Thinking back to ‘Invigilator : DIGBETH’ discussions I am struck by oblique and direct references to boredom – the gallery invigilators job being referred to as sometimes boring.

When transposed to an outside space where the invigilator has to stand or sit and simply ‘watch over’ then the space and the action of simply watching over it sets up an interaction that is boring in such a way that it can transcend boredom if we let it… The space becoming bored of the invigilator throws up new facets new resonances between it and the ‘watcher over’ the ‘invigilator’ A couple of Invigilator:Digbeth participants said that they found the invigilating very zen like – another not at all – the invigilating passed-by with a contrived doing – a counting of and classification of vehicles passing through the invigilated space. Such actions are invoked by the space itself as it is watched over – after all it was only chance that the space invigilated happened to have cars passing through it – this counting this classifying borne out of the possibility of boredom. 

“INVITE BOREDOM” – paul conneally 2008

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