Y - 2005

This project takes the form of an installation of a series of 108 custom-framed paintings in glaze on tile, as seen below (more details to follow).

The images in this work were generated via a participatory process modeled on the game "Telephone" a.k.a. "Whisper Down the Lane."

Starting from an original series of nine drawings (which comprise the leftmost column in the above image) I first asked two participants to play a drawing game. One participant explained the drawing while their partner tried to draw it as best they could, without seeing the original. I then took the new drawing, and repeated the process with a new set of partners. I repeated this process of copying the copy twelve times, and repainted the images on tile.

Below is a composite image consisting of one series of 12 tiles based on the same original, arranged left to right, like a book. Notice how the images evolve.

The composite image below consists of all of the original first generation drawings on the left and the final twelfth generation drawings on the right. See if you can match the drawings to their copies...

For example, original drawing "5," as seen in the image above, evolved into final drawing "B."

I find that most people can figure out most of these (the answers are at the bottom of the page).

Below are some more detail views;

In a slot behind each tile was a card with the original sketches and text selected from recordings I made of the participants describing the drawings. The image below is a selection of one row of that text.

>This style of drawing, with multiple combinations of a single form, influenced and was influenced by my ongoing series of sketches. The gamelike process of creating this work with others led to projects such as Howwa We Ana, Mortal Treasures and pix.periment. Attention Relay is in many ways a sequel to this project, a reinterpretation of the same ideas into the medium of video.

* Answers to "Quiz:" 1 = H, 2 = E, 3 = I, 4 = G, 5 = B, 6 = D, 7 = F, 8 = A, 9 = C.