Monday, 14 September 2009

ArtsFest 2009 - VIVID part two

Naomi Gall's and mine's second visit to VIVID was to see Jenine's specific selection of YouTube clips. However whilst there John Hammersley was there also to see what had happened to his work during the course of the day. John's piece is all about conversations, in an email to me later that evening he said "it was a it was lovely to meet you today and thank you for your generous and playful response to 100 possible understandings of this. I think interplay is a lovely word for what I hope the work achieves."

Here is more info about John's project:

Participatory Dialogues

In Association with VIVID, you are invited to participate in:

This is an invitation to dialogue.

You are invited to participate in a conversation. John will be participating in conversation between 10.00am and 4.00 pm on the 13th of September, 2009. Look for John at ArtsFest, Birmingham.

100 possible understandings of this.

This was started with three artists and VIVID and may continue with you.

You are invited to respond to one of the ‘100 possible understandings of this'. Make, write a critique or comment and send your response along with your name to VIVID. Your response will be exhibited and recognised as a collaboration with ‘100 possible understandings of this' on VIVID's website. This is happening at VIVID from the 18thof August until the 18thof September 2009.

100 possible understandings of this.

  1. This might or might not have a name.
  2. This might or might not be its name.
  3. This might or might not be art.
  4. Its name might or might not reflect the singular and or the plural.
  5. This might or might not involve working along side.
  6. The working alongside might or might not be in the facility of space.
  7. The working alongside might or might not involve the facility of time.
  8. The facility of space and time might or might not be the immediacy of this.
  9. This might or might not trigger further engagement.
  10. This engagement might or might not be within or without of this city.
  11. This might or might not involve being pulled up by new experiences.
  12. This might or might not involve the opening of a door or doors.


Earlier on Naomi and I had writted our retorts/thoughts/feedback/responses to the work. We thought nothing of it, however, upon our return to the space John was writing responses to our resposonses...it was the beginning of our conversation.


My note read:


John responded:

"You may or may not be someone"

And I liked it...

Click here for a list of the full 100 possible understandings of this

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