1000 exciting words
(started for lost library. Intending to keep list with current most exciting editing as I find new additions)
gems of Clydach
Gave out little gem lettuces to people of clydach as conversation starter to get first hand stories of the area. Especially interested in what activities people do on the land. Very pleased to discover a real – long distance walking shepherd.
Lost Library at Fringe Arts Bath
Considering the inevitable changes our libraries are facing, I’m looking at the issue of declining libraries and librarians with an attitude of being aware of what society needs in these institutions before they are completely lost to us.
In this installation& performance I displayed statistics of library use on a large chalkboard laid out like a century old stock exchange.
Below these figures I asked the question ‘what dreams stem from reading books’ and ‘what is essential in a library? ‘
For this performance I wore a pin stripe suit and strode from the railway station in Bath to the venue at New Bond Street each performance.
Whilst on site I talked to visitors about the issue, played the part of the ‘lost librarian’ in registering people and giving new members one word from the lost library catalogue and their membership card.
Ideas stemming from this performance:
-> Keep editing and updating the 1000 word catalogue
-> The chalk display board could be displayed alone. (Purpose: conversation starter around library culture)
->Dressing up as an investment banker. No nonsense. A transformation possible, perhaps short back and sides and transformation as a performance.
->Lost Library installation – like a theatre set.
->Library figures ticking over mechanically, flip display boards.
->Chalk the 1000 words around an urban landscape.
->Wrote and typed lists: Habits of successful librarians, investment bankers and artists.
(habits lists, could extend to other professions and create a catalogue, be an employment agent.)
->Also thought about having sign saying ‘Looking for work – speak to me’ sign and be an agency with real work of some kind (could be very particular work. Maybe pointless but I actually pay for it. Not in my nature for it to be pointless, some kind of industry)
->Filled jars with exciting words
->filled jars with honesty (word typed and seeds)
->could respond to the words written by visitors about what is essential in a library.
Linda Vista 170510 drawing
Fig Tree etching
Honesty line 170618 drawing
Artist in conversation video series
This has paused while performing Lost Library at FaB and adjusting to working full time. Currently have three videos awaiting editing.
Really need a mic!
Possibly upload to Instagram Live
I need to add more descriptions to my profile and the video descriptions to make it easier to be found.