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-

+Bibi: 𝑫𝒂𝒔𝒉𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝒐𝒐𝒎 was deeply inspired by Constructing Panic: The Discourse of Agoraphobia by Lisa Capps and Elinor Ochs.

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.

Each set of Intersectional Sentences contains emotional emergence and flows between the friends and me, pauses and hesitancy when the friends and I recalled something related to our respective traumas or tough times during the conversations, breathing to ourselves to grasp bravery to be open-minded and more sharing with one another. When I read them, I am drawn back to the moments of having caring conversations with them as if those ephemeral moments are being revived. All of our subtle, peripheral and fleeting utterances are there, remaining alive, unfolding concurrently with our present troubles, concerns, and anxiety that have been shared between us.

In short, the work contains: (1) six sets of string figure inventions by the participants, (2) transcriptions of Intersectional Sentences written in dashes and dots and (3) Glossary.

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