[NetBehaviour] a short comment on Rich White's residency
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Jul 21 12:13:18 CEST 2005
hello Rich, & all,
Thank you to Rich for taking part in the Netbehaviour residency. You can
have a rest now, I bet poor ol' Jason was knackered himself after his
Both recent residencies have offered some pretty fascinating insights
regarding participation and how they 'kind of' touch on collaboration,
but not collaboration in a pure form (if there is such a thing), mainly
because they stem from an idea of one individual - the artist.
One of the elements that I enjoyed personally, about Rich's project on
this list was how it changed during the pace of time. Rich did not have
as much control over the residency as we all thought that he might have,
meaning that when one put's themselves on the line and bares a creative
process for all to see, amongst nearly 200 individuals, on a list. There
are all kinds of eyes watching and measuring according to their own
perceptions. It was an experiment, which does give a little freedom for
the artist, but it can also be overwhelming at the same time when one
realises what a commitment it actually is. Various interactions took
place that surprised Rich, which added a colourful flavour to the whole mix.
I was not surprised when Rich mentioned that he was disppointed with the
last image, because the residency was part of the work, without all that
involvement by others I feel that the art itself would be a static image
half alive, which of course is OK - but the whole experience for all
concerned had many factors that we all learned from which declared an
intensity that was rewarding because it was alive, via the generous
input from others users on the list.
So thanks again...
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