April, 2010 Core Group Meeting
April, 2010 Core Group Meeting
and Continuing Discussion
On April 20, 2010, the core group of the Evolving Systems Project will be meeting with Peter Rose, a Philadelphia artist now working largely in video, to explore the relation between his work and aspirations and themes that have emerged in group conversations to date. Among these are the constructedness of experience and its relation to understanding, the relation between individual and cultural understandings, the multiplicity of understandings both interpersonal and intrapersonal, and the implications of these things for both art and intellectual activity .
Some relevant reflections of Peter Rose on his own work include
"Some of us work in a proximate relation with our intended audiences, speaking familiar languages so that the archetypes of our culture may be recognized; and some work out a self-creating interiority from which, if we are lucky, we bring back the shape of a newly imagined alphabet of feeling. I find myself oscillating between these two agendas and find the dialectic a productive one, a reflection of the complex, contradictory nature of our times." ...
from Peter Rose Picture
I like Eddington's remark - Arthur Eddington, the astronomer - "The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it's stranger than we can imagine." To the extent that semiotics or Marxism or any other systematic approach has as its goal the reduction of things and events to known categories, I see myself as adopting a subversive stance, trying to reveal either the edges of that discourse, you know, or to reveal what's underneath it, to try to open up some spaces
I think it's always a bit foolish to talk about what I'm doing. You have to realize that I don't really have an agenda, and that the pseudo-agendas I create for myself usually evaporate before the project is over. That is, the internal dialogues which I conduct with myself while making the work have no credibility for me two years later. They are simply scaffolds that I use to construct the work and which fold away after the project's been launched.
That being said, I can affirm an interest in simultaneity, in paradox, in complexity; an interest in teaching an audience the rules of certain games and in exploring, with that audience, the implications of those rules. I'm - interested in setting up these systems -visual, conceptual, linguistic- whose laws are known but which somehow get out of hand, that have unexpected implications- a life of their own-and that affirm, however metaphorically, the existence of something outside of a reductive materialism, that affirm the spirit.
Excerpts from an interview in "Opsis"
When I enter my studio, I enter a space filled with the contradictory, clamoring voices of past and future selves, a space inhabited by images, sounds, questions, pleasures and ideas that catalyze one another in unpredictable ways and that come to constitute a space of imaginary being. It is to this internal, living community of influences that I demonstrate my loyalty, to which I bear responsibility, and from which I derive my satisfactions. I do not feel the obligation to demonstrate such fealty to anything less fictional.
I can imagine remembering the past as if it were the source of a series of actions, emanating from some region wide beside the edge of sense and moving, as if by refraction, into the present and beyond.
Or-remembering a past in which I imagined a future from which I might remember that past-and so attempting to consubstantiate the process of time itself in a single act of awareness.
But no-it goes beyond this - beyond any mere image or metaphor. It is like a wind, a presence that enters after some invisible journey, drawing strength and paradox from the appearance of accidental synchronization, chance alignment, strange agreements.
A meeting summary
Continuing discussion (below)