Research Platform / Distributing the knowledge
project looked at how the destruction of an office could
lead to the emergence of other possibilities. Such collapse
might allow you to become a bouyant researcher, a kayak-based
traveler paddling through waves (outlands that were previously
forbidding or inaccessible, or that are now encroaching).
this open and accessible hack is dependent upon its instruction
base remaining available until needed. When these instructions
are hosted on a distributed network of server farms, accessed
through personal computers made from high levels of unrenewable
resources and using constant electrical power, this continued
availability is a constrained assumption.
form of knowledge distribution is without its impacts, and
all knowledge will dissipate ultimately, the duplicate documentation
undertaken in this stage of the project seeks to explore
how art might increase our resilience. Using
medieval technology (encaustic tiles in two tone earthenware),
I duplicated my 'instructable'
for turning an office into a sea kayak in long-lasting floor
tiles. Such tiles have been produced in Britain since the
13th Century and examples from that period can still be
found in situ and their designs understood.
undertake the construction of kiln and printing equipment
from discarded resources (the approach I took to the kayk
itself), this stage used pre-existing and readily available
equipment. At this particular stage in history, that included
computers, digital cameras, image editing software, laser
cutters, electric kilns, as well as an infrastructure of
research, maintenance and instruction that made the use
of these apparatuses possible.