Sunday, 31 January 2010

Other terms for possible use

1) Term 'stretcher' in art and medical practice
2) DOR: Dead On Arrival
3) DNR: Do Not Resuscitate

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Room 101

Michael Landy's new work is just 'Room 101' isn't it? Paul Merton should sue.

OAS, in a far superior way, deals with some of the same questions. And finds.

Brian: Eno(ugh!)

A campaign needs to be organised to stop the purveyor or Prog Rock, Elevator Music and related forms through the decades. I suggest we call it: "Brian: Eno(ugh!)"

Nothing personal meant either. It's not him but his behaviour that's the problem.

Tops: is good

Friday, 29 January 2010

Today's invention by the Doctor himself

Jon Gilhooly should be credited with inventing the term 'Era Infection', very common in the art of the inexperienced or naive. Solution: pour on warm linseed oil.

Visual Research

Are you a joker? Do you want to give up? This surgery offers free 'stop joking clinic'.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Strategy: avoid the danger of thinking

listen fellows, we can't dawdle here. i propose we trust eachother to make decisions on behalf of the others. perhaps occasionally this leads to interesting oversights. more often we benefit and avoid the danger of thinking.

to start how about we agree some dates quickly, one of us run them by Lin quickly, and we register together for the fringe asap?

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Arts Council proposed letter

We’d really appreciate if you could advise us how best to approach the Arts Council to help fund a bloody brilliant event/exhibition/initiative which we will carry out at the Brighton Fringe Festival this year.

To summarise very quickly what this is (in confidence):

Title: Open Art Surgery

Concept: Given the increasing numbers of academically qualified artists, some educated even to PhD level (there now exist Doctors of Art), the concept of an Art Surgery modelled around the idea of a Medical Doctor's Surgery would be interesting to experiment with.

Location: We have in the past six months, through meetings and discussions negotiated the ideal space, a glass fronted area, which is part of a medical doctor’s surgery, near Grand Parade campus, University of Brighton. Doctors, managers and staff at the surgery are completely behind the idea. (Astonishingly there is a medical doctor at the practice with the same surname as one of our number another Dr. Gilhooly! ). In effect this represents significant support in kind.

Attached please find:
· the slides we developed as part of these discussions
· an initial Process Flow Diagram describing the system

In addition we’re carrying out trials, discussing further, deciding on how we get the balance right between the inherent comedic aspect (our plans include the use of scanners, aesthetics (instead of anaesthetics) for etc.) and the very pertinent questions being raised. Also we are considering how all this will look in between activities, how we exhibit, there might be an audio element and lighting for example. Once again the medical Doctors are very interested in this and support that too. We’ve created a blog to store the discussion and share ideas, which is only accessible at present to the three of us but we might publish later. In addition there are considerations regarding what peripheral events, talks, academic or otherwise to arrange.

To do this properly we need adequate funding. None of us has the private income to support fully though we are all prepared to contribute a certain amount of cash and time. Costs would including marketing, getting the right technical support, documentation and hopefully covering some of our own time.


Tuesday, 26 January 2010

The flow chart has an honourable lineage: here is Alfred H. Barr's chart of the development of abstract art, produced for the cover of an exhibition catalogue in 1936. What I like about the look of the pfd is its modernist look - red, yellow and blue (could we have some black and white figures/shapes too please?). It also seems to suggest the idea of multiple outcomes. Is such a diagram something we could have in the surgery, on a large scale?

Process Flow Diagram

PFD for discussion:

The Figure Below:

Saturday, 16 January 2010

– Addresses a signifi cant gap in provision
– Develops or strengthens good practice
– Challenges convention or takes a risk in order to address a diffi cult issue
– Tests out new ideas or practices
– Takes an enterprising approach to achieving its aims
– Sets out to infl uence policy or change behaviour more widely

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Paintient Categories

Triage System

Following a discussion with Mary who has many years of experience with the National Health Service I am working on a flow diagramm based on the Triage System: Triage

Good news about Jon's arrangement of meeting with Arts Council January 26th



How about a new term for the entities/beings we deal with which combines the word patient with the word painting: paintients?

Friday, 8 January 2010


PROPER WORK (ADVERTISING) *Jon -relating to people (lecture -'the position of the intellectual) Conceit - Art Doctors / "Practice...Doctor" -Questionnaire -Appointments -Turnout / Debate&Brochure THREE FULL WEEKENDS App.

Consent 'stop-frame photography----------products at the end./ against / the joke and 'the presumption of illness more investigating the health / Emotional investment > make the giving up real 'jononjon' / CALIBRE of patients {patter A-way-of-doing-something "document" signing over/ Hand over queues,holistic,veils "iCONoClastic gestures"

Key Questions (underlined) framing / glazing (smoking) Questions to the object from the service provider ICONOCASM (Stands in for the...) /

THe response- is that symbolic
THIS IS NOT AN ARTWORK death=non human / tease.out.the.objects -alternative meanings for them (arousal of painting for patient.

List of Questions, suggestions
Speculative (Check listings - pricing)

Sponsorship (underlined) donations £2 {speculation}


Monday, 4 January 2010

The key word today is Agenda

Provisional notes and a picture

I think I read somewhere last year that Peter Mandelson has been making sounds about raising the cost of a university education. Placing the 'medical play' aside for a moment. We must I believe operate as a public service for those who cannot/ will not find seemingly frivolous places at university. This can be touted as a stick to stick up the noses of the arts council bods - we can BRAND ourselves as a public service, AND SEEK TO OPERATE IN THE GAP BETWEEN EDUCATION AND COMMERCE (text edited picture duplicated.) KEY TEXT

Sunday, 3 January 2010

The Capilla Cristo de las Lágrimas de San Pedro (Chapel of Christ of the Tears of St. Peter) in Cochabamba enshrines a mysterious sculpture of Christ. Since 1995, it has wept tears of human blood every Good Friday. Devotees claim that the tears have been tested in an Australian lab and found to contain human blood, and that the statue has been examined for fraudulent mechanisms and found to be hollow. To top it all off, the weeping has been caught on film - it can be viewed online here.

"What is striking about the scene of John's first encounter with Madeline is the way in which she is presented to the audience and to John: by means of an explicit profile, which makes her appear like a work of art. Later on, the profile shot will gain significance, when it is explicitly related to Carlotta Valdes' portrait in the museum that Madeline visits during her vagaries. The equation of Madeline to a work of art also reveals her true nature. As a work of art Madeline is on the one
hand easily accessible, because she is passive and an object of the male gaze, on the other hand, she is completely inaccessible as a human being. (Wood: 384) One cannot have a love affair with a work of art, unless a very perverse one."

(from: Vertigo. A vertiginous gap in reality and a woman who doesn't exist

Author: Joyce Huntjens
Published: January 2003

A 72-year-old man has been arrested after he smeared white paint on a controversial painting of the Virgin Mary decorated with elephant dung.

Dennis Heiner was immediately surrounded by security guards and taken into police custody after Thursday's incident at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He was charged with criminal mischief, a felony.

Heiner called the art blasphemous, witnesses said. His wife, Helena Heiner, told the
New York Post the couple considered the painting an insult to Christians - and that she "encouraged him to do it."

Chris Ofili's painting,
"The Holy Virgin Mary," is part of a successful and much-criticized exhibit of works by young British artists titled "Sensation."

The art in the exhibit has incensed various groups, including the Catholic League and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who tried to cut off the city's $7.2 million annual subsidy to the museum. The mayor's attempt was denied by a federal judge on First Amendment grounds.

Ofili, who is of Nigerian descent, has said the elephant dung is a cultural reference to his African heritage. The museum said the painting would be cleaned and back on display Friday.

Heiner apparently smuggled the paint into the museum in a small plastic hand lotion tube, said museum spokeswoman Sally Williams.

Witnesses said the retired teacher lured security guards away from the painting by telling them he was feeling dizzy and ill. He then ducked behind a Plexiglas panel in front of the painting and defaced it.

"He squirted it on the painting and then smeared it with his hands," Williams said.

In a statement, the museum said the board of trustees and its staff
"are shocked and extremely saddened by this incomprehensible act that has attempted to deface an important work of art by a world renowned artist."

(text from CBS news. Photo: Philip Jones Griffiths, Magnum photos)

"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I The Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My Commandments" (Exodus 20:4-6 KJV)

Friday, 1 January 2010


We three need a meeting. Next two days good for me.