Thought Log (2016)



Thought Log comes out of an experimental event called ‘Capturing the Moving Mind’, involving around 50 people – artists, activists, philosophers, curators, political theorists - that took place on the TransSiberian Railway in 2005 between Moscow and Beijing. Just after we boarded the train in Moscow, I gave the occupants of ten of the cabins these beautiful children's exercise books with Socialist Realist covers I’d found in Dom Knigi bookstore on Novy Arbat, and asked them to record their first thoughts and their last thoughts for each day. Afterwards the responses were collated into a ‘Thought Spreadsheet’.

Ten years later, selected text was animated, mixed with reprocessed video from the journey, the moving thoughts and moods captured and organized around the sound and rhythm of the train itself.

This work was made as part of the project, FIELDWORK: artist encounters, curated by Gary Warner, SCA Galleries, July - August, 2016

FIELDWORK: artist encounters is an exhibition project that creates spatial, conceptual, sonic and material conversations between recent works of a collection of artists with decades-long practice trajectories involving, in various ways, work in the field or of the field. The exhibition is curated by Gary Warner and shows at Sydney College of the Arts Galleries, University of Sydney 7-30 July 2016. A 48 page saddle-stitched colour publication accompanies the exhibition. ISBN 978-0-9946280-0-8