I am completely unfamiliar with almost all of the materials and technology that I need to realise the concept. I don't know the names of some of the things I want to use and I don't know if they even exist. It's a new experience to be pulling together disparate strands of elements beyond my usual expertise while undergoing a steep learning curve about how things work and how I might make them work for me. I have researched new materials before, but only in a conventional, even old fashioned, sense. I have certainly never worked at this speed.
My days involve a flurry of emails and calls which are outside what I once thought of as the norm for a working artist: for example, contacting a major chemical company to find out about a light conducting plastic film, or talking with an audio expert about 24-bit digital recording, or buying equipment from a rather spooky electronic surveillance specialist (don't ask!). Some elements of the installation will be manufactured for me, some installed by specialists. For a control freak like me, trusting the expertise and advice of other people is probably the most difficult part. Sometimes I feel like I am mounting a film production or directing some circus-like event rather than creating an artwork - although I guess, in some ways, I am doing all of those.