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Notebook: Sculpture - Primary Research

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Material Memory

Inspirations & Primary Research


About "This" - Inspirations

"He begins to jot down a diagram on a piece of paper to explain the maths of it all and begins to go into detail of the generative process but soon cuts himself off. “It sounds much more boring than it actually is, it’s very thrilling,” he says with an air of excitement in his voice. I ask if the essentially infinite possibilities that generative music can create is where the thrill lies. “Yes. It’s this very nice combination of making something…” he stops himself and sparks up an analogy, which I soon find out he does quite frequently. “It’s a little bit like gardening – I always say the difference between classical and contemporary music is the difference between architecture and gardening. With architecture you know in advance what you’re going to get, you specify it all, it’s all written down and drawn out and it is brought into existence. With gardening it’s not really like that. What you have to do is put together some elements that you are kind of familiar with and watch what happens to them and how this garden turns out compared to that garden is dependent on a whole lot of factors and it needs observation; you have to pay attention to it… Another thing I would say is that you don’t finish a piece of music like this, you start it. You bring it into the world and then it has its own life.”
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Primary Research


Fauna & Flora

On my primary research I focused on plants I found during our first group trip on Sandymount and also other elements of fauna and flora that reminds me about my childhood. Trees, plants, meadows or forest were my natural playground. I have learned about the properties of these plants and their names from my colleagues at the playground. Even as a teenager (13 -14 year old) I would still spent time after school on climbing trees or swimming in a nearby pond with fishes, frogs and toads. I was taught that this water was cleaner and better than a pale blue water in the pool. During our first trip I suddenly realized that something that was so obvious and natural 20 years ago it is now foreign and dissuasive to me. Those plants smells different, look different. I started to wonder why I chose to live here where is a natural peace without dense forests, strange insects or too many fields and meadows. It's not only better for my comfort but I'm healthier too (in Poland, I was allergic). In order to establish these memories I had started a process of regrowing vegetables and herbs from kitchen scraps.


Bees & Wasps

Next step in my research was study of lifes of wasps and bees. This topic came to my work naturally as my father maintains some apiaries and we used to discuss lifes and habits of different species. In this particular case I was curious why this species of insects are so alike but play various and non-equivalent roles in nature. Yet wasps who's role is almost useless might use their sting multiple times while bees which are so profitable must die if they sting human or animal.
Sources: BBC Nature

Plants
  • Milofil
  • Narrowleaf Plantain
  • Nettle
  • Dog Rose
  • Cornflowers
  • Sow-thistle
Trees
  • Poplar
  • Acacia
  • Willow
  • Linden
  • Walnut Tree
  • Wild Blackberry
  • Hazel
Vegetables & Herbs (Kitchen scraps)
  • Celery
  • Scalion
  • Basil
  • Garlic
Seeds
  • Linen Seed
  • Cuckooflower

Trees

Hazel Tree

2

Acaccia Tree

2

Poplar

2

Willow

2

Walnut Tree

2

Wild Blackberry

2

Linden

2

Willow

2