DO IT v DOING NOTHING
A CREATOR DOES NOT SEARCH FOR IMMEDIATE SUCCESS
25 STRATFORD GROVE
Asked to map the world that final year art students will be entering after
graduation, helping them to adapt to future shifts and changes thay may
encounter Andrew Wilson presented a peformance weighing up the balance
and significance between the concepts and experience of doing and not doing.
Described by Oscar Wilde as ‘the most difficult thing in the world, the most
difficult and the most intellectual’ the performance presented an opportunity
for those present to reflect, to contemplate, to meditate upon the inevitable
and peculiar state of doing nothing.
The performance referenced numerous examples from Albert Einsteins hard
and soft thinking technique as a means to solving creative problems, The
roman numerical system lacking a zero (a nothing), artist Gary Goldstein’s
concept of ‘sitting and starring at nothing’ as a vital part of an artists practice,
Tom Hodgkinson and the Idler magazine, St. Peter and his mischevious
drinking spells before transforming the tsardom of Russia, Hannah Arendt and
her thoughts on artists being free from labour, Samuel Johnson and Benjamin
Franklins contradictions on the matter of doing and not doing and William
Hogarths Industry and idleness series.