6 [1 January 2012]
Still more drawing for now.
# 7 [2 January 2012]
Can I omit the pen altogether?
# 8 [3 January 2012]
Look! No more pen.
Here's a photo of the setup I made today to match yesterday's diagram. The black matchstick looking up at the pen through the glass is the very very small video camera I'm using. I've made a (messy) wire and fabric clamp for the camera, to keep the camera entirely supported by the pen, which here is resting on the upper surface of the glass against a sheet of thin paper. The clamp keeps the pen and camera exactly in step with one another as I draw or write, so the position of the nib on the screen never changes.
The paper is just 50gsm and the pen is a heavy permanent marker, so the ink comes straight through the paper and is visible to the camera filming from underneath.
Below are a couple of videos experimenting with the new setup. The light quality is poor because it was evening by the time I got all this sorted out... I've yet to solve the problem of artificial lighting.
... And the little question of the MATTER. It always comes last.
# 9 [4 January 2012]
Here's another experiment with the new studio setup. Court markings.
# 10 [5 January 2012]
Writing exercises -