Ritual Beadaries



Made out of Papier-mâché ritual beadaries provide a physical means of keeping count of the number of digital screen images captured as a generative artwork unfolds. The fingers of one hand are moved along the beads as the other hand clicks the computer keys to take each image. By engaging in the purposeful act of selecting moments on the screen to capture, and by not having to keep track of the count mentally, the mind is supposedly freed to encounter the work.

Beadaries contain groups of beads made up of one to six beads (a die). Each die is separated by a space and a more elaborately decorated moments bead. The computer keys are clicked on each bead within a die. and a new aspect of the work is given attention at the moments bead.

Beadaries can contain any number of die up to thirteen. Single-die beadaries, also referred to as echoes, can also be used to encounter works; the same ring of beads is counted repeatedly.

Although, historically, throwing a die/dice was the most common method of deciding upon the configuration of a beadary, a much wider range of approaches are used now. It is usual for the method of configuration to be noted as part of the work.

A new bediary is made for each artwork. It is often made from paper prints of the screen grabs associated with the work.