Friday, December 30, 2011

Journaling / Documenting as practice (some examples)

1. Nicholas Felton - annual Feltron Reports. The Feltron Reports document each year of Nicholas Felton's life through data, statistics, graphs, charts, and maps.

Nicholas Felton - From the Annual Feltron Report, 2009 (encounters with friends)

2. Kenneth Goldsmith - Fidget. "Fidget is a transcription of writer Kenneth Goldsmith's every movement made during thirteen hours on June 16, 1997 (Bloomsday)." full and interactive version, here. the following excerpts are from 10:00 and 18:00 respectively.
Eyelids open. Tongue runs across upper lip moving from left side of mouth to right following arc of lip. Swallow. Jaws clench. Grind. Stretch. Swallow. Head lifts. Bent right arm brushes pillow into back of head. Arm straightens. Counterclockwise twist thrusts elbow toward ceiling...

 * * * * *

...Exhale. Dart. Snort. Drop. Sit. Mumble. Quicken. Left. Right. Left. Cool. Walk. Gulp. Click. Smack. Draw. Loll. Dig Itch. Shudder. Sip. Tip Curl. Spit. Rest Hear. Smack. Smack. Click. Lick. Inhale. Follow. Walk. One. Two. One. Two. Reach. Scratch. Fidget. Pick. Burp. Bend. Up. Out. On. Blow. Wind. Bite. Cross. Scuttle. Twist. Turn. Bring. Tingle. Slide. Spit. Groove. Massage. Strike. Penetrate. Dig. Penetrate. Snort. Dig. Pass. Grab. Sigh. Lighten. Still. Pressure. Rush. Accentuate. Tuck. Raise. Gaze.
also fitting is Goldsmith's piece, Soliloquy - where he documented everything he said for a week.

3.  Roman Opałka - 1965 / 1 -
In 1965, in his studio in Warsaw, Opałka began painting nunbers from one to infinity. Starting in the top left-hand corner of the canvas and finishing in the bottom right-hand corner, the tiny numbers were painted in horizontal rows. Each new canvas, which the artist called a 'detail', took up counting where the last left off. Each 'detail' is the same size (196 x 135 cm), the dimension of his studio door in Warsaw. All details have the same title, "1965 / 1 – ∞"; the project had no definable end, and the artist pledged his life to its ongoing execution: 'All my work is a single thing, the description from number one to infinity. A single thing, a single life', 'the problem is that we are, and are about not to be'. (Wikipedia)
Roman Opałka - 1965 / 1 - ∞ (detail 1-35327) (tempera on linen) [n.d.]

4. On Kawara - One Millions Years. a two volume set of books. one volume lists the years from 1969 back in to the past one million years (998,031 BC to 1969 AD), the other lists one million years from 1993 AD to 1,001,992 AD.

 On Kawara - One Million Years (artist's book in two volumes) 1999

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