A Twitter curation

On the morning of Monday 29th October, I did a general search in Twitter under ‘generosity’. I was struck by how people interpreted and used ideas of generosity to communicate on Twitter.

I selected 10 tweets and re-tweeted them throughout the course of that day.

Jean McEwan https://twitter.com/jeanmcewan @jeanmcewan
‘Hashtag Generosity’: what follows is a selection of tweets, retweeted using #generosity – part of a research project http://bit.ly/SSEacG


Mahmood Abdulmalik ‏ @abbanbarade77
Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.


Ali Ketelaar ‏@alijava_addict
power: Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim.


Hason Sazon ‏@HoLyJaE
I appreciate any generosity towards me


sasha-lee ‏@sashy_pooh0603
Dnt mistake my kindness nd generosity to others as being fake I just wna ba at peace with everybody and in anyway who likes uptight people?


St George’s Holborn ‏@stgholborn
7.00am & 5.00pm prayer mtgs tmw at StG ahead of Gift Day. Come & pray for God’s generosity to be released on us, and through us to Holborn.


Bridge Zambia ‏@bridgezambia
@pencilcasestudi That’s a good direction to profitability. Generosity usually attracts more. It makes people talk good about you.


Ethan Matisa ‏@ematisa
The self-sacrificing generosity of the tragic heroine. Yes, I will make sure I write your character well.


Erick Baltazar ‏@erick_baltazar
There is someone out there that deserves my generosity my roses my poems my love songs my attention and dedication


Non-Duality America ‏@NonDualityUSA
“The energies that keep us alive are joy, generosity, compassion, curiosity, truthfulness, serenity, equanimity, wakefulness…” ~J.Engler


Angela Moikeenah ‏@GelaMoiks I have to remember that not all generosity is as generous as it seems to be! Once u accept it u end up paying for it in more ways than one!


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Art as gift: some quotes

“That art that matters to us – which moves the heart, or revives the soul, or delights the senses, or offers courage for living, however we choose to describe the experience – that work is received by us as a gift is received”
Lewis Hyde “The Gift: How The Creative Spirit Transforms The World”

“When it comes to being influenced by the work of others, on experiences, maybe only five or six times during a lifetime, the incredible feeling that illuminates and enlightens your own existence. It might happen while reading a text, listening to a piece of music, watching a film, or looking at a painting.. and sometimes – even if centuries are being bridged – you find a brother and instantly know that you are no longer alone” Werner Herzog

“Always, after even half an hour in the presence of a painting or two by Prunella, your consciousness seems suddenly attuned to certain realities which immediately become overwhelmingly visually available to you as you walk away down the pavement – any pavement. The gritty greys of West London brickwork; the rectilinear grid of the mortar separating each brick … the regular rows of punched-out holes in an old metal grille at your feet; the sudden surprisingly organic irregularity of seven blades of grass erupting in the crack between two paving stones…” Patrick Heron

“…when I got into making stacks…I wanted to do a show that would disappear completely. It had a lot to do with disappearance and learning. It was also about trying to be a threat to the art-marketing system, and also, to be really honest, it was about being generous to a certain extent. I wanted people to have my work. The fact that someone could just come and take my work and carry it with them was very exciting” Felix Gonzalez-Torres

“We all suffer alone in the real world; true empathy’s impossible. But if a piece of fiction can allow us imaginatively to identify with a character’s pain, we might then also more easily conceive of others identifying with our own. This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside ” David Foster Wallace


Dear fellow artists

Do you have an experience you would like to relate about a good, or bad experience of giving? As part of my research explorations on gift, sincerity and generosity I’m collecting stories from people about their best, and worst experiences of giving.

The stories can be about giving, or gift, in it’s widest sense. All stories will be collected and published as part of a zine documenting my research. Contributions can be published anonymously. All contributors will receive a free copy of the zine as a thanks.

Post your story as a comment here, or email it to me at [email protected], indicating whether you would like your story to be published anonymously or not, and include an address to send a zine to.

Many thanks for your time and attention