Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Traces of Times Past - Angel Island Speed Shows

Traces of Times Past

Angel Island Speed shows
Temporary space occupations @ Angel Island’s Fort McDowell’s East Garrison,
South–East shore, 37.86˚N 122.43˚W

A squatter residency in 2 acts

“Traces of times past” are ephemeral performative drawing installations in a former hospital at Fort McDowell on Angel Island in the Bay of San Francisco.

The project is part of the evolving NIESATT drawing and multimedia hybridization project an evolving exploration of time and the process of exercising being. “Traces of times past” are reenacted, retracings of possible walking patterns in a once busy military hospital, using white letter-size paper to draw on floor-spaces, building lines that are connecting rooms, becoming aesthetic incisions in a morbid environment.  “Traces of times past” is a project that sees drawing as an activity rather then a product, emphasizing the process over the result.

The project consists of two ephemeral occupation sessions, each between one and two hours of continuous floor-work. "Traces of Times Past" is video and photo-documented, incorporating sounds and shapes of visitors checking out the space. This project is a disclosure of the artistic process for an unprepared audience. 

Session 1 - October 1st, 2013, 10:40 am – 11:55 am, sunny, light breeze,  21˚C
    - Approximately 10 visitors, no comment
    - Strong facial itching after the session, probably caused by mildew, dust and ancient skin cells.

 selected images from session 1- with the help of the wind

Session 2 – October 8th, 2013, 11:02 am – 12:33 pm, partly cloudy, windy, 19˚C
-       Approximately 20 visitors, laughter, one person said: “morons”
-       Worked partially with dust mask, no itching afterwards.

selected images from session 2 

"Traces of Times Past" derived from the "On old Path" project.