An assistant is a person (or by extension a device) that helps another person accomplish their goals

Bearspace in association with Peer Sessions, presents an exhibition project entitled The Assistant. From 14th-29th May and 4th-19th June exhibitions will pair up an emerging artist, who will create the artwork, with an established artist who will instruct them. The established artist will send the emerging artist, or assistant, a list of rules one month prior to the exhibition opening, rules which will detail how the established artist wishes the work to be created and/or installed. This blog contains updates on their progress whilst a parallel page collects discussions around the idea of being an assistant and stories shared by other 'assistants' across the arts.

Friday, 30 April 2010

Kate- work in progress 2

So far I have created a text through writing, borrowing and re-writing texts from several different sources and perspectives, and combining them. I guess at this stage I don’t want to say too much more about the content, other than it draws on my interests and concerns but frames them in a new way, so am finding the project productive and useful through having to take risks and stepping into new territory. It seems at the moment that this is going to result in one work, quite possibly a split screen video projection, made up of these combined elements of text, that will be relayed through performance, audio and text. So I am currently spending time filming and will be about to start editing.

Foster Wallace’s influence is definately in the work, hopefully both through how the piece is put together, but also in an overt reference to one of his characters. I’ve not had any further intervention or instruction from Maria Fusco so have just been getting on with developing the work and hoping that it will do both Maria and Foster Wallace justice!

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