A place of gloop as a space for becoming...

Hamblin, F. ORCID: 0000-0003-4349-0604, 2018. A place of gloop as a space for becoming... In: 9th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research: Artistic Research Will Eat Itself, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, 11-13 April 2018.

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Abstract

This film explores golden syrup as an artistic material, one that is viscous, visceral, glistening, its lusciousness enveloping flesh through its sticky, sweet intensity. Developed during an artistic residency as part of Summer Lodge at Nottingham Trent University in July 2017, ‘Gloop’ was an experimental space, a darkened room, inhabited by vessels of golden gloop, where participants were invited to explore, play and discuss. Reactions ranged from disgust to delight, syrup in glorious fluid motion, oozing, slurping, spreading, transforming, travelling, becoming…looking for crevices, resisting, seeping, escaping capture. How does syrup imply action, seeking to choreograph performative movements, sounds and explorations? How can we leave the space unchanged? How can we leave unsoiled?

How can material engagement enable a process of becoming in artistic research? How can gloop embody duration and motion, provoking emergence and regeneration? ‘To exist is to change…to go on creating oneself endlessly.’ (Bergson, 1911:7)

Gloop as an event, was an invitation; a visceral experience; improvisational, collaborative performance; fodder for the camera; incubator for future work, an act of gathering and becoming. The space held shared, observed, and private moments, through the ebbs and flows of activity. Gloop as a film is part documentation, part experimental film, exploring the role of the digital eye and ear in looking in, capturing, obscuring experience.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Description: Presented as a film and a paper.
Creators: Hamblin, F.
Date: April 2018
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 09 Jul 2019 13:32
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2019 15:01
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37059

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