I have been developing the notion of artists and their gentrification of areas being comparable to a virus or bacteria infecting an area.
Ideas I have been considering:
- Is it possible to use different materials local to the area to try to cultivate bacteria on?
- What materials might be representational of the local area/community/residents?
- What materials can overcome others?
- Should I swab certain areas?
Thinking about my lack of knowledge regarding lab cultures or how to cultivate bacteria etc.. I reconsidered with this in mind:
- If I want to grow bacteria – can it come from the artists?
- Can the bacteria I wish to cultivate be coated onto photographs or maps of the area?
- Might it be better to stick the images underneath the petri dish?
- Could I draw with the bacteria over the image/map? (Not sure I like this idea – too literal).
With all this in mind I have been experimenting with ink and map images.
Each of the circles are taken from a different map of the area. Each map represents a different era in history. It is possible that I could develop more artist “cultures” on the later maps and less on the earlier maps.
Things I need to consider now:
What am I trying to say about art, artists, gentrification? Did I intend for this to be as political/derogatory as it appears? Is it a commentary on art/society/economy?