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10 May 2022
“Rhizomes of string figure(s) are horizontally growing collections of questions and counter-questions coming and going away throughout the entire period of my participation in the AGO X RBC artist in residence. They also are stacks of resources, research, information, and feedback for my practice or that are loosely related to my practice and/or my life. They are a gentle acknowledgement coming from my deep heart that it is a privilege for me to have met all the mentors, curators, and researchers and come across artists and many other people from 25 April to 19 July 2022. I would instead share all of these segments of conversations and entailed questions to whoever might find them echo-able than keeping them in my notebook. Some and most of them are written words filtered by my own perspective and understanding of all the conversations I have had. Standing as a filter here for this contemplation map also means that they are anecdotal, entangled with where I was standing and what I was seeing at every moment of conversations. Entailed questions here entail tails that never seek answers yet only try a variety of weavings throughout hodological contemplations.”

• From the top left to the top right:
(1) Caroline Furness Jayne. String Figures and How to Make Them; a Study of Cat’s Cradle in Many Lands. New York, Dover Publications, 1962.
(2) Currencies of Hospitality. Edited by Sylvie Fortin, published by Public Access Journal
(3) Stranger Things S2 E8,  Dustine says, “It’s so ancient that it doesn’t even know its true home.”

• From the bottom left to the bottom right:
(1) Fournier, Lauren. Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism. S.L., Mit Press, 2022.
(2) Melting Point(s): digital journals through citations and questions. Ivetta Sunyoung Kang. 2022
(3) Gryski, Camilla and Tom Sankey. Cat’s Cradle, Owl’s Eyes: A Book of String Games. New York, N.Y., Scholastic, 1995.

30 May 2022

Our conversations are ephemeral yet becoming very living beings.

String figures (actually) consistently occur in every conversation, movement, gesture and decision I make everyday. To realize subtle process of my own string figures being created today and tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, I’m weaving now throughout these citations and the in/tangibles.

String Figures games is believed one of the most ancient games in human history. “We don’t know when people first started playing with string [...]. We do know that all primitive societies had and used string. [...] The string artist was often a storyteller as well using his (their) loop of string to illustrate his (their) tale.” -extracted from Cat’s Cradle, Owl’s Eyes: A Book of String Games by Camimlla Gryski

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