Transformations: Actions to Matter / Matter to Actions is a series of performative actions employing what is colloquial termed as the ‘free stuff’ online community. Each action occurs in two parts. Part one, titled Actions to Matter, consists of the artist acquiring physical items for free online. In part two, Matter to Actions, the acquired items are sold online.
Finally Transformations addresses the subject of labour as performance. While the actions are framed as performance within the context of the artwork, they often equally consist of labour for others e.g. contributing to data harvesting or the crowd-sourcing of a task. Additionally the labour is disguised as free stuff, competitions, games and so forth. Viewed as labour, performance within the work becomes a quantifiable endeavour.
Each attempt to acquire an item is a success or failure, each sale of an item is a success or failure and so transformative actions either succeed or fail in their overall aim to move from ‘virtual’ to ‘real’ and back to ‘virtual’ again. Time committed to each performative action is necessary for each to occur, no more and no less. This is documented in the dated weblog posts which become a record of when the artist has clocked-in and out to perform similar to a employee’s timesheet.