Culture / Environment / Observing

Process: Bababa International’s conceptual timeline

Bababa International, Flue (production sketch) 2012. Courtesy the artists

First and foremost this work has come about through an interest in materials – how they are used and how they are shaped into things that are used. By simply noticing the available materials in a given context (i.e. right now: plastic, wood, concrete, foam, paper and brick) you can begin to spot connections. Like a large, tactile and sensory dot-to-dot images, plans and obstacles emerge. This is more or less about the creative possibilities of a world full of stuff, which simultaneously blocks and facilitates production.

此作品的产生来自对于材料本身的好奇:材料如何被塑形,材料如何被运用。纯粹单一状况下手边所能到手的材料(例如我们手边有的:塑料,木头,水泥,泡绵,纸,砖头)即可牵起它们彼此的关系。像是一个三D实景树状攻略版图,所有策略与困难处逐一浮现。这作品多少是在探讨在这被物质堆满的世界里创意如何显现,物质物品又如何同时阻碍和协助产出的过程。

Bababa International, Flue (detail) 2012, mixed-media, dimensions variable. Photography: Joanna Bayndrian

Bababa International, Flue (installation view) 2012, mixed-media, dimensions variable. Photography: Joanna Bayndrian

Bababa International, Flue (detail) 2012, mixed-media, dimensions variable. Photography: Joanna Bayndrian

The following timeline (without dates) shows the conceptual progression of Flue. As this work has not yet been realised the timeline remains incomplete and will therefore be left open to the changes and nuances that will occur as the idea finds its form.

以下的时间轴(虽独缺确切的时间)代表Flue概念演进的过程。由于此作品还未完全被认知,时间轴始终处于开放式未完成的状态,并且会维持开放式以利任何更改的可能直到创作能找到他理想的形体。

Start with use.

先从功能开始。

What defines use?

功能如何定义?

Begin with an action.

先从行为出发。

A hard rock will crack a nut.

坚石可以碎坚果

A burnt stick will make a mark.

焦木必留痕

Register use legible.

确认功能可行

Materials of use.

使用材料。

What does it mean to use a material?

使用材料究竟是什么意思?

What does it mean to follow a material?

追踪材料又是什么意思?

What does it mean to animate a material?

激活材料又是什么意思?

Materials are nascent.

材料是新加入的。

A pile of sand.

一堆沙子。

Running water.

流水。

Material is mess.

材料一团乱。

Do you shape the mess?

乱中找出有序?

Do you avoid it?

该规避吗?

Do you abandon it?

该捨弃吗?

Do you exhaust it?

该废弃吗

Do you have the time?

有时间吗?

Are you wearing the wrong shoes?

是否穿了对的鞋?

Will it get under your fingernails?

会不会搞髒了指甲缝?

Return to the shape of things:

回头讨论东西的形状

Does this fit in this hole?

塞的进这洞裡吗?

Does this mix with that?

这些材料可以溷着用吗?

Does this bend or break?

这会弯曲还是折断?

Cause and effect. (See Ishikawa diagram)

因果关係

A person is faced with a problem.

一个人面临困难

The problem begins as a private affair.

刚开始是一个人的私人的问题

The problem is a material problem.

这状况是材料的问题

The problem ends in a collective possibility. (See John Dewey)

这状况以团体力量合作解决谢幕

People and factories.

人和工厂

People and tools.

人和工具

Fractured factory.

零散的工厂

Factory as history.

工厂是历史

Concealed but sensed.

封闭但不可忽视的存在

Revealed and used.

揭露而使用

Blocked flue.

封闭的烟道

An object is an obstacle. (see Flusser)

一物体即一障碍

A negotiated object is one in jeopardy.

一个可以妥协的物件就是有危机的

An object is transformed.

一个物体被改造了

It’s true that to make is to learn.

事实就是作中学

Even if what is made is not what was taught.

即使做出的东西不是所教受的

Build lessons with potential, an alternative.

研拟多元多可能性的教桉

When things go wrong:

出了问题

Feel it out.

感受它

But what about specifics?

那细节呢?

What’s around you?

你周围有些什么

A library of materials.

无尽的材料收藏库

Let it stick (see Katamari Damacy)

置入

A plastic bottle.

一个塑胶瓶子

A container.

一个盒子

A pot.

一个锅

A brick.

一个砖

Two basic units amalgamate.

两个基础单位合併

A cavity and a solid.

一容器一固体

A form that is defined and unfulfilled.

一个被定义却未填满的形状

Open use.

开啓使用

Build a wall.

筑个牆

Store a liquid.

储个水

A paperweight.

一个纸镇

A doorstop.

一个门挡

A vase for flowers.

花瓶

A pot plant.

盆栽

A rubbish bin.

垃圾桶

A mortar (and pestle).

钵和杵

Finished and open.

完成开张

Empty and ready.

尽空, 准备好了

Interaction, Sydney Pavilion visitors respond to Flue (2012). Photography: Brook Andrew

Bababa International, Flue (detail) 2012, mixed-media, dimensions variable. Photography: Joanna Bayndrian

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