In See Attachments I’ve begun to use the language of fluid physics to try and describe social and emotional ›physics.‹ I’m excited about this new interest because it feeds that research I mentioned earlier, giving mathematical words for how we relate to one another emotionally. I keep returning to the impossible and seductive attempt to apply algorithms to allusive lived experiences.
Searching for the rules of things, of behaviors and of health, is messy.
SK: There was a projection in The White Building for Sticky, a proposal for a new play of a gluey, white (always white) substance dripping, a simulation. I’m interested in this disconnection, or overlap between notions of tactility and the ephemeral that appears to pervade your work. For example, with the EEA project, you try to give a physical presence to emotional expression, yet the interpretation of said expression is still something intangible. What are you trying to locate within this ambiguity?
MS: In the past year the visual palate of my projects has increased in subtlety. I can’t quite say why, but the fact that transparency can cause appearance and disappearance seems relevant to mention. Bodily fluids are also worth considering; the excretions of pressure, pleasure and pain.
The tactility of the ephemeral is something I’m trying to capture. I don’t know how yet, but I’ll keep trying. In the meantime I’m looking at the ways that people answer the question, »How should we live this thing called life?« because I think that there is a key in that question. I also keep returning to the language of textures to describe impressions of things I don’t quite consciously understand. There are so many ways of understanding – through the physical senses, through emotional intelligence, through instinct, through repetition. I don’t believe in an optimized, actualized self, but if I did, mine would make the most of all of these ways of knowing.