The Origins of Things
The Origins of Things / As If Seeing You Clearly For the First Time
(REmida Perth end of residency display)
During my time at REmida I wanted to research how the materials I am drawn to are manufactured, learning about their properties, limits and links back to extractive industries. I was interested in working using spontaneous movement to directly respond to a select few objects from REmida’s material archive. Through playful and trivial acts of arrangement and movement, I engage in conversation with the materials. But do they want to talk to me and if so, what do they have to say?
The materials I ended up working with included bubble wrap, foam offcuts, bent aluminium poles and ridged poly pipes, all donated to REmida and made available for creative purposes. I wanted to approach these materials as if I were a child – with all my senses engaged and an open mind.
The actions documented in the videos and zines often show näive, failed attempts of ordering and controlling the materials and tend to therefore be about their uncontrollability – the materials own agency.
In reflection, these films tend to make me think of the current climate crisis and our reliance on materials drawn from extractive industries. By arranging these objects; by pushing and pulling and attempting to reign them in; I may be playing the role of a miner or perhaps just an exasperated individual.