#332-35 Meander Pace
128x168 cm | 4 panels, 64x84cm each | Filler, oak frames
I did this work by pacing back and forth over four panels in a meandering pattern. See a video of the whole performative production event here.
Meander comes from the undulating turns of a river that slowly finds its way to the sea through a flat landscape. From a modern economic perspective, it may appear to be an inefficient method of transportation. But water has no relation to time; it only follows the laws of physics. On the other hand, the turning pattern creates the seedbed for fertile soil. It keeps the ground moist and leaves nutrient-rich sediment behind. The shortest path between two points is a straight line, but like so much else in life, the most fruitful trail resembles a rolling sine wave.
Pace is a series of works consisting of two slowly paced tracks in wet filler. The process is repeated 99 times, reminiscent of the 99% of the Occupy movement, which refers to the vast majority without capital from ownership, sometimes defined as the proletariat or the working class. The fight against oppression can be waged with major decisive blows, as well as through many small but repeated steps. The latter is expressed by the tedious work of creating a path where there is none by walking it over and over again.
The shoes wore to produce this work is a modern variant of clogs, made of plastic. In French, clogs are called "sabot", which is the basis for the word sabotage. Possibly because when automatic looms were introduced in France, the workers threw their shoes into them to protest the machines making them redundant. In another way, you may also call this work a sabotage (in the sense of a collage, or frottage) as it is made by clogs.
This is the shoe of the common people, the shoe of the working class. Historically made in wood for use in factories and on the fields, but today, for example, healthcare workers widely use the plastic version. It is also popular as leisurewear for the mainstream, or the so-called masses.
Res Ipsa is a compilation of works made by an act shaping the filler once it is prepared inside the frame. The works thus function as a recording device and give a statement of the event taking place while the filler was still wet.
Res Ipsa is Latin for "the thing itself" and is part of the juridical term "Res ipsa loquitur" (the thing speaks for itself), used when an injury or accident in itself clearly shows who is responsible, such as an instrument left inside a body after surgery.
Se a video of me presenting this work in its premiere public appearance here.