Tasks

Marie writes, I began composing this task with a long introduction about the melancholy of finishing this personal landmark of a project with you. I then realised that – as you read this – I might be in labour and therefore shouting for you to come and hold my hand...

Marie writes:  This will probably be your last task before the Final Project Task, to be activated as soon as I go into labour.   This task is based on conversations we have had regarding a difficult family situation involving yourself and your brother. I want to address this issue and to let...

Alan writes: Your task this week, perhaps the last you will undertake on the project because our new baby may arrive any day now, is to respond to the score I created in response to Task 48. Here it is again.    You asked that this score should be informed...

Marie writes: You are currently on a work trip to the United States and for this reason, I will keep this task as simple and straightforward as I can. I want to be true to our ‘relay’ and not divert too much from previous tasks and responses but try to...

Alan writes: You write in Task 44 that what you least enjoy ‘in relation to the project is the focus on producing an outcome. […] my strength and (to a degree) my interest lies in the exploration of a task and the creative activity that it involves rather than the reporting...

Marie writes: The definition of ‘relay’ in the Cambridge Dictionary refers both to ‘passing something on’ as well as to ‘a team effort to continue an activity’. Based on this I will continue the current activity and pass on the baton based on my Response 46 – Tripped up by...

Alan writes: In Task 44 you asked me to begin a series of ‘relay’ tasks by setting you a ‘score’—a set of instructions that frame a physical exploration—that will allow you to play and improvise around ideas to do with circularity, the carnivalesque, and the breath. You ask me to...

Marie writes: 44 tasks and 32 weeks of gestation We have taken a break from project tasks for two weeks to spend a family holiday together in Ireland. On our final day in Cork we had a chat over lunch about how to manage the final few weeks of the...

Alan writes: You wrote in Task 42: ‘Why should I have to feel isolated and alone in my pregnant body?’ I wondered what you meant and asked. Weren’t you getting enough hugs? Did I need to listen better? You answered that you lacked a community to discuss the experience of...

Marie writes: I really enjoyed your Response 40 – Monologues from Cork. You beautifully and simply illustrate your relationship with your mother through the poetry created from her monologues. I imagine you sitting there listening for hours on end in the way a woman might—in the past (?)—have been expected...