Site-integrity is a working methodology – a site-specific practice that performs site through artistic devices operating in temporal relations with space and place. Taking a non-representational position (Bolt, 2004), site-integrity repositions the act of representation from its retrospective or projective dimensions towards that which is performed and is experiential. Thinking about practice in terms of event, therefore, is not simply the unfolding of a sequence of activities within a ‘privileged’ and territorialized space of the gallery; the art experience needs to be rethought, or re-experienced, in terms of a changing live space.
Historically, the context of this research lies in the origins of early cinema, with reference to the Lumère Brothers’ Cinématographe (the first three-in-one device that could record, develop and project images). Site-integrity builds upon this technique via a recording/display device that is mobile. This enables an exact transfer of scale and time as the representation physically maps the architectural site. In each specific site the device operates in a distinctly different manner (as mediator, investigator, social operator, time machine) furthering ideas of site-specific practice.
keywords: site, place, collaboration, performance, space, site specific artwork, architecture, representation