Dashes out of the Room
+8.5" x 11", textured paper & OHP film. Respective Intersectional keywords shared with the six project participants. Transcriptions written in dashes and dots. The participants’ string figure inventions. 2022-
Dashes out of the Room is one of the several process-based components created for Proposition 3: String Figure (2022). The two works share corresponding conceptual ignitions and grounds from which both the works sprouted. Along the collaborative process with the participants in Proposition 3, the final part, where they were asked to invent their own string figures and observe and write respective indexical words that describe the time and space when the inventions were invented in a written form, has been extended here as part of Dashes out of the Room. As every native people and ethnic group who are now believed to play string figures games for the longest time in the world always name similar string figures with different names based on what is important to each community and their lives, the participants’ indexical words herein function as an alternative offering to naming their own string figures and to owning the spatial-temporality of each invention. Their inventions were reciprocal correspondences to the 12 conversations I had with them during the AGO X RBC Artist-in-Residence period. Intersectional Sentences emerged from the conversations between one friend, and the next were subtle guidelines for them in terms of how to approach ways of inventing string figures. They were invented freely in any possible forms- text, drawing, musical notation, video and photography.