Monthly Archives: September 2017

Further thoughts on dust videos

The dust videos didn’t feel like an end result but do seem to have pointed in a new direction.

Firstly there is a kind of attraction to looking at them, an invitation to reverie.

Something Bachelardian going on here – flame of a candle etc.

Mobile texturolgies – Dubuffet.

There is the link with all the cultural meanings of dust – see the dust papers.  Campany’s history of photography.

Noise – something at the limits of vision.  Real or imaginary.

Dracula appears as dust motes at one point – link to the Gothic.

No sense of scale – emphasises the embodied nature of viewing.

Pure material in motion – a kind of experiment.

Motility – aliveness?

Flatbed processes

The flatbed process – started with fluid bed series in May.

A kind of intermedial testbed for ideas also leading to final work.

Extend to include a kind of inclusive drawing process where a horizontal strip of paper is used as a substrate – leading to a book, poster, film, score.

Camera on a gantry  (rostrum style) can be used to photograph areas of the strip, print on inkjet and then reincorporate into strip. Layered or 3D (model).  Link to architectural models.

Improvised process.

Camera could also be mounted on a motorised stage hung from gantry for shooting video and stop motion , animation.

Materials – laser cut birch ply, paper, rice paper, bamboo paper, acrylic etc.


Johan Knutson- Porvoo city museum


Apparently Knutson wanted to make mixed media paintings with sculptural elements but nobody wanted to buy them so he had to stop.

Be ahead of your time, but not too far…

I noticed in this painting that his dog is looking out of the window and at the same time grinding pigment with his paw on the pestle.