Labelling the world and the spaces between

I was invited to write a short piece about labels and what they do to our understanding of the world. I decided to focus on unlabelled 'spaces between'...

  Lost in place  acrylic on canvas, 50 x 65 cm. Lynne Cameron, 2013

Lost in place acrylic on canvas, 50 x 65 cm. Lynne Cameron, 2013

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I arrived in Berlin to work with a new label, as “artist-in-residence”. It is a beautifully vague label that finds many different instantiations in the cross-over between art and organisations. Its core meaning is only that an artist is resident for a period of time in a particular place and makes art. The art may happen in situ or in the months and years afterwards. The art may relate directly to the place and what happens there, or it may be more loosely connected to it and influenced by it. The art project is sometimes pre-determined but more often, as with my post in the Cinepoetics centre at the Freie Universität in Berlin, is left open as a space to be filled. In my work as a professor of applied linguistics, I gained a reputation for rigorous and precise analytic work, all categories carefully defined and labelled. In my work as an artist, I love the looseness, the spaces between, and the reluctance to label. ...

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