Andrew Wilson

14th September – 11th October

(doing) NOTHING

ANDREW WILSON:
WOODBINE ALLOTMENT ARTIST RESIDENCY

IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO LEARN HOW TO DO NOTHING PROPERLY
A PERFORMANCE FOR THE ALLOTMENT
OCTOBER
2009

Awake time and asleep time are the usual parameters by which we, the civilized
human being, organize the 24hour period of a single day.

Where sleep time is accepted as a period of suspended sensory or motary activity, it is simultaneously work ethic and the ever progressive desire to be entertained that dominate our periods of awake time.

In doing nothing for a period of 24hours, to deny oneself of sleep, of activity, of
entertainment is to deny these usual parameters by which we, the civilized human being, organize our days, our 24hour cycles.

In the denial of such ethic as work or sleep, in doing nothing one hopes to fully
embrace the ever present 24 hour daily cycle and its surrounding entities..

As part of the 25 Stratford Grove Artist residency programme Andrew Wilson
performed for the Woodbine Allotrmant for a duration of 24 hours.

The performances audience consisted of the Woodbine Allotment, it occupants, its sunflowers, its fruits, its high rising residents, its morning birds, its evening moon.

No external audience were invited to observe nor informed of the performance.

By shaking off the daily business of the town, of the city or and the village (and its progressive work ethics), through the denial of hunger, through the denial of sleep, of entertainment and activity the artist engaged with the notorious and peculiar activity of doing nothing.

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