[NetBehaviour] Freddie Robins: How to make a piece of work when you’re too tired to make decisions.

marc 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 
make decisions.*

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 
Dimensions variable.

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 
pattern necessary!



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