Thursday 16th August, 2018
A systematic operation focused on constructing Time in all its modes (The past, present and future) captured through informative recordings of data
Primary Scientific Time Data (PSTD) #1
Cotton mesh, Wood stain, Tanking slurry, Mortar plasticiser, Varnish, Gloss, Emulsion paint, Masonry paint, Acrylic, Matt paint, Gloss paint
A brief overview into the designed titles for this work and (PSTD) #2 & #3
Primary – stands for information found and collected by the investigator who has conducted the event. In this case me as the artist I am the author and the conductor. I have organised, devised and structured this operation, and it is me who imprints and ingrains information to the surface.
Scientific – represents information collected using specific methods, for exact purposes of studying or analysing. In connection to this work information is collected under specific and rigorous methods and guidelines, all of which are structured under a devised plan and operation, linked to a cycle based from the notion of time. How much data is found within the allotted time for the day. This is recorded in a Time Record Sheet which documents how many working hours has gone into the gathering and measuring of data for a specific day. All my works evolve from an experiment where materials elements and surfaces are put through a process which are attached to foreign and unknown formulas. Whatever enters the process is instantly taken away from its original function, and put in a system which opens up new approaches into investigating, documenting and recording. Aspects of chance, the unpredictable and unexplained possibilities are heightened during this stage in the process, as I am never sure what will happen, if it will work and even if it will last.
Time – suggests the conceptual framework in this work, which originates from the constructed Time Record Sheets. The aspect of time guides the operation and helps support each staged process. This idea of time arrived from my life as a supporting builder, where everything on site is done to clockwork. I wanted to feed the same working ethic into this system which is built around much organization. The Time Record Sheets can illustrate this theory and can also relate to something known as Real – Time Data, which is when data is recorded and tracked in a graph or data sheet as soon as it has entered the system – or in this case implanted onto the surface.
Data – is information that has been translated into a form that is efficient for movement or processing. The units of data which are collected are measured and continue to grow as each amount of data stored continues to evolve in the system. This work tries to inform through a description of findings which are constantly in a state of developing, this is achieved once the given surface has undergone a process of mixing which reforms its original consistency. It is at this stage when data is picked up through the medium of paint which highlights and amplifies any given change. This shapes a visual form to the surface, all built up from lines, bars and patterns of colour. The information found gives knowledge to me, as I have to firstly investigate to understand what has happened, before adding my own transcription of informed data. This then gives the viewer an account of what has materialized and developed, as well as depicting a link to constant advancements over time.
Photos which show documentation from an initial introduction stage, and the working period of stages 1 & 2
From Tuesday 01st May to Friday 10th August – This time period accounted for the mixing process, dunking technique, tying and the drying stage, the investigation phase and the capturing and recording performance of informing (data). – Working exercise (Investigating, Capturing and Recording (Informed Data) of the reformed surface – Time cycle 9:30am – 17:30pm – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
(Stage 2) With a 1 Hour break at 13:30pm. (Investigating, Capturing and Recording (Informed Data) of the reformed surface after the (Unknown process) has been disconnected.
Time cycle sporadic – work with as much time possibly allocated to me – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. (Stage 3) With a 1 Hour break at 13:30pm
During (Stage 3) Time will be uniformed and set accordingly to (PSTD #1) and (PSTD #2) – One working day on one work with the following day on the other work.
This was achieved in my Farnham studio at the UCA.
Time record sheet
Tuesday 01st May – Friday 10th August
The initial materialization of the (Unknown Process) – (The Mixing process, Dunking technique & Documentation stage) – Integrating the materials and elements – Cotton mesh, Wood stain, Tanking slurry, Mortar plasticiser, Varnish, Gloss, – Stage 1 (Data) – (Carried out in UCA studio, Farnham, Surrey)
• Tuesday 01st May – 09:30am – 10:00 am – (Mixing process, Dunking and Tying technique) + (Documentation stage)
• Tuesday 01st May – From 10:00am – 09:30am Wednesday 02nd May (Drying Stage)
The start of recording and amplifying all (Projected) + (Concave) Shifts made to the reformed surface – Ivory black acrylic + Brick red & Buttercup Masonry paint used for informing the (Projected shifts) and Brilliant white Matt paint used for informing the (Concave shifts) Stage 2 (Raw and Historical Data Information) – (Carried out in UCA studio, Farnham, Surrey)
• Wednesday 02nd May – Start of exercise at 09:30am – 1 Hour break 13:30pm – 14:30pm – End of exercise 17:30pm (Projected shifts informed on reformed surface)
• Thursday 03rd May – Start of exercise 09:30am – 11:20am (Stopping the exercise at this time because I am supporting Marija Rudgalvyte with her photography project.) (Concave shifts informed on reformed surface)
• Thursday 03rd May – Exercise resumes at 12:15pm – 1 Hour break 13:30pm – 14:30pm – End of exercise 17:30pm (Concave shifts informed on reformed surface)
• Friday 04th May – Documentation stage Starts at 09:30am (1st stage) lasts 4 minutes – (2nd Stage) lasts 5 minutes
• Friday 04th May – Mixing process, Dunking and Tying technique starts at 09:42am and ends at 09:55am – Drying stage starts and ends when exercise resumes on the next working day
• Saturday 05th May – (No work achieved) – Studio at UCA closed for the weekend
• Sunday 06th May – (No work achieved) – Studio at UCA closed for the weekend
• Monday 07th May – (No work achieved) – Studio at UCA closed due to today being a bank holiday
• Tuesday 08th May – Start of exercise at 09:30am – 1 Hour break 13:30pm – 14:30pm – (Had to stop exercise at 16:25pm due to tutorial with Tom Dale.) (Projected shifts informed on reformed surface)
• Tuesday 08th May – Exercise resumes at 16:35pm – End of exercise 17:30pm (Projected shifts informed on reformed surface)
• Wednesday 09th May – Start of exercise at 09:30am – 1 Hour break 13:30pm – 14:30pm – End of exercise 17:30pm (Concave shifts informed on reformed surface)
• Thursday 10th May – Start of exercise at 09:30am – 1 Hour break 13:30pm – 14:30pm – End of exercise 17:30pm (Projected shifts informed on reformed surface)
This extract gives an insight into how Stages 1 & 2 were performed and activated
Mixing, Dunking and Tying (Process, Technique, Stage)
Carried out (On the Friday) at the end of each working week, unless stated otherwise.
Connected from 3 points one week, and 5 points the following week, this created a unique transformative suggestion within the surface.
At the end of the mixing process, dunking technique and tying stage on the Friday, the surface was left to dry for the remainder of the day and into the weekend (Saturday & Sunday) when the studio was closed.
The exercise of investigating and recording new information (data) is activated again on the Monday of the following week.
Investigation, Documentation and Recording System – Also known as storing new information (Data)
Application stage of providing new information (Data) – From Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at (Farnham UCA) between 9:30am – 17:30pm each day (Unless stated otherwise – This referred to any potential interruption, for example when I am on the building site instead of working in the studio, or if I had an engagement I could not avoid.)
Application stage of providing new information (Data) – From Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at (Farnham UCA), In a time structure which was sporadic. What was most important was how I used all time available each day (Stage 3). (Unless stated otherwise – This referred to any potential interruption, for example when I am on the building site instead of working in the studio or if I had an engagement I could not avoid.)
The objective I set myself was to try and find new changes made within the reformed surface by amplifying every Projected and Concave shift. This represented (Raw & Historical data) for stage 2 and gave indication to every Projected and Concave shift which represented (Stored data) for (Stage 3). This was done within a set time frame for each working day when in the studio at UCA for (Stage 2). This was completed on alternate days – For example, in this work Wednesday 02nd May started with informing new Projected shifts, whilst the following day Thursday 03rd May I informed the Concave shifts and so on. If there was a day I had to surrender for this operation the next available day was issued to either the Projected shifts or the Concave shifts. This would be the same for (stage 3) but without any set time structure.
I allowed myself an hour’s break in each working day. This was when I would take lunch linking this to my life as a supporting builder, however I was not able to set the exact time frame which is 13:00pm – 14:00pm, because of having to amend my working cycle. However I was keen to still work with an 8 hour working day, so a lunch break for this work started at 13:30pm and end at 14:30pm. This did not include Friday because this was dedicated to just the mixing, dunking, and tying process, technique and stage.
As well as documenting my own imprinting of primary sourced data information by highlighting and amplifying all (Projected) and (Concave) shifts found on the reformed surface I also embedded recognizable data symbols which fitted in with the operative system for these works.
• Start Symbol – Also known as the Terminator symbol, this symbol represented the start points of a data document. In reference to this work the information was carried out marking the starting point of the reformed surface. I used Brilliant White Matt Paint which was a media used during the first stages of imprinting information – When the operative system started. Gloss paint was added to mark the end of the operation.
• Process Symbol – Also known as the Action Symbol. This symbol represented the first insertion of this data symbolization, before it got taken over by the Stored data symbol. It also referenced the (Unknown Process), as all action which materialized was before any investigation . I Used Brilliant White Matt Paint as a media, as this was used during the first stages of imprinting information – When still in the system of processing.
• Stored Data Symbol – Also known as Data Storage. This data symbol was used to display the act of non-removal, fixed data. This was carried out using both Purple Gloss and Bright Yellow Gloss paint. This was only added after the inclusion of the process symbol, in order to show this act of a data symbol which has a higher status which cannot be removed.
Photos which show documentation from Stage 3
All of these symbols will collaborate, correspond and collide with my own transcription of unique data coding!
Raw Data and Historical Data
Media used for amplifying Projected shifts
Acrylic tube paint, applied with a size 3, 6, 10 and 30 brush
Media used for amplifying Projected shifts
Masonry paint from a tub, applied with a size 3, 6, 10 and 30 brush
Media used for amplifying Concave shifts
Matt paint from a tin applied with a 3, 6, 10 and 30 brush
Media used for amplifying Projected and Concave shifts & Data Flow Symbols
Gloss paint from a tub, applied with a size 3, 6, 10 and 30 brush
Brilliant White Matt paint
Purple Gloss Finish
Bright Yellow Gloss Finish
Photos which displays (PSTD) #1 in a finalised position