Week 2 at The Lab generated much discussion and much writing. Intern @kirstendualan recaps: “Taking inspiration from Richard Mosse’s “Incoming”, we began this week by imagining our characters in a state of transition through the lens of a heat map. Mosse repurposes military surveillance technology in order to reveal our own humanity in a process that transforms the invisible to the visible. His work pushes us to consider what is hidden in the landscape, as he aims to document absence on a human level. Whether through Cold-War era satellite film or heat maps, Mosse’s films are emotive, kinetic, visually stimulating, and pushes the boundaries of the genre. We further implemented Mosse’s aesthetic choices into our writing by discussing the invisible forces in our environment that we wanted to make known and tangible by utilizing writing’s unique internality and freedom to craft identity. This week’s exploration showed us that writing requires vulnerability, a willingness to dive into our character’s fears, needs, and desires that can’t be replicated in any other artistic medium.” Sean O’Hagan of The Guardian wrote (of Mosse’s work): “...one must ask the inevitable question: does an artwork that sets out to challenge documentary tropes end up aestheticising human suffering by rendering it mere spectacle? The tension between the wilfully unreal textural beauty of the film – and it is pure texture, from start to finish – and the human tragedy it records is undoubtedly part of its power, making it uncomfortable viewing in the context of an art installation.”
@wordsofcharl writing away during Week 2 of The Lab. We love Charlie and their work. And while we’re on the subject of ❤️, is it just me or is Charlie’s outfit (that Atari sweatshirt!) better than any Valentine’s Day card? Fab photo by Lab intern @kirstendualan #labberswithstyle #thelabwmcd #writersofinstagram #writingworkshop
Inspired by Betye Saar’s work, Labber @finndeerhart wrote the first draft of these lines during Week 1’s meeting, and then edited and posted them to our online group. Don’t you want to read more? #lablines #thelab_mcd #writingworkshop #memoir #betyesaar
Labber and Lab Intern @kirstendualan snapped this shot of me “teaching.” What I love about the photo is how it captures the reflection of Labbers in the glass window of the wonderful @sfswedenborgian. I may be been talking about how inspired I was by Betye Saar’s show The Legends of Black Girl’s Window at @themuseumofmodernart when she took the pic.
Lab intern @kirstendualan took this pic of @teresetaylor & @eeternalsunshin3 writing away. Kirsten also wrote this recap: For the first week of this session, Matthew prompted a group of returning labbers, new faces, and friends with a series of experiments inspired by Betye Saar’s work in the newest exhibit of the DeYoung to get us deeper into our character’s physical and emotional landscapes. Imbued by Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Saar redirected her initial artistic vision as a call for Black liberation. Using a collection of found objects, Saar divines caricatures, washboards, and windows with new meaning through the art of assemblage. Through strategic juxtaposition, dismantlement, and reformation, Saar’s work critiques the zeitgeist of historically anti-Black representations within the American culture. As we explored her work, we dove deeper into our character’s unique vision of the world that gives certain objects meaning. This week, items generated in The Lab included: Barbie heads, Animal Farm copies, and berries. Whether it be assemblage or short story, Saar reminds us that art provides us avenues to consider identity within a culture that is both connected to the past and pulled by the future. #writinginspiration #betyesaar #writingprompts #writingcommunity
#lablines Check it out. These are lines written at The Lab. This time @xryguy (pictured, left). #thelabwmcd #labfaves #writersofinstragram #writingworkshops #writingprompts
Still thinking of last night’s Labbers and their responses to Betye Saar.
What a week! Started back to SFSU last week and this week The Lab. I was so inspired by Betye Saar when I saw her show The Legends of Black Girl’s Window at @themuseumofmodernart in December, and again by her work at @deyoungmuseum as part of #soulofanation exhibit, up until March 15, 2020 for anyone who will be in SF. More later on tonight from Lab Intern @kirstendualan! #betyesaar #thelabwmcd #writingcommunity #writingworkshop #fiction #memoir
Mary Oliver comes thru.