SOCIAL OBJECT ORGANIC LINE
Is art a hyperobject? Can you practice philosophy through doing instead of writing? How can materialist philosophies contribute to social practice/social justice? How do aesthetics relate to causality? What does it mean to deanthropocentrize relation based artmaking? Social Object Organic Line was a series of public projects Riordan developed in collaboration with the Institute for American Art in Portland, ME. Made up of walking groups, workshops, screenings, and reading groups, each event explored a different caveat within the philosophy of new materialism, through art, phenomenology, science, participation, and critique.
SEEKING THE SOURCE
Seeking the Source was a week long mapping expedition that took place from May 17 – 23, 2015 along the Chester Creek in Anchorage, Alaska. A residency of sorts, Seeking the Source focused on the Chester Creek, the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek trail, and adjacent parks and neighborhoods. The eight crewmember mapped the trail, each in their own way, while also attending public gatherings with individuals with either cultural, historical or scientific expertise on the area. The crew also met with different individuals and groups that use the trail on a regular basis. The project was documented through an augmented reality guidebook and on the website www.chanshtnu.com.
Two installations at the Anchorage Museum, Points of Interest and 14,000 Feet were a part of the Museum's Polar Lab project and installed in the summer of 2015.
For 14,000 Feet (right) Riordan installed panoramic images of the view from the 14,000 foot basecamp latrine on Denali into some of the Museum's restroom stalls. The image was cropped from a larger photograph taken by Coley Gentzel.
Points of interest (bellow) was a series of six 3D printed viewfinders spread around the Museum's galleries at the time of the Anchorage Centennial. Each viewfinder was designed to direct the users vision towards a single point of interest (POI) outside of the Museum, in the Anchorage area, important to local Dena’ina Athabascan peoples. The viewfinders were accompanied by specific site information, instructions for use and a downloadable augmented reality app designed to assist users in visiting each POI.
LE ROMAN DU LIÈVRE - 1902/2008/2014
In 2008 Jimmy Riordan translated the poet Francis Jammes’ turn of the century novel Le Roman du Lievre from French into English not knowing french. In June 2014, after over five years working around the text, he finally printed his translation.
With the help of the community at Zygote Press in Cleveland, OH, printing was approached through a participatory process modeled after the educational philosophy of Jacques Rancière’s Ignorant Schoolmaster.
The edition of 250 was set in mono-type and hand-printed on a Vandercook press. The cover was printed on paper hand made at the Morgan Conservatory specifically for the project. The finished book is sold bound or as an unbound manuscript.
SEARCHING FOR THE SUBLIME
A one month community art project in Homer Alaska, exploring narratives concerning romantic notions of individualism, epic adventure, and the search for self within the sublime limitlessness of nature, anchored around the act of building an ephemeral clay house on Bishop's Beach.
Over the month of may Jimmy Riordan, Michael Gerace and Jesus Landin Torrez III engaged the Homer community through interviews and the collective design, building and firing of a clay cenotaph, serving as a catalyst for a discussion of the sublime and alternative forms of building and living.
Now deep in the process of sorting through the resulting images, ephemera, video and audio, the Search For the Sublime hopes to continue next year in the form of a radio show on local Homer station KBBI.
Photograph Credit: Jesus Landin Torrez III and Michael Gerace