Responses

Dear Marie, My task was to document the experience of caring for my mother after her recent hip replacement operation. How—you asked— would we negotiate each other’s space? What conversations would we have? What type of care would I give? The answer to the third question is simple. Tie her...

Thanks for the astute and sophisticated task, Alan, to produce a deformative version of the work I presented to Aarhus University academic Andreas Roepstorff. It was interesting to think about what was being obscured in my meeting with him and in my presentation and try to detect what might be...

Dear Marie, Sorry it’s late, but here’s the home movie I made in response to your task.   As requested, I have created a scrap book of the house in Jespersvej which we had to leave at the end of last week. Moving home recalls all the other homes you...

Dear Marie, In a very interesting essay from 2008, ‘Constraint, Cruelty and Conversation’, Hector Rodriguez asks a question that is also at the centre of our project. He asks ‘whether generative or constraint-based artworks must always comprise tightly closed formal systems, or whether (and how) formal constraints can also open...

Dear Alan, thanks for this opportunity to do some diffractive mapping!! Another impossible task: Making a map without drawing or representing anything on paper but instead creating a dynamic map that takes no ‘data’ for granted. Hmm! As we were visiting the hospital for my 20 week pregnancy scan last...

Dear Marie, Scholars of culture like me, when accused the triviality of their topic, tend defensively to react by asserting its weightiness and significance. We’re wrong to do so, even if the paradox of the trivial is that it’s foundational. The word itself comes the Latin for the meeting of three...

Dear Alan, I wasn’t sure at first whether to cry, laugh or dig a hole when I read your instruction for Task 33 – The Philologist’s Objection. In short you asked me answer to your philologist supervisor Zyg’s (unvoiced) objections towards our project and convince him that it is a...

Dear Marie, Funny that, with this task, you should identify a distinction or opposition that has been a theme in my reading and thinking about art since I was a teenager. I always thought I was on the side of ‘two’. I am probably misremembering when I say that the...