The use of information sources, and the implications of trustworthiness and reliability that the source endows upon information, are of interest to me. How do we decide which information sources to trust? How can we discriminate between accurate and innacurate representations of ideas and information?
The original texts of earlier thinkers (for example Isaac Newton’s publications, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks) are fascinating and alluring to me in both aesthetic and intellectual senses.
Much of my creative practice is stimulated by a fascination in the creation of knowledge, the mechanisms of the subsequent dissemination of new views, and the giving up of old ideas that is integral following the formation of new information. I am intrigued by the politics of control of information, and the popularisation of ideas; of cultural evolution and notions of progress.
I am also interested in the role that I can play (if any) as uninformed interloper in the development of comprehension and the wider dissemination of groundbreaking science through my representations and misrepresentations of the subject.
In constructing a single copy of a book in which I am deliberately misrepresenting certain ideas, whilst not discrimiating between those and "true" information conveyed from the scientists with whom I was working, I am requiring that an interested observer must engage with only the original work produced, and yet even then not be sure of the validity of the knowledge presented.