When I did my practice-based MFA, one thing that helped me get my head around the dynamics of theory and practice was the notion of co-evolution.
It’s a bit like a pony race. Sometimes the research is ahead while you struggle with your dog and pony show back in the studio; and sometimes it’s the other way round. There’s no way to tell which will be first out of the gate – or if either will pass the post – but the best thing ever is when a seeming non-starter in one surfaces, sometimes much later, in the other.
While completing my MFA, I did a lot of reading, writing and thinking about exposed materials and methods. I was particularly interested in the effects of transparency on viewer participation and engagement. That shit went nowhere, let me tell ya, but lately I’ve wondered if my practice might not be gaining some footing with respect to those ideas.
And while I’m not entirely sure why this feels important, please find below a collection of words related to my practice which are both nouns and verbs, things and things I do, materials and methods, and – perhaps to some extent – theories and practices: