Over the last two days, I have been able to make initial attempts at two performance actions. One of which I have been mulling over for at least a few months while I initially considered the other when we first arrived at the Mill.
The first, which I am calling ‘Puddle Piece’ for the meantime, initially began as a sort of conceptual joke to myself and involved the moving of a puddle from one place to another. I initially conceived the idea as an exploration of ‘the uncanny’ but never thought that it would be relevant within the Crash context.
Having bottled up the first puddle (the Mill puddle) on Tuesday, I headed into town on Wednesday in search of an equivalent (of sorts) in Brierfield town centre. After identifying an appropriate puddle, I headed back to the Mill, gathered my things and made my way to the puddle where, filmed by Ben and photographed by Tom, I swapped the two puddles, bottling up the town’s.
Performing whilst being knowingly documented isn’t something I’m used to but, as Ben offered to film the action, I thought I should give it a go. The resulting piece of footage is very far from what I expected and a lovely piece of footage. However, I’m concerned that the HD audio and video quality turn the film into the artwork, rather than the artwork being the performance itself. Despite this, the footage will be incredibly useful and will massively assist with both funding and MA applications.
The second piece, that I performed on Thursday and is untitled, came out of a desire to get ‘in’ the Mill in some way. On the first, I walked past a hole in the wall on the 3rd of the Mill about 8 feet from the ground. Perfectly head shaped, the hole presented a great opportunity to truly get inside the Mill. Having borrowed a harness from Paul the site manager, I experimented with a variety of ways in which I could hoist myself up on the wall, suspending myself above the ground with my head in the hole. It took a surprisingly long time to adjust the harness and lanyard length in order to suspend myself at the right height for the hole. However, in the end, I managed to get to just the right height and hung from the wall for a couple of minutes at a time on multiple occasions. The resulting photographs were helpful as they demonstrated that my positioning on the wall was slightly uneven and the harness (which I had hoped to mostly conceal beneath my clothes) was fairly obvious. However, I enjoyed the performance and I’m looking forward to being able to tweak a version of it in the future.