Following our session with Sammy Metcalfe from Sleepwalk Collective, we decided to take inspiration from his process of making Swimming Pools remotely. We would set eachother creative tasks based on our themes to generate text, aesthetics and sound. The aim will be to explore and create as much as possible, whilst editing weekly to create fragments which can help us find connections between the material.
This marked the first week of our provokations. Here are the tasks we came up with and some of our responses to them.
Task 1: Trevor
What is the oldest object in your house/flat? Record a thank you speech for the person who made it.
Task 2: Alex
Make a time lapse from the future through the format of recording, video or voice notes.
The Banality of Time, by Alex
The Golden Record, by Dana
Task 3: Dana
“But when the melancholy fit shall fall
Sudden from heaven like a weeping cloud,
That fosters the droop-headed flowers all,
And hides the green hill in an April shroud;
Then glut thy sorrow on a morning rose,
Or on the rainbow of the salt sand-wave,
Or on the wealth of globed peonies…”
- Ode on Melancholy, Keats
Find a rose/flower in your neighbourhood (liberate it from a backyard, purchase one in your favourite colour from the florist, buy one about to be discarded by the supermarket). Take it home and give it its own home. Create a ritual around this (What vessel will you place it in? How do you feed it water? Where will you place it? Why have you chosen that location?). Each morning take a photo of you sitting with the flower from the same position. Sit with it for two minutes and give your attention to the small changes it takes everyday. At the end of your time with the rose, take the images and arrange them however you see fit.
Task 4: Chris
Capture a moment yet to happen.
This could be an event far in the future or something only seconds away from happening. It could be prose, a photo, footage or a single sound. The moment before the event.
Task 5: Miray
Find a collection of something you have in your home (books, records, games) write a poem out of the titles of that collection. You can be selective, you don’t have to list them all. The poem can be a list or you can write around it if you’re feeling inspired. Record yourself saying it out loud.
Poem of Records
New light through old windows
Autumn day in Brighton
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac
Louis Armstrong, Quincy Jones
Sunday morning blues
Saturday Night Fever
Gifts form Joe, to cheer me up
Motown Collection, pearl in the sand
Diana Ross, Tschaikowsky
Some old ones from mom and dad
The Mamas and The Papas
18 Christmas Classics
Kind of Blue
Task 6: Lin
Find a physical or digital object that represents a crucial moment in/from your personal past. What do you feel when you look at it/hold it/hear it/smell it/feel it/see it/taste it? Try to translate this feeling in any form that seems to do it justice, so you can communicate it to others.