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Task 13 - Between Places/Between Us


Alan writes:

This week’s task derives from two things. The first is that I enjoyed the psychogeography of Task 12 and would like to continue with something of that approach. The second is that I enjoyed working with you last week when I helped to film your ‘Blood Work’ workshop with your collaborator Mette Terp Høybye. This made me think that maybe it was time for us two to begin to more deliberately, or more ‘proximately’, to collaborate. The project as currently constructed has us circling around each other. This has been fun and useful — it has helped to clarify differences in our aesthetics and poetics — but at some point we will need to cross sabres! This task, though, postpones the bout in favour of a relay.

Your task

As of this week, you will be travelling three times to Aarhus for work (to teach yoga), Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, probably by car.

Your task is to record the in-between part of this journey, from when you leave the house in Horsens to when you arrive at the studio in Aarhus, and vice versa.

‘Record’ can mean some sort of recollection, written or otherwise, or ‘live’ dictation of your thoughts as you drive; or maybe an audio recording of the conversation you have in the car if we travel together; or it could mean filming the route from a dash cam.

And so on.

In any case, by Sunday evening, you should have six or more records, in one form or another, of the six journeys.

Curate these records in some way — give them some provisional order or arrangement — but don’t give them a final or finite form. The last part of your task is to use the material you have generated and curated as the basis for Task 14 that you will be setting for me. 

In setting the task for me, think about:

  • What aspects of processing, or elaborating on, the material would you like to delegate? (Why?)
  • What are the ethics of handing over your material for elaboration by me? How can you build in an awareness and respect for difference (and maybe for your 'intellectual property') into the parameters and performance of the task?
  • How can the final product (or continuing process) be something that couldn't have been made by one of us working alone?

See Marie's response here.