Bunny by Polly Borland. One of my favorite ever photos. Happy Easter!
I am clearing up, throwing things away, filling, and wrapping, as you do when you finish as long a project as this five-year work. I cannot quite stop yet, I am not resting, although I know I need to. I keep contacting my supervisors with more or less legitimate excuses – my new symptom, it has to stop. I want to write, and I cannot. I am enjoying reading (‘Mansfield Park’ by Jane Austen, ‘Cosmos’ by Witold Gombrowicz and ‘The Man who was Thursday’ by G.K. Chesterton, since you are asking). I am generally leading the life and the moods of someone who is totally lost and a bit bereaved, but it is not a bad thing, as I want to move on (of course I do!).
I am also updating, uploading and making some things available. In general, dragging things out until I they lead me somewhere else.
You can now see the photobook I submitted for my PhD here … As for the textual work, well, that somewhere else I want to go might be publication so I am holding the text for a while. Still, if you want a copy, do get in touch and I will happily respond.
I am so sorry I have been neglecting writing to you. The end of the self-inflicted exile from these pages is near. Here’s a quick calendar update:
—— The practice was submitted on Friday 1 October 2010
—— The thesis submission is planned for 1 December
—— The Mock Viva is on the 19th January
—— The real thing is scheduled for 16 February
After that, I am, hopefully, all yours.
In the meantime, you can read a lovely conversation I have had with Alexandra Melissa Korley, published in Illywords. We talk about colour, Duchamp’s Étant Donnés and Casanova, and I give an essential reading list. Don’t expect straight answers for me, though. I have learned enough about seduction to know how to work a tease. Still, I hope you enjoy it.
Till February, with trepidation,
It is an honour to have a short article on kissing in photography published in the same issue as a discussion on HBO’s TV show ‘In Treatment’ and the rise of internet sex.
Read the article here (PDF 1.7MB).
This series of monographs really appeals to my obsessiveness with specific works of art. Just like having a private critical museum… They even have a lovely volume on Étant Donnés. How not to include it? It is one of the most recurring images I have ever encountered…
Isn’t this the most wonderfully obscure symposium ever? I wish I could go – alas, I will be at another very obscure one, Jacques Lacan Today at UCL, in London. This is one of those event when one is guaranteed to share interests with the rest of the attendees. I should write to the Catalonian authorities of the place where Duchamp found the Spanish door to encourage them to make a rival symposium…
An exhibition of work by researchers.
Grace and Clark Fyfe Gallery, Scott Street, Glasgow
16-28 April 2010
You are cordially invited to the Private View of the show, which will take place on Friday 16th April, at 6pm.