hand. eye. is an interactive environment designed to question the relationship between concept and craft in contemporary ceramic fine-art practice. hand. eye. was installed at the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, a three day event that seeks to separate contemporary ceramics from its historic place as functional craft. Despite its name, CCACA disproportionately favors technical methods of making over conceptual investigations. hand. eye. consisted of a set of simple instructions, an environment with a concealed workspace, and three monitors above it, each presenting a manipulated view depriving the participant of a one-to-one, traditional hand-eye experience. Participants activated the environment, creating a series of impromptu performances and artifacts. By removing the possibility of creating perfectly crafted objects, participants were free to play, and in doing so, re-experience the moment they began working with clay.
LCD, live video, concealed workspace, clay, social media
36" x 24" x 48"