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Like my visual work, this text is based on both fact and fiction. Throughout my thesis I speak about my preference of resorting to fiction instead of describing my work in a couple of definitive words. The title derives from the book Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters by Annie Dillard. Here, Dillard explores the world of natural facts and human encounters with them. The word “exploring” often functions as a metaphor for the artistic process. During my own artistic process I like to see myself as a character from of one of Dillard’s books: roaming the unknown while recording or observing the environment. My work often starts out like this, it derives from certain objects, landscapes or situations that I
observe in reality and that trigger my imagination. It originates from a desire to document things that are difficult to define or visualize. Along the way, I replace this documentary impulse with a poetic perspective; I am interested in what might have happened, or what could still happen, it becomes a speculative way of dealing with reality. The narratives that accompany my work arise intuitively; I trace the storyline of my subjects while describing my own experiences of them with equal importance. This MA thesis is a supplement to these semi-factual narratives. As I was writing it, I wondered what would have happened had I worked solely with text in my practice; had I produced a novel instead of a video, would I present this thesis then as a written supplement to the novel? I pondered on the absurdity of different kinds
of writing accompanying (visual) art. This text is an attempt to teach myself to talk about certain aspects of my work that arise intuitively and are therefore difficult to articulate or define. The two essayistic videos in the MA exhibition Sounds of the Sea, Crickets and Translucent Yellow and Yellowhammer Infrasound are stories about the desire to explore and based on different experiences of sound.