Over the past month I have experimented with taking foldings/moldings off some objects in the staircase: leaves and protrusions of the radiator along with some single folds of handrail, ironworks and some rubbings too of floor marks.
It follows the idea of indexicality and contact. But also a curiosity around memory and medium shift. What remains, what lingers, what gets lost. Effectively too: what is the thing about indexicality.
It is the most literal end of my interest in contact.
- folding the bannister into a sketchbook. i move along one stretch, leave a blank page between each.
- option a: fold back into the 2d space of the sketchbook as explored with a few single molds earlier
- option b: to preserve by dipping in hot wax, encasing the indexical link.
1. folding bannister into sketchbook
2. option a: fold back into the 2d space of the sketchbook:
3. option b: to preserve by dipping in hot wax
— I decide, after a few tests of dipping the sketchbook pages to dip each of the folded pages into melted beeswax for the entirety of the book:
The resulting object is explored and a little discussed in this video:
There are a series of significant things in here:
The dip/not dip process is messy and leaves the interspersed blank pages as messy. I think they will need to be removed/ altered for the object to work as object.
The process (both stages: initial fold, then dipping) is useful and works: it is performative and works across a whole range of senses: sounds, touch, smell and movement, as well as performative presence.
As part of my test, before proceeding with the whole sketchbook, I dip an empty page of my current sketchbook, then proceed to write in it. It almost seems that this process/ transformation is more significant still:
I also accidentally, and to my horror, create another encased object: my phone fell into the tub with the hot wax. I retrieve and recover. It curiously records part of the rescue. I post this video in a separate post.