Haecceity – /hɛkˈsiːɪti,hiːkˈsiːɪti/
First proposed by John Duns Scotus (1266–1308), a haecceity is a non-qualitative property responsible for individuation and identity. That property or quality of a thing by virtue of which it is unique or describable as ‘this (one)’.
It is an elusive principle and one which many have sought to capture. Deleuze and Guattari reflect – “A season, a winter, a summer, an hour, a date have a perfect individuality lacking nothing […] They are haecceities […] capacities to affect and be affected”
(Deleuze and Guattari, 1980:288)
Following a short residency period at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery (2018) unique site-specific gallery drawings and screen-printed panels using conductive ink were exhibited alongside works from the Museum’s permanent collection.
Images took form from digital data collected using commercial mapping equipment whilst walking. Working directly on the gallery walls the drawing installation uncovered a journey across post-industrial landscapes surrounding Warrington. These drawings were not fixed, created from limestone the loose powder was left to fall from the wall and was easily disturbed if touched. The vulnerability of the drawing acted as a metaphor for the threatened, fragile environments the work strives to represent.
In addition to the temporary wall drawings 4 interactive screen-prints were created bringing a new dimension into the gallery. Images printed through silkscreens using conductive ink. This ink, contained fragments of conductive material, which when dried allowed the conductivity of electricity. The images then responded to human interaction, touching with the hand triggered a sound recording in the space; the visual transformed into a sonic experience.
Commissioned by Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival 2017.