Drawings while visualising pathways to homes with closed eyes
by both the artist and the subject
This work involves the artist and her subject and took place in a space in Berlin that was neutral to both parts. They had never met before and did not know anything about one another prior to the project.
“In Use” explores daily improvisational exercises while one part of the participants is invisible and without agency within the decision making process. The artist had to sign a contract agreeing on the terms set by the subject.
Is a medium only a medium when in use?
What is a tool while not in use? When does a body become an instrument for someone else's use?
While creating boundaries for the contract, the subject is essentially in power. However, throughout the duration this entirely switches as he has no authority in terms of the actions during the five days. Although the subject is invisible, he is also the artist's medium and in focus.
The artist gave the subject various instructions each day that included collaborative, experimental cues for instance; drawing pathways to familiar places with closed eyes, mimicking and layering movements through a large screen, automatic writing and somatic movements. The artist also gave the subject her personal notebooks, sketchbooks and photographs stretching back ten years for him to re-appropriate, cut through and re-invent new connections with. The subject created a strategy of how to read and organise the artist's material. Cutting into photoraphs shows a violent rupture of the image and a remolding of what once was. Every action the subject and the artist undertook ended up on a large wall in the room of the space where they slept and worked throughout the duration of the five days.
A collaboration often involves many players, however it is usually solely one player who represents and gains credit for the work.