Jonathan Baxter

Artist and …

D-AiR (2009-12)

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Jonathan Baxter - Performing Worlds - Dundee Artists in Residence

Dundee Artists in Residence, locally known a D-AiR and pronounced ‘dare’, was a social sculpture and peer-led curatorial programme, responsible for organising and delivering two public art and performance festivals, two anchor exhibitions at Hannah Maclure Centre, University of Abertay Dundee, an exhibition and events program at University of Dundee Botanic Garden, four artists’ residencies, a skillshare workshop, a community garden project, and an extensive programme of reading groups, performance platforms, art walks, and field trips.

As part of D-AiR’s ongoing provocation I erased the website in 2012. Since then I’ve been attempting to archive the project, a process terminable and interminable.

I have since used deadlines again in other cases, as well as noting the experiences of other analysts in this respect. The verdict on the value of applying such ‘blackmailing’ pressures is unequivocal. They are effective, providing you choose the right moment to use them. But they do not offer any guarantee of a complete end to the task. On the contrary, you can be sure that, while under pressure of your threat part of the material becomes accessible, another part is held back and as it were lost to the therapeutic project.

Sigmund Freud