I wrote an explanation of this thing I was thinking of doing and was happy with it for a while. Then I wasn’t happy with it. So I wrote it again. Then I wrote too much. Then I said to much. Then I had to edit. Still not happy. So here I am writing again, trying to explain and quantify what I am trying to do.
Here’s the thing I wrote.
Art experience changes your mind over time.
Standing in front of an artwork we think and feel something.
Afterward, we think and feel something else.
We make sense of.
We exhaust meaning
to move on.
dub_sessions is an audio-visual experiment that makes this cycle of interpretation explicit as a temporal duet. Recorded on-the-spot thoughts and feelings are intermixed with carefully pronounced thoughts and feelings that come much later.
I am asking (as a writer on art) what happens to my first visceral thoughts and feelings and judgments as soon as I leave the artwork behind. As soon as I allow other voices, both critical and censored, to enter the mix.
As soon as I sleep on it.
Ultimately, dub_sessions questions the value of that most fluent and fluid and sometimes deceptive editor, Time.
So. This thing called dub_sessions I’m thinking of developing are matter-of-fact, off-the-cuff, tiptoe revisions of writing, thinking and talking about art. It’s not about verbally meandering or compiling endnotes. ‘Perhaps’ and ‘maybe’ are out of the question. ‘Great’ and ‘incredible’ never sully my lips. It’s about standing in front of an artwork or artworks and really looking. Then it’s about taking that experience of looking and recording my thoughts and feelings and criticisms in audio and writing at different intervals in time. Finally it’s a case of putting all this stuff together and hacking out the excess to get to the nub of the matter.
All of what I’ve said here will probably be revised but that’s the point, I think.