Learning to Love You More

Learning to Love You More is my favourite project by the fantastic Miranda July.

It is a website where she posted assignments for the public. Hundreds of people completed the assignments. The website is now part of the collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and she has collected the best pieces in a book.

These are some of the assignments:

Assignment #70
Say goodbye.

Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye. It just feels easier to keep holding on. But in the long run it’s usually a good idea to let go, it’s the daring thing to do. It allows room for new things, for transformation. And maybe the goodbye isn’t even forever, but you can’t know until you really say goodbye and mean it. In some cases, goodbye is really the end, and good riddance! For this assignment, say goodbye to all the things you need to let go of: bad habits, dead people, alive people, ex-boyfriends and girlfriends, self-destructive feelings and behaviors, jobs, projects, re-occuring thoughts, etc.

Write it as a simple list:

Goodbye Bill.

Goodbye wetting the bed.

Good bye interrupting people when they are talking.

etc.

It can be as long or as short as you like. And, most importantly,¬†take a moment with each one to really say goodbye. This isn’t a catalogue of your fears and faults, this is a ceremony to bid them farewell.Please don’t send us HELLOS, only goodbyes.

Assignment #9
Draw a constellation from someone’s freckles.

“Orion’s Belt On My Face”
David Krulik
New York, USA

Remake, by Boooooooom

I am a massive fan of art made by the public and of creative projects that anyone, officially an artist or not, can participate in.

My first blogpost in this fantastic category ( participatory art?) is Remake.

Booooooom has asked the public to submit reinterpretations of artworks. You can find them all here 

These are some of my favourites. They really make me laugh.

My friend Satu and I tried to get people to participate in an interactive project called Doing it differently 100 times over when we went to Colombia, but it never really happened. I think we should relaunch it in a different format. When people are just having a great time on holiday, there’s not much incentive for other people to get involved, is there? It is quite egocentric. Much better when the audience get something out of it too. Like getting their work published.

Loads of people seem to have taken part in Remake, which is soooo fantastic. This really reminds me of Miranda July, who I just have to write about now…

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