A MODEL SPLATTERED BY THE THING ITSELF
World Encyclopedia bindings, found objects (set of 6), 2012
"Spring 2012 by an isolated hot spring in the Colorado Desert, two old men re-erect hand painted signs that were taken down the previous night. Signs read:
“NUDITY PROBABLE AHEAD”: The structure of the event emerges from that within which rigid structure dissolves: a social situation wrung from the single wet spot in a very dry place.
Five wooden lecterns hold transcripts documenting an argument that occurred here between residents of the local off-the-grid community. Each script relates the argument from a different embodied perspective, presenting five conflicting claims on the usage of the pool (bathtub/ child-friendly meeting place/ tweaker den/ nudist utopia) each reflective of wider ideology and time-based relation to place. The circular composition invites an active clustering of participants whose vocal utterances feed back through an underwater sound-scape, reconstituting the nature of a discourse wholly contingent upon environmental circumstance. The pool sweats out an argument: the argument is the pool. Long straws feeding from water tanks catalyze vocal glossolalia in the form of curses and gargle that collects in a communal spittoon; as such, the pool is remade as a centralized conglomerate of bodily fluids that assemble over time."
– Emergency Index, Ugly Duckling Press, 2012
6-part vocal score, bound into inside-out encyclopedia covers
edition of 2 (one to be returned to the Slab City Library)
Excerpt from Northerly Score, 'A Model Splattered', 2012