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Sean Dockray Interview – by Randall Szott

Editor’s Note:

This interview was conducted over 18 months ago. Sean and I (R. Szott) agreed early on that we would exert an extremely light editorial touch in order to allow our conversation to avoid being too polished. There are many things we might have said differently if we took the usual editorial scalpel to things. This is especially true now that so much time has passed between the exchange and its publication. It is also quite long due to its unexpurgated nature. I hope that the patient reader will find it as rewarding to follow Sean’s thoughts as I found it…


Randall Szott: There’s never really an ideal place to start an interview, but maybe my “discovery” of some things you’re up to will work. I stumbled my way into AAAARG.ORG and Telic Arts Exchange and then into The Public School before I realized that you were connected to each of them! There’s an obvious self-organizing/pedagogical thread to those enterprises and a concern with thinking in interesting ways about publics and how to organize, exchange with, or challenge them. This seems to extend across your practice as a whole. I was wondering if you could place these things in their context (as you imagine it) or say whether you see them as intersecting with broader, or even narrower, concerns from other elements in your life and work. Continue reading

Let’s Blush – Sal Randolph

I was already in a hurry when I found the tiny doorway of the “Hair 2 Stay” salon at the edge of Chinatown. I didn’t need a haircut, I didn’t have an appointment; I only wanted to take a peek at Darren O’Donnell’s latest piece, “Haircuts by Children.” But as soon as I arrived it was clear there was no way to just watch, to be a member of the audience. There was no audience. It was a tiny corridor of a salon with an even smaller waiting area and I felt ridiculous hovering in the doorway. Darren came up and asked if I was getting my hair done. When it turned out one of the kids would be free in a few minutes it suddenly seemed I had no choice but to say, “Sure.” Continue reading

To follow things as I encounter them: Blogging, Art, and Attention – Lucas Ihlein

As the tradition of “performance art” continues to expand, some artists have begun to use blogs as a way to record the ordinary social interactions which constitute their own creative practices. Since 2005, I’ve been creating blogs in an attempt to more intimately weave my art practice and everyday life, annotating the dozens of small events that accumulate each day. As a “blog artist,” I recognize the potential of this activity to bring to light some of the ephemeral interactions which specifically underpin my performative practice. Beyond its utility as a tool for documentation, blogging also helps hone my errant attention span, enabling me to make peace with seemingly insignificant or banal aspects of daily living.[1] These tiny annotated moments of ephemeral experience are what I want to focus on here. Via a brief exploration of two blog projects by Australian artists, I hope to demonstrate the mutually transformative relationship between the practices of blogging and the quality of our attention. Continue reading