Today we have focused just on the GoogleHangout Call Icons or Thumbnails where Maurice Carlin has given each ‘call’ a name. Maurice Carlin first started to use GoogleHangout as part of his practice 3 years ago as part of a residency with students from the Royal Academy. We later used it to document the Islington Mill residency at the Black-E in Liverpool during the Liverpool Biennial in 2014. Now as part of his current practice & process, his use of the Googlehangout creates an interesting perspective on the documentation of each day’s progress. This video features the 9 thumbnails capturing different angles of the days work laying down 100 sheets of white paper.
Maurice is using borrowed every available iPad, old laptop, webcam and phone available from artists across the building to give the 9 views that the googlehangout conference call produces. In Day 3’s documentation the devices drop out more regularly and the overall quality of the images is more fuzzy but all of this is part of the work.
‘Publishing’ the space via the online streaming of the production of the work was always an integral part of the ‘Performance Publishing’ series of works that Morry began in 2013. An idea of a ‘public’ being formed around the common experience of a time, place, an artwork or a set of ideas or information presented in a way we process in someway formed the conjoined pillars of the analogue and digital in Maurice work.
The limitations and qualities of digital streaming or publishing has always been a key part of the performance publishing works. While Facebook and our access to the internet has enabled us to self publish all aspects of our lives like never before, it also raises a question about the quality of the information we receive. What have we really experienced when we watch a YouTube clip of a performance or ephemeral event? What happens to your perception of space and scale when you stream a 10,000 soft warehouse and then experience it on a phone screen smaller than the palm of your hand?
How much information is lost, what is the quality of the experience, from what view point are we seeing the work, and what is the difference between seeing it first hand and seeing it digitally?
Temporary Custodians of Islington Mill 2018 – 2028
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