This Thursday the 14th May Ziggy Lever will present his PGR9 seminar at 2pm in WF711
Driving down Scott rd. looking for weeds (2015)
This practice-led PhD engages with methods of collection, film, and installation practice as it investigates concepts of memory and perception, Referencing the philosophical methods of Henri Bergson and recognising his intuitive method as relative to my artistic method. This project will probe the tenuous relationship memory and perception has to reality, through the creation of artworks as time-based documents. This project draws on art historical references (time landscape, video art) as part of its cyclic process of documenting: fieldwork (en plein air), studio making, and writing. Bergson’s concept of multiplicity in relation to duration(s)–especially his model of contraction/relaxation (détente)–bears relevance to the problem of how site is represented and remembered, accounting for the contingent disconnection of events. In this regard, in order to think about site/place it is necessary to understand the nature of temporal and spatial convergence across the ‘plane of matter’ as proposed by Bergson . Key to Bergson’s philosophy is dualism (time/space; subject/object; virtual/actual), which is reinstated in his project as a problem and tool, used to move beyond monistic and binary models and into the specific dimensions of the real. Through making, this project reflects on what it means to lose time–as if in a waking dream—or to distrust the relationship memory and perception have to virtual and actual states outside of the body.
 See the translator’s introduction in Bergsonism by Gilles Deleuze 1966, 10.