Thursday, February 24, 2005

mental processing

Darn. I just wrote a comment and it didn't go through. So again:

I can't even remember what it was that I proposed to do (on the TV show)... what did I mean by "mental processing" I wonder? Anyway, well, maybe it could be just like "research" or something... finding drawings and important architectural facts and features about the particular building that I'm constructing and figuring out how it could translate onto the soft building. Or if it's an imaginary building, working out the concept and plans (kind of like the equivalent of architectural sketches or something).

The other thing I wanted to mention was that I saw a Mike Kelley exhibit in Berlin that consisted of various stuffed creatures accompanied by large-scale "realistic" drawings of them. The creatures were really cute, while the drawings were quite grotesque. Anyway, the pieces were looking at this idea of "displaced empathy," the empathy that people feel for stuffed animals (but not for their 2D reproductions... like there is some different kind investment in the materiality of the stuffed body or something). One of the creatures, for example, is locked inside a little black coffin with a tiny window. It makes you feel bad and want to set it free. I don't know too much else about the work, but I just found it very interesting. It somehow relates to my relationship to 3D buildings (both soft and hard), and to cute things in general (like the way it pains me when I see people squish in the faces of their stuffed animals).

what you've described is pretty much what you mentioned before as the "mental processing yvonne-style" stage. and while it may be an essential and fruitful and fulfilling stage for you, it has very little to do with the quantifiable stages necessary in physically making these crafts. the research part is necessary, but we've already got a research step planned. I don't think we can expect that everyone's mental planning would follow the same pattern, so the personal relationship to the craft part is generally left out when making up instructions and just the physical part is structured. This type of personal interaction should definitely form part of what we talk about while we're doing it, otherwise they wouldn't bother having people on the show, but I don't think it needs a stage all its own.
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