gordondouglas.wordpress.com is the blog I actively published writing, video, image and sound on from September 2008 – March 2012. It formed a major part of my thought-process and public outlet during my years at Edinburgh’s Telford College (now Edinburgh College), and the first half of my time at Glasgow School of Art. It also briefly covered my exchange semester at CalArts, but at this point I was losing sight of the merits of publishing an outlet of practice online and was posting less. I still don’t really know why this blog was so important to that development, and what it’s neglect meant in relationship to my understanding of my work and a public. I’m interested in mining this resource and publishing interviews, podcasts, analyses and documentation over the period of the project Habits of the Coexistent, in partnership with Edinburgh College and Platform, Easterhouse.
As part of the work I will be doing with Edinburgh College, I will be looking into the labours I am unaware I’m performing as an alumni of the HND Contemporary Art Practice course. Thinking through the moment of alumni as the point when friends and collaborators, unbound from a project or institutional container, begin to neglect their performed connections to one another. Negligence will be key to this research. I will actively seek the labours that we do not necessarily choose to exert, but are located in behaviours, mannerisms and habits that we inherit from commitment and submission to collaborative identities.
This blog will actively be weighted down by my formative years, and the educational platform that the original blog served, whilst performing an outlet for me to understand this research in a public and open manner. Over this time I will be in residence with Edinburgh College as part of their AiRETC programme, as well as continuing close discussion with Platform around the organisational model of their building ‘The Bridge’. Some key texts I will be looking at are Chus Martinez’s The Octopus in Love, Jacques Derrida’s The Politics of Friendship, John Boswell’s The Kindness of Strangers, Eve Sedgwick’s Between Men, and Friedrich Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morality.
Coexisting with the (per)Formative. Living together with the (per)forming of the self.