Idea Book

The idea book is a work in process. It’s a sketchbook of ideas, without the sketches. I use my phone most of the time to jot stuff down. This needs some serious editing and proofing, however the gist of my imaginings are there. Many of the ideas have made their way to the website in some form. I’ve started to execute some of them, and others I keep thinking about almost everyday. I have a fondness for each entry, ideas are what I’d like to do all the time but that’s impractical.

Clocking in at about 400 pages, it contains lots of literal one-liners. Over the next few years I hope to expand and contract it, sort of like breathing.

Idea Book

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Etching

Etching is about conversation, controversy, parlour games and thinking.

We have one piece of glassware that I never use. It would work nicely for this purpose. It’s a very simple, straight-laced highball glass.

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The plan is to get eight or ten glasess etched in a very plain and functional font –probably¬†Helvetica¬† I’d use single words to facilitate conversation and thought. Then have a party and as the guests leave give them their glass. It’s kind of like a Martha Stewart Art Project.

This is inspired by a glass I remembered from my parents. When I was a kid we were never suppose to sue these glasses because we could break them. They were etched with ESL. I never really thought about those glasses but I imagine they were a gift to my parents for their wedding. Either that or they were handed down from my Grandmother or Great Aunt on my Father’s side.

I always liked this glass wear when I was a kid but now as an adult I prefer heavy, substantial larger glasses. That could be because I associate nice glassware with a discomfort that comes with being a child around nice things.

Possible Working List;
Truth
Pain
Solitude
Magic
Lost
Art
Imposter
Escape
Dream
Ennui
Original
Average

Alternate list of words relating to each other and my art practice;
Average
Mediocre
Pedestrian
Typical
Normal
Banal
Unassuming

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24 Hours

24 Hour Conceptualization Marathon

Could I sit and think of worthwhile and compelling new concepts if I did it as a performance piece in and of itself?

Even if I didn’t add to the library it could be a statement on creative blocks.

I’m picturing me sitting at an interrogation desk in what would look like–or actually be–a police station interview room. The performance could be filmed and seen through 2-way mirrors. maybe there’s a camera suspended directly above the table I write on. With this in mind the aesthetic of looking at a bank of 4 video monitors would be cool. Therefore film it from 4 different angles. directly above looking down at the desk, behind my left shoulder and looking down at approximately a 45 degree angle. straight on from directly across from the front of my body showing under the table as well and maybe a close up on he actual book I’m writing in.

Maybe I’m shackled to the chair. Maybe this is an elaborate set that needs to be constructed in a museum that I could actually sit inside and interact with to “perform”. The audience would have access to what I’m doing thought the two-way mirror in the observation room, a a bank of video cameras in that room that would have a joystick attached to change the views slightly or zoom in closer and an intercom button that that could talk to and here me from.

Food and Drink would be brought on occasion. I would also have to be escorted to the washroom every now and then. Maybe I’m handcuffed as I’m led in and out of the room by a uniformed officer.

Upon playback the viewer would have the ability to zoom in on the document I’m writing. All the time this looks like I’m writing a confession, when in truth I’m creating a book of concepts.

As well as being the statement on concepts and thinking, it’s also a direct statement on the way certain societies think about the criminality of the creative mind and have done throughout history. Finally the title is intended as a play on the popular television series “24″

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