Archive for the ‘Performance’ Category

2012 / Dialogues

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

I was going through earlier work, and was pleased to all the work I had made in 2012, in my second year of University. most of those things I’d never posted here, I assume because some I never finished properly (a series of clay heads), and some I thought were too personal (the Dialogues). I made a lot that year. Also a lot of drawings/rubbings, wood carving, and the performances I, at the time, called Monologues (they were made after these Dialogues).

I’ve made a web site for the Dialogues, and I might make a general 2012 one to link all those works together.

You can reposition the video windows by dragging them with your mouse.

http://ryliejamesthomas.com/dialogues.html

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

I’ve been making more of these types of things over the last couple of days, and these are the two I’m happiest with. I’m looking forward to playing more of Worlds: a near-abandoned mid-90s virtual chat room thing with a lot of now-broken corporate advertising embedded.

Outer Wilds

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Let’s Play: Destroy Your Home

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Today I recorded myself playing Juliette Porée’s Destroy Your Home — a ‘Let’s Play’, they’re typically called. It’s a simple game built around Unity‘s built-in physics, the goal being to destroy your home, which is built of uncertainly stacked discrete objects. It’s the kind of game I like, more toy than game, a space for making your own games. These videos are me playing with this approach; playing, sculpting, performing—.

I would like to write more about these types of games/toys, and I have an empty Tumblr blog reserved for the purpose. I would also like to make more, and make more videos like this.

Seven, and Eight

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

I think my face is beginning to have a bad reaction to the clay. And I’ve just had a tooth out, so wont be able to do any more with my mouth.

Monologue Six

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

I was worried about this one. At the time I was depressed, and felt completely incapable of doing anything, incapable even of thinking about doing anything (I wish I could articulate this better). But I had planned to make a video, just as I had planned to go in to the studio, and was able to do these things out of habit (I guess). Making it I worried about it seeming silly, and shallow, and one-dimensional. I think you see that frustration right away in the way my hands move. Unlike the others this is a series of actions which, again, is a product of that frustration. I cover myself, a throw clay at myself, then I want to bury myself in it. They all seemed so dumb to me, at the time. And the clay always makes my face look so sad! And here I look like a sulking cartoon baby at times. That clay, though! It was wetter than before, and such a lovely consistency!

It’s not the shallow thing I thought it would be, though. It’s sort of funny, too! And, as the videos are being presented all together, the individual piece is not so important: it’s about what it adds to the whole. And I think this adds depth.

I’m still thinking about the title/s. perhaps I’m leaning more toward something like ‘Ritual #’, or ‘Proposition for a Ritual #’; something referencing those aspects.

Monologues

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

This is what I have been working on. I’m still thinking about the title, but at the moment ‘Monologues’ fits well enough. The first four have been filmed performances: of me either covering myself in clay, or stuffing my mouth with it. The fifth is a series of seven sculptures made by the same process of filling my mouth with clay, but then spitting the clay onto a board. The image above is from a version split across two projectors, showing the four videos simultaneously.

The first three have been posted previously, but I wanted to have them all together here.

I’m still working these out. Still considering other actions, still wondering exactly what they are about. The immediate, practical, goal is to make six of each of the performances, and then experiment with how to show them, and how the sculptures fit into that, too. Key words and phrases floating round my head at the moment include: absence, repetition, ritual, touch/tactility, mediation, communication, production, sensual deprivation, recycling, anonymity, reperformance, frustration, substitution, approximation.