Tasks

Alan writes: Given: I read somewhere about a technique used by the great dramatist Bertolt Brecht to make sense of perplexing contemporary events.  Confronted with the complexity of circumstances and the difficult of orientating himself in relation to them, Brecht decided to make collages of these events and circumstances in order...

Marie writes: At the end of my Response 29, I used the word ‘entanglement’ to describe the interconnectedness between the internal and external experience of my pregnancy. I like the word. It brings to mind an image of concepts interlaced. I freely admit that I utilised this word with reference...

Alan writes: You’re pregnant! We are comfortable announcing this only because of a specific technology and the expertise of the person who deploys it. We attended the local hospital a few days ago to have the twelve-week ultrasound scan to discern if everything was ‘normal’ with the pregnancy. Ultrasound refers...

Marie writes: This week you will pay a visit to England for work reasons and for a bit of leisure in London as well. I promised I would set you a task that was open to accommodate your travels. Over the course of this project you have occasionally grumbled that...

Alan writes: Continuing with the theme of negotiating our different attitudes to art and process, this week your task is to respond to a piece of work that I’m making separate to the project. I have already used this videoessay in progress as the basis for a previous task, but...

Marie writes: In my Response 23– Avoid Being Awful, where I got you to be my ‘performer-puppet’, we encountered some differences in how we think about art and how we value (the making of) it. I would have liked to return to this in the task (no. 24) I set...

Alan writes: For this week’s task I hesitated between setting something fun or setting something that would obstruct your poetics. I’ve decided to let you make the choice…or perhaps you can find a way to combine them? (Surely impossible!) Choice 1 –  Making you stumble You dislike focussing on outcomes...

Marie wrote this task by hand because we were already travelling. Here are the links to responses mentioned: 4, 21, 22, 23. See Alan’s response here.

Alan writes: This week’s task builds on the last few tasks and responses, which have all being concerned with negotiating each other’s poetics and defining our own, and imagining some aspects of a performance deriving from the project. For reasons defensible (my artistic preferences) and childish (my timidity), I haven’t...

Marie writes: I am sorry for my ‘cranky’ suggestion that we should not work together… I think I meant to say that I am still experiencing moments of being ‘unhappily creative’ and really, I recognise this feeling as being something I have to work through to find out how to...