Tasks

Alan writes: You mention your pregnancy in relation to the time it took to finish your response to Task 39. You describe being ‘physically and mentally slower’; ‘there is no way,’ you write, ‘of ignoring the insistent presence of my changing and grotesque body.’ And you ask a question: ‘how...

Marie writes: Your task this week will be concerned with the masculine/feminine, contingent circumstances and … your mam. Feminine research I do not subscribe to any polarisation of gender as a way to identify as a human being. However, the terminology of masculine/feminine seemed useful when some days ago we...

Alan writes: Your surprising response to Task 37—in which you took the text from the task I set and foregrounded the ‘small’ words that were its obscured underpinning—recalls an approach to scholarship known as ‘deformative criticism’, as described in Buurma and Gold (2018: 146-7; they put the emphasis on the...

Marie writes: This week we are moving out of the house where we have lived since the beginning of this project and you have asked me to centre my task for you around this event. I was interested to revisit tasks we have done throughout the project and these out-of-the-ordinary...

Alan writes: Your task this week is to think materially about ‘status’. When we were setting up this project, we both wrote introductions to post on the project About page. Here are two snippets on the theme of equality and status – a longer one from mine (as prolix as...

Marie writes: In the past weeks I have been preoccupied with transitional spaces and facilities and how design and architecture construct this environment and affect our movement within it. One obvious transitional space I find particularly fascinating is that of doors and doorways: openings and points of entry/exit that are...

Alan writes: This week, Marie, you and your collaborator Mette Terp Høybye are running a two-day workshop as part of your ‘Fieldwork in the Body’ project. This relates to Mette’s ethnographic work on the corporeal experience of hospitals for all who visit, work and stay there, and the best ways to design...

Marie writes: Two unrelated ideas: 1. I rediscovered an ‘assignment’ I did in 2016 for a module at Independent Dance as part of my MA studies in London as I was preparing to present my practices and my working methods for a potential PhD supervisor at Aarhus University last week. The assignment...

Alan writes: I recently had an exchange of mails with my mentor and friend Zyg Barański, who supervised my PhD. Zyg had been kind enough to notice our project and he wrote that he had ‘perused it with awe, respect, and perplexity’. Indeed, he expressed the wish that ‘something of...

Marie writes: Scrolling through numerous images to create my collage for Response 31 – yes/no I do/don’t, I noticed the frequency of pictures featuring two people or two objects, often juxtaposed for symmetry or as allies/antagonists. I became curious about the number three. What happens when two become three or when...