Modern use of the post modern map has redefined our visual relationship with where we are and where we want to go. It seems like everyone I know bows before their Garmin or Google maps before making any sort of focused movement. I understand it makes life VERY easy and I have been known to Google directions from time to time, but there just seems to be such a lack of faith in our own ability to read a map and coordinate ourselves in the world.
My life has turned upside down like a quick flip of a pancake. I visualize my past daily life as a series of intertwining dotted paths like the the adventures of Billy in the Family Circus. Every morning for the past three years I’ve made the three mile trip to work by public transportation, car, bike, and my own two feet and with each trip I tried to find a new path in an attempt to convince myself my life had a balance of variables and constants. Yet, aside from the casual sidestep there was very little variety. And now my dotted path has been sanctioned to my apartment. If only we could have taped maps to show us where we fucked up.
As it turns out my break from the working world couldn’t have happened at a better time. Due to some unfortunate (but not horrible) circumstances, I find myself taking care of my hard-of-hearing grandfather (Vince) on a daily basis. I drive him from here to there, I make sure he has someone LOUD to talk to, gas in his car, and potato chips to eat. His whole life has been turned around as well and I’m just trying to navigate the easiest possible path for the two of us.
The routine of each of our worlds had come to a sudden halt, so now what? I have no map, no vision of what’s next.
Fear not, the universe has a way of mapping things out. Graham has provided me with a key-less tape map to my visible, tangible, motive world. The lightning rods of color turn my apartment into what one friend has labeled “a living animation” and I couldn’t agree more. There is a vibration to the space now that Graham has left his mark.
It’s interesting to see how his performative practice played out in such an intimate space. He has his own sense of awareness and mobility within the world. With a ‘if you want it, do it’ attitude no maps are needed, only those you create for yourself. Like a shepherd leading his flock, Graham pontificates to us the path; what should be seen, what should be touched, all with complete honest sincerity. His live blogging is a testament to his communal call for interactivity with both his audience and himself. There are moments of humor…”9:40am – #2, I was full of it.” and moments of introspection of the work and it’s purpose “Making art within and about the situation of someone’s home is a unique condition. I am accustomed to addressing a broad and not entirely defined public, yet with this project I find myself more invested in Ms. Lavelle’s reaction. This is because I know that half of the psychic power of making art here will reverberate only between her and I, within this space, as separated by scheduled fragments of time.”
And that’s just it. there are no maps only scheduled fragments of times so it’s best just to take them one at a time and enjoy it.
veiw Graham’s photos of the installation here
*some food for thought – why the F*** isn’t google a non-proper verb yet? well…Google and ye shall receive.
“Fearing the genericizing and potential loss of its trademark, Google has discouraged use of the word as a verb, particularly when used as a synonym for general web searching. In February 23, 2003, the company sent a cease and desist letter to Paul McFedries, creator of Word Spy, a website that tracks neologisms. In an article in the Washington Post, Frank Ahrens discussed the letter he received from a Google lawyer that demonstrated “appropriate” and “inappropriate” ways to use the verb “google”. It was reported that, in response to this concern, lexicographers for the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary lowercased the actual entry for the word, google, while maintaining the capitalization of the search engine in their definition, “to use the Google search engine to seek online information” (a concern which did not deter the Oxford editors from preserving the history of both “cases”). In October 25, 2006, Google sent a plea to the public requesting that “you should please only use ‘Google’ when you’re actually referring to Google Inc. and our services.””