Category Archives: digging

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In 2009 I dug a hole and took the earth back to my studio . The pile of earth inspired various other ideas.  Steven Mackay  filmed me digging the hole.  It felt like an important moment. Digging into the Cornish earth making friends with it in preparation for the next stage of my life. There is a short film of it’s entirety .  

SPADE as game weapon

So far Spades are objects I like but I have carried out almost no research.

Generally Spades are for digging . Digging what?  is a question that immediately comes to mind.
hand on spade
Thinking of spades takes me back to being at a garden centre looking for willow and this retired gardner showed me how to pick a spade of the right height.  An upright spade should be around elbow height  for gardening but shovels are can be shorter

The google search bought me to this  image

Pixel spade for game Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 16.19.08

IN this case spades are a weapons in a game Ace of SPades. A multiplayer shoot em up were eapons are trowels and spades.

ladder of matrimony , ladder from the crusifix

Today I put ladders and art into the search and came first to V&A collections who in turn have a great image search engine.There are a number of images , sculptures, artifacts relating to ladders in the V&A collection.

The first was a card in the shape of a ladder called the ladder of matrimony. Artist unknown. I was not particularly drawn to this but it was the first to come up
ladder of matromony


The second I was drawan two was a relief carving of Christ being bought down from the cross
Christ being taken down from the crusifix

looking at the relief of christ coming being taken from the Cross I think of how christ looked up to the heavens at his father…Oh why have you forsaken me..Then men had to climb a ladder to bring him down from the cross. Down to their level. The ground in readyness to bury him. To dig. In this case to put him in a cave. I’m interested how the ladder in this case is to take down rather than bring up. IN this case the fruit is the dead christ. THe descent from the cross is a powerfull point in the story. Looking into other images on the dreaded Wikipedia I notice the ladder

Then returning to the card I notice that the fold, the join is tapered to a centre point. This could be seen as one ladder or two connecting. I reflect on the dynamics of my “matrimonial” relationship. Our challenges, were we devide and meet.

At the cross there were two women. his mother a Mary and his lover Mary Magdalaine. Ok I don’t know if Mary was his lover. The saved prostitute whose feet he washed. I charachter I have always been drawn to

christ being taken from the cross.

El Descendimiento, by Rogier van der Weyden (1399/1400–1464) prado

Call centre one week later. 2nd day of my attendance


Can’t say call centres are my kind of   place. I thought perhaps I would use the sterility to catch up with Admin. But I have a pressing need to animate the man digging, I overhear conversations about technology and creative research. Call me old fashioned  but there is a dryness about the place. where is the creative mess?

I met another AIR resident said hello to a few passers but descided wanted to get on with some work.  Sure the chemistry will happen despite my adversity to the …shall we call it  ” Complex ”

Deleuze: rising up as what it is talking about pushes down into the earth


In this lecture “what is the creative Act?”  my attention was alerted around 26:41.

Deleuze talks about how as the words rise into the air what they are talking about drop into the ground. In french the word he uses through is not really how it is transalted. drop is closer to fall but The word Deleuze uses is enforcer. Which is more like to drive into, to push into.

Listening again I am struck by how deleuze specifically returns to say again what he means. Again the transalation of the subtitles does not catch the sublty .  However I do like this sentance

“or else this disjunctive operation holds no sence”

The words “s’eleve” into the air. S’eleve is not simply rise and actually he does not say the words, he say the word “la Parole” and in this sence it seems that the S’eleve is an action of the words not simply that they rise?

OK mot is word, parole can be words, but it is more to be given voice. Donne moi la parole

Then when he talks about the earth that we see S’enfonce. So it doesn’t simply drop away, it is also active

When he is more specific he talks of the Parole and what it is talking about pushes into the earth.

Climbing and digging riseing and digging

Later around 41:56 deleuze talks about resitence and returns to this disjuncture. In the work of jean marie straub…….the visual is not directly linked to the audio.

Whilst the act rises the object descends……resistance