Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Reciprocal Interference Project: Collaborations opens at Newcastle’s Podspace Gallery on Thursday 17 July, 2008.

Images from left to right: Carol Archer and Sue Rawlinson (mixed media on paper), Carol Archer and Mary Grehan(mixed media and moth's wing on paper), Carol Archer and Johanna Trainor (watercolour and photomedia), Carol Archer and Even Mak (acrylic on paper), Carol Archer and Sue Taylor (mixed media on paper) , all A4 sized. To look at the evolution of each collaboration, and works in various stages of their progress, go to,,,,

Reciprocal Interference Project: Collaborations opens at Newcastle’s Podspace Gallery on Thursday 17 July, 2008. Each piece in the exhibition is by Hong Kong-based artist Carol Archer and one other artist: Sue Rawlinson (Bondi), Sue Taylor (Canberra), Johanna Trainor (Newcastle), Mary Grehan (Ireland), Even Mak (Hong Kong). The first of these collaborations began in 2005, the others in 2006. Packages of works-in-progress have been bouncing back and forth ever since. No written instructions or descriptions arrive with the pictures – the conversation proceeds by means of the visual language in the works.

Reciprocal Interference? The phrase comes from Henri Bergson’s essay on laughter. When “two altogether independent series of events” come together, it may generate a comic effect, “the precise formula of which is very difficult to disentangle, by reason of the extraordinary variety of forms in which it appears”. Like the ingredients of a good joke, the works in the Reciprocal Interference Project are extremely diverse and could not have been predicted by their makers. Two artistic sensibilities meet in each work. Each picture results from a challenge posed by one artist and an answering visual intervention by the other. Process is important: these pictures could not have come into existence in any other way. A series of blogs, each highlighting the work-in-progress of a particular collaboration forms the virtual component of the project. Specific blog addresses are listed to the right of your screen.

The exhibition ends on Saturday 2 August.

1 comment:

Ron C. de Weijze said...

I believe he meant by that term the way according to his philosophy of creative evolution, time and space (temporalization of space and spatialization of time) get together in intuition. In other words: how intuition combines instinct and intellect if the latter is not misused in 'sociobabble'. Main aspects of intuition in this sense, are: differentiation, immediacy, actuality, continuity, change, equity, newness and simplicity.