Under the Influence (2019) //IN PROCESS


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every project begins with a walk in the woods
hunting material
gathering ideas
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what would your friends say
if they knew you were under the influence?
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every project begins with a walk in the woods
hunting material
gathering ideas

what would your friends say
if they knew you were under the influence?

that your hunting is a following along
that your gathering is pattern recognition

you move around inside the material
your body is sharp
you penetrate
you are drawn to what is familiar

the materials you select
you select for a reason

consider
your selection is far from arbitrary
it is highly informed

you wander through the woods
attracted to familiar sensations
to patterns
to where you have been before

observe yourself
selecting the materials you choose
why this one and not that one

everything you encounter becomes part of you
you become part everything you encounter
we gather and are gathered

the materials you collect
they follow you
daunt you
tease you
weigh you down
support you
and you follow them

This text was written during my Game Residency as a narrative leading through the story of becoming material.


In April 2019 I was the first resident at a new Game Residency in Glöwen (1h north of Berlin) for “people who otherwise wouldn’t make games”. One month was too short to finish my game, but I managed to develop a sense for the games I enjoy playing myself, as well as the beginning of an idea for a game that goes:

Residency photos >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157708077592705
Headless Pin photos >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157697266318890


Photos of my work-places in Glöwen: the woods and the studio.


The Story

every project starts with a walk in the woods
when you set out to make something, you wander out into the woods
hunting ideas, gathering material



The collider for the branches:


THE MATERIALS SAY:
I am hard, yet brittle
when you pierce me violently, I fall to pieces
that feels good

The materials inside the branches:


THOUGHT
abstract material
endlessly reconfigurable


TECHNOLOGY


AN ACCIDENT.
the tool enters your body
a new perspective

The x-ray and the collision image:

Close-up of the pins ganging up inside the hand:


Inspiration

Being the Machine >> http://artfordorks.com/2014/06/being-the-machine/
Textility of Making >> http://sed.ucsd.edu/files/2014/05/Ingold-2009-Textility-of-making.pdf
The Charge Against Electricity >> https://journal.culanth.org/index.php/ca/article/view/ca30.4.03/200
Everything Game >> http://everything-game.com/
Alan Watts >> https://www.alanwatts.org/