In order to better understand assignments and instructions in conceptual art each member of my class had to choose, enact, and film a project from a book entitled DO IT. While some are more direct in telling the reader what to do, most of the instructions are up to interpretation. Initially I chose one where I was given the task of doing "something that is unique to you that no one else in the world can do. Don't call it art." Initially I thought of just being myself, as no one can be or do the same things as me in the exact same time and place. However the more I thought about it the more difficult it became, and I did not like being told to not call something art.
Ultimately I settled on a new assignment from 2012 by Simone Forti: "Think about climate change. Sit for some moments in dumb grief, dumb knowing, dumb amazement." This led to the idea of recycling and garbage, since Dickinson is heavily invested in sustainability. We also happened to have some unusually warm weather this week with a peak of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. What you have is the result of an afternoon spent thinking about the sudden shift in climate, cluttering, and recyclables.
Open your mind, be brave, and be kind.
To See With One's Body and Soul
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