Trying to Connect

Connective Tissue

3316 photos following the movement of vinyl record sleeves from my cellar in Cardigan to the Old Tannery in Machynlleth. The 33rpm record was filmed in the Tannery during the group visit on the 13th playing at 78rpm and later digitally slowed to roughly the correct speed.

It was very interesting how much the music and sound of Frank’s voice seemed to mark a change in behaviour in the Tannery.

For me it marked the moment of my decision to stop observing and photographing others and become involved with my own activity.  This soon became an attempt to connect what I wanted to do with the other things going on around me, to relate and engage it with the other artists and objects in the space.

This was filmed while wandering back and forth under the rack of hangers that Dave had brought in.  The reflections of that, along with Kathryn at work, and with the yellow glow of Mike’s ‘Ribbon’ and the space itself forming a relationship through the vinyl.

I went back on Saturday 18th to listen to the space and left for Capel Y Graig with a few borrowed objects and in another skin…
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Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. [Genesis 3, verse 21]

A’r Arglwydd Dduw a wnaeth i Adda ac i’w wraig beisiau crwyn, ac a’u gwisgodd am danynt hwy. [Genesis 3, pennill 21]

This quote from Genesis describes the point of transformation of Adam and Eve as they are expelled from the Garden of Eden and enter the world. It could be read as Adam and Eve becoming corporeal, meat and skin. The transition from thought to physical object. From the virtual world, a world of virtue, to a world of good and evil, a world necessarily of compromise.

It seems to be a very pertinent starting point for this show in the Tannery. An exhibition that starts as an idea kicked around through discussions on the internet: a private group on Facebook; the The Rhod blog and Culture Colony in our personal pages and the platforms for Rhod@Melin Glonc and the Tannery. It’s about how ten people can show together and manifest an idea over a period of four weeks.

A bucket kicked around by the artists. It was suddenly strange to be there  to start with the camera recording us. I wanted to create two skins that I could use and take out into Machynlleth and environs and enfold Machynlleth into my skin. In doing this I also wanted to respond to the wrapped stake that the builders had made at Melin Glonc that I have called Efa_ac_Adda. I distributed tape at Owain Glyndwr’s Senedd, the war memorial, a tree stump in the park opposite and the Cylch yr Orsedd [I have thought about revisiting all the Cylch yr Orsedd and rephotographing them, making them touchstones to my associations with their location]. The last use I made of the barrier tape on Tuesday 14th was on some blue alkathene pipes I saw on the way from Machynlleth to New Town / Drenewydd. I had wrapped the tape around a record sleeve, Romeo and Juliet, for ease of applying it and rewinding afterwards.

In working in the Tannery on the Monday I was also interested in distributing barrier tape through the space to see how it could fit into the space and how this worked with the other pieces being installed.