previous artist-in-residence

**Artbook Series Update for the end of March 2012**


For the first Concord artist-in-residence programme I’d like to produce a concise Anthro/Art Book, drawing inspiration from the ‘house & house life’ patterns of the last American Aboriginal tribes to occupy the terrain Concord is presently based. This book may also act to initiate the first quarterly collaborative in-house publication commencing on 12.15.2011.

Initial research will extend from the pioneering Material Culture readings of L.H. Morgan, and assemble similar, yet original archival material from the relative ethnological faculty and heritage institutions of California.

My aim will be to identify the specific structures of communal living, and in turn, interpret, contrast and illustrate where these structures exist within the comparative ‘house & house life’ environs of Concord members and associates.  Overall, it will be an exercise in discovering, understanding the communal of the new, how present day artists live and work in contrast to dwelling practices of the past.

I present in the following a brief discussion of L.H. Morgan’s work, in addition to sample images of an examplar art-book, The Land Archive of Singapore, which I propose to follow as an initial model and take as an editorial guide.

I’ve also forwarded a ‘call for submissions’ for an art-book competition in London, which I’ll aim, at least as an external measure, to submit 10 final print copies. This, poignantly enough, may coincide as a possible date for a first publication event launch.

I suggest keeping this first edition brief, concise, but nonetheless rigorous and illuminating. For the second edition, changes in editorial roles & possibilities for new sources of inspiration can remain open for Concord members to forward proposals.

To conclude, its perhaps important to note how I view my role as one of mediation, remaining as ever open to suggestions, collaborative possibilities and ultimately as a gesture of good will in seasons of Concord to follow.


Following L.H. Morgan’s House & House Life Of The American Aborigine

                                      Kinship & Communal Rule

Of any native American Aboriginal, the Yucatan, or the tribes of New Mexico, regardless of where Morgan made example of an American Indian’s house, there was always found in its construction or general plan characteristics reflecting ‘common experience’, ‘similar wants’, and a means of life spent ‘under institutions of the same general character;’ all of which becomes constitutional for L.H. Morgan readings of native American architecture.  Although speaking of kinship arrangements, not the living conditions of graduate artists, with both, there is still the necessity to sustain life against the constrains of  a given environment. Hence he carries forth to consider many examples of house forms in terms of ground plan and construction,  illustrating how they represent one communal system. The significance here  is how Morgan makes a reading of the material structure of these homes in terms of the social ramifications such structures imply. As these quotes encapsulate,

“communism in living and the law of hospitality, it seems probable, accompanied all the phases of Indian life in savagery and barbarism. These and other facts of their social condition embodied themselves in their architecture, and will contribute to its elucidation.”

“The principle fact which all of these structures alike show, was that the family was too weak an organization to face alone the struggle of life, and made a shelter for itself in large households composed of several families. The house for a single family was exceptional across America, with the house  large enough to accommodate several families was the rule. Moreover, they were occupied by joint tenement families. There was also a tendency to form these households on the principle of gentile kin, the mother’s with their children being the same gens or clan.”

Bookartbookshop Competition, London 12.15.2011