do not speak for a predetermined length of time.
if possible, wear earmuffs or headphones to minimize the impact of ambient sound.
use written words when needed to communicate with others.
otherwise, go about your day as you would normally.
variation: use pictures instead of words.
avoid the lack of light
spend a minimum of 24 hours without darkness.
wear the same clothes for a week.
items can be taken off and put back on
to adjust for temperature or laundering.
get out of dodge. (do the thing that everyone else is too scared to do)
1. realize that you are not happy/satisfied with your life.
2. decide something needs to be done, something drastic.
3. quit your job
4. throw out/give away most of your things within 48 hours.
5. fill up your vehicle with gas and drive
6. stop in a place that feels “right”
7. live a new life
resist the tyranny of auto-correct.
only capitalize words
you think are important.
for one (1) day do not purchase anything
instead leave something behind at the places that you usually conduct commerce
..prefer the skins of things..
give away half of your possessions.
photograph anything you’re reluctant to part with.
keep the pictures instead.
repeat until they
no longer weigh you down.
New poetry s
Take a newspaper
Take a fluo marker (any colour will do)
Mark every 3rd, 5th, 14th, 25th, 53rd word on every page, counting from
top left to bottom right across the articles.
Read out loud
Applaud yourself at the end
walk piece (untitled performance for liminal space)
that some day
the secret of the
on the ground
Drawing on the City
Fix a piece of sidewalk chalk to a found stick or dowel (approximately 36” to 48” long).
Wherever you walk drag the chalk on the ground behind you.
Trace your path on a map (analogue or digital), document this. If you have a blog, post your trace so that people might find your drawing.
household performance for colored yarn
have each person choose a different color of yarn and acquire several skeins. the yarn will be used to track their movement through the house.
have everyone spool the yarn out behind them as they go about their day, using various objects to anchor it. for example, the yarn could be tied to or wound around chairs, door knobs, faucets, or other pieces of yarn.
the performance ends when it is no longer possible to maneuver through the space without becoming entangled.
rooted in thought and emotion
close your eyes, take a deep breath and think about a memory or an event that brings you great sadness. allow the emotion to overcome you and when you are ready, write down your thoughts on a small piece of paper. allow your feelings to come through automatically and subtract any logic from your writings. when you are done, take the piece of paper and fold or crumple it up and place it in your left pocket. repeat the process with a memory or event that brings a smile to your face or is associated with happiness. place the second piece of paper in your right pocket.
walk outside and find a good spot to dig two small holes. in one hole place the piece of paper from your left pocket, and in the other place the piece of paper from your right pocket. cover them with a small amount of dirt then place a seed of any kind on top. place more dirt on top of the seeds, then sprinkle water over both of the holes where your words are planted. when your words spring to life notice the difference in each plant. you may choose to take care of either one or allow them to wither. continue repeating this act until every inch of ground is rooted in your thoughts and emotions.
Like a message in a bottle but only with spine transfers
1.Buy some sort of book. Anything from a novel to an atlas or high school science textbook, any kind of collection of pages of information that could be donated to a thrift store or bargain basement. In choosing a book try for something that could carry your ideas.
2.Come up with a message or poem or prose to write/transfer in the spine side of the pages.
3.Donate book(s) to local thrift store or bargain basement.
Keep your text small and discrete
Toner transfer’s legibility will hold up longer than pen or pencil and it’s easy to do.
Make a toner transfer:
1.Buy blender marker, chartpak makes them and can be found at most art stores
essentially the blender markers contain acetone, which dissolves printer toner and transfers the toner by the pressure of the maker running across the dissolved toner.
2.type your text and print it out backwards using a toner/laser printer
most photo/drawing software programs will allow you to flip your type so it reads backwards.
If you can’t flip your type using a computer you can have this service done on copy machines (a photocopy machine is a toner printer and works well) some have the ability to make a mirror image. most copy and print shops can do this for a tiny fee
1.Cut up your text into strips of paper
2.Tape face down on the page of your book
3.pass blender markers over the text with adequate pressure
you may need to make a couple of passes, make a proof of your text on a separate sheet of paper to test the marker out
only one transfer can be make of the strip