The Manifesto series proposes a politics of improvisation and action in order to address the relationship between the making of art, agency, contingency and event. Manifesto 3 … instead of partial object employed a method that explored the relationship between live action and the mediated image through juxtaposing action, object, image, and the temporary coincidences that occur in various spatial designations during the working process. This process first entailed gathering fragments of broken furniture and other items of everyday detritus on journeys made by foot made between various sites. These materials, chosen according to a process of chance and rules relating to manoeuvrability were then assembled, disassembled and reassembled in order to reduce identification to the objects original use and draw attention to the objects materiality. To reinforce the relationship to temporality, recordings of actions on video carried out during this process were also incorporated as material into the final installation, on site in the gallery. Commissioned for Densité ±0 and included a two-week residency through ENSBA. Manifesto draws upon the traditions of sculpture (constructivism, 1960s modernism) and assemblage, forging a relationship to transiency, particularly through the use of video. The ‘sculptural material’ is made up of objects found on the streets of London and the gallery in Paris. The ‘found materials’ are specifically chosen for their relationship to ‘domestic’ and ‘office’ furniture, which is then dismantled to reduce the identification of the objects’ specific use and to draw attention to the objects’ materiality. Re-worked at Fri-Art, responding to the particularity of the gallery space and by incorporating found materials in the gallery and the environment of Fribourg. It was further reworked at IMMA (2010) and Hollybush Gardens (2019).
Installation Photos © Hilary Knox