SENT 2014 is a web-based conceptual artwork by San Francisco Bay Area-based artist Tom Comitta, produced in collaboration with Invisible Venue. It is available as a two-volume print-on-demand book, sold separately at cost, and/or available as a free 1,100+ page digital download. SENT is both an artwork and a form of documentation for All Good Things..., a group exhibition of time-based sculpture and performance at SOMArts Cultural Center in 2013. SENT presents a compilation of e-mail exchanges between participating artists and curator Justin Charles Hoover. It is an encapsulation of exchanges that ultimately resulted in a series of temporary, ephemeral artworks by a wide range of artists. Offered as a form of documentation, SENT echoes the trace digital format of the ephemera it attempts to convey. Additional texts by Tom Comitta and Christian L. Frock.
For this project, Comitta reflected on British artist Tacita Dean's film Craneway Event 2008, an artwork-cum-document produced in collaboration with American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham, which follows rehearsals for a site-specific performance by Cunningham's dance company in a former Ford assembly plant designed by Albert Kahn. In the resulting film, ephemeral details surrounding the rehearsals -- the cast of afternoon light through the windows, for example -- as well as the rehearsals are given equal consideration. Whereas Dean's film documented practices leading up to the event, SENT documents the language of organization surrounding the exhibition. Redactions left marked in place, as requested by participating artists or the organization, offer visual interludes within the text. These strangely compelling marks reflect on the ways in which documentation fails to encapsulate an experience, while simultaneously creating new forms of memory from trace impressions.