THIS ME OF MINE Goes to Ipswich

18th July 2013
Curated by Jane Boyer

This ‘Me’ of Mine
Premise Statement Jane Boyer, ©2013
'‘Myself’ is a loaded pronoun, it is a reflexive pronoun which is grammatically suggestive of a self which is reflected back on itself through actions or thoughts. It represents my person as I sit here writing this, my past which has brought me to this place where I sit and write, and the potential of what may happen next. It is a multiplicity of selves, changed and influenced by time, experience and encounters all woven together in the weave of a fabric called ‘me’. Yet there are two sides to a piece of fabric, just as there are two sides to me: my interior self and my exterior self.
These two selves are inextricably bound but often run a different course and carry different attitudes. The me that engages is not necessarily the me which retreats, but we are one and the same person. Deleuze would call this an ‘entre-deux’, a fold not in two, but a fold of two, ‘...above all that, differentiation does not refer to a pre-given undifferentiated, but to a Difference that endlessly unfolds over from each of its two sides.’
I call it the parallel self.
Immediately, the thought arises of split personality or other dimensions, but that isn’t it. The parallel self is the self not visible but which has influence on the self projected in the moment. It is the self which carries all the past and the self which anticipates the coming moment. It is me, ‘the- who-I-am’ which propels me forward. It is me and all the folds in the multiplicity of consciousness. Deleuze also says, ‘I am forever unfolding between two folds and if to perceive means to unfold, then I am forever perceiving within the folds.’ This suggests perpetual perception, but a perception which is hindered or baffled by what lies beyond awareness; a perception limited by obstruction.
This obstruction has many forms; it is the context of our perception and as such influences the way we interact with the world. These forms include socialization, memory, experience, resources and circumstance. But where are we in all this? Where is ‘the-who-I-am’, the self which perceives? There can be no separating me from my fold, but is there a discernable boundary of difference and can I affect that boundary? Can I impact my own context or am I forever bound to the vagaries of the fold?
This exhibition looks at some of these questions through the process of socialization, our relationship with objects as mediators of emotion, memory as a source of self-definition, and the reality of living in a digital age.'
Courtesy Jane Boyer

This ‘Me’ of Mine is an example of ‘distributed practice’, a phrase coined to describe the creative use of diverse networks taking artists beyond the boundaries of traditional art practice. It is the future of contemporary art practice.
I hope This ‘Me’ of Mine will be seen as an artwork in its own right. The challenges and rigour of creatively presenting this project have been every bit as complex and compelling as working in traditional media.
Ipswich, 12 July, 2013 – Curated from a distance via twitter and online communications, a public blog tracking development and delving deep into artists’ work and project themes, four diverse gallery venues, public funding and private sponsorship, an expanded final exhibition, a symposium, a book, videos and thousands of hours logged onto the internet. This ‘Me’ of Mine is an example of ‘distributed practice’, a phrase coined to describe the nature and reality of contemporary art practice. It is a wide distribution of networks where individuals work independently and in cooperation moving beyond traditional boundaries and landscapes of art practice. The future of art is here now.
As artists make their studios public through blogs and social media, ‘distributed practice’ has the potential to become an art form in its own right. The assemblage of information, attention to the details of its presentation and the culmination into ‘a whole’ is as rigorous as any traditional art form. Jane Boyer, curator, writer and exhibiting artist for This ‘Me’ of Mine explains, “I’ve considered each of the various media involved in distributing This ‘Me’ of Mine as a unique ‘venue’ and have worked diligently to mould This ‘Me’ of Mine to suit each one. This has gone beyond curating the physical installations in our four galleries. The blog is a venue and requires specific curatorial order, design and attention to detail; the book is a venue and required a completely different approach to curation and design with a different set of components and parameters, social media communications for the project is yet another venue with its own unique conditions. The venues have been numerous and diverse for this project. It’s taken a great deal of creativity to present This ‘Me’ of Mine in each form; it’s been a creativity every bit as challenging as facing a massive blank canvas.”
Jane is preparing for the fourth and final installation this Fall at the Ipswich Art School Gallery part of Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service. Jane was invited by Art Curator, Emma Roodhouse, to expand This ‘Me’ of Mine for the Gallery space and was awarded the funds to expand the show by ACE and her private sponsor “The original This ‘Me’ of Mine artists will be adding new work to the show, some created specifically for the venue, and I have invited 10 guest artists to join the exhibition. I’m very pleased to welcome them all to the show,” explains Jane. She and fellow exhibiting artist, Sandra Crisp, are collaborating on a new work called Enigma especially for the expanded exhibition. Cambridge business, Visualplanet™ has signed a sponsorship agreement with Jane to provide their Touchfoil™ hardware for the piece.
Exhibiting artists are: Aly Helyer, Edd Pearman, Cathy Lomax, Darren Nixon, Hayley Harrison, Melanie Titmuss, Annabel Dover, Kate Murdoch, David Minton, Anthony Boswell, David Riley, Sandra Crisp, Sarah Hervey, Shireen Qureshi, and Jane Boyer. Guest Artists are: Kai-Oi Jay Yung, Gary Mansfield, Molly Behagg, Andrew Litten, Suzanne de Emmony, Helen Scalway, Lisa Snook, Jacqueline Utley, Edward Chell and Kate Elliott.
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Exhibition Information:
Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service
Ipswich Art School Gallery
1 Upper High Street
Suffolk, IP1 3NE
21 September, 2013 to 5 January, 2014
Gallery Hours: Tue to Sun, 10 to 5pm
Opening: 21 September, 2 to 5pm
Artists in Conversation: 2 to 3, afternoon of the opening
Topic: Irrationality
Admission to the exhibition is Free
Symposium: Identity in the Digital Age
A panel discussion on memory, objects and contemporary communication
Panellists: Dr David Houston Jones, Annabel Dover, Dr Aiden Gregg and Dr Catherine Horan
Moderated by: Jane Boyer
2 November, 2013, 2 to 4pm
Tickets: £15 will be available online at