David Alesworth has a long history of working in public spaces and collaborative practices. These began in the late 1980’s and throughout the 1990’s. Resulting in works such as “The Promised Lands” Frere Hall 1997, “Heart Mahal” 1996 and “Very Very Sweeet Madina” in 2000. For the Lahore Literature festival-2015 Alesworth will be facilitating a project based around the microscopic, inviting members of the public to view aspects of the everyday environment that are normally invisible to the unaided eye. These will be viewed and shared through both the optical microscope and video projections, moving from the infinitesimally small to the large format of the public display. Here musing upon the relationship between the individual and society and reflecting upon the Age of Wonder that has been a long standing feature of the artist’s research interests.
(text from LLF catalogue)
|Carrots in the washing basket, 13 March 2010
I’ve been thinking about inserting carrots into this plastic washing basket since i got it about two years ago.It seems made for them. Though I hadn’t counted on its flexibility nor their weight. Then there’s the lack of symmetry in an average Pakistani carrot. These black carrots are amazing, they seem another whole species from their bland orange cousins. The bigger picture is a putting together of the product of industry and the produce of nature. Both are interventions of a sort, neither are “natural”. This goes beyond my anthology of plastics.
|Black and red carrots, 13 March 2010|
|Black Carrot juice, 26th March 2010, Lahore
Carrots in the clothes basket, 13th March 2010
Mixed carrots and plastic
Black carrots and orange plastic, 13th March 2010
set-up with Nikon D3
Dyed eggs for Naurose,
|Khaplu village from above, 23rd March 2010|
|Khaplu high plateau in search of lawn-grass, 23rd March 2010|
|Panorama with Huna, Khaplu 23rd March 2010|
|Black Peppercorn Haier top-loader, detergent free twin tub, 14th March 2010|
|Body parts, mobile phone advert, R.A. bazaar Bombings, Friday 12th March 2010|
|Washing down R.A. Bazaar, bombings, 12th March 2010|
|R.A. Bazaar bombings, 12th March 2010|
|Just outside Skardu by road, 23rd March 2010|
|Cabbage White’s eating all my Ruccola, 26th March 2010|
…and part of another
Some details of the finer piece.
The blue Persian is a much finer piece but totally threadbare, worn right down to the structural weft and weave of its base, from a distance it’s almost monochrome. They are both also full of dust despite several previous washings. The motifs are of course all plant and garden based. These rugs would seem a viable visual metaphor a cultural reading of “the garden”. Here it is played out as as paradise itself. A contained garden of fountains, bird song, fruit bearing trees within in an ordered orchard. An oasis of sorts.
I decided to cut out the still intact central portion today, and have kept the borders to experiment on as well. I’m intending to somehow work into and onto these rugs. At present it seems to me that the only authentic way to do that is to actually stitch another layer right into their very fabric, perhaps this should read from both sides as in fact this threadbare one does. Now there is no hierarchy of front or back, its much the same.
I will have to have to stitch the edges to prevent this one disintegrating. It felt sacrilegious to be cutting into this once magnificent rug but if I can use it in my work it will have another lease of life.
William Glover’s new book “Making Lahore Modern” Constructing and imagining a colonial City, just arrived. Its only been a week or so since I ordered though Amazon’s express delivery cost me as much as the book itself!
A work by Berlin based Alex Fleming shown at Art Dubai a few years ago. I instantly recognized it as a work I should have, could have made! (don’t you hate it when that happens?) We became friends and I sent him an Afghani War rug subsequently.
Skinning a sheep, near Mochi Gate
(also see movie clip)
Wiring and speakers
Nan Katai shop
Cleaning Goats Heads
Processing goat parts
also see the movie clip
Dry Fruit Stall
Beautiful animals for Eid
Skins on a bike
Skins at the roadside
Currently I am involved with:Walking Lahore as psychogeographical derivé. Starting at the Ganda Nala on Zafar Ali Road, Gulberg. Working with Lawrence Gardens, Bagh-e-Jinnah.
MANUFACTURER OF ” ” ROAD BLOCKER ” ” in KARACHI LAHORE ISLAMABAD PAKISTAN , WE ALSO MADE TURNSTILE GATES & REMOTE CONTROLL GATES IN PAKISTAN -NOW WE CAN STOP A BOMBER TRUCK WHO IS TRYING ENTERING & BLOW THE WHOLE BUILDING FROM HIS TRUCK .
100 % MADE IN PAKISTAN , IMPORTED SYSTEMS ARE EXPENSIVE WE ARE DIRECT MANUFACTURER IN PAKISTAN , INSTALLATION , AFTER SALES & SERVICES IS EASY FOR ALL OVER PAKISTAN CUSTOMERS -EASY SMOOTH OPERATION OF OUR OWN MADE SYSTEM IS AVAILABLE AT HALF PRICE THEN IMPORTED SYSTEMS -WE ARE DIRECT MANUFACTURER OF FORCED FULLY HARD STOP” ” ROAD BLOCKER ” “WE ALSO MADE – TURNSTILE GATES & REMOTE CONTROLL GATES , IN PAKISTAN – SEE OUR OTHER ADDS HERE –
NOW WE CAN STOP A BOMBER TRUCK WHO IS TRYING TO ENTERING & BLOW THE WHOLE BUILDING – WE CAN STOP THAT BASTARD –
OUR EQUIPMENT IS REALLY A LIFE SAVING EQUIPMENT -SAVE ASSETTS =SAVE PEOPLES LIVES -SAVE EGO -2 TYPES WE MANUFACTURED -A) MANUAL CONTROLLED -B) HYDRAULIC CONTROLLED -JUST 1 SECURITY GUARD IS ENOUGH TO CONTROLL THIS GATE -ONLY IMPORTANT BUILDING CHIEF SECURITY OFFICERS LETTER HEAD ENQUIRIES WILL BE ENTERTAINED -WE ARE THE ONLY 1 MANUFACTURER IN PAKISTAN & WE USE BEST SYSTEM TO EJECT & RELEASE THE SYSTEM –
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Some current thoughts and initiatives.<o:p></o:p>
Walking the ganda-nala’s of Lahore<o:p></o:p>
I have approached a potential collaborator for this venture and we are in the process of discussing it. The open storm drains in this massive city of 7+ million (1998 census figures) provide the only channeling of sewage from homes to its ultimate discharge in the now dead river Ravi. There are no treatments plants. However the ganda-nala’s also create ecological corridors through the city where plant and animal life is left fairly undisturbed. The current heightened tension in the city is making any walking venture deeply problematic, let alone undertaking a walk through a highly suspicious no-mans land. I hope to undertake an initial walk (and documentation) within a few weeks. <o:p></o:p>
The People’s Art Historical Garden Centre Project<o:p></o:p>
Completed 25th October 2009 in collaboration with Adnan Madani. We have collaborated on several projects previously, notably “The Frankfurt School” video which is also covered in previous blog entries. See the newly added page of documentation and narrated video. Akbar Naqvi’s book “Image and Identity” (Oxford, 1997) is systematically dismantled and converted into useful paper bags. It is unbound and liberated from it’s burden of assumed authority. A reclamation, a reinterpretation and dissemination. Even an insemination (seeds are added to each art-historical bag). Like seeds themselves it is finally disseminated to the public of Lahore. <o:p></o:p>
I have yet to locate specialist input for this project and I now see it as being a much longer term initiative. I hope at least part of it may be realized by next summer’s residency.<o:p></o:p>
Berlin Collaboration 2009-2010<o:p></o:p>
I have sent out initial emails towards this collaboration. It is intended that a dual project be negotiated that comes to fusion and fruition in Berlin next summer. Something that involves horticultural practices in the cities of Lahore and Berlin.<o:p></o:p>
Readings, recent and in progress, 1st Nov. 2009<o:p></o:p>
Tim Richardson. Vista, The Culture and Politics of Gardens.<o:p></o:p>
K. Helphand. Defiant Gardens.<o:p></o:p>
Khan. The Gardener.<o:p></o:p>
Ian Sinclair. Hackney that Rose-Red Empire.<o:p></o:p>
Reza Aslan. How to Win a Cosmic War.<o:p></o:p>
Charles Darwin. The Formation of Vegetable Mould.<o:p></o:p>
Foucault. Several Readers and The Order of Things.<o:p></o:p>
Isenberg. The Nature of Cities.<o:p></o:p>
Belting. Garden of Earthly Delights.<o:p></o:p>
Jellicoe. The Landscape of Man.<o:p></o:p>
Reynolds. On Guerrilla Gardening.<o:p></o:p>
Allen. Kipling Sahib.<o:p></o:p>
Solnit. As Eve Said to the Serpent.<o:p></o:p>
Driver. Nash. Landing.<o:p></o:p>
I will be contacting Kenneth Helphand for my research on the ”Post-Colonial Garden”. This is currently under negotiation with my mentor concerning it’s whole approach to the subject.<o:p></o:p>