Archival Alchemy

August 15, 2014

This week, I performed the intentions that are currently relevant to me at Ufer studios in Berlin as a part of the Transart summer residency, in a workshop on Archive and The Document to a group of about 20 or so other artists. I sat on a small brown armchair low to the ground with my legs crossed. In one hand I held a pile of ripped up pieces of note paper, and in the other I held a pair of barbers scissors. I would read the intentions out, and periodically, when the feeling took me, I would cut a piece of hair, and place it in a pile in front of me. The performance script is below. 



I intend not to dump on my flatmate over breakfast.


I intend to do at least an hour of meditation every day.


I intend to do yoga every morning.


I intend to keep on top of my accounts and quarterly taxes.


I intend to write those four letters. 


I intend to get the flat tyre on the bike I borrowed fixed.


I intend to replace the bananas I ate.


I intend to fall in love and have a family.


I intend to lose 1/8 of my body weight.


I intend to nurture a daily writing practice.


I intend to update my website.


I intend to turn green waste into compost.


I intend to fertilise the garden bi-annually. 


I intend to grow my own veggies.


I intend to be kind to absolutely every person I meet.


I intend to own less things.


I intend to sleep outdoors.


I intend to be more active in the life of my goddaughter.


I intend to have good intentions behind every action, breath, move and interaction I make. 


I intend to visit my old friend in jail.


I intend to hang three pictures in my lounge room.


I intend to buy a house.


I intend to write reflective pieces on my performance work thoroughly and consistently.


I intend to come to terms with my use of aesthetics in my art practice.


I intend to develop an engaged and meaningful life practice.


I intend to keep up my exercise routine when I travel.


I intend to support my creative community at home while I am abroad.


I intend to thank Klaus, again. 


I intend to get new lenses in my glasses.


I intend to cut my hair.




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