This Thursday will be the official start of my 3 months residency at x-church in Gainsborough. And I am truly excited about it! Not least because I have a beginning but can’t quite imagine what will happen during the three months. Residencies to me are usually full of ‘the unknown’ with partly predictable tracks and trails that only open up whilst being on the journey. But this one is different. In part this might be because I will try to collaborate with people and at the same time I also want to achieve a tangible and lasting outcome not only for me but also for the community. A lot to aim for in a short period of time.
Yet coming back to my starting point. It is simple and consists of a set of questions that go as follows: What does it mean to live in this particular neck of the wood? What does it mean to be a resident in general? As this is abstract yet concrete I will try first to get to know most of the people that are connected to x-church. Who knows? It might spiral out and end up mostly to be about what goes on outside the parameters of this lively hub in the community. I also indicated that I want to achieve a tangible outcome that functions not only for me as an artist but also for everyone who care to become part of this what I try to do. The idea I have at the moment is books. Printed books, one off books, zines, books for an audience of one or books to be viewed by many. This all depends on how it pans out, how many want to be involved and on what level. An unknown quantity. And that makes this project truly exciting too!
As some of you might know, I am not a book artist or publisher but an artist who works with photographs, moving image and sound. But, I have to confess, I suffer seriously not only from a love of seeing but also from an addiction to the printed matter.
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