A Match-Making Workshop:
a red long fresh pepper
a white silk scarf with long woven hairs
a fresh hard green apple with red chicks
a deep purple-violet jacket
all resting on my big white working table
I ate the pepper
I don't have the jacket but I imagine it as a warm hug
... I ate the apple too
but the scarf is still here shining in the sunlight
In preparation for our workshop on 22nd June follow the weeekly instructions.
First set of instructions:
‘Understanding the world is about living inside stories. There’s no place to be in the world outside of stories. And these stories are literalized in [...] objects [...]. Or better, objects are frozen stories’ (Haraway, 2000, 107).
Over the next 4 weeks collect 4 objects. One object to represent you. And the other three to represent a conversation between you and each member of the MM group: something you’ve wanted to reveal about yourself to the group member; or something you’ve noticed about them — positive, nothing negative, it could be something you admire that you want to share that they might not be aware of, or need to hear at this time. It could be about a piece of work, or research that was inspired by them. Or a secret you want to tell.
The objects should arrive to you after you’ve set your intention, i.e. — it is not a hunt for objects, but an arrival. I’m hoping that the object will surprise or delight you when it arrives.
Persevere, they will reveal themselves.
As each one arrives, jot down some notes about the object, the place where you found the object, or the space left behind after you have retrieved the object. Take photos.
More instructions to follow.
If your objects have revealed themselves, lay them out next to each other in a place where you can see them, touch them, and notice them on a daily basis. You might want to sit them on a sheet of paper with a name. And if you feel inclined you might also want to chat to them. We’ve had very little sun here in the UK, (hoping Belgium is different) but you might want to place them in the sunshine, or on your altar if you have one. I have an altar, dedicated to the ancestors, with feathers, and stones, a book I found in Oxfam by Swedenborg titled ’The Divine Love and Wisdom’, and objects that I’ve made. That’s the next task: to write about the space you’ve rested your objects, your altar, or a favourite shelf or corner. Doesn’t have to be too extensive. But give yourself at least 30 minutes. First: sit with your eyes closed and listen to your breath for about 7-10 minutes. Then write, and when you’re done you can read it aloud and record on your phone, you can send me the recording or put it aside to read to us on 22nd.
If your objects haven’t yet come to light, don’t worry, there’s still time.
Final set of instructions:
You should have by now: 4 objects, images, recordings or notes of where the objects were retrieved from, and some thoughts, notes or images of the objects and the dialogue between you and the objects and/or who the objects represent.
Send me what you have and I can upload onto a website page to share with us all on 22nd. (I think that’s the easiest). Alternatively you can share on our collaborative Google Doc. You can also share your desktops and send me the images later. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aiVv3ttKbtcZz-vOH4uX-std8AqkBAwAyQ3_zzq5wvQ/edit?usp=sharing
PLEASE DO NOT include any names in reference to the objects, or the spaces left behind.
PS: If you haven’t had time to think, write or record, don’t worry just have your 4 objects sorted and the space you retrieved them from documented to share — (we’re not sharing the actual 3D objects, because I want to explore, size… etc., hence the documentation. Once we know how big the objects are we attach ideas about usage, et al.)