I'm very much looking forward to working with Anje and Andrea as part of the October Song collective. I'm sure it is going to be a more comfortable way of making things than it has been as an individual artist. Being part of a collective seems a possible way to bypass (or even critically detourn) the usual notions of who or what an artist is or should be and what it is they should make.
Hopefully dialogues will develop within the group that will inspire new work where the authorship (and indeed the work itself) exists in an indistinct liminal zone.
For a long time I have wanted to work more closely with nature so as to get back to something fundamental. Perhaps one might better call this a wish for 'earthing' or 'grounding'. As a life long eyewitness to humanities increasing detachment from the 'spiritual ground' from which we all spring, but which we all to often leave behind (after our early childhood education as we learn) I want to dismantle the 'box that is built of words' to return to a deeper and older 'something'. I believe this 'something' is the formative 'ground' that is the fundamental element of all life.
On a more mundane level I want to escape established contexts of the accepted art world and gallery system but I was never able to find a convincing and robust enough escape route. However, within a short while of talking with Anje and Andrea about this project I realised it was something I very much wanted to be a part of, because this may be a route to something good.
Text by Rachael Tyrell
Photograph by Andrea Handl
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