I brought my father to a site where workers had removed the thick foliage so archaeologists could thoroughly map the site. Another archaeologist and I excitedly discussed the visible architectural features – patios, terraces, the stubs of walls. Finally, my dad threw his hands up in the air and said “All I see are rocks!”
But our trained eyes recognized that the piles of stones or earthen mounds we saw were suspiciously aligned. Stare at archaeological sites long enough and you’ll notice them too.
Mark Binelli talks about the way in which Frederick Wiseman makes documentaries from found objects.
He sees himself, he told me, like an artist who makes work from found objects, except in his case, the art is assembled from found events.
Sometimes such a practice involves instilling constraints as Matthew Herbert outlines in his ‘found sounds’ manifesto.
This reminds me of what Alan Levine calls aand being open to the space you are in