Andrew McWilliams

Open Studios at I-Park

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This is a trailer featuring the seven artists at I-Park during my residency, created by Nancy Pinney:

It gives a little insight into what we all do, and was produced in preparation for our presentations at Open Studios last Sunday. The presentations were all very interesting and were a perfect ending to the residency.

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Perception as a Creative Process

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The work I've been pursuing in the last couple of years has been influenced by the idea of perception as a creative process. What this means is that when we look, hear and otherwise sense the world around us, the combined sensation we experience is not a mirror-like reflection of reality, but an ongoing, constructed, internal model.

It's not a new idea, in fact it has been the essential paradigm since Kant's so-called 'Copernican Revolution'. But I believe these ideas are intellectually and culturally crucial in an age of overpopulation, multiculturalism and burgeoning globalisation; in which value system clashes are increasingly common.

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The I-Park Graveyard

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This is the I-Park graveyard...
The graveyard of previous artist's installation work which has died on the grounds:

Objects at the I-Park graveyard
Objects at the I-Park graveyard

I-Park has been around for over ten years, and with 6-7 artists in each season, they accumulate a lot of art on the grounds. Some of it doesn't survive, is temporary in nature, or was related to a performance piece. When this work is dismantled, this is where it ends up.

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Scoping Out the Land

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On our introductory tour of the I-Park grounds with the owner, Ralph Crispino, we walked by interesting spots for potential portable projection.

However, Mason Carillo is the Grounds Keeper here, and he said he knew a few more remote spots that were less well-known.

A rock in Area #3
Mason standing with a rock in Area #3

Mason was right, and he showed me some amazing areas off the trails. With Mason's help I have numbered the areas where rocks are lying together (the numbering is mine, these areas are not on any maps at I-Park).

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Residency Begins at I-Park

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I've just started my residency at I-Park.

I'll be here for one month developing a portable installation / performance piece, which I have been working on for a while already.

The I-Park welcome
The I-Park welcome

We are all staying in this gorgeous 19th Century house, which has been completely renovated to have all the mod cons. We also benefit from the use of studios, a library, study, woodshop, common area, a very talented chef (four nights a week), and of course the 450-acre woodland / park.

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