[NetBehaviour] Freddie Robins: How to make a piece of work when you’re too tired to make decisions.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Oct 17 14:43:42 CEST 2005
*Freddie Robins: How to make a piece of work when you’re too tired to
Freddie Robins has generously given permission to publish this text
about one of knitting pieces here. This is a textbook case of a
generative system, with performative qualities that resembles Fluxus
compositions (i.e. “draw a straight line and follow it”). The text is
copyright Freddie Robins, and is NOT covered by the Creative Commons
license that applies to the rest of this blog. Check out her newly
launched web site for more goodies.
“How to make a piece of work when you’re too tired to make decisions.”
2004. Woollen yarn, dress pins, (knitting machine, table, chair, die and
This piece of work was conceived of during the first few months of my
daughter’s life when I was lying in bed, over tired but unable to sleep.
I knew that when I did manage to make work again it would no longer be
possible for me to approach it in the same way that I had before. My
studio practice was built on continuity of time and thought, which was
no longer available to me. My work is technically challenging and even
during my pregnancy I had found it increasingly difficult to make the
necessary decisions, let alone do the required mathematical equations.
For sometime prior to this I had also been considering how I might go
about making abstract pieces, up until this time all my work has been of
a figurative nature. My work had also been increasing in scale and I
wanted this to continue. With much less time available to me the only
way that this was possible was to make smaller components which, when
placed together, would form a large work. This piece aimed to address
all of the above. It took the decision making away from me and let it
rest on the throw of a dice. It also enabled me to make pieces of work
in very short periods of time where continuity of time or thought was
not necessary. I could make work when I was tired or even give the dice
and instructions to someone else and they could make it for me, no
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