I invited 52 people to participate in Project 52, an exploration of intrigue and our relationships with objects and people.
Each week, I produced a drawing and 52-word story, inspired by an object that was provided by a different participant. Participants were always the first to see the output. They also received a short questionnaire to prompt a reflection on the artwork, their response to it and their experience of Project52. We then shared the story of the work and their responses.
I initiated the project to better understand people’s response to my work, with the intent of engaging and developing an audience. Although I didn’t quite know exactly how the project would play out over time, I committed to presenting an exhibition once all 52 works were created.
Billed as a relaxed celebration with a community of creative, inspiring and collaborative people, I had some very specific goals for the evening;
- Recognise and in some way, reward the participants and people who promoted and supported the project.
- Create a relaxed environment to enable a community of creative, inspiring and collaborative people to come together.
- Provide others with the opportunity to engage with the work and my participatory art practice.
Thanks to Nathan Welch and all the good folks at Huddle Spaces for providing a fantastic venue, for being so open to the event and for some great ideas (Nathan came up with the concept of The People’s Choice Award)
The Project52 Book; A Work In Progress
People have asked for a book. So, I’ve started a conversation on Twitter about the contents and format. I’ll use this blog to keep you update on progress and to share some insight on the content. And there’s the little matter of The People’s Choice Award, which I have to create. I’ll share the process and output on the site, as it progresses. If there’s a good response to this output, I’ll include some more of that type of content in the book.
Coming Soon: Art Missions
Exciting, more ambitious in scope and with richer audience participation in the artistic process. As to the form and content – at this point I have no fixed direction – just lots of ideas. I’m aiming to kick it off in September, so if you’re interested in participating, let me know or drop a line asking to sign up for my newsletter and I’ll keep you posted. Either way, I’ll keep everyone updated on progress on this site.