::: nicole shiflet :::


about me


Line leading to plane, leading to space
Trying to find the zeros and ones
The abacus
Foucault and the order of things
An indecisiveness: analog to digital, the grey area between 1 or 0
Negotiating our body for the machine: special devices, ways of proper sitting
Digitally speaking, when a file is erased is it ever really gone? Where does it go?
Wanting to understand the machine: what is inside? How does it work?

Dream from last night:
Driving through what was supposedly the Grand Canyon, even though I have never been there.
Deep purples/oranges, the layers were amazing
The height of looking over the ridge and driving too fast, it was more of a nightmare than a dream even though it was beautiful

Technically correct (but not easily achieved) drawings of electronic machines
Finding pieces of text and turning them into nontextual drawings
Finding unique relationships between things

We hope you stay with us here.
You show a certain blankness in your expression. Your writing says a lot but states little.
Who was it? Was it really her? When I looked him closely in the eyes he really did. His expression had changed to sincerity and interest (just as he had said I was). They were green.
School, was it punishment? Humiliation, anger, stubbornness, don’t let them see you care, pride.
After he was gone, I wanted to ask, who are you? But I feel he would have only smiled anyway. But perhaps there would have been some clue in his expression.

It is so hard to keep working on a thing and give it life and texture while maintaining a happy simplicity. Once that simplicity is lost it becomes a jumbled mess. Layering is important, good. It helps create a sense of depth and a feeling of lived-in ness. Just as something old and found is often so much more beautiful and experienced and has a greater history than something shiny new. But, again, to maintain the simplicity is the key.

I think an important part of life and being an artist is learning to adjust/adapt to what is available and work with it. In other words, if you are given a space or situation you were not expecting, react to it, work with it, rather than turn it into something it is not…

Start spending time doing and stop spending time thinking

The way in which we perceive sound and the way in which we interpret the space of a room could be experimented with in interesting ways – correlates to the way James Turrell uses light to confuse perception. Computers know only what we tell them, they cannot infer a result without all the information, as we may do (perceptual completion).

Use the microphone as the writer would use the pen - be aware of what you are recording and what type of reaction the listener may have.

Staying with something for too long or forcing yourself to do something can sometimes create a void or unproductive boredom.

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statement 2006
all things binary
copyright 2010