Paul Hawkins aka Bob Modem

Holding Patterns: Julia Rose Lewis & Paul Hawkins
We started by exchanging digital archives of traveling through America at times when we were overwhelmed, shaken, overrun and worn down by particular personal circumstances.

We’ve created a third archive of their shared visual poetry with the intention of organizing the visual poetry into a collection exploring the nature of travel, technology, memory and place and what it means to be easily overwhelmed in twenty-first century America. We concluded that balancing the past, the present and the future is somewhat akin to air traffic controllers guiding/marshalling their airborne responsibilities into holding patterns, until circumstances are right for them to move on. This work harnesses technology to share, re-think, appropriate, re-designate, re-document, de-memorialise. Taking place deep within this collaborative exchange is a remarkable transformation; placing those memories/circumstances/emotional responses in slow (e)mo(tion) holding patterns until each of us feels ready to move on.

A selection of Holding Patterns will be published in book form by Beir Bua Press on Dec 9, 2021.

There will be a Beir Bua Press launch event on Dec 21, 2021.

A Holding Patterns exhibition will be held at Eachwhat Industries Studio in 2022.

This is an ongoing collaborative project.

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Paul Hawkins aka Bob Modem