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surface work bpm 2024



My inquiry delves into both theoretical and scientific concepts surrounding movement and tempo. It involves moving the paint mixture across the surface, aligning with the silence between the ticks of a metronome; to specific beats per minute, ranging from 20 BPM to 300 BPM, within the confines of a 2D surface area measuring 100x70cm.

I categorize the tempos, progressing from slow to quick, as 'knead,' 'stroke,' 'sweep,' 'swipe,' 'slice,' 'dash,' 'strike,' and 'attack.' Movement and rhythm assume pivotal roles in maintaining a seamless continuity of tone in my work. The term 'tempo rubato,' borrowed from Italian, encapsulates the discretionary timing I employ to exert control. However, adherence to a precise beat introduces additional constraints and limitations. In my preparatory exploration, I've observed that as the tempo escalates, the manipulation of paint during silences synchronizes with the beat. At 70 BPM, the distinction between moving during the silence or on the beat becomes ambiguous. At the peak of 300 BPM, the velocity becomes so rapid that my focus shifts towards ensuring stability in my movements and maintaining a consistent pressure, and I can't discern.



Surface BPM. extremely slow (knead) at 20 BPM

Surface BPM. very slow (stroke) at 40 BPM

Surface BPM. rather slow at (sweep) at 60 BPM seconds per minute

Surface BPM. at ease (swipe) at 70 BPM

Surface BPM. heart-rate sweet spot (slice) at 85 BPM 

Surface BPM. extremely fast (strike) at 140 BPM

Surface BPM. extremely fast (attack) at 250 BPM

Surface BPM. extremely fast (attack) at 300 BPM

Concepts which are intrinsic to the investigation are:


movement | momentum | inertia | mass | velocity | acceleration | infinity | force | friction resistance motion | time | flow | speed | rest | space | pressure | weight | matter | intention action | rhythm | tempo | push | pull | repetition | limitation | restriction | accident  assessment | reassessment | decision.




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