John Fleischer

Alumni – 2012

John Fleischer


BS: University of Minnesota

Over the last few years, Fleischer has drawn on transformation narratives to realize a series of speculative works that explore the relationship between notions such as impermanence and regeneration, immediacy and inaccessibility, growth and decay.

Alpinism is the art of climbing mountains by confronting the greatest dangers with the greatest prudence. Art is used here to mean the accomplishment of knowledge in action. You cannot always stay on the summits. You have to come down again. What is above knows what is below, what is below does not know what is above. There is an art to finding your way in the lower regions by the memory of what you have seen when you were higher up.

Spatial Feedback

From the first day, as the residents would be work- ing at their individual stations, eerie sounds would crackle from the corners of the room. Then the juncture of wall and ceiling. Then back by the bathrooms. John Fleischer was taking recordings of the aural qualities of the space. He would play sounds out and then record them bouncing back to the microphone. His experiments evolved to building a box-like structure that could spin, like a lazy-susan, which emit and capture recorded sounds. He used this new tool inside the Deli, outside on the sidewalk, and around the block.

… or was it about silence all along

AOT Untitled Performance

A series of performance images capturing gallery guests sitting silently with hooded and blinded John Fleischer.

By pattymcmeans

Patricia Healy McMeans is a current PhD candidate study contemporary art practice and social studios at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) This web log will attempt to document her personal research under the direction of Neil Mulholland.