CO·ACT

 

[rare] act together, as of organisms

CO·ACT is a symbiotic work, a series of scenes, of acts that form a dialogue between artisans as a textu[/r]al exposition. The process itself will broaden the horizons of each participant, as they evolve together in a mutual experience:

“As organic evolution was brought about by interbreeding, so our further cultural evolution today will come about through broad scale ‘interthinking’. There must be feedback to our central scale of values from the new vistas that confront us in the scientific, technological fields. Our senses need to bridge these vistas and catch their human overtone and undertones. Using our extraordinary vision, we can fashion such bridges.”

— György Kepes, Structure in Art and in Science, 1965

The physical act is presented as a visual abstraction. A dusty haze falls over the frame like a cracks opening into an archaeological finding. Macroscopic views slow down cognitive function and “destabilise rational thought, so that a new subjectivity can come into being” (Cooke, 2016). Archaic methods are applied to a conceptual field. Modern capabilities reveal a primitive sentiment. Bridging disciplines and epochs, time and technique are explored on one tangent.

 

Artist and artist: reframing, reforming—building rapport. In their joint creation, they carve a semiotic space in which tangibility and humanity are contemplated.

 
 

 

CO·ACT ]  |  WEAVE

 

 

To reconsider the items that pass through our hands everyday, one must understand the origin of its process to appreciate the time, skills and craft involved. To explore fabric, the fibres, we can look deeply into the heritage of a dying art that was once was so integral to people’s lives.

 

Through retracing the memory of Bunica, a Romanian weaver and grandmother with a history that bridges the industrial revolution, we can understand the true worth of a single piece of fabric. Threads form a line of communication that between generations as the fabric forms a physical manifestation of her past recollections weaving kilometers of fabric. As a process it has an eternal quality that is imbued with tradition and legacy. In an age of instantaneous demand, the exploration of patience and tangibility can be viewed as a silent protest to retain the value of the hand at work.

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