Traces of Perception
What you capture always depends on your perspective or how you organize your observation. Like if reading a book with a certain notion in mind you gain knowledge, ideas and connections that otherwise would have escaped your attention.
In my methodology I seek to organize my observation in order to go beyond the presupposed meaning and discover new aspects. I focus on some limited attribute of some object or a phenomenon, a line, a movement or a sound and try consciously to ignore its visual and conceptual connections. My method of focusing is meditation like in the sense that I aim to be mindfully aware of my observation, focus on something specific, stop the wandering of my own mind and in the meantime I listen to but try not to judge my own experience.
I use various mediums depending on what I aim to capture. Most often the medium is related to what I seek to capture like when I videotape a movement. However I do also experiment with using a medium, which is in opposition with the observed thing, like when I draw a sound or a movement.
In my drawings I do this by choosing some trait of an object that can be interpreted into line, then I draw focusing on that trait only, without looking at the paper while I draw. So the line depicts some traces of perception most often without revealing its origin.
Important factors in my research:
Detaching elements or attributes from their source
Combining unrelated elements
And in all this rhythm is ever present
Thesis online: http://kristbjorg.net/olsen/